Monday, January 20, 2020
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Report on South Queensland Laser Championships 2019

We had a perfect day to decide the 2019 S Qld Championship with a light breeze from the [mostly] SSE. With only a couple of exceptions everyone chose to sail with their A rigs. Those who were spooked by some dark clouds and tried the smaller B sail paid a heavy price in the light airs which prevailed.
There were 5 different heat winners but Peter Burford showed everyone how to do it with 11 Firsts. Laurie Hinchcliff was the perennial bridesmaid with 10 second placings and it was good to see Dan Bergan have a podium finish.
Whilst there were the occasional right of way situations they were all sorted out very amicably - a fact that was commented on by the RO, Ian Ashe, and his assistant, Alan Young. Regattas such as this cannot take place without competent personnel and all competitors would like to thank both of these plus, of course, David Black who always rolls up with his scoring outfit. As a state we are indeed lucky to have such dedicated volunteers.
We had a fleet of 10 boats, all from PRYC, one of whom, Linton Ward, came down from Cairns. We also saw a welcome return from Mal Kampe who has not sailed for more than a year but was still competitive in a loan boat. It was disappointing that none of our Sunshine Coast friends took part - perhaps we will see them at Lake Samsonvale in August for the Qld Championship.

Peter O’Grady (Qld RC Laser Class Representative)



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