Gosford Sailors Dominate State Championship
Last weekend Gosford Sailing Club hosted the J24 Regatta and the Australian Sports Boats NSW State Championship. The racing involved of a total of 9 Australian Sports Boats, and 8 J24's. Conditions predominately involved very shifty, gusty breezes, with temperatures of around 26 degrees. Although sailing conditions were very testing throughout the regatta, GSC sailors continued to show their form.
Saturday's racing commenced after a brief postponement due to strong winds gusting 35 knots. After some patience, winds slowly settled to a consistent 20-24 knots. This enabled sailors to get out on the race track and race for the regatta championship title. Although winds remained unpredictably gusty for the remainder of the day, most of the fleet were brave enough to endure the testing conditions. This saw some very close racing amongst the fleet.
Sunday's racing was much calmer and consistent, but still tricky in regards to shifts around the racecourse. This gave race officials the challenge of setting a course consistent of the breeze. Two of the Clubs Magic 25s were entered into the ASBA NSW State Championship with club members from the club's keelboat course crewing on the boat 'Robson'.
Congratulations to SG fleet skippered by Phil Gribble who won the ASBA PHS series.
Gosford Sailing Club's 'Robson' skippered by Neil Mcdonald, along with some of the keelboat course crew also had a fantastic day, scoring a second place in the ASBA SMS series.
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