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Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Championship 2021

Conditions were extremWinnersely testing with the cool north-westerly breeze challenging competitors as it shifted in direction and
varied from 5 to 15 knots (gusting 20 knots). Competitors were on edge with adrenaline kicking in and knees shaking as
they all lined up on the blustery start line. All desperately trying to keep a clear position to get out of the gate cleanly and
get to the top mark without any collisions. Changing conditions meant rig selection was critical with “mental games” being
played as competitors strategized, watched, looked and changed rigs. A tight main foot and powered up jib were
absolutely key to performance in the choppy windy conditions competitors said as some shared settings to help each

If you put yourself in the right place and you had the right settings you did well . Predicting the setup for each race was
the key factor for success on this racecourse. Combined with of course having a clean start, clean air and minimal contacts
with other boats during the race put you in a great position to do well on the day
This was great fun and a great experience to mix it with some of the best sailors in Australia. It's not often you have 30 competitive boats racing in such challenging conditions. A real learning curve for all competitors. remarked Dean HortonWhilst first places were shared between 4 skippers, more important was the fact that the first five places of each race were shared between the top 15 boats. A testament to how close this racing was. Also having the 2 fleets racing allowed for new members in the sport to enjoy some very close racing. None of these events happens without the efforts of the organizing club race committee. The event was superbly organized by PRYC’s Sailing Secretary Bill Clancy (rules master and QLD 16 foot skiff champion) acting as principle race officer. Bill was assisted by Mike Cosgriff as trainee Race Officer, and volunteers and observers including Barry Hill, Ross Capper, David Black (Scorer), Peter Burford, Chris Palmer, Ted Fletcher, Richard Bray and Frank Arrowsmith Importantly, the course was set brilliantly by Ray Sweeney and Geoff Smith who commented on how enjoyable it was to watch the close racing.

Noteworthy performances on the day included Andrew Wilson and John Gower both picking up two firsts and Graham Cowling who also got a win. Big named competitor namely Greg Torpy (ex. world Etchell champion and Olympian and 2021 IOM Queensland state title holder) was also up there from time to time. Finally, Mike Jefferys with 9 firsts to enable him to again take home the Bindawalla trophy for another year.
We were also blessed with two father and son teams. Well done Scott and Gary Rudd from PRYC and Dean and Don Horton who sail DF65’s out of the newly formed Redland Bay Yacht club. Don mentioned “the racing, sportsmanship and organization were first class “. Dean ended up with a very respectable 4th place. Dean has a very impressive resume as a junior winning Sabo and 420 Queensland State Titles, placing in the world youth sailing champion, and a big boat match racing champion and Brisbane to Gladstone winner. Also, the Luck brothers had some fun in the sun under their umbrella which looked like taking off a few times.

 OPEN WINNERS from Left: John Gower (3rd), Mike Jefferys (1st) & Andrew Wilson (2nd)
MASTERS CATEGORY WINNERS: 1st Graham Cowling, 2’nd Bob McKinnon & 3rd Don Horton.


 Heat 7A Mike Jefferys video

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