2012 Champions Christ Church Grammar School A Team with Team Manager Geoff McGillivray Photo: Rick Steuart Images
Second Place Scotch College Photo: Rick Steuart Images
Yachting WA’s 2012 Secondary Schools Team Racing Championship
The annual Secondary School Team Racing Championship was again hosted by South of Perth Yacht Club during the Easter school holidays. The regatta, a combined effort by so many, went off without a hitch. Sharon Skinner and the team at South of Perth Yacht Club, who have hosted the event for many years, are dab hands, ensuring that the contestants, race officials, volunteers and spectators are all comfortably catered to.
Ensuring everyone was fed and watered, the 2012 JESS sailors and their parents ran the canteen to assist with their fundraising efforts for the 2012 tour which departs for Europe in a few months.
The myriad of race officers, officials and on and off-water supporters did a sterling job – these volunteers willingly give their time and effort for the enjoyment of the teams and support of the sport. Race Officers Kim Peaker who has been a star key player in the schools event for more years than he chooses to count, Garry Deane, Phil Mostyn, Christina Heydon and Alan Benn were assisted by Christine Hunt and their support is gratefully acknowledged.
The regatta attracted twelve teams from Western Australia secondary schools.
Winning Team was Christ Church Grammar School A Team comprising: Lachy Gilmour, Max Guidice, Andrew Fowlie, Jack Swallow, Alex Negri, Josh Hinton and manager /coach Geoff McGillivray & Sam Gilmour
2nd Scotch College comprising Douglas Campbell, Cameron & Liam Seagreen, George Boulden, Emerson Carlberg, Tom Gilmore & Lawson Shaw and manager/coach Oscar Thompson & David Gilmour.
3rd Christ Church Grammar School B Team comprising Brendon & Shannon Wright, Scott Hinton, Lachlan Allen and manager/coach Geoff McGillivray & Sam Gilmour
4th Shenton College comprising James & Isabella Owen-Conway, Hayden Hunt, Andrew Ring, Reilly Larsen, Daniel Judge, Emelia Horn manager/coach Jennifer Medd & Matt Jerwood.
5th Esperance Senior High School Team 1 comprising Ryan Donaldson, Gerrit Speelman, Eve & Ben Drabik, Mitchell Helenius, Eleanor McCleave and manager/coach Dieter Drabik & Travis Burtenshaw
6th Christian Brothers College Fremantle comprising: Riley Skipworth, Stefan Aydon-White, Ashley Humphreys, Domenic Mann, Jacou Hoskin, Jake Walter, Owen Ready and manager/coach Maurice Van Dongen & Luke Walters
7th Perth Modern School comprising: Virginia Horn, Dougal Hanson, William Chesnutt, Tate De Klerk, Alexandra Utely, Joshua Thomson, Cameron Duncan and manager/coach Kay Horn.
8th All Saints College comprising: Seamus Mulholland-Patterson, Kane Orvad, Nicholas Dumas, Jack Vernon, Ben Walker, Sean Robertson, Riley Hansen and manager Kaye Johns.
9th John XXIII College Comprising: Connor & Drew Wallington, Callum MacIntyre, Adrian Vowels, Jamie Glaskin, Matt Salt, Tom Blaauw and manager/coach Andrew Locke & Saxon Oma.
10th Esperance Senior High School Team 2 comprising: Ethan King, Emily Witham, Katrina Padgurkis, Robbie Hooper, Cameron Wilsher, Abbie Barker, Isabel King and manager/coach Dieter Drabik & Travis Burtenshaw
11th and 12th Penrhos College Red and Green Teams comprising: Aleesha Hoskins, Jessica Syme, Lauren Drysdale, Melissa Edmeades, Amber Allen, Sarah Young, Lisa Smith, Bree McCaulay, Lauren Ford, Sana Carvallio, Katherine Duncan, Lydia Gardiner and manager/coach Clare Stone.
Third place Christ Church Grammar B Team Photo: Rick Steuart Images
Some of those people who make it happen! Photo: Rick Steuart Images
Sailability has the means to get everyone into a boat
Sailability - The Journey
By Graham White
Sailing for those with a disability became a mainstream activity at Royal Perth Yacht Club when in 2000, Noel Robbins, Graeme Martin and Jamie Dunross won Gold at the Paralympic Games in Sydney in the Sonar Class.
The Club took the decision to establish a Sailability Programme with the aim of providing an ongoing sailing experience for people with disabilities irrespective of age, gender or level of disability.
We had much to learn as this was a field of activity unfamiliar to most members. However with a commitment from the General Committee and the dedication and enthusiasm of volunteer members a programme was established with the financial assistance of the Macquarie Bank Foundation, Lottery West and numerous other generous supporters. This has become a model for like programmes elsewhere in Australia. The success of the programme led to RPYC being invited by the International Federation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) to host the 2006 World Disabled Sailing Championships, a highly successful and enjoyable event voted by all as the best ever. Later RPYC was invited to conduct the World Blind Match Racing Championships and National and International Access Dinghy Championships.
While our elite sailors are competing at the Paralympics and World Championship level, the real success has been the participation at club racing level and the popularity of the assisted sailing for those with a wish to just have fun in little sailboats. There are numerous examples of people with disabilities whose lives have been enhanced through the experience, a number, dramatically so. It is normal to have blind sailors and wheelchairs in the wardroom at club racing presentations. It is this inclusion and the acceptance by members that is a mainstay of the programme leading to community awards on several occasions and the recognition by our financial supporters that this programme is ongoing. Sailing for those with a disability is a mainstream activity at RPYC and in recent times Sailability has been established at Princess Royal Sailing Club in Albany and South of Perth Yacht Club are also currently developing a programme. The success of these initiatives lies in established yacht clubs welcoming people with a disability into mainstream activities. The programme operates at three levels; recreational, intermediate level where competition and coaching are the norm, and high performance, the national and international level, including Paralympics. The current Paralympics Sonar crew is skippered by Colin Harrison from RPYC and WA sailors are well represented in all classes competing internationally. The blind sailing team continues to be very competitive at international level.
Equipment includes Access dinghies, single duel and servo assisted and various small keelboats. The Paralympic boats are the 3 person Sonar, 2 person Scud and single person Norlan 2.4. There are two of each at RPYC. Other equipment includes specifically fitted out floating jetties, hydraulic lifting devices and safety boats.
In WA a part time salaried coordinator based at RPYC provides administrative support to the Sailability WA Committee and manages day to day activities. Sailability programmes are heavily dependent on volunteers in these day to day activities and all would attest to the satisfaction to be had from this association.
Colin Harrison skippered his team of Russell Boaden & Graeme Martin to Bronze at Beijing
London 2012 Paralympic Games
Representing Australia at the London 2012 Paralympic Games is a mixed team of experienced campaigners and first time Paralympians.
Australia is sending three crews to the London 2012 Paralympic Games with sailors to compete in the Skud 18, Sonar and 2.4mR classes.
Skud 18 class will see Queenslander Daniel Fitzgibbon with Liesl Tesch representing the country. London 2012 will be Liesl Tesch’s sixth appearance at the Paralympic Games, representing basketball but only her first in sailing. Skipper Daniel Fitzgibbon won Silver at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The due recently won 10 out of 10 races in the international fleet at the Macquarie 2012 Access World Championships, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sydney Harbour. Currently racing in the World Cup in Hyeres, Fitzgibbon and Texch are holding their own at the top end of the leader board with racing due to finish on Friday.
The Sonar team comprises Western Australian Colin Harrison, Stephen Churm (NSW) and Jonathan Harris together as a new combination but they bring a wealth of experience to the boat.
Colin Harrison will be competing at his third Paralympics having won Bronze at Beijing 2008 and finished fifth in Athens in 2004.
Jonathan Harris, who has been sailing for more than 40 years, will be competing at his first Paralympic Games. Stephen Churm is also a lifelong sailor and is looking forward to his Paralympic Games debut.
2.4mR - 31-year-old Matt Bugg from Tasmania will represent Australia in the single person 2.4mR having first represented Australia in 2010.
Yachting Australia High Performance Director Peter Conde said that the three crews were all strong and present a great opportunity for Australia to add to its Paralympic sailing medal tally.
Aiming to replicate their haul are Belinda Stowell & Elise Rechichi with their previous medals
Medal Lane to London!
As the Australian Olympic team competes in the World Cup in France preparing for the 2012 Games which are now less than 100 days away, Western Australian sailor, Belinda Stowell has sent this message:
Palma World Cup held in Mallorca, Spain had the full Olympic contingent on the race course. It was a great start for us on the European circuit, even though we slipped from leading the event to finish 4th overall in the final days. It is still great confirmation for us to know we are on track.
Wind conditions were light to moderate for the first part of the 11 race series, and the competition was intense. We went into the Medal Race in 3rd overall and within 3 points of the leaders. Only 10 boats compete in the final, and double points apply. There was a good breeze and the swell and waves made it interesting. We did not sail one of our better races, finished 7th and dropped to 4th overall.
Our Worlds are in Barcelona in May, and we spent a week training there and getting to know the venue. During the training, there were continuing signals.
In top level sport, injury management is a part of every successful journey, and Elise and I have come to a bump in the road. I have strained my back during training and competition and medical and physio advice is to take 10 days rest together with treatment. Sensibly, competing in the French World Cup is not possible so I will be focusing on recovery as we aim for the Worlds in Barcelona in May.
I have had great help from the medical and management team with the Australian Sailing Team and at WAIS and all their connections in Europe! Thanks again to you all.
Our coach Daniel has been great in helping to make some tough but necessary decisions, not unusual in high performance sport. He may have a tough week as he jumps into a harness for a few sails with Elise! Now that’s a committed coach!
Thanks so much to everyone for all the help, guidance and support.
Warm regards and fair sailing,
Belinda Stowell OAM
Robin Deussen and Jordan Spencer, 505 National Champions for 2012
Swings and Roundabouts at the 505 States and National Championships
The 505 West Australian State Championships were held at Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club over the last weekend of March and as a preliminary to the 505 National Championships held over Easter.
The Championships were keenly contested with blustery conditions developing throughout, giving all the skippers and crews every opportunity of proving their skills. After three races on the first day Tensing Norgay and Angry Dragon led the fleet of ten boats.
However with the increasing windy conditions on the second and final day Tensing Norgay sailed by Gordon Lucas and Michael Duffield took the lead in the last two races to win the championship. Peter Chappell and David Castles in The Fish were a strong second and Brett Sharpe and Rob Senior in Angry Dragon were third.
Sailors were generally very enthusiastic in their agreement that they really enjoyed the opportunity of getting out there in the prevailing winds, sometimes gusting over 20 knots with big swells and agreed the State Championships proved to be a great lead up to the Nationals. Nevertheless there were a few disappointments with gear failure and a capsize, which took a couple of boats out of contention.
The 2012 Australian 505 National Championships also held at Mandurah over Easter resulted in a tussle for the top honours between sailors from three states – South Australians - Robin Deussen and Jordan Spencer (Xtreme), Michael Quirk and Simon Reffold from NSW (Strife) and Nick Davis and Michael Duffield from WA in Tensing Norgay.
Queensland and Victoria were also represented and the furthest travelled sailor was Terry Scutcher from UK. Their 505 Pride of East Anglia was a XSP Fremantle 505, as were Xtreme and Tensing Norgay.
Mandurah Offshore Sailing and Fishing Club is renowned for its good sailing winds together with some high wave swells which add to the excitement. Due to the shifty winds racing was delayed to the second day when they were off to a good start with three races completed resulting in three bullets for Xtreme. The following races in light 8 – 10 knots saw Strife and Tensing Norgay in the fray fighting for premier position and Angry Dragon, with Brett Sharpe and Anthony Gaunt, joining the battle with a win in the 5th race.
However on the final day the dye was cast. Robin Deussen and Jordan Spencer in Extreme finished ahead of Michael Quirk and Simon Reffold in Strife in the 9th and final race, holding the lead, and winning the championship. Strife was second and Nick Davis and Michael Duffield in Tensing Norgay taking third place.
A final celebration and presentation was held with some good wines from sponsors Swings & Roundabouts. WA won the team prize. In the 505 Junior Division, Sam Gilmour and Adam Negri in Devil’s Haircut were 1st, Andrew Cawley and Madeline Stowell in Domestic Violence 2nd, Madeline took the mixed division prize and is also the third generation Stowell to sail a 505. Chris and Dale Miller in Saltwater Wine were placed 3rd.
Gordon Lucas & Mike Duffield on Tensing Norgay swing by Dale & Chris Millar on Saltwater Wine in the 505 States
Devine Right to Rule the Waves
Brad Devine and Ian “Footy” Furlong continued their winning streak to take out the 2012 International 14ft Skiff WA State Championships.
Raced over two weekends at the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club the State Championships was contested in a range of conditions. The last two heats were sailed in a fantastic Nor Wester giving all skiffs a great chance to constantly reach speeds above 20 knots throughout both races.
Steve Walters and Ben Lawrie sailed a consistent series to secure second position, while past Australian Champion Tony Carr sailing with Scott Cole hung on to take third, Carr showed great speed at times and came close to a couple of race wins.
Past Cherub Australian Champions David and Michael Von Felton flashed glimpses of their future potential. They are one of many new generation 14ft skiff sailors moving on from the Cherub Class and are now starting to press for race wins in the 14’s. The level of competition in WA is very tight, culminating in our fleet now returning as the dominant state in Australia. The fleet has grown rapidly this year with six boats having been recently purchased or built increasing our fleet number to 23 for next season.
“With this increase in numbers we now have a shortage of for’ard hands for next season, so if you hate going to the gym but want a workout each weekend then you’d enjoy sailing a 14ft Skiff. It is common knowledge that for’ard hands basically do everything while skippers just hang on the back and take all the credit for our hard work. We do however reward skippers and crews with cash prizes throughout the season and all boats are connected to the tack tracker GPS system so we can see where our skippers have led us astray” jibes Footy Furlong.
The next three years look to be very exciting with the WA I14 Association sending boats to the Nationals in Manly Queensland, Worlds in Toronto Canada and Nationals in Port Lincoln SA finishing with the Worlds in Geelong, Victoria. The worlds are raced with in excess of 100 skiffs with the social side being just as good as the racing, so if you’re into skiff sailing this regatta is a must.
For more information or if you would like to come down to the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club for a trial sail to see if you enjoy it before the season ends please email email@example.com and get involved.
Commodore Frank Dalglish presents the award to Michael Cook & Jamie Smith
Trading Places - Power and Sail
South of Perth Yacht Club skippers traded places in this year’s EU-NA-MARA and YIMBALA event conducted over two weeks. The first week comprises a twilight sail where a power boat skipper takes command of a yacht in a race and the following event is a time trial in which a sailor skippers a power boat.
This year’s En-Na-Mara and Yimbala events were conducted in very pleasant conditions on the evenings of Wednesday 14 and Friday 23 March despite being a little short on competitors by comparison with previous years. In all there were eight boats competing for the coveted Norm Cocks Trophy awarded to the team gaining the lowest points over the two events.
The Eu-Na-Mara was won by Michael Cook and Jamie Smith on Jamie’s UFO34 Reflections ahead of Tim Dallas and Troy Dalglish on Geronimo. The Yimbala saw David Palmer victorious skippering Brad Pearce’s Thelissos ahead of Chris Schmidt and Justin Taylor in Acapulco.
Ultimately the overall tally resulted in a tie with the Cook Smith team and the Palmer Pearce team finishing on equal points.
The Cruising and Power Yacht season will be commencing with the round of opening days at the beginning of May with the first State Heat sailed on 26th May 2012.
Anyone interested in participating in Time Trialling or interested in finding out how to go about the sport is welcome to contact Chris Lee on 0419 513 947
420 Sailors Carrie Smith and Ella Clark at last years’ ISAF Youth Worlds Photograph:Sime Sokota
WA 420 Team win Japan Youth National Title
WA 420 combination of Carrie Smith and Ella Clark has won the Japan Youth National title.
The girls who are the 2012 Australian 420 Female representatives for the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dublin in July accepted an invitation from the Japanese Sailing Federation to compete in a training and regatta programme at the Wakayama Olympic Sailing Centre, Osaka.
Battling very cold conditions with average temperatures of 5 degrees, the girls used the opportunity to acclimatise in preparation for their Irish campaign. The regatta started with strong winds of 25 – 30 knots and finished with a series of very light conditions with wind strength not rising above 5 knots. The girls finished the regatta with a strong score line using a third as their drop.
Carrie and Ella found the trip to be a huge cultural experience. They also recognized the differences in the way the Japanese regattas are approached.
‘There were two big differences in the selection of the Japanese Youth Team - emphasis on physical fitness and their selection criteria to compete in the national championship’ said Carrie. ‘All those competing have to apply and qualify for a spot in the championship. They represent different parts of Japan. On arrival they have to undergo a physical testing process. If they do not meet the requirements they cannot compete. Even during our breaks there was no time to sit around. We joined a skipping game that went for 2 hours,’ she said.
At a fundraiser at Fremantle Sailing Club last year Carrie and Ella raised $1500 for the Japanese sailors affected by the tragic tsunami. The girls met some of the sailors who had lost their boats and all their equipment in the 2011 tsunami and were recognized for their contribution by the Japanese Sailing Federation They now proudly display their Japanese Sailors’ Relief Fund sticker on their 420.
Carrie and Ella will now concentrate on their preparation for the Youth Worlds competing in the Victorian State titles and on their home water off Fremantle.
Dan Moore & Richard Thomas proudly display their Champion Trophy
2012 Javelin State Titles
The 2012 Western Australian Javelin State Titles were held at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club over the Easter weekend. A combination of light winds and competitive sailing saw frequently changing positions throughout the races resulting in interesting racing, tight mark roundings and close finishes. The 13 boat fleet consisted of competitors ranging in age from 15 to 70 something, proving that the Javelin class is enjoyed by a wide range of people.
The series did not start well. With the first race cancelled after the wind dropped out the leading boat Phlegmbuoyant (Katie Bundred and Kym Pearce) were two boat lengths too slow to cross the finish line within the 2 hour time limit. Fortunately, the wind picked up for the remainder of the series allowing Race Officer Steve Burt to get in five races.
Richard Thomas, sailing his Dad’s boat (Windrush) with Dan Moore performed consistently well to take the State Championship and also the Junior Champion trophy.
Defending champions Steve and Blake Vance (in borrowed boat, Himalayan Woman) finished in second place with Fat Boys sailed by Cherub sailors Tom Batt and Andrew Hacket narrowly taking third from Racing Red sailed by Russell Hanrahan and Chris Woodward.
It was great to see newcomers Tore Neidel and Peter Olesen sail their first regatta in a Javelin, finishing all races in the process. Junior skipper, Tim Cochrane (sailing with his Dad, Paul), led the final race at the last top mark rounding and finished a creditible 3rd in this race and sixth overall.
The fleet all carried Tack Trackers allowing for some interesting post-race analysis. Even though the maximum speed was a sedate 12 knots, there were plenty of close calls and one spectacular capsize from The Edge (Rod McGregor and Greg Moore) on the finish line of the last race.
Elusive 2012 State Champion
The Farr 9.2 State Championships were again held by The Cruising Yacht Club in Rockingham on Cockburn Sound over the weekend of the 31st March – 1st April 2012.
The six race series over two days, included short and long Olympic style courses with a longer race around the local buoys. Weather started light on the Saturday increasing to moderate during the day with three very close and exciting races. Sunday saw the beginning of a weather front with increasing wind and concluded in just over 20 knots of wind.
Ten Farr 9.2 yachts competed, including three past State Champions, Alan Coutts in Equaliser, David Atkinson in Igawa, and Richard Brisbane-Cohen in Elusive.
Each race brought new challengers including Sea Hawk sailed by former Endeavour skipper Pat Jones who seemed to mysteriously appear from seemingly nowhere but moving towards the front group.
The first two races were taken by Elusive, with Igawa in waiting. The long race around the local buoys was won by Igawa, with challenges from Sea Hawk and FarrFetched sailed by Bruce Meakins.
Sunday first up was an Olympic style race won by Elusive who was pushed throughout by FarrFetched and Sea Hawk. The fifth race was declared a no race, in fairness to all competitors, due to a technical malfunction on the start boat, and the final race was won by Equaliser, last year’s winner, closely followed by Elusive for second, which sealed the Championship for Richard Brisbane-Cohen. At all stages during the competition other yachts also featured impressively in very close racing, including Farrlap (Ron Hewer), Euffaria (George Carter), Lionheart (Warren Westaway), The Black Smoke (Kevin Schroeder), and Torrevean (Ken Stokes).
Results: 1st - Richard Brisbane-Cohen ( Elusive), 2nd - Pat Jones (Seahawke) and 3rd - David Atkinson (Igawa).
Photo L to R Chris Duncan, Mark Dymond, Michael Hallam, Gordon Thomas, Tony Finch, Skip Lissiman, Rex Sleeman and R/C Graham White
RPYC Claim their 9th Inter Club Championship Title on 21st Celebration
Royal Perth Yacht Club, the inaugural winners were re-crowned on Sunday, 1st April for the ninth time in 21 years.
On Friday afternoon, the veteran teams took to Matilda Bay for the first two heats with Scott Glaskin and his Mounts Bay Sailing Club team sailing consistently to place first in the first race and second in the second. Despite losing a man overboard in the first race, Gordon Lucas representing Royal Perth Yacht Club managed to recover well and finish third and went on to win the second race. These strong results placed Mounts Bay Sailing Club in good stead with 3 points ahead of Royal Perth Yacht Club in second with 4 points going into the next day of competition.
On Saturday morning Race Officer Martin Clark took the teams out on the water in the hope of getting at least one race off however after an hour of waiting for a breeze to fill, it was apparent that no sailing would be possible that morning. Disappointingly but not unexpectedly, the November flag was flown just before the time limit of 1030 and all the Foundation 36 yachts were towed back into their pens.
Sunday morning dawned with plenty of breeze and a cloudy Autumn outlook. The Royal Perth team helmed by Steve Thomas with Torvar Mirsky on board made quick work of the fleet to win both Sunday morning heats, strengthening the Club’s position at the top of the leader board. Mounts Bay managed a third and a second place to keep them in contention for the title and South of Perth Yacht Club skippered by Nick Jerwood moved into third place while the defending champions, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club slipped back into fourth.
Tony Finch’s team sailed the final two races for Royal Perth Yacht Club and sealed the Club’s name on the Inter Club Championship perpetual trophy for 2012. Perhaps the most memorable performance of the day was that of Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club who, after being dogged by a broken winch all morning, flew out of the gates in heat 7 to take their first win in the regatta and then backed it up by winning the final race. The defending Country Club Champions went uncontested and so retain their Country title for another year.
Following this Swan River Sailing event is the 21st College Cup on Sunday, 6th May at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the Women’s State Keelboat Championships Saturday 12th May and the Foundation 36 Open Classic Series on Saturday, 19th May. Information swanriversailing.com
1st – Royal Perth Yacht Club (8 points)
2nd – Mounts Bay Sailing Club (11 points)
3rd – Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (15 points)
4th – Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club (16 points)
5th – South of Perth Yacht Club (19 points)
6th – East Fremantle Yacht Club (24 points)
7th – Fremantle Sailing Club (32 points)
John Tissott receives the BIAWA 2012 Environmental Award for East Fremantle Yacht Club
East Fremantle Yacht Club Wins WA Marine Environment Award
The 2012 West Australian Marine and Boat of the Year Awards conducted by the Boating Industry Association of WA (BIAWA) was showcased in conjunction with the opening of The Hillary’s Boat Show which recently attracted 74,646 visitors to Hillarys Boat Harbour.
The WA Marine Awards sponsored by the Department of Commerce and hosted at the Hillarys Yacht Club saw Wakemaker Marine win the coveted WA Boat of the Year Award for their Ultimate by Design - 640 Bowrider. The 640 Bowrider is the newest and largest addition to the Sport Series family and is purpose built for Australian conditions with its huge 250 horsepower guaranteeing a top notch performance out on the water.
Each of the individual category awards are sponsored by interested agencies or business from within and outside the marine industry. The awards have been in place for the past five years and are designed to showcase the best marine product on offer for its category in the state.
General Manager, John Tissott, on behalf of the East Fremantle Yacht Club was very proud to receive the Environment Award Sponsored by Swan River Trust.
Each year this award fosters and celebrates environmental excellence within a different sector of the industry. Their key to achieving these objectives centers on waste control (prevention and minimization), recycling, treatment and disposal. In addition to continually developing and improving their precinct, they take immense pride in the manner in which they operate the facility. Past Executive Committee Member, Brian Watson in his role as Club Safety and Environment Officer was acknowledged as certainly contributing to the success in this area.
Flashback 125 National Champions Andrew Tailor & Nick Syme Photo: Rick Steuart Images
‘Rapid Crushing’ National 125 - 31st Western Australian State Championships
Master takes Championship title but juniors also shone as South of Perth hosts a superbly run 31st National 125 State Championships.
Sailors of all ages from across Western Australia converged on South of Perth Yacht Club over the Easter weekend to compete in the ‘Rapid Crushing’ National 125 Western Australian State Championships.
A 125 regatta endeavours to bring together adolescents and adults in the spirit of fair competition and this year was no different. Forty competitors ranging in age from 12 to almost 70 rigged their boats and took to the water to sail seven races over three days. Light shifty breezes and a drifter in the final race tested competitors sailing capabilities and concentration.
The State President and long time 125 sailor, Andrew Tailor and his crew, Nick Syme sailing Flashback won the series with a race to spare. Andrew’s message to the younger sailors was one of "never say never” and to keep on trying, himself having made 10 attempts over 25 years (from age 15) to finally win the title.
Esperance juniors Hugh Brotherton and Hilton Andrews on Blonde in Disguise were runners up and Junior Champions at their first attempt while the Consistency Award went to East Fremantle’s Zoe Shiner and Lucy Syme on Boogie Nights.
Junior sailors shone throughout the regatta with four boats sharing heat wins between them. A win a piece going to Boogie Nights, Green Out (Alex Thomson & Shannon Wright), Blonde in Disguise and Summerdaze (Jade Stewart & Claudia Verhaaren)
Timber hulled boats, some 25 years old, featured in the results which shows that good sailing can still beat healthy cheque accounts.
Well done to all – competitors and volunteers both on and off the water.
1st Flashback - Andrew Tailor & Nick Syme
2nd Blonde in Disguise - Hugh Brotherton & Hilton Andrews
3rd What Eva - Dave Stewart & Jack Swallow
4th Rage - Craig Moffit & Bess Murray
5th Green Out - Alex Thomson & Shannon Wright
6th Kraken Up - Ryan Donaldson & Alex McCallum
Powerless Kraken clings to Blue Water Trophy
A third place in the Westcoaster Ocean Race was just sufficient for Todd Giraudo’s Hillarys-based Kraken to win IRC Division 2 of this season’s Evolution Sails Blue Water Series. Kraken, launched last winter, was hampered by electrical problems during the race and needed to deploy her emergency navigation lights and hand-held navigational aids.
Kraken finished the race one place behind her nearest rival, Anthony Kirke’s Archimedes, resulting in a series tie that was resolved in Kraken’s favour on a count-back. Ian Holder’s Bad Habits’ disappointing fourth in the race gave her third place in the series, two points behind Kraken and Archimedes. Holder, however, will be satisfied with his season, having secured his second successive Archambault Trophy with an overall third in the 235 nautical mile 50th Cape Naturaliste Race.
Kraken’s win was popular as she was the only Division 2 yacht to compete in all seven heats of the Blue Water series, in a double-handed format for all but the last race when a third crewman was brought aboard. Giraudo and crewman David “Dubbo” White are looking forward to next season, when dedicated double-handed divisions will be in place for all races in both the Archambault and Blue Water series. Double-handed yachts will be in the mix to win the prestigious Siska Trophy, awarded to the overall IRC winner of the Blue Water series.
The Westcoaster Race, conducted by Fremantle Sailing Club over a new 72 nautical mile course going south to Mandurah and return, marked the final race of the 2011-12 offshore season. Conditions were perfect for the day/night race, with a consistent south-westerly breeze backing south-east after dark. With the IRC Division 1 Blue Water title and Siska Trophy having already been secured by Gary McNally’s GP42 Black Betty, which elected to rest after a busy season, the pressure was on for the Division 1 and Overall minor placings.
A third place in Division 1 and seventh Overall was enough to elevate Terry Posma’s tenacious Jaffa to second in both series, ahead of Trevor Taylor’s Optimus Prime, which remarkably held onto a podium position despite competing in only three of the seven races in the Blue Water series. Optimus Prime sailed east in December for the Sydney-Hobart race, staying in Melbourne for an extended east coast campaign.
The stand-out yacht in the Westcoaster results was Laurie & Maddie Flynne’s latest Beneteau First 34.7 Dynamic, which won Division 2 and Overall IRC by more than 19 minutes. Archimedes was second in Division 2 and Overall, beating Tony Mitchell’s Sled by two minutes in the Overall rankings. Sled was first in Division One IRC, defeating Phil Childs’ Knee Deep by a mere 44 seconds, with Jaffa third. Knee Deep took line honours in 10 hours and 26 minutes, finishing at 1.51am.
New Zealand Optimist Nationals 2012
By Annabelle Davies
The 2012 New Zealand Optimist Nationals were held on the beautiful coastline of New Plymouth on the Tasman Sea. Fifteen sailors from the Australian Optimist Sailing Team (AOST) were selected to represent Australia at this event. Five of the sailors were from Western Australia. Alastair & Elliot Young (Fremantle Sailing Club) and Sarah Kirke, Zac Littlewood and Annabelle Davies (South of Perth Yacht Club).
New Plymouth Yacht Club is a small dinghy club in the commercial port of New Plymouth on the west coast of New Zealand. It is a very exposed location. 210 boats raced offshore in big waves, current, chop and rain making it very challenging and cold at times.
We started off with an opening ceremony. Someone forgot the flag and we ended up getting a towel with the Australian flag on it and taping it to a sprit to represent Australia. Because there were so many boats we were arranged into three different flights for the first three days. Each day we would be mixed up into a different flight.
The first day was perfect with a strong consistent sea breeze at around 18 to 20 knots, big rolling swell and current. All the Australians did really well - Alastair finished with three firsts.
It was very light on day two with about five knots, waves and chop. The Australians struggled a bit with the extreme conditions and the last race was cancelled due to no wind.
Day three seemed to be just as bad but a front arrived bringing nice wind. It started off at around 10 to 15 knots and then built from there as time went on. The conditions were extremely sloppy and weird. There was wind from a front coming down the course, huge waves going from left to right, current also going from left to right and chop on top of the big waves but going the same direction as the wind. However, at the end of the day the West Australians had good results.
After the first three days they split the open fleet into the top sixty for gold, then the next sixty for silver and the last sixty for bronze and then the green fleet stayed the same.
Day four started as a northerly breeze with flattish water and lots of gusts and shifts but then dying out, flicking back and forth and swinging 180 degrees about seven times before the breeze fully filled in with around twenty knots sea breeze and again with huge waves. Alastair, Annabelle and Sarah were in gold, Elliot in silver and Zac in bronze.
The last day of the regatta started and finished very windy around 20 to 25 knots with a massive swell, current and chop but it was great surfing.
Gold fleet - 4th - Alastair Young
Gold fleet - 19th - Annabelle Davies
Gold fleet - 53rd - Sarah Kirke
Silver Fleet - 7th - Elliot Young
Bronze Fleet - 3rd - Zac Littlewood
Sprint Series Winner Daniel Hacket Rings the Bell
Cherub Sprint Series 2012
The 2012 Cherub Sprint Series was held over two days on the 18th and 19th of February. The event had a great turnout, motivated by the $1500 prize pool; we had 14 cherubs on the water. The first day of racing consisted of three short races at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. The remainder of the series was sailed out of Mounts Bay Sailing Club with two heats on Sunday morning and the last three heats sailed in the afternoon. Saturday night marked the social event for the series with sailors suffering a severe lack of sleep the next day.
The series was won convincingly by Smacket, skippered by Daniel Hacket and crews Blake and Steve Vance, finishing the series with three wins. Second and Under-18 champions were Virginia Horn and Jessie de Rooy on Serenity Now. In third place was Cunning Linguist sailed by Cam Rule and crews Phil Vance and Todd Montgomery. Handicap went to Who Made Who in an impressive series sailed by Renae Vance in her first time back on the water after knee surgery. The prize for best capsize went to Richard Thomas and Rebecca Morris on Out of Date for their slow motion Titanic-like cartwheel. The final prize, the “hard slog” award went to Russell Geisner and Tim Rayner on Green Apple Splatter for their consistent effort during racing.
Coach Chris Kelly preps the junior sailors at the coached Mandurah Regatta
2012 Mandurah Easter Regatta – 6 to 9 April
incorporating the 505 National Australian Championships
For those at Mandurah over Easter the spectacle of 145 sailing dinghies from seventeen classes with 199 sailors participating in the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club (MOFSC) Easter Regatta, was captivating.
The regatta was a resounding success. With calmer winds than past years and even a fog session on Monday morning, Race Officers had no problem completing the 10 races with enough time to enjoy the beautiful weather and dozens of pods of visiting dolphins…or was it the sailors visiting the dolphins?
After cancelling the first day of racing in the 505 Class Nationals due to 30 knot westerlies, the winds abated to leave a quiet Good Friday coaching opportunity. One hundred sailors went out on flat seas in mild breeze. Coaches Tessa Parkinson, Ben Austin, Gabrielle King, Tim Castles (WAIS), David Mann (WAIS), Chris Kelly, Martin Wright, Jacqueline Gurr (Victorian Optimists), Ashley Jones and Trainee coaches Kate Lathouras and Max Puttman worked together throughout the regatta assisting all level of sailors from 49er ‘scream machines’ to the entry level Optimists on all four courses. Being a coaching regatta, there was both on water instruction and a debrief with the coaches where the sailors were given close instruction on techniques and tactics based on their race performance.
Saturday saw the MOFSC hardstand swell with another forty-five dinghies arriving. Councilor Darren Lee, Deputy Mayor, officially opened the regatta with Club Patron Ron Taggart firing the cannon. After a quick chat from Race Officers Robin Olsen, Chris Kelly, Gillian Charlwood and John McKechnie the sailors hit the water for a great day with easterlies around eight knots, challenging sailors and race officers. Four races were completed showing the marvel that is sailing - whatever the conditions, there is much to learn with light weather sailing being as taxing as in heavy weather.
On Sunday the breeze swung from the East through the North to westerlies which again challenged the race officers and course layers. The sailors loved the light and shifty breezes, spoiled as we are in Western Australia with a typical prevalence of ideal winds, which few are used to. All four races were completed and sailors were off the water by 15:00, except the 505’s who sailed home with a beautiful setting-sun backdrop.
The Youth Forum was brought forward for the tired sailors. Tessa, Gabrielle and Ben shared their experiences and insights as to sailing at the Olympic and World Championship level; including fitness, nutrition and commitment to time on the water. The captivation on the faces of the fifty sailors of various ages was amazing and sailors said they found it inspiring and a privilege to talk to world class sailors in such an open and approachable manner.
On Sunday night the 100 volunteers who supported the four course areas on and off the water were acknowledged with a friendly reminder not to make a big night of it as there was yet a day to go in the regatta!
Monday saw more light and shifty conditions with locals shrugging and noting it was rare to see this weather at Easter. The volunteers briefing was riotous as the new Mark Layers were sworn into a union by 'President' Selwyn Castles and a new union of Stufhus (starters, time keepers, umpires, flag hoisters, horn blowers etc) were inducted by Wendy Castles.
Races started in eight knots of westerly winds and all four courses finished their races. After a protest delay, 300 people collected in the galley for presentations and acknowledgements by regatta chairman Kevin Luff.
Optimist Silver Fleet: Rome Featherstone, Storm Trooper (FSC)
Optimist Gold Fleet: Thomas Maher, Charter (Jakarta)
Flying Ant: Bree Spencer & Isabella Mann, Viper (TCYC/MBSC)
Fireball: Lance Rock & Elise Munyard, Midnight Rambler (MOFSC)
Moth: Max Puttman, Pimp Mobile (MOFSC)
Bic Techno Sailboard: Chris Charlwood (FSC)
29er: Max Giudice & Hayden Hunt, Velocity (RFBYC)
49er: Luke Parkinson & Jasper Warrren, Snatch Crackle Pop
Contender: Ross Brennan, Cruising (RFBYC)
Tasar: Lloyd Lissiman & Fiona Campbell, Bungarra (RPYC)
Sabre: Ashley Hoad, Sainthood
Mirror: Kieran Daly & Rosie Rowell, Lollyhead (DBYC)
420: Carrie Smith & Ella Clark, Manta (FSC)
Laser Standard: Matthew Wearn, The Kennel (FSC/RPYC)
Laser Radial: Mark Spearman, Prime Time (FSC/RFBYC)
Laser 4.7: Richard Maher, Czech Mate, (SoPYC)
505: Robin Devssen & Jordan Spencer, Xtreme (SA)
505 Teams: Western Australia
Coaches Award Chelsea Bradford (MOFSC)