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Western Australian IOM State Championships 2016

2016 Western Australian State Championships – Austin Lakes

The weekend of December 3 and 4 was the Western Australian IOM State Championship regatta at Austin Lakes in South Yunderup. Many of the competitors arrived at the lake on Friday afternoon for a bit of practice. We set up the course and immediately, the racing got going.

Friday’s practice was a fun series of short races giving everyone a chance for a few of the locals to reacquaint themselves with the lake and our visitors to get used to the seabreeze. This year we were really pleased to welcome three competitors from interstate and across the ditch. Steve Champion joined us from New Zealand, Norm Wallis came across from Adelaide and Lindsay and Anne Walker flew in from NSW.

Having spent a couple of hours on the water, we returned to the accommodation at the Lakeside apartments where Roger and Ian got a fair bit of the measurement duties out of the way. Afterwards, we went up to the Yunderup Sports and Recreation club to join their regular Friday night dinner. We were made very welcome and had a great night.

State Champs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday dawned clear and bright. We arrived at the lake with the wind already blowing fairly firmly. Everyone had their B rigs on, and they stayed on all day. 26 competitors faced the Race Officer Warren Rock for the briefing at 10.15am. Warren’s helpers for the weekend were Bob Paton ( Assistant Race Officer), Rod Moss (boat driver), Ray Forsyth (Scorer), Anne Walker (Finishing recorder and fleet board) and Andree Bennett, who called the finishing positions with her normal precision.

The wind was in the west, without much south in it. This meant that it was touch and go whether we should sail from the north bank or south bank. Warren had the course set for the north bank, where we sailed all day. Unfortunately, the windward mark was in a tricky position with very shifty winds at the approach.

Two fleets sailed their seeding races, and before long, we were in to the 6 up and 6 down pattern. Ian Sherriff took off to take the lead early, whilst Ross Bennett and Glenn Dawson were chasing hard. Peter Buchanan and Rob Mews were sailing really well too. At the end of day one, eight races were sailed, with Glenn Dawson leading the pack from Ross Bennett and Rob Mews.

On Saturday night we all wandered over to the local pub on the banks of the Murray River. It’s called the “Red Lion on the River”. The food was good, the drinks and the chatter were flowing. Everyone went home with a smile on their faces ready to go again the next day. We were actually very well behaved for a two day regatta!

First thing on Sunday, the wind decided not to cooperate. There was an easterly blowing and the sea breeze was desperately trying to establish itself. This resulted in times when the wind dropped, then gusted from the east, then blew from the south west. Perfect conditions for a Rum Race. Steve Champion had picked up a bottle of rum on his way into the country, which he donated for the event.

The course was simple enough – you had to sail around all the buoys on the lake. Warren reserved the right to alter the course at any time, and demand penalty turns at any time, for any reason. It’s amazing to see just how competitive some people can get when there is a bottle of rum as a trophy! Needless to day, our grand poohbah (National President) came to the fore winning the race. Everyone was hoping he might open it there and then, but he managed to keep it closed for the remainder of the day!

Once racing got underway, there was still a bit of competition between the two breezes, and the course was really challenging. It was easy to find yourself out in front, only to have the fleet sail passed on both the left and right. Luckily it wasn’t long before the sea breeze won over, and built towards the top of A rig.

Overnight leader Glenn, didn’t adapt well to the new wind strength, and both Rosco Bennett and Sean Wallis were chasing hard. Rosco found himself OCS on a couple of occasions meaning that he had to return to start. This put him under pressure in the overall point standings. Meanwhile, Sean was flying.

Lindsay Walker seemd to like the top of A Rig wind range, and was sailing very well. Steve Champion also sailed well. Ian Sherriff and Peter Buchanan had really good speed at times, but lacked a bit of consistency.

Almost everyone in the fleet had a visit to B fleet at some point in the regatta, and the challenge was to try and get out at the earliest opportunity. On one occasion, four of the top five placegetters found themselves in a B fleet race at the same time.

Over the course of the weekend, Glenn sailed the most consistently and managed to hold off a fast finishing Sean Wallis. Rosco Bennett held on for third place from the first of our visitors, Lindsay Walker.

Both Edgar Vitte and Craig Taylor sailed their TNTs really well for first time competitors. They both had opportunities to race in the A fleet and held their own well. Denton Roberts sailed especially well on Saturday, showing great improvement. Hub Bell had a Saturday he would rather forget, but made some substantial changes to the rigs of his Fractal on Saturday night, and improved greatly on the Sunday.

Many thanks to all our volunteers over the weekend. In addition to the people listed above, we would like to thank Fred Weber and John Smith for coming down and assisting as well.

Final results are as follows:

1

Glenn Dawson

76

PRSC

V 9

 

34.0

2

Sean Wallis

71

CLRS

TNT

 

41.0

3

Ross Bennett

39

HWRS

V 10

 

43.0

4

Lindsay Walker

2

NSW

Shuffle

 

66.0

5

Ian Sherriff

171

CLRS

V 9

 

70.0

6

Peter Buchanan

15

HWRS

Britpop

 

89.0

7

Andrew Brady

72

HWRS

V 8

 

89.0

8

Stephen Champion

87

New Zealand

Kozmik

 

91.0

9

Robert Mews

41

CLRS

V 8

 

92.0

10

Graeme Howie

93

PRSC

Cheinz

 

123.0

11

Roger Paul

86

PRSC

V 9

 

127.0

12

Chris Woods

67

PRSC

Britpop

 

129.0

13

Edgar Vitte

187

PRSC

TNT

 

131.0

14

Hub bell

59

PRSC

Fraktal

 

147.0

15

Denton Roberts

65

PRSC

Britpop

 

165.0

16

Bruce Robins

1

PRSC

Cheinz

 

178.0

17

Craig Taylor

70

PRSC

TNT

 

180.0

18

Greg Westerberg

44

Albany RSC

Own

 

198.0

19

Norm Wallis

192

S Aust

TNT

 

210.0

20

John Merchant

11

CLRS

Britpop

 

215.0

21

Rob Murdoch

191

PRSC

TNT

 

228.0

22

Justin Mcaully

10

PRSC

Britpop

 

236.0

23

Ian Ritchie

66

PRSC

Panko

 

236.0

24

Ray Bassett

77

PRSC

Nitro

 

246.0

25

Peter Truphet

68

Albany RSC

Kantun

 

252.0

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