by Tim Edwards
With 4 RIBS on the water covering the QLD competitors represented across all three fleets and with two coaches Susannah Pyatt and Klaus Lorenz for the Open competitors it was once again a major campaign far from home. Despite expectations that the racing would be a speed test in stable breeze, courtesy of the ‘Doctor’ what actually materialised each day was a shifty Sou’ easter where missing the shift pattern spelt disaster. It took a while for the QLD sailors to really dial in to this, with many of our best results towards the end of the week. Seven QLD sailors made the cut of the top 66 boats to participate in the Gold Fleet Finals, and three sailors in the Silver Fleet Finals.
Rome Featherstone, a local Fremantle WA sailor sailed a brilliantly consistent regatta to win his first Nationals, with last years champion Otto achieving fifth overall. Our best placed QLD sailor was Aidan Gummow achieving 31st overall but finishing with a flourish by winning the final race of the series.
Congratulations to Hamish Thorn, who qualified as an under-12 AIODA Australian Optimist Development Squad participant for 2015
Open Fleet QLD Placings
Aidan Gummow, 31st Gold Open Fleet
Hamish Thorn, 41st Gold Open Fleet
Tom Wright, 42nd Gold Open Fleet
Zach Edwards, 45th Gold Open Fleet
Taylor Rogers, 47th Gold Open Fleet
Ashleigh Swadling, 48th Gold Open Fleet
Blake Wilson, 56th Gold Open Fleet
Ty Gummow, 37th Silver Open Fleet
Riley Cameron, 39th Silver Open Fleet
Ryan McVey, 46th Silver Open Fleet
Intermediate Fleet QLD Placings
Our single entry was Charlie Piacun, the National Green Fleet Champion from 2014. Charlie won two of the qualifying races and a second in the final race of the finals to finish a very creditable 8th overall in the Gold Fleet.
Green Fleet QLD Placings
Adelaide Pullin competed every day despite sometimes challenging conditions even in the relative shelter of the harbour. Adelaide was rarely out of the top ten and finished 9th overall.
Teams Racing Competition
In the Optimist Team Racings competition at the beginning of the week our A and B teams both failed to progress through the qualifying rounds to the kockout stage, with the event being won by South Australia with NSW runners up.