2017-18 NSW State Championships
Date 4th/5th November 2017
Location Port Kembla Sailing Club (PKSC)
Date 17th/18th February 2018
Location Belmont 16ft Sailing Club (B16'SC)
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With a steady 17kts to 21kts from the south, it was probably hovering in the upper ranges for the inauguration of the green fleet but.......
Sunday 7th February 2010 - Georges River 16ft Sailing Club
Slightly less action was forecasted for Sunday’s race 7, the last of the three races comprising Round 2 combining with the four races from Round 1 at Hunters Hill SC in November last year. With a steady 17kts to 21kts from the south, it was probably hovering in the upper ranges for the inauguration of the green fleet but an absolute dream in comparison to the previous day’s punch-up on the water.
RO “Bagdad” advised both fleets they were racing on time around and out in the bay as per schedule just off Monterey which meant the crews needed to allow a good 20mins to get there from the clubhouse.
With so much space to play with on Botany Bay and after two shorter length races from Saturday, BB went the whole hog and set a maximum length course to satisfy everyone who returned to play out the final episode. Entering the last race, 1366 Protagonist had 6pts, 1391 Bolt was next on 17pts, 1305 Lethal Blonde was sitting on 21, 1340 XLR8 on 27 and 1373 Hammer Time on 32.
With the start on time at 1130hrs, 1373 Hammer Time flew down the line to the pin, slamming across the start on the gun with 1366 Protagonist come from the deep to land right on their transom, both clearing the pack early and heading out to the middle of the bay on the left for more pressure. 1305 Lethal Blonde was two-thirds the way down the line and 1391 Bolt was up at the boat tacking off to get the lift off the beach.
At the top mark, 1366 Protagonist had a small lead over 1358 Decoy brothers Declan and Flynn Rohr HHSC who were finally able to exercise their demons in the series so far. 1348 SS Squill Wil Coxon and Oliver Bell ASC were showing form now in third spot ahead of 1378 Slick Nick Williams and Chris Holmes M16’SSC, 1391 Bolt and 1373 Hammer Time.
1366 Protagonist and 1358 Decoy went off to the beach for a loose tacking duel whilst the rest of the front runners sailed east to pressure. Nonetheless, 1366 Protagonist were around the top mark the second time ten lengths ahead of 1358 Decoy, 1391 Bolt soon after with 1378 Slick and 1373 Hammer Time following close by.
Around the top mark for the last time was 1366 Protagonist 25secs leading 1391 Bolt who had taken over second spot from 1358 Decoy. By the final beat to the finish, 1366 Protagonist had fended off 1391 Bolt’s attempts at a tacking duel and crossed comfortably to take line honours in race 7 and the crown of NSW Flying 11 Champions for the 2009-2010 season.
1391 Bolt claimed second place 9secs ahead of 1358 Decoy who snapped third place from the finger tips of 1378 Slick just 4 secs astern.
The green fleet line honours went to 1377 Crash Ride Dominic Ellis and Nathan Illy from Middle Harbour 16’SSC, but the winner of the Green Division being a handicap event went to 1257 Sandfly Christie Wellaver and Layne Durrington from Cronulla SC.
Overall Results on Scratch
1. Protagonist Declan Reilly & Ira Dubery M16’SSC 2 (12) 1 1 1 1 1 – 7pts
2. Bolt Tim Forbes-Smith & Jim Colley ASC 1 4 4 3 5 (8) 2 – 19pts
3. Lethal Blonde Chris Fay & Emma Knighton B16’SC 3 (90) 10 2 2 4 8 – 29pts
4. XLR8 Murray Jones & Harry Morton B16’SC 6 7 3 6 (94) 5 7 – 34pts
5. Hammer Time Sam Ellis & Kurt Hansen B16’SC 8 1 (36) 14 3 6 6 – 38pts
6. Checkmate Anna Kendall & Hanna Lanz ASC 12 3 (21) 9 9 3 18 – 54pts
The NSW Junior Champions were Onya Mark Nick & Sean Connor from Manly 16’SSC, the All-Girl Crew Trophy winners were Checkmate Anna Kendall and Hanna Lanz from Avalon SC, winner of the Veteran Boat Trophy was won by The Cutting Edge Adam Cooke and Taylor Allen from Belmont 16’SC and the Handicap Trophy went to Slick Nick Williams and Chris Holmes from Manly 16’SSC.
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