2005 National Championships - Report
Dorron & Johnston win Flying 11 2005 National Championships
James Dorron & Holly Johnston ( Manly 16' Skiff Sailing Club) sailed their aptly named boat Ace to victory in the 2005 Bell Potter Securities Limited Flying Eleven Australian Championships, contested on Sydney Harbour from 11th -17th January.
The event, hosted by the Woollahra Sailing Club, was a great success largely through the generosity of all the sponsors and especially Bell Potter Securities Limited and Elder's Real Estate. With variable winds and temperatures playing a large part in the regatta, ninety five boats, and 190 competitors, from throughout NSW and WA really tested their sailing skills over the six days of competition.
Whilst all sailors worked hard in extremely tough conditions with winds gusting above 30 knots for most races, Ace stood out above the rest of the fleet, the three year Flying 11 partnership between James and Holly allowing them to thrive in the tough conditions to dominate the regatta.
Several other boats held the lead throughout various stages of each race, but none were able to sustain the relentless pressure from Ace, which won six of the seven heats contested.
The final heat saw some great racing with a wonderful tacking duel on the final work between Ace and River Rat (Andrew and Alison Chapman - Lane Cove 12' Skiff Sailing Club) with River Rat succeeding right on the finish line. There is no doubt Ace had a magnificent regatta and deserve to be called the Australian Champions for 2005.
By winning the final heat River Rat achieved second place overall, with The Rat (Will Mackenzie / Georgia Clancy - Manly 16' Sailing Club) taking third place. Up until the last day, positions 2-5 were up for contention. With River Rat winning the final day third position now went to The Rat (Will Mackenzie and Georgia Clancy - Manly 16' Skiff Sailing Club) who held on from clubmates Trademark (Mark Atkins and Tom Schultz) and Whitewash (Mitchell White and Joe Finch). Jenna Christian and Ashlee Holford sailing Lethal Blonde from Belmont 16' Sailing Club in seventh overall were first female crew.
Top Ten Results
1. Ace, J Dorron (6 points) 2. River Rat, A Chapman (17) 3. The Rat, W Mackenzie (20) 4. Trademark, M Akins (22) 5. Whitewash, M White (25) 6. Hell No!, R Mara (49) 7. Lethal Blonde, J Christian (50) 8. Predator, J Rose (55) 9. Do or Die, B White (62) 10. Sirocco, A Griffiths (63).