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DF95 Interclub shootout in Mackay


Full report on the 2nd Round of the 
NQ Interclub Mackay
Saturday 24th August.

After registration and setting up at Lake Grande, Mackay Nth Qld, it was time for the 10 entries to do battle on this marvellous piece of water.

The wind was quite strong from the SE, which had all skippers in 2 minds regarding what sails to set, but in the end as it appeared to be easing, we all elected to start with our A rig. This caught a few skippers out as we struggled with tacking in a chop and gusty conditions, very frustrating to be in front and then tack and be at the back of the fleet.

The wind started to ease as predicted and some excellent close racing was to be had with a number of different skippers sharing the top spot, and the results showed how close we all were. Ross, sailing #840, had some brilliant port end starts, but soon ran foul of the ever present starboard skippers who clipped his wings on a few occasions. His son, Dean sailing #813, showed off his brand new sails from Soch sails in England along with a very bright pink sticker setup on his hull, however he struggled to find his form but at times was in the mix with the top boats. The other Mackay boys, Rob #806, Roy #815 and George #859, had mixed results as they came to grips with sailing in a larger fleet and the gusty conditions, but well done boys, you had the boat speed just some minor execution modifications will see you up there mixing with the top Guys.

FB IMG 1567141293434The Whitsunday boys turned up in force, with their top 4 skippers arriving witFB IMG 1567141273517h a mission to secure the Trophies, well did they turn on a display of consistent and fast sailing or what. Chris #775 had some good close races, but he wilted as the racing went on, something was heard about having too many Soy Lattes and vegan burgers while he was away in NSW. Jamie #850, fresh from a win at the Airlie Beach Race week, showed his consistency once again and took out the overall champion skipper and is looking forward to mixing it with the top guys at the upcoming Qld DF 95 Championships. But he didn't have it all his way, as Shane #780 jump out of the blocks with some early wins and showed fantastic boat speed in the top end of A rig winds, however as the wind eased and the other sailors came to grips with the course, he slipped back into the top pack and had some ding dong battles with Col #778. Cheyne #781 proved he is a master at sailing and put in some great efforts with good sailing techniques but had to work hard for his well deserved 3rd place. As for the only Townsville Skipper, Col #778, well what can we say, had great boat speed and height, but just didn't bring his A Game, and struggled in the gusty conditions, but once the breeze eased up, he FB IMG 1567141266350started to make inroads with some well deserved first places, however at time when he had the race sown up, he fell foul to itinerant pesky weed that took him out entirely of the race.

Overall, as always with the DF95 scene, we had a fantastic day, with 16 races completed under the eye of our honorary PRO and Scorer, Rod Pattemore and Ian Rhodes and George Camilleri.

Thank you guys for a job well done, and everyone is looking forward to our next interclub to be held in the Whitsundays, a date to be set, plus everyone indicated that they will be at the inaugural 2019 QLD DF95 Championships in Townsville on the 5th & 6th October.

Regards and good Sailing

Col Cameron

QLD DF95 Coordinator


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