Press Release - 2007 Nationals Reports Summary


David Price, Perth, Saturday, 20 January 2007

A press release sent to the Yaffa Publishing magazine AUSTRALIAN Sailing for inclusion in their April issue.



5th-12th January 2007


A fleet of 43 boats travelling from Tasmania, Western Australia and NSW contested this year's Nationals on Melville Waters in the Swan River in a selection of breezes ranging from 5kts to 30+kts over the 7 race series.


The somewhat fickle conditions on the river meant the crews really had to sail with their heads outside the boats, most races being won or lost simply by being on the wrong side at the time of an ever changing breeze strength and direction. Unfortunately, the fabled "Fremantle Doctor" stayed away during the course of the regatta. The PRO had his hands full, even black flagging an early race in an attempt to compete with the oscillating conditions.


Perhaps the highlight for many of the crews was a feisty squall in  race 5 where even three leaders during the final reach, ASC's 1334 ACE Peter Kendall and Louis Halford, DSC's 1336 CRUNCHIE Olivia Price and Lizzie Jones and B16'SC 1344 PANTHER Justin Sharrorck and Kris Fay were each bowled over by the winds that tore up the surface of the water and turned the day to an eerie black for a short while, dumping a great number of the remaining fleet in its' wake.


Belmont crew Justin Sharrock and Kris Fay in 1334 PANTHER made the best of all the conditions and by the 6th race, had secured the Championship for 2007, with second and third places being left to race 7 and strongly contested between RPAYC's 1325 TOPHERS TOY Jay Griffin and Chris Saunders just ahead of CHSC's 1242 RUSTY Alan Ezzy and Liam Warburton.


A solid performance was produced throughout the regatta by BYRA's only entry 1251 SCOOTER Scott Cotton and Max Voss who took out the handicap event with 3 top 10 finishes, the Junior Trophy going to the B16'SC crew of 1344 PANTHER Justin and Kris, the All Girl Crew Trophy being won by LC12'SSC 1345 BAMBINO Ali Chapman and Alex Paton and the Teams Trophy was won by B16'SC.


Although the silverware went as expected to the NSW fleet, the local boat crews figured in the top 10 placings in a number of races with NYC 1217 RUBBER DUCKY Luc Tasker and Lucinda Crisp (14th) with an 8th and 10th place, and NYC 1317 TOO ELUSIVE Emily Oldham and  Brianne Wallace (22nd) finishing the last race in 10th place.


For a complete coverage of the 2007 Flying Eleven Nationals (race reports, articles and photo links) please go to: / .


Overall Results were:


1.PANTHER (J.Sharrock & K.Fay, NSW), 1-(5)-1-5-1-2-1, 11pts; 2. TOPHERS TOY (J.Griffin & C.Saunders, NSW), 2-(12)-7-2-2-5-5, 23pts; 3. RUSTY (A.Ezzy & L.Warburton, NSW), 8-1-3-(13)-10-1-2, 25pts; 4. HEROES & VILLAINS (R.Crawford & M.Crawford, NSW), 6-11-(16)-4-3-3-9, 36pts; 5. BRING IT ON AGAIN (N.Brunning & M.Stockes, NSW), 9-6-6-(11)-9-4-4, 38pts; 6. FLYING THE COOP (J.Walters & K.Walters, NSW), 3-9-2-9-8-(11)-11, 42pts; 7. BAMBINO (A.Chapman & A.Paton, NSW), 7-4-5-10-(11)-10, 42pts; 8. SKYE HIGH (A.McFadyen & M.Stenta, NSW), 4-7-10-3-(dnf)-13-7, 44pts; 9. UPBEAT (S.Schutz & E.Knighton, NSW), 4-(17)-4-8-6-7-15, 44pts; 10. SCOOTER (S.Cotton & M.Vos, NSW), 12-2-8-15-(24)-15-3, 55pts.


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