Tasmanian Flying 11 State Championships Round 1

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2007 Tasmanian State Championships
2007 Tasmanian State Championships
Beyond The Edge - David Cromarty & Lauren Griffiths
Beyond The Edge - David Cromarty & Lauren Griffiths
1082 Die Hard
1082 Die Hard
1252 Hard Drive
1252 Hard Drive
1082 Die Hard Crew
1082 Die Hard Crew
Hard Drive - Clare Cromarty & Ben Flood
Hard Drive - Clare Cromarty & Ben Flood
1258 Vengeance
1258 Vengeance
1st Year Crew - Lauren Griffiths
1st Year Crew - Lauren Griffiths
Vengeance Crew
Vengeance Crew
1132 Stress Point
1132 Stress Point
Vengeance Crew - Jeremy Coles & Mike Titchen
Vengeance Crew - Jeremy Coles & Mike Titchen
Vengeance & Beyond The Edge
Vengeance & Beyond The Edge
1253 Riders On The Storm
1253 Riders On The Storm
Riders On The Storm - Cameron & Sarah Gibson
Riders On The Storm - Cameron & Sarah Gibson
Tasmanian Champs 2007 Start
Tasmanian Champs 2007 Start
1307 Beyond The Edge
1307 Beyond The Edge
Bill Cromarty, Tasmania, Thursday, 3 May 2007

Round 1 of the Tasmanian Flying 11 States was held over the weekend of the 27th and 28th January, hosted by Midway Point Yacht Club, near Hobart.

 

Tasmanian Flying 11 State Championships

 

Round 1

Round 1 of the Tasmanian Flying 11 States was held over the weekend of the 27th and 28th January, hosted by Midway Point Yacht Club, near Hobart.

Six heats were sailed over the two days in very windy conditions, with frequent squalls and most un-January-like temperatures of around 15 degrees C.

Nonetheless, spectators were treated to some fantastic sailing and from all reports crews thoroughly enjoyed the format and the chance to compete against some different boats.

Heat 1 was started in strong gusty winds with Riders on the Storm (1253) Cameron and Sarah Gibson gaining the best of the first leg and leading at the top mark. A passing squall resulted in carnage at the wing mark, with the leading 3 crews going swimming, allowing first year crew Clare Cromarty and Ben Flood in Hard Drive (1252) into the lead.

The swimmers recovered well but there was more drama to come as leaders Riders on the Storm and Stress Point (1132) Rhys Griffiths and Sinclair Berry sailed around the wrong mark at the bottom of the downwind leg and others lost time until they realized the error of their ways. Vengeance (1258) Jeremy Coles and Mike Titchen also sailed by a first year crew gained considerable ground by heading for the correct mark, and not being tempted to follow the leaders. This resulted in a very fine 2nd for Vengeance, behind winners Beyond the Edge (1307) David Cromarty and Lauren Griffiths, with Hard Drive (1252) in 3rd.

The wind strengthened further for Heat 2 and with occasional heavier squalls creating confused chop. This proved to be very demanding and caused a lot of retirements. Riders on the Storm atoned for their error in Race 1 by taking out the win from Beyond the Edge and Hard Drive.

With the weather worsening, no further racing was feasible and everyone adjourned to the clubhouse for an early BBQ.

Conditions had moderated a little on Sunday, making life much easier for all crews. Heat 3 resulted in another great tussle between Beyond the Edge and Riders on the Storm, with Beyond the Edge taking the honours on this occasion. NV (1255), sailed by Jo Breen and Kate Legge followed closely in 3rd.

Beyond the Edge followed up with another win in heat 4, with NV having their best race of the regatta to take second from Riders on the Storm.

Unfortunately, Stress Point (1132) had a catastrophic "Break Point" when their jib traveller suddenly broke off in a gust, resulting in their retirement from the remainder of the regatta. Fortunately the damage was fairly easily repairable. Die Hard (1082) Briony Van Galen and Mem Worledge, after a mid race problem, fought this race out to the end and finished it to great applause from the spectators and rescue boats. The perseverance from all the newer crews in difficult conditions was greatly admired by everyone watching.

With the wind strength again building, Heat 5 produced one of the best races of the series with Riders on the Storm and Beyond the Edge neck and neck for 1st and 2nd, with Vengeance and Hard Drive also having an equally absorbing and close duel for 3rd and 4th. In the end these were the finishing positions.

Beyond the Edge headed ashore to repair a broken boom vang, but in doing so, could only get back to the start line in time to see the remainder of the fleet heading towards the top mark in the final heat. Riders on the Storm was the clear winner, with Hard Drive and Vengeance again having a fantastic race for 2nd, this time with Hard Drive finishing in front.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, and our thanks to Midway Point Yacht Club for some wonderful hospitality and a very well run regatta. It was especially pleasing to see the improvement in the newer crews, and to see some intense racing between several crews who had not sailed against each other before.

 

 




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