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Record 10 Rater Fleet on the Gold Coast

10R Pic2 Sm31st of January 2021

After what seemed like a very long wait, these formula 1 boats were finally let loose on the water.  Twenty (20) boats registered nineteen attended  and I am pretty sure there were still 18 boats on the water at the end of the day.  This result showed the importance of this event with everyone putting plenty of effort into preparing the boats. 

The Emerald lakes club did an awesome job of the event with plenty of shade and volunteers to keep everyone in check.   The event was expertly PRO'd by Bill Clancy.  After much discussion leading up to the day, a 2 fleet system was used to prevent possible damage to boats and chaos on the start line.  At the end of the day this decision by Bill proved to be the correct one.

Racing proved to be very competitive with nearly every boat at some time during the day visiting B fleet.

Greg Torpy was convincing in his win as always and was only challenged from time to time.  Geoff Morris only having sailed in this fleet for a very short time did well with a 4th with only a count-back keeping him from taking third place from Frank Russell with John Musgrave in second.  With only 1 point between second and third a tie for third place only 3 points between 6th and 7th a tie for 7th place and then only a few points between places after that

A surprising number of spectators watched the event and saw the very professional way the competitors, volunteers and others conducted themselves on and off the water.

10RlongThis is a record breaking event.  No one can remember the last time a regional 10R event attracted this many entries, if ever.  The need to go to two fleets for 10R's is unprecedented  in Queensland for anything but a National Championship.

Five different Queensland clubs shared the top 5 places demonstrating that the 10R's are breeding in the State.  A number of new boats are coming onto the water and the level of competition improving.  We will look at putting on some more events to cater for the growth in this class in the near future.

Results HERE

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Trevor Fisher

Queensland Classes Coordinator



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