Victorian Report March 2000
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President's Report
Well it has been quite a while since my last report and so much has happened. To bring you up to speed here is a quick summary of events since the last newsletter…

Thompson Sails Grand Prix Series was held at Albert Part, Elwood, Altona, Beaumaris and Chelsea Yacht Club. Results to be announced at Presentation Night. Six heats were sailed, all good opportunities for class promotion.

Pool Night held at the Hilderbrand's, Chelsea.A merry crowd of about 40 turned up to Quentin & Lyn's, where we enjoyed great company, great food, drink, and some pretty questionable pool playing. The ultimate prize was taken by Andrew W. and Sumo. Thanks to Quentin and Lyn for their hospitality and a great night. By the way, Quentin's moving house so we are in search of a new venue for the pool night for next year.

National Championships held at Koombana Bay Sailing Club, Bunbury WA. Once again, the Victorian Javs have shown superiority over our WA counterparts, with Brett Williams & I teaming up to win the Javelin Nationals - Yahoooo! We had a great time in the west, where we made very welcome by the WA crowd. (see Narelle's wrap-up) Whilst there was disappointment in only one Victorian boat making the trip across, they were understanding, and certainly are looking forward to us all meeting up on mass in Adelaide at Easter 2001. My personal thanks to Brett, for a great time, great sailing and a great win! Thanks also to Warren Smith (& Brett) for letting me sail on his boat. Unplugged is beautifully set-up and in great tune, and is a compliment to you both.

Cray Night held at Chelsea Yacht Club, Feb 5. Once again the annual Javelin Cray Night was a huge success with 148 people attending. I would like to personally thank all those who contributed to the night and making the job of organising such a big event so much easier. I would also like to pay special thanks to Highams Meats who supplied all the steaks (which were bloody beautiful) and donated the meat platter for the raffle. The Mullins' continue to be of great support to the Javelin Association and I thank them very much. Thanks also to Williamstown Chandlery for their generous donation of boat shoes for the raffle. I would encourage you all to get on down to the re-vamped Williamstown Chandlery where John Dusting will look after your every Javelin sailing need.

State Titles (Heats 1-4) held at Altona & Elwood. Two heats at both Altona and Elwood have seen good numbers on the water (17 at Altona) and once again it looks like being a close tussle for the championship between Unplugged, LA Woman and The Other Woman.

On the personal front, Richard Layton (aka Dicko) announced his engagement to Oksana, NZ Craig Estcourt to Belinda, and Duncan Russell to Sue. Nicole & Greg Parsons became a mum & dad to Hayden...and Josh Galland has taken his first steps.

Looking to the remainder of this season, we have the following upcoming events:
· Remaining heats of Javelins State Titles at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, March 11,12,13.
· State Presentation Night - Sat May 13.
· Annual General meeting - Sat June 3. (see Sailing Calendar)

Planning is already underway for the following next seasons events:

South Pacific Champs in Wellington, NZ (Xmas-NewYear 2000). We are currently exploring shipping costs Melb-Wellington and are also looking into some sponsorship to help subsidies the costs of getting boats/people to and from NZ. If anyone thinks they may be able to assist with sponsorship, please contact either Steve Low or myself. At present, it looks like there are approximately 10 boats interested in making the trip to NZ, which includes 3 from WA. If you are interested in going to NZ please let Peter Layton or myself know. We shall keep you posted as more information comes to hand.

National Championships Easter 2001 at Brighton-Seacliffe Sailing Club, South Australia. The proposed dates for these National Championships are Saturday April 14 - Saturday April 21, 2001, so put this in your diary and book those holidays. I expect a large turn out for these championships with a large contingent from both WA and Victoria

If anyone is interested in joining the Javelin committee please let me know. See you all on the water.

Cheers Mitch.