Heaven And Hell
Alison Chapman and Rhys Mara on Sparky have won the 47th Cherub Nationals held at Mounts Bay Sailing Club in Perth. The win was a huge milestone for women sailors as Alison was only the second skipper after Nicky Bethwaite in the Cherub’s rich history to win the championship. Travelling over from Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club in New South Wales the duo excelled in the tricky moderate conditions to convincingly win six back to back heats in a nine heat series.
The regatta was hugely successful with Alison, a former Flying 11 National Champion , describing the nationals as the best regatta she has ever been to. Racing was characterised with fast and furious downwind battles, with many in the 30 strong fleet managing to flip their Cherubs and land in strange contortions. Off the water, big parties were scheduled after each race. A drinking competition won by NSW, Rottnest Island trip that turned into a drunken break dancing competition on the ferry home and an all out new year’s party made sure that many sailors had blood shot eyes for the next day’s racing.
The next Cherub nationals will be held shortly after Xmas at Largs Bay in South Australia. Some racing vid here, and a very classic swear jar vid right here! Photos by Andrew Burvill and Fiona Lunsmann