Two days to go and the weather is looking marvelous … well, depends on how you like it !
Traditionally a balmy weather regatta with hot competition on the water and a great social gathering on the Saturday evening at Mike Lewenhagen’s party house, over the years the Vic States has attracted many interstate visitors and it is no different this year, with interstate entires from NSW and SA. National Champion Steve Girdis is coming down and there will be a grudge match with Dave Suda for sure.
Others jostling for top honours will be Brendan Lee, Hugo Otaway and Doug Watson so the competition will be hot ! The middle of the fleet will be a hotbed of competitive carnage too with the very strong Melbourne fleet out for honours and no quarter will be given. we also have a number of new crews to the states as well with our two youth boats being sailed by our very able young crews.
If you can’t get down and sail then why not come for the party at Mike’s. BYO food and drink otherwise Mike will be starving for the next week. Normally a huge night – don’t try to go drink for drink with some of the later stayers (you know who you are JN) otherwise you will be crawling onto your boat with a sore head on Sunday.
Once again MONJON are our major sponsors and we are very grateful for their support this year, truely the event would not be anywhere near what it is without them.
Victorian President Doug MacGregor has his team all over this regatta so if you have any queries make contact sooner rather than later.
Doug MacGregor and Kirby O’Brien have been working hard on the sponsorship side of things and have come up with a great selection of sponsors who are offering a range of support for our State Championships. From Kirby:
"This event wouldn't be possible without the support of our very generous sponsors (well....technically it'd still be possible, but nowhere near as entertaining and none of the freebies!). So I'd like to take the time to thank our sponsors and let you know who they are. MONJON - John Moncrieff's financial support of the J24 regattas has been truly amazing John looks like this. MONJON are experts in the following fields, give them a call and tell them you are a J sailor: - security systems, alarms, CCTV installations for any kind of building - personal security or security personnel - traffic management - security and traffic management for film sets and sites. Please encourage everyone you know to seek out MONJON for any of the above services, as their work is truly top notch. http://www.monjon.com.au UK SAILMAKERS - At the top of Jetty Rd. Again, UK Sails have been a long time supporter of the J's and we love to love them back. Sam Haines has very generously donated two great gift vouchers which will be awarded to the overall winner of the regatta and the handicap race winner. http://www.uksailmakers.com/Australia-Melbourne ANCHOR MARINE - At the top of Jetty Rd also. We love ANCHOR MARINE. Andy Warner is an absolute guru in the sailing world and can help you with all your: - Chandlery needs - Safety gear - Clothing Andy has generously donated gift vouchers for the raffle. They currently have amazing prices on women's Dubarry shoes if anyone needs to keep their toes warm for winter... www.anchormarine.com.au SYNERGY AUDIO - These guys distribute some very cool audio visual gear, including brands like Sonus Faber, McIntosh and Cambridge Audio. Check out the raffle prizes and you will see their very generously donated Minx Go and you'll no doubt be listening to some of their gear over the weekend. They also have a clearance store, well worth checking out if you're after a bargain. www.synergyaudio.com BIKE FACTORY OUTLET - Derek and the boys at BFO have donated terrific prizes. BFO are well worth popping in to see - they also have a store on the corner of Inkerman and Nepean in St Kilda and they are the home of cycling and triathlon bargains. They are the masters of last season's gear at awesome prices. Go visit them at 265 Charman Road, Cheltenham and also check out their deals on www.bikefo.com.au I'd be grateful if you could please express your appreciation for their generosity by liking our sponsors on Face Book where possible."
Call Doug on 0400 584 067, email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
NOR and much more information is available on the Sandringham YC site, go to http://www.syc.com.au/regattas/j24-victorian-state-championships/