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2019 NQ DF95 Tri-Series – Round 1

DF95 First place 2019 NQSaturday 15th June in Townsville presented a typical beautiful day, with some cloud cover, with plenty of sunshine, a mild 26 c and a nice gentle breeze of about 5 knots building from the ENE. It looked like it would be a great day of sailing with visitors turning up from Mackay, Whitsundays and Wynnum Manly, however the number of entries were down due to Army exercises and others taking some holidays away.

A course was set using the usual upwind – downwind with gate and after registration and lunch, the 8 skippers lined up for the first race of 16 at 1:00 pm. Race Officer Bob Neunhoffer had set a fair course and with the breeze steadily building to around 15 knots during the racing , he found that he did not need to alter the course at all and each race was taking 7 to 10 minutes to complete. All boats started with their A rigs and no one changed to the smaller B rig as the DF 95 can handle the stronger breeze, but a few of the visitors were caught out with tacking in a choppy wave, but they soon learnt and coped with it.

 

Left to Right: Col Cameron (2nd), Jamie Jochheim (1st) and Shane Beyer (3rd).

From the start, Whitsunday Sailor Jamie Jochheim, showed that he was here to compete as he took off and dominated the fleet for the 16 races, and finished on 17 points after 3 drops. Excellent consistent sailing and close covering skills coming to the fore. Townsville champion, Col Cameron had a poor start to the racing with him getting caught up with stalling and breaking the start line, and it wasn’t until the 7th race that he found his Mojo and took the racing to a new level and was able to place pressure on the leader with a number of wins and 2nd place, which then subsequently secured him 2nd place for the day. Shane Beyer from the Whitsundays started well and was often in a covering duel with Jamie for the first half of the racing, but then dropped off due to the consistent sailing strain taking a toll on his concentration, well done for a well-deserved third place.

In fourth place, was Chris Head (Whitsunday) who sailed exceptionally well and even won a race, he was so excited as he hasn’t been able to beat Jamie and Shane before, fifth place went to Dean Anderson (Mackay) , who found his boat lacked a little bit of speed due to his sails being well used and he has ordered a new set and he will be back up with the leaders, sailed well with some good consistency. 6th and 7th Place getters, Ray Wilson (WM- Townsville) and Ray Part (Townsville) had a ding dong battle between themselves as they were both new comers to DF95 Boats, and in the end only one point separated them, well done boys. In 8th place, was Clay Bauman who let’s just say had a day to remember as he hit every mark on the lake, and as we all know, hit a mark you lose big time especially when sailing DF95’s, but hey Clay keep going as well know you can sail really well.

Overall the day turned out to be one of the best and it showed that the DF95 can provide excellent racing, but the highlight was the camaraderie and sportsmanship shown by all the skippers, it made the day. No protests, plenty of contacts with penalties taken immediately without question and helpful tuning tips showed that to win at any costs is not required.

Congratulations to all the skippers who gave it their all and very big thank you to Bob and his band of volunteers, Ian, James, John and Steve who unselfishly gave their time so that everyone had a fair go. The next round will be held in Mackay on the 24th August, should be fun.

Col Cameron

DF95 State Coordinator


 

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