final day of racing for the Musto Performance, EngwirdaMarine 505 National
Championships brought more of the same from heats 7 and 8. Lighter winds
and marginal trapezing conditions. With the overall winner decided and
boats to pack, the course was fairly short.Hamish
Jarrett and Chris Pearson had a great start as did Higgins and Marsh
and Carter Jackson and Darren Nicholson. They were the first few boats
to round the top mark, but there was a very large pack, containing nearly
all the fleet right on their tails. With the light winds, the boats
ran square to the mark, rather than wire running. The light conditions
also saw the Sweaty Betty boys start to fly again. These lads have the
lightest crew weight in the fleet and sail well, so pretty quickly they
moved toward the front. Quirk and Reffold were also moving forward with
great speed. By the last triangle, it was Swetty Betty from Higgins/Marsh
and Quirk Reffold. However on the final tack to the line Quirk and Reffold
snuck through on Higgins/Marsh.The
Funkmobile had a shitter, we had a 6th in our drops, so took some big
risks to hunt for a win, we wanted second overall. None came off, well
actually the opposite. As a result, we had our worst race. We also discovered
part of our C/B slot tape hanging off after the racing and some weed
trapped in there as well. No excuse, just part of the problem. I have
to say, sailing back in after the final race, we were on a tight 2 sailor,
reaching along over blue tropical water, blue skies and warm breeze.
The boat was planning back to the board, easy as you like and it made
you realise just how good the sailing was.From
there though it was load the boats into the container and hit presso.
Given my lack of social participation throughout the week, I smuggled,
2 bottles of red, a case of beer and a bottle of Bundy into the event,
but I was so ratshit tired, I passed out at midnight. However, whilst
the nightlife may have been pathetic, the sights on the beaches were
Bill Cuneo and John Warlow, as you know took the win. Their first.
The other winners were South Australia for the teams trophy,
- Cuneo/Warlow won the masters
- Earle Alexander and Ian Gregg were the Grand Masters and 5th overall.
- There was no U21 winner, and
- Sarah Withall won the female trophy in 21st
- Handicap was Martin Pike and Pip Pearson on Sleek.
it was a fantastic regatta. The location was incredible and the support
from the sponsors and the team at Hamilton Island really made it work.
Certainly the partners loved it. You would come in from sailing to find
them enjoying cocktails or sailing the Island cats, or snorkelling and
looking for turtles. I don’t think it will be the last dinghy regatta
the Island hosts.