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Newport Classic Starts the IOM New Year

NewportClassic2020Thirteen IOMs assembled for the Newport Classic last Saturday 15th February.  This was the first opportunity in 2020 for this class to see who came through the festive season and January break the best. It was also a bit of a range-finder for the first ranking event in Hervey Bay next month.  Entries are open here.

The event was extensively recorded by Ian Lobley and most of the event is now up on the QRYA Youtube Channel here.  The week before the area had a deluge of over 100mm of rain and the run-off produced some unidentified vegetable matter later on in the day as the tide receded.  But the water was in much better condition considering that the organisers thought they may have had to cancel the event a few days before due to debris.

L to R. in image above: Garry Russell, Doug Allen, Arron Farrar.

Single fleet racing with 13 starters is always exciting and there were plenty of calls for turns to be done, a general recall or two and an above average number of OCS's (On Course Side of the start line).  The northerly breeze for the first few races had the control area on the western bank of Jabiru Canal providing great visibility of the top and bottom of the course.  After lunch the breeze clocked East a bit making the southern bank the preferred location.  The course was changed a number of times, mixing it up to try to get the best out of the conditions.

Noteable in the results are two new names.  Michael Retchford from the home club and Marty Wallace from Springfield Lakes Club.  Michael was impressive steering his well presented V10 and Marty showed real potential, finding himself up at the pointy end of the fleet on more than one occassion.  

By 2:20 p.m. sixteen races had been completed and the Race Committee decided to have a few more anyway with racing ending at the 3:00 p.m. mark as defined in the NoR.  When the numbers were crunched Doug Allen (Wynnum Manly) took the trophy on 28 points, followed by previous event winner Arron Farrar (Gladstone) on 40.  First of the locals was Garry Russell taking third place on 57 points.

Thanks to PRO Peter Morris for managing the on-water part of the event, Peter Griffin for scoring at late notice, Garry Russell for putting it all together.  Thanks also to the the volunteers and the rest of from the Moreton Club committee and members for hosting.

Results linked here


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