Australia’s rising young skiff sailors competed in the 46th Australian National Cherub Championships over the Christmas/New Year period. This year’s winning team was Andrew Chapmann and Kurt Warner from Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club. For the second time in three years the Cherub Nationals were decided on a coutback after Chapman and Warner managed to tie up the scores with a dramatic win in the final heat of the series held on Lake Macquarie. Their win was snatched from under the noses of their closest rivals Andrew Triggell and Chris Anderson of Brisbane and the defending champions Trevor Fay and Simon Young from Belmont.
Chapman and Warner were sailing "The Black Pearl", a boat the pair built and fitted out over the winter with this series specifically in mind. The boat featured one the of new "High Modulus" 46mm Cherub masts from CST.
A pleasing aspect of the regatta was the significant number of young sailors entering the class and getting a taste of Cherub sailing. Twenty three of the forty seven entries were in the Junior category for skippers 18 to 21 years or the Cadet category for skippers under 18.
While the legendary Cherub social scene was in full swing throughout the regatta, sadly I will leave the reporting of those events to others! – Rolf.