“Just getting to the race course deserved points!”
For those that haven’t been Porthpean SC is nestled on its own secluded beach just outside St Austell with an enviable raised position offering spectators chance to look out over the impending carnage whilst enjoying the legendary hospitality and pasties...
Saturday dawned with some of the fleet already on site after a day touring the local sights on friday and enjoying a civilised meal in Castletown. The forecast which had put off many of the teams was pretty much spot on with local doom monger Puff Paddy welcoming everyone and already pointing out that rigging boats was probably pointless as the mounting SE Swell was going to make getting off the beach tricky to say the least.
Sunday the 12th March marked the final day of racing for the B14 NSW State Titles 2017. Illawarra Yacht Club turned on the good weather, bringing in a 15-20 knot northeasterly which built towards the end of the day. The consistent breeze made for great competitive sailing amongst the healthy fleet of 11 boats.
Having posted a strong performance in races 1-4 on Day 1 of competition in Sydney, Spectre, sailed by Andre and Jake Webster, was the team to beat. The fleet launched themselves into race 5, the first windward/leeward short course quickly dominated by Spectre, Hunt Leather and The Nude. Bandit and The Nude were so keen to start that they broke the line, but both boats recovered well to move their way through the fleet after their second start, finishing 7rd and 3th respectively. During race 6 the winds picked up and the fleet rose to the challenge, Bandit gaining 3rd place in front of The Nude. By race 7, four boats had retired before the start, and the fleet was working hard to gain their final placings. The fierce battle for mid-fleet placings saw Usain Boat snap a side stay saddle forcing retirement. As with all the event’s retired boats, sailors and rigs were safely accounted for.
After a great day’s sailing, the overall winner of this year’s state titles was Spectre, recording no less than a hattrick of firsts for the day. In second place was Hunt Leather sailed by Sophie Hunt and Andy Payne, who absolutely dominated in the stronger winds and in third place was The Nude sailed by Richie Reynolds and Lissa McMillan who showed great form throughout every race. Handicap winner went to Usain Boat sailed by Nathan Reynolds and Sarah Simmonds and the Traveller’s Trophy went to Toxic sailed by Allen Graham and James Reynolds.
Congratulations to all the sailors who made this state titles one of the best so far. Big cheers to Bob and Anne Bower on the start boat as well as James Reynolds and crew on the rescue boat for working to keep the fleet safe in heavy conditions.
Thank you to our major prize givers Barracouta Sails and Kev’s IYC Yacht Shop and, of course, Illawarra Yacht Club for hosting. We look forward to seeing you at our last event of the year, the Peter Loft Marathon on the Pittwater at Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) on the 7th May 2017. For more information go to www.b14.org
Phaedrus Estate, 2017 B14 Victorian Championship
Safety Beach Sailing Club, March 18th to 19th and Black Rock Yacht Club, April 1st and 2nd.
Day one of the New South Wales State Titles done and dusted! The winds were fair, sun shining and traffic a plenty on Sydney Harbour.
There was a great turn out with 9 boats in attendance making for some good competitive racing. Spectre, fresh from Garda, lead the field with Hunt Leather, The Nude and Bandit in close pursuit all day. Extremely close racing between Usain Boat, Toxic and Yellowbone with only 1 point separating them, The Beast showing grit and determination improving placings throughout the series. Early in the first race Orca Blush had gear failure which took them out of the days racing. And rumour has it that for the 2nd time only in B14 history Richie (not Lissa) raised his voice at another competitor!
A big thank you to Woollahra Yacht Club for hosting a great series. Stay tuned for Day 2 coming to Illawarra Yacht Club, March 12th. Home to Bandit, Usain Boat and Toxic. See you there!
Day 1 Results
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Total|
|Hunt Leather 778||3||3||1||2||9|
|The Nude 780||2||1||5||4||12|
|Usain Boat 376||5||6||3||10||24|
|The Beast 350||8||10||8||6||32|
|Orca Blush 368||10||10||10||10||40|
|9 = DNF, DNC|