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2017 Central Qld IOM Championships Story

2017 Central Qld IOM Championships Story

CQLD IOM Champs 8th 9th July 2017 Nick LINDSLEY 56We had nowhere to sail.

We were tossing up between the University Lake – full of weeds which had just been harvested and then the Council guys broke the hydraulics while trying to haul the weeds out of the lake and no clear date for the repair to be completed,

Burrum Heads – too far to travel both days and then setup everything both days and Madsens Rd Lake – still trying to make their insurance company accept that they would be covered by the QRYA Insurance coverage without that being specified in writing anywhere.

6 weeks before the event we finally got the approval (while setting up for John McIntosh’s Birthday Party) that we could sail on The Springs Lake – a new R.V. Park being constructed at Madsens Rd, Nikenbah just South of Pialba Hervey Bay Qld.

With nothing yet in place at this building site it would be a sprint to the start line of the Championships.

After a couple of let downs with a pontoon we acquired 2 pontoons & had them dragged onto a tilt tray tow truck & dropped into the lake, towed them with our 9ft tinny & 4HP outboard into position. A few working bees to get barnacles off, timbers bolted into place, 20mm anchor chain (Anthony I was joking when I said we had the QEII!), truck brake drums as anchors, brackets, cleats, sleepers for the terraced steps and sourcing the bike ramps as our draw-bridge to gain access.

1 week before the Championships we finished the steps & we could then focus on all the other components of the event.

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WMRMYC Inc & MRYS Inc InterClub Challenge Day 2 , Manly Harbour - 16th July 2017

WMRMYC hosted round 2 of the interclub challenge between Moreton and Wynnum Manly clubs. The event is best described as a friendly competition designed to encourage interaction between members and showcase sailing venues.

Fortunately the weather was excellent for the afternoon session with the preferred easterly direction prevailing and wind 5 to 8 knots with occasional lighter periods.

 A two lap course was set by Wynnum sailing committee chairman Peter Kampe who set a leeward starting line/gate and windward mark with clearance mark. The course minimized incidences at both ends and again only inevitable port and starboard altercations mostly near the top mark. Most notable was friendly nature of sailing between members from both clubs and any issues were quickly resolved.

PRO for the day was Scott Wharton from Wynnum who generously sacrificed sailing his boat to run the 12 races for the day. At times it looked like this goal might not be reached however it was refreshing to see all skippers pushing for more races.

Following round 1 the previous month at Newport, Moreton went into the day trailing on points. Gary quickly made his intentions clear winning some early races and menacing the podium places and going on to be the northern teams star for the day.

Perhaps with a little local knowledge or a numbers advantage however, Wynnum Manly featured well with Brett in his brand new (first time in the water) Kantun 2 winning races or placing in most and Mike in a Triton also placing well. John Gower was very consistent and although he felt he was not quite there the results in big fleet showed otherwise. Also with a brand new boat was Peter who I am sure will refine his new boat and be even more present at the front.

Other notable performances included new WMRMYC member Andrew winning a race, Moreton Commodore Peter featuring well and part timer John Paech showing potential and will benefit from more time on the controls. Of course it would be remiss of me not to mention Russell who had a day of mixed fortunes however made amends with podium places in the last couple of races.

Feedback for the day was encouraging and we look forward to a long tradition of competing for the new Goodwill Perpetual Trophy. This has been dedicated to the Life Members of both clubs whose commitment to the sport has helped to establish it in such a strong position evident by the strong fleets all clubs are achieving of late.

MIKE.

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BRYC 2017 Dragon Force Series Rd. 4 - 16th July 2017

BRYC Open Series Round 4 16.07.2017 21Well woe is me, that’s about all I can say about the BRYC Open Series Round 4 held on Sunday. Nobody bothered to pray to the wind Gods for some wind and the result was some very “painful” sailing indeed.

The day kicked off with an excellent turnout of 10 skippers turning up to have an enjoyable day of sailing, but after 2 races taking about an hour to complete our hopes of the wind picking up were looking pretty much dashed. To the visitors that made an effort to travel to our event we thank you and to all others that made the effort.

 What time wasn’t spent sailing was used for some catch up talk and some light banter so really in conditions like these no day is really lost as our comradery is well and truly enjoyed and some technical innovations are shared amongst our guests. As for the day I’ll let the reflections in the glass smooth water do the talking.

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all of those that setup the day and worked behind the scenes which helped the day go off without a hitch.

Till next time everyone stay above the water.

Paul Newman

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