by Tim Edwards
The Hollywell Sailing Club extended their normal warm welcome and excellent facilities to the Optimist Class on the 29th -30th May for the State Titles. Held over a long weekend this years QLD State Championship attracted quite a number of Interstate visitors from NSW competing for the Open Championship Title. They were a very welcome addition to the Open Fleet and increased on water competition for the QLD sailors. In fact Cole Tapper in Cool Change won the overall regatta convincingly from Woollahra Sailing Club in Sydney.
There were good numbers for all three fleets, and for the first time in QLD there was an Intermediate Fleet racing that saw many of our Green Fleet racers from the Nationals upgraded, notably David Daley from Bowen who took the QLD Intermediate Title. In the Green Fleet which experienced ideal light conditions for their weekend of racing the event was won by Austin Cross from SYC.
On the water, racing was tense and difficult for competitors and officials alike, with competitors sent in off the water on Saturday until sufficient breeze emerged in the afternoon when four races were finally achieved. Quinn Auricht in Bring it On from South Australia led the regatta overnight from Cole Tapper and Hamish Thorne with a strong and consistent set of results in what were very fickle and patchy conditions in the Broadwater, made even more difficult my the wakes from hundreds of long weekend pleasure craft.
In the fifteen boat Intermediate Fleet it was ideal conditions for the super lightweight sailors with David Daley in Lickety Split from North Queensland leading overnight with two wins from Ethan Harcourt in Fast and Furious and relative heavyweight Matt Hattrick with one win in third.
Unfortunately Sunday brought low cloud, constant rain and no wind. The race organisers held boats ashore and waited patiently for an opportunity to race. In late afternoon competitors were sent afloat and the race committee struggled to find some consistent breeze to set a course.
After a lengthy postponement racing got underway for the Open Fleet only to be abandoned as the breeze shifted significantly to the south east momentarily. After the restart Hamish Jasmine Young made a great start to lead the race pursued by Zach Edwards Hamish Thorne and Cole Tapper. In dying breeze Hamish established a solid lead, pursued by Zach and Cole, who needed a good result to win the Open Title from Quinn. Hamish Thorne secured the QLD title in style with a win, pursued in second by Cole who did enough to secure the Open Title from Quinn who had a difficult final race in seventh place.
The Intermediate Fleet start followed the Open Fleet, and the dying breeze and lack of remaining time resulted in abandonment of the race, leaving the Saturday positions to stand as the final results. David Daley was the Intermediate winner, followed by Ethan Harcourt.
In the Green Fleet it was very much a local affair, with the top three placing’s taken by SYC sailors. Austin Cross in 218 took three wins in the six race series to take the title from Alex Albu who achieved two wins.
In the female category it was Lucy Alderson in Tick Tack all the way from WA who was the first female, finishing 4th overall in the Open Championship, one place ahead of QLD sailor Ashleigh Swadling who achieved first place female QLD sailor for the second year running.