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50th National Titles

Date: 1 January 2023 to 06 January 2023
Summary: Gippsland Lakes YC, VIC

Victorian State Titles

Date: 11 March 2023 to 13 March 2023
Summary: Rye YC

Welcome to the Victorian section of the Australian Mosquito Catamaran website.

Victor Harbor National Titles Photos

Have been added to the Mosquito photo album here.

2022 State Titles - Altona YC

The State Titles for 2021/22 were held at Altona Yacht Club and despite the weather predictions the Mosquitos, Arrows and Nacras were treated to some very varied, but never dull, conditions. There was plenty of breeze (5 to 20 knots in one leg), shifts (30 degrees not uncommon), waves (onshore breeze on Saturday and Monday), flat water (offshore on Sunday) and many capsizes in the challenging conditions.

One of the benefits at Altona YC is being able to camp on the grass around the clubhouse which makes it a very sociable weekend.

Results
Photos


 

2022 Association membership

A reminder to all Victorian Mosquito sailors that the new association membership year started in January 2022. It is important to have a strong class association to look after and promote the Mosquito class, and membership is only $25 for the year.

For all the details on how much and how to pay have a look at our Membership page.

Downwind cruise from Marlay Point to Paynesville

21 Aug 2021

With the weather and wind forecasts lining up well all week, Gary Maskiell, Tim Shepperd and Andrew Somerville (on a Viper) decided to sail the Marlay Point Overnight Race course. A big thanks to the Lake Wellington Yacht Club gang for supplying morning tea before we left.

The sail was dead down wind the entire way. The sail across Lake Wellington was in dead flat water in 6-10 knots of gusty breeze. On entering the straits the breeze died, we never stopped but it was slow at times. Once we cleared Holland’s Landing the breeze built to 8-10 knots and we continued a brisk zig zag towards Loch Sport. Just past Lochsport the breeze disappeared altogether and we spent some time pointing the boats in random directions to see if there was a hint of breeze. After only a few minutes Gary was the first to find a little bit of sea breeze and soon we were all moving again. The sea breeze was short lived and the southwesterly wind slowly took back over at 5-8 knots at Pt Turner. With this breeze we raced all the way to the finish at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club where Tim beat Gary to the 5knot zone by half a boatlength (disputed!). All up we covered 37 nautical miles in 4 hours.

Thanks to Neil and Jo who escorted us all the way from the straits to Paynesville. Neil also took this video...

2021 Sail Faster Regatta at Gippsland Lakes YC

June 12-14

Against all the odds (first Covid trying to cancel the event and then flooding throughout Gippsland) the regatta proceeded as planned - all except for the absence of sailors from Melbourne who were not premitted to travel.

After a rainy start on Saturday, one race was run in rapidly increasing wind which enabled quite a lot of capsize drill throughout the fleet - lesson one.

Sunday dawned with a light semi-trapezing (for some) breeze which kept increasing all day, and three long races were run. The Westerly wind provided some knife-edge stuff for the last race - more lessons.

Monday the wind was a bit light-on but the floods in Gippsland made it interesting by causing a strong (for here) current moving across Lake Victoria in the same direction and almost as strong as the breeze. It was a long haul to the windward mark, but a very quick trip back down the course - lessons on sailing in current.

Many thanks to all the GLYC volunteers who braved the chilly conditions to run the event, and to Gary for organising it.

RESULTS

Neck Buffs - for the National Titles that were not to be

These are available for purchase from the VMCA for $10 (including postage).

Fill out this form to order yours:

When you click the "Submit Form" button, please be patient. It can take up to a minute for the form to be processed. The page will refresh once it is done, and you will receive an email confirmation. Any problems contact Tim at tshepperd@gmail.com.