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Mitchell crowned DF95 State Champion 2021

DF95Newport2021Clear start at Newport, the eventual winner #42 well placed already.1 August 2021

First time DF95 competitor Kim Mitchell has taken the Queensland State Championship, in an upset win. After only sailing his boat for the first time the afternoon before, Mitchell took the first race convincingly setting the tone for the remainder of the short event.

The win required 14 points, with second placed Peter Newman for Victoria second on 18 points followed by what many would have considered the odds-on favourite, Greg Torpy third placed on 19 points.

The drifting conditions had one race with just a windward-return and another shortened to one loop.  Despite that, the very light breeze did stay roughly from the forecast northerly direction allowing the set course to be adjusted quickly when needed. 

The day began with a rumour circulating about a possible COVID lock-down later in the day and just after racing started that was confirmed. With the extremely light and variable breezes the aim for the Race Committee was to get six races completed to constitute an event.    DF95Newport2021WinnersL to R: Kim Mitchell 1st, Greg Torpy 3rd, Peter Newan 2nd.

After a slightly delayed start for the first race waiting for breeze, the committee had six races in the bag by just after midday and lunch was called. More than a third of the fleet announced that they were withdrawing from competition to ensure they arrived home before the scheduled lock-down time of 4:00 p.m. After discussion with the Race Committee it was decided to close the event so not to disadvantage those competitors who chose to comply to State Government directions.  At the time of packing up, there was a beautiful NE breeze on the course that would have been wonderful conditions for the remainder of the day.

Notable at this event was the use of the DF Association sail templates and general scrutineering of the boats.  As it happened, there was a couple of deviations from the standard identified by both officials and competitors and this is a healthy thing for the class. Those differences were rectified as required.

Kim Mitchell is returning to his home club at Hervey Bay that does not sail DF’s, but maybe he has a right to think that for him, practice is not required!

Thanks go to the Moreton Club for hosting the event and to the volunteers for making it possible.

The Editor

Result HERE


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