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Glassy times at Hervey Bay

CQIOMs20212The flags on the Buoybots tell it all!15 June 2021

The 2021 IOM Queensland titles at Hervey Bay utilized the Simple Heat Racing System, which reduced the number of boats in each heat and facilitated the use of only two fleets with such a large number of entrants. The start line saw 17 boats, meaning the line was quite full, and a good start was a challenge.

Further efficiencies were introduced for the event, with the host club accepting an invitation from WMRMYC to utilise WMRMYCs’ two Buoybots on a free of charge basis, with all risk of providing, maintaining and operation of Buoybots underwritten by WMRMYC. With the most obvious advantage of minimizing downtime during course changes, of which there were quite a few.

Sailing was affected by a large low pressure sitting over Queensland. Racing on Saturday started with less than 3 knots from the SSW and a cool but sunny morning with the day warming up quickly. By 2pm a 10 knot NE breeze had found its way to the lake but dropped off slightly by the end of racing.

Racing was slow with the wind dropping to nothing at times, then coming momentarily from the back of the fleet, making for bunch-ups at marks a regular occurrence.CQIOMs20213Breeze on for a while

After Day one, Paul Jones held a narrow lead on the point tally, with 4 x 1st placing, 2 x 2nds and a fourth, in some difficult sailing conditions. Whilst a few others recorded wins on their point score, the random wind conditions put many mid fleet, adding to their tally.

Day two and skippers saw even less wind over the course of the morning. After completing only 1 extra round before 11am, an early lunch was called hoping for better conditions for the final gold and silver fleets to be sailed. Conditions were again slow until after 2pm, as again, a 10k NE wind kicked in to speed up the finals.

Final scores after allowing 3 dropped races saw Sean Wallis take 3rd on 27 points, Greg Torpy 2nd on 24 points, and the Paul Jones extended his lead from Saturday, taking the win on 12 points.

A great many thanks go to those that organised the event including the FCRYC committee. Also, to those volunteers that helped run the regatta, including PRO Trevor Fisher, Scorer Anne Walker. Mark Harris who gave up the chance to sail in the regatta to help with scoring, also from our club Dave, Sandro, Bruce, Trevor, John, Kim & Darryn. Without these volunteers we would not have an event.


Photos Alessandro Taglienti  See more HERE


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