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17th March 2018 - Championship Final
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17th March 2018 - Championship Final
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Tight Racing in Championship Final
The rapidly approaching season end and a glorious autumn afternoon gave numbers a healthy boost for the final heat of the 2017-18 Club Championship Series. Fifteen crews faced the starter with all finishing in surprisingly respectable times and enjoying some great racing along the way. Competition was particularly tight and only seconds separated most of the fleet at the line. The breeze was a classic NE. While only a gentle 7 – 10 knots it was steady and reliable - with just enough punch to keep everyone moving along nicely.
Course architect Dennis Boyd came up with another beauty this week. Based on the regular zig zag pattern of recent times, today’s variation provided two bottom marks with each to be taken alternately. For laps one and three, the mark was at the drain, but on laps two and four, it was just out from the rowing club. Initially designed as a hedge against the breeze shifting, it nevertheless proved very popular and gave crews variety and an extra challenge on the long downwind legs. The mono’s were assigned three laps and the cats four.
With the bigger fleet it was decided to split the start. Mono’s got away first - followed three minutes later by the cats. The short and often challenging sprint to the top mark went like clockwork with all boats getting around without incident.
All eyes this week were on the NS14 division. TBA crew Dennis Boyd and Matt Parkin started the race on identical points to their archrival Paul Smyth in Rush Hour. The winner of today’s race would be the 2017-18 Club Champion so it was a winner takes all contest. Both got away well at the start and were never more than a few metres apart for much of the race. In the early stages Paul clung to a knife-edge lead with both skippers trying to out-manoeuvre the other in the constant procession of subtle lifts and knocks. As they rounded the bottom mark for the last time, each had to decide on the quickest route back to the finish. Dennis and Matt chose to head to the middle of river while Paul tacked and struck a course closer to the southern bank. There was precious little in it but ultimately Dennis and Matt’s gamble paid off and they crossed the line just seconds ahead of their opponent. Great racing and congratulations to both crews.
It was great to see a good fleet of Lasers back on the water with five competitors in the race. Tightly bunched at the start, they eventually split into two groups with Neil Burgess and Peter Zietsch fighting it out in the forward pack while Deb Parkin and Gus Young contested the rear. It was the sort of day, skippers had time to focus on tactics boat speed and that’s precisely what they did as each tried to gain the advantage by careful trimming and steering in the constantly shifting breeze. Peter Zietsch was first home, but only just ahead of Neil Burgess who sailed particularly well in the last work and had his opponent very worried. Deb Parkin claimed the honours in the second group – by an even slimmer margin from 4th placegetter Gus Young. In his first sail in over 20 years, former member John Dufty took out a club Laser and did a magnificent job to not only complete the course but also beat a number of boats on corrected time. Well done John.
Arrow skipper Tony Rose narrowly won the prize in the catamaran division. Despite a few setbacks on the course Tony managed them well and achieved some excellent boat speed in between. Luke Denham was next home and trailed the winner by only 60 seconds. Sailing his latest Maricat, Luke kept the accelerator down the whole time and was never out of contention. Hobie 18 skipper Bill Holton took out third place (first on line honours) after a great demonstration of how to make a big boat go fast in a light breeze.
Laser and Cat Championship winners will be announced shortly.
See below for full results from today's race.
A big thanks to Dennis for laying the course, Dan for rescue boat duties, Morgen for today's photos and Bob for officiating the race. Much appreciated. Morgen took some nice shots so make sure you check out the Gallery.
Sailing next Saturday (24th March) is a Club Pointscore and the last race of the season. Make sure you come along for a final sail before the winter break.
Results (Thanks Greg)
|Recorded Time||Elapsed Time||YS||Cr'd Time||Class||Skipper||Crew||Sail No|
|NS14 (3 laps)|
|01:14:20||01:04:20||108||00:59:34||NS14||D Boyd||M Parkin||1954|
|Lasers (3 laps)|
|01:22:15||01:12:15||118.5||01:00:58||Laser Radial||D Parkin||176906|
|01:34:35||01:24:35||125||01:07:40||Laser 4.7||J Duffy||-|
|Cats (4 laps)|
|01:31:15||01:18:15||90||01:26:57||Maricat 4.3 (Super sloop rig)||L Denham||16756|
|01:19:20||01:06:20||76||01:27:17||Hobie 18||B Holton||Sarah||3514|
|01:35:50||01:22:50||92.5||01:29:33||Paper Tiger||N Carter||2967|
|01:23:00||01:10:00||76||01:32:06||Hobie 18||M Maginnity||W Pope||16547|
|01:31:30||01:18:30||82.5||01:35:09||Mosquito (Cat rig)||G Lee||1759|
|01:28:45||01:15:45||79.5||01:35:17||Nacra 16 Square||J Harrison||156|
|01:28:50||01:15:50||79||01:35:59||Mosquito (Sloop rig)||M Pope||A Pope||1704|
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