2019 WA Ten Rater State Championships

Oct 14, 2019

Held at Champion Lakes on Sunday 13 October 2019, the Western Australian Ten Rater State Championships were a closely fought affair.

A seven boat fleet arrived to the lake with little wind evident. However, the forecast was for a decent 6 to 8 knot south westerly wind was expected. Unfortunately, a few regulars were unavailable due to travel, family commitments and the like. Nevertheless, the skippers who did front up had a day’s racing which was really close and entertaining.

Our Race Officer for the day was Peter Buchanan. It was Pete’s first go at doing the Race Officer task. He had completed the online Race Officer’s course, and was looking forward to putting what he learned into practice. Pete handled the day like a well-practiced and confident Race Officer. Pete was ably assisted by Cliff Davies and Rosco Bennett. The skippers all thanked Peter, Cliff and Rosco for volunteering for the day –  we really appreciated your efforts.

Racing did get underway about fifteen minutes late, when a south westerly at about 3 to 5 knots drifted in. Early on, Ian Sherriff’s Blade was difficult to keep up with, revelling in the light conditions. Graeme Howie also showed consistent speed sailing his Aero 3. Graeme is very good in light weather, seeking out the areas of pressure and making the best use of them. At the same time, Roger Paul was showing that he had sorted out his Diamond’s boat speed settings from the previous weekend, and put in some good performances.

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Denton Roberts had a few good finishes in the lighter winds, which was encouraging for him. The Diamond showed really good boat speed putting lots of pressure on the rest of the fleet. Phil Brown’s Grafito is a lovely looking boat built from timber. Phil enjoys his sailing a lot, and we appreciate his participation. The boat looks great on the water and even better up close – a work of art.

By the time we had put 7 races in the book, it was time for a short break for lunch. Graeme was leading the pack from the chasing group, which included Roger, Jeff Green and Glenn Dawson. Shortly after lunch, the breeze picked up to about 6 to 8 knots, and the landscape began to change.

As the breeze built, the Sangas of Glenn and Simon Ellis seemed to benefit. As the afternoon wore on, the Sangas built their speed. It was terrific to see Simon sailing so well, notching up several heat wins. Jeff Green also got going once there was a bit of breeze too.

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As is the case in most sailing regattas, the thing which wins out is consistency. In our fleet, there are a lot of boats with the capacity to win races, so placing in the top three regularly is critical. By the middle of the afternoon, Glenn had chipped away at Graeme’s lead, and with about three races to go, the scores were even.

Glenn managed a win in the second last race and Graeme got a 4th place, meaning there were 3 points between the two going into the last race. Unfortunately, Graeme was recalled at the start of the race, and was locked in between a couple of boats, so by the time he extracted himself and re-started, Glenn had made a good start and built a comfortable lead on the fleet. So it turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax to what was a really good battle all day.

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The fight for the third place on the podium also had Roger and Jeff pitted against one another. Roger took a one point lead into the last race, and needed to finish in front of Jeff to give him a points lead, otherwise Jeff may have prevailed on a countback. Roger finished the last race in second place, edging out Jeff, who finished a close third.

Generally, throughout the day, the boats were really close to one another. Small mistakes resulted in losses from which it was hard to recover. Similarly, penalties were damaging, as the big Tens can’t spin on a dime like the IOMs. The other pleasing thing was that the entire fleet managed to finish out the day. Nobody experienced gear failure or electrical gremlins.

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At the close of the day, we all thanked Peter, Cliff and Rosco, as well as Sean Wallis and Rob Mews who came along in the afternoon to support, encourage and sledge the skippers. The encouragement award went to Phil Brown for his great support of the Ten Rater class.

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Click here for detailed results
PosNameSail No.
1DAWSON, GlennAUS 76
2HOWIE, GraemeAUS 30
3PAUL, RogerAUS 86
4GREEN, JeffAUS 95
6ELLIS, SimonAUS 54
7ROBERTS, DentonAUS 65
8BROWN, PhilAUS 50

Category: Western Australia
Posted by: ARYA Publicity