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Marbleheads are hot in Queensland

MclassfleetMarbleheads at Lake Sampsonvale30 July 2020

Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron (MRYS) Management Committee has approved the introduction of Marblehead sailing as a permanent Saturday fixture at its Newport venue.

This announcement effectively doubles the number of clubs in South East Queensland sailing Marbleheads.  Lake Sampsonvale Water Sports Association (LSWSA) has been  the centre of M Class owning and racing with the only other club with any significant ownership in Townsville.

This Marblehead 'Boat Rush' started last year when the State Class Coordinator Trevor Fisher coaxed three of the QRYA Committee to borrow boats and enter an event at Lake Sampsonvale.  Two of them enjoyed the experience enough to promptly order new F6s.   They took delivery and raced them in the recent South Queensland Championship at the same venue.  With very little time to prepare or work out how to tune a swing rig, one of the interlopers won the event and the other took the bronze medal!

Not long after Doug Allen from the Wynnum Manly club threw his hat in the ring and went the same F6 route.  Doug dropped in to the Lake Samponvale event to see how the new boats went but he had already trialled the class with a borrowed boat in the 2019 Nationals at Regatta Waters Lake.

As both Garry Russell and Geoff Morris (the two new F6 owners) are members of MRYS, of course it seemed logical that they should sail them occasionally in their home water.  Word got out quickly about this two-boating plan and two quickly turned into nine onMclasstory1 the first Saturday trial held recently.  The additional seven boats came from a combination of LSWSA members and one or two inactive boats coming out of the garage of existing MRYS members.

Entries are open for the Marblehead State Championship in Hervey Bay and this should be a very intesting event.  With three competive new entrants in the class regular class champion Greg Torpy will have to sail well to take out the State crown this time.  Competition was unusually close at Lake Sampsonvale with Garry Russell taking the crown by just 0.4 points (no not a typo).  There are more than six people capable of taking one of three podium places including Trevor Fisher whose fourth at the last event with his new Katana had him nipping at Geoff Morris's heels by the last race.

Meanwhile, MRYS will run the Marbleheads every Saturday in addition to the regular Sunday a.m. DF95 competition sailing and Sunday p.m. IOM competition sailing.  Moreton is booming this year.

Garry Russell has accepted the role as MRYS Marblehead Club Coordinator so that the new class can receive his direct focus and attention in the formative stages.  Not sure it will need a lot of attention, looks to be off and running well already!

The Editor


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