Local trailer sailers compete at national titles

TWO Lake Wellington Yacht Club trailer sailers competed in the 46th RL24 National Championships.

Held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly from January 7 to 11, the championships involved some of the best sailers coming together from across the country to compete.

Ohua Rua, skippered by Simon Walsh, crewed by sons Michael, Brad and Charlie Walsh and Andrew Bennett, took out the Drop Keel division to win Simon’s 21st drop keel national championship.

The Dyer family, sailing its RL24 Whatever, won the Swing Keel division.

Skippered by Darryn Dyer, with his son Mitchell on foredeck, daughter Rebecca and Josh Merry as crew, Whatever sailed a great regatta.

The event was run over seven races with Ohua Rua winning six from seven heats and Whatever winning all seven heats in its respective divisions.

Perfect sailing conditions were experienced over the week, with only one race being rescheduled due to light winds.

Dyer said it was great to be able to compete in the event, as he enjoyed sailing with his children.

“My children learnt to sail at Lake Wellington Yacht Club as part of the family and although they live elsewhere now, it’s great to get together and enjoy these times,” Dyer said.

“There’s nothing like being on the water with friends and family.”

As a curtain raiser to the championships, the RL24 Owners Association of Australia conducted a Rob Legg Day sail past at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

This was to honour Rob Legg — the designer of the RL classes — coinciding with his 90th birthday.