Christmas week saw the Australian Arrow Catamaran Championships being held off the Causeway Granite Island, hosted by the Victor Harbor Yacht Club, the fourth occasion the club has been honoured to hold these titles.
This was the 52nd championship for the Arrow Class Catamaran, a slick 14 foot (4.3 metre) racing machine, which has maintained popularity whilst other classes have faded.
Conditions all week were very favourable, ranging from 5 up to 25 knots.
There were 25 keen competitors coming from as far afield as Townsville, including four previous winners who between them hold 30 titles
A red hot battle was enthusiastically and determinedly waged for the six days. In the end it was Steve Short from Victoria who emerged as clear winner, for his 11th title, winning five of the eight races. Second came Frank O’Rourke, from New South Wales, a perennial winner of 18 titles and Adrianne Fawcett from Queensland placed third.
The Victor Harbor Yacht Club local lads also performed very credibly, with Craig Pearson fourth, Brett Pearson fifth and South Australia Arrow Association president Stephen Rodgers coming 10th.
Charlie Coombs on Rip Curl showed them how age doesn't matter. Youngest competitor, 14-year-old Kai Mc Callum, in his first year sailing an Arrow, showed real determination to finish all seven races he competed.
It was a very successful championship week - a testament to the months of planning by the SA Arrow Association committee members in conjunction with the Victor Harbor Yacht Club. It also required an enormous amount of commitment by over 30 volunteers of the Victor Harbor Yacht Club to ensure the event ran smoothly.
The volunteers worked tirelessly in preparing and maintaining the club and facilities, in staffing the Bridge and Rescue boats, collating results, hosting meals and entertainment, running the Bar and Galley and making it an enjoyable event for the competitors and guests. Special thanks to Peter Briton-Jones who did an excellent job as Race Director.
The Victor Harbor Yacht Club was also represented this week interstate, by Marcus Towell, in the 20 foot Yvonne Association Australian Championships held in Western Australia. The series was held in windy conditions and Marcus finished in second place.
The Victor Harbor Yacht Club season is from October to Easter each year. Anyone interested in participating with the club, either through volunteering, or on the water by crewing or sailing their own yacht should contact the club through the club website or Face Book page, or phone on 8552 4837.