Season Presentation Ends With Plenty of Awards!

The boat might be named Pointless but the point has been well and truly proven.

Take a big bow, John McDougall and his crew of David Slingsby, Mark Robson and Andrew McDougall, who recorded the fastest times 10 times and winning the Etchells Club Championship this season.

There were plenty of other skippers and crews smiling broadly at the recent Etchells and Sports Boats presentation night after what turned out to be a sailing season with no shortage of competitive racing ­, despite the dominance of Pointless. The fleet was largely blessed with consistent racing breeze and there were only seconds between the leading boats at the finish of most races.  

Hot on their heels were Velsheda, skippered by Greg Humphries, with Paul Turner and Zac Molin, second in the club championship, first in the Bill Bowry Series and recorded four fastest times.

Also prominent was the ever-consistent Ivy, skippered by John Denton, with Graeme Sheldon and Roy Leslie, who recorded two fastest times, won the Spring Series Pointscore, were second in the season pointscore and were third in the club championships. Most significantly they were the best club representatives at nationals and states and at Mooloolaba. Several Gosford boats competed at the bumper-fleet states and nationals held off Palm Beach in challenging conditions.

Others who were celebrating in the crowd of 60-strong sailors, partners and friends, were Don Wilson, skipper of the Don, who with crew Graeme Murray and Peter McIntosh won the season pointscore and were fourth in the club championship.

Curved Air, skipped by George Johnstone, with Mark Thomson and Justin Gurdol, was first in the Spring Series (Phil Lockwood and Greg Bell crewed) and sixth in the club championship. Justin was among those who received special thanks for contributing to the Magics learn to sail program, which Neil MacDonald took under his wing and managed.

The Autumn Series Pointscore was won by H2O Rat, skippered by Geoff Dilworth, with Rod Person and Ian Bowie. They were also 8th in the club championship.

Greeenback, skippered by Greg Lowe, with Phil Lockwood, Brian Robinson and Amelia Clough, missed a few races and finished seventh in the club championship.

Huh! Skippered by Mick Law, with Bruce Tennant and John Humphries, enjoyed five fastest times over the season, was first in the Summer Series Pointscore and third in the season pointscore and fourth in the club championship.

The bottles of port for the winners of the Sparlash Trophy (To Harry’s and back), a season’s end race up the oyster leases channel and back was won by Ivy Rapid Clean (Magic) , John Denton and Brian Baker.

Much of the success can be attributed to the progress and investment the club has made in its sailing programs, which now involves a total of four various courses. These include the Adult Learn to Sail, Youth Sailing Academy, Corporate Sailing events and Discover Sailing Experience Days as well as ongoing club racing every Saturday.

Additionally, four new spinnakers have been purchased for use on the Magic 25 sailing boats, which undoubtedly will push for more growth in Saturday racing.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the 2016/17 Adult Learn to Sail Course, who have now received 5 certificates for Start Crewing, Helming, Racing, A-Symmetrical and Symmetrical Spinnaker use. The Master Magician award and Magician’s apprentice award were also handed out.


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