Friday, March 22, 2019
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Day 4 IOM Australian Championships

Going into the final day Sean Wallis held a slim lead of just 6.3 points ahead of Paul Jones, this was narrowed to 3.3 points by lunch as the championship was to be fought out between the pair.

Wind conditions were slightly lighter than previous days with a mix of A & B rigs for the earlier races however the course still remained challenging with the onshore breeze and gusts which swept across the course at regular intervals. As the day progressed more and more skippers chose the B rig as the preferred option although there continued to be some who felt the A rig was the better choice until a gust hit and the bow went down.

Wallis started the day well with a third in the first race of the day (race 14) while Jones scored a seventh and the lead stretched out. The second race of the day (race 15) saw a costly mistake by Jones who, after leading the race, sailed to the wrong mark for the leg to the finish allowing Wallis to take the win while he finished fifth further stretching the Wallis lead. At this stage it was still far from over, with Jones fighting back with a vengence in race 16 and taking the win while Wallis had a poor performance picking up a 9th and with the additional drop kicking in the lead was shattered to 3.3 points.

At the same time a tussle had developed for third overall with WA's Roger Paul closing to just two points behind SA's Scott Mitchell and as the wind dropped for race 17 and became significantly shifty the pair struggled resulting in both ending up in B fleet for race 18. Jones and Wallis also found this race difficult and found themselves well behind the leaders however it was Wallis who had the edge over Jones to finish with a 7th while Jones finished 16th and fell to B fleet also.

With the final race to be sailed Wallis had a lead of 10.3 points which was enough to secure the championship. Jones came through B fleet and won the final race with Wallis finishing 7th but claiming the championship.

Third place was decided with Roger Paul failing to return from B fleet leaving Mitchell to take third overall while Brad Johnston slipped through to fourth and Paul finished fifth.

Presentations were held in the Southport Yacht Club Watersports Centre


Left to Right: Paul Jones 2nd (NSW); Brad Johnson 4th (QLD); Brad Johnson Masters Champion (WA); Peter Burford Grand Masters Champion (QLD); Sean Wallis 1st (WA), Scott Mitchell 3rd (SA)

 

Sean Wallis, 2019 Australian Champion in International One Metre yachts.  Wallis has put the hard yards into preparing for the event when he traveled from WA to to compete in and win the QLD State Chamionship in September 2018.  Clearly the dedication has been rewarded.

 

Ron Fawcett (2nd from L) and Ian Lobley (3rd from L) accepting the George Middleton Trophy for the most valuable contribution to Radio Sailing in the National Championship host State.  Presented by Col Cameron, President QRYA (L) and Andrew Reid President ARYA (R).

 


 

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