Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Kirwan Robb Crowned Ten Rater AUS Champion

From the completion of race two Kirwan with his Trance design Ten Rater took the lead and was never headed. His consistency throughout the event saw him have no worse than a fifth after three days of sailing with nine firsts and eight seconds in the twenty five races completed.

Pictured top: Kirwan looking relaxed with just a couple of races to go.
Pictured above (L-R): Andrew Reid, Kirwan Robb, Scott Condie
For full results see ;ARYA Nationals website

Scott Condie and Andrew Reid also with their Trance Ten Raters fought it out til the end for the minor placings and while late in the afternoon of the final day Condie closed the gap to as close as four points behind Reid he was unable to close the gap any further before racing was completed, leaving Reid in second place overall with Condie third.

ACT's Stephen Sedgmen finished fourth with his own Sanga design followed by WA's Rosco Bennett with his Diamond finishing fifth.

Winners of the inaugural Grand Master trophy was David 'Yoda' Thomas with the Master Trophy being won by Owen Jarvis.

Day 2 10 Rater Championships 2019

The breeze that took till lunch time to come in on day 1 was there before briefing today.  Courses were set and it was on.  Ten knots from the ESE gusting to a little more sometimes that was only interrupted by a squall late in the morning.  It came through as a B fleet race was starting causing havoc on the line.  After that passed there was the usual lull for a race or two before settling back in for the day.

Kirwan Robb continued the domination for the second day.  His worst result was 4th, three of them, but they have now all been dropped.  Andrew Reid is his closest competition but is 18 points in arrears and it is difficult to see how he can bridge that gap with the single day left to race.  But Scott Condie is just 9 points from Reid so the silver medal is still up for grabs.

Novelty of the day was the B fleet competitor who was very late for the start due to equipment issues.  With seconds remaining he launched the boat off the bank and streeted the fleet with his port start.  Not recommend but it worked just this once.

The cloud cover reduced visibility after 4:00 p.m. and the top marks became harder to range find.  As the last race was called Andrew Reid discovered his boat electronics unresponsive.  As he worked to remedy the problem the start he missed ended in a general recall.  That's what are mates for apparently!   He made the re-start with less than a minute to spare.

The forecast for tomorrow looks similar, another champagne day at Regatta Lake.



Day 1 10 Rater Championships 2019

The day started with frequent squalls and a SSE breeze.  The forecast was for 15 - 20 knot Easterly breezes on the coast which was expected to translate to 10 -15 knots at Regatta Lake.  Eventually that was exactly what happened but not before some serious attempts at setting a course proved futile.  One start had the fleet making the top mark on port from the start line, while soon after the same mark was fetched on in one leg on starboard.  Weather chaos continued to reign until a halt was called for lunch.

During the break the wind settled in from the East with reasonable shifts available for the observant.  The kind of conditions the less experienced call a lottery that the better sailors always seen to get lucky in.

After the day concluded at about 1640, it was Kirwin Robb (VIC) who read the conditions the best with his worst result, a 3rd, going in the first drop giving him a Nett of 9 points.  Scott Condie (NSW) in 2nd place dropped a 7, while Andrew Reid (VIC) following in 3rd place dropped a 10.  Consistency is the key and clearly Kirwin had it today.

Ross Bennett (WA) is loitering with intent just three points behind Reid, with Stephen Sedgmen (ACT) a further 3 points back in 5th.

The final bracket of racing saw gusts above 15 knots causing just a few nose dives and the odd round-up.  However these conditions only extended the distance between those at the pointy end and those in the back half.

The forecast tomorrow is for similar wind conditions with less precipitation.  Hopefully this will mean that the sea breeze will be able to push though earlier than it did today and more racing can be racked up.

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Australian A Class Championships completed

The 2019 A Class Australian Champion is Brian Dill.  Brian just continued to extend the lead he established on the first day, to finish on 55 points, with Roger Paul on 81 in second place.  Warren Norrie was always at the pointy end finishing just a few points behind Roger on 90 points.

The inaugural Australian Champion in the Masters Division is Denton Roberts who won three heats and looked a real contender to bag a multi-division win.

Left to right: Warren Norrie 3rd;  Brian Dill 1st;  Roger Paul 2nd; Denton Roberts Masters Champion.

Conditions were almost identical for both days with well defined shifts there for the taking for the keen skippers.  Late on day two the larger rigs had a few craft dipping the front half in the lake.

The excitement continues tomorrow with Day 1 of the 10 Raters.



A Class Nationals underway

Easterly breezes were forecast for the rest of the week at the Regatta Lake on the Gold Coast, and that was exactly what happened.  The A Class National Championships started in what could only be described as near perfect sailing conditions.  Yes there were the usual shifts but it was the better sailors who picked them early and made the top mark at the head of the fleet.

By the lunch break there were four boats on 22 points showing how close the racing was.  However Brian Dill from NSW had a narrow lead of just two points from Roger Paul from WA and Warren Norrie from NSW.

One of the Queensland contenders and well known sail-maker Garry Taylor, has rig issues early on, nothing serious, just a split mast.  After missing some action with reduced rig tension he bounced back with a win using some spectra twine and some super-glue.

By days end the PRO Lindsay Walker had started 20 races and the hold that Brian Dill had on first place had strengthened.  The distance to second place Roger Paul had increased to 9 points with Warren Norrie just 4 points back in third.

The racing concludes tomorrow in what should be identical conditions.



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