2019 IOM State Championships - One week to go...

Oct 18, 2019

What on earth is an IOM doing in a babies cot? Read on and all will be revealed.....


The countdown has begun - just one week to go before the highlight of the Western Australian sailing calendar - the Western Australian IOM State Championships. Austin Lakes is about to host the cream of IOM skippers from WA and around the country, with one guest flying all the way from the good 'ol US of A.

So far there are 18 entries for the WA State Championships for IOMs, with one or two dragging their feet. We are looking at a really decent fleet to face the Race Officer on Saturday 26 October.

The WA regulars are being joined by a few eastern staters for this weekend. Our old mate and regular visitor Norm Wallis is making the trip from South Aus and we always look forward to Norm's company. Lindsay Walker is making his way across from NSW with his K2 to test himself against the V10s and 11s of the WA fleet. Of course, wherever Lindsay travels, Anne Walker comes along to volunteer with the finishing and scoring for the regatta, which we really appreciate.

Making the slightly longer journey are a duo of banana benders - Doug Allen and Greg Torpy. Dougy is in training for the IOM Worlds, and we believe this includes practicing sailing. Torpy is a well known and loved plasterer of holes in walls, having fixed a hole in a wall in his last trip to WA. Dougy is racing a V10 and Torpy has another K2 to add to the fleet. Welcome guys.

The prize for the furthest travelled goes hands down to our mate Barry Donaher - coming out all the way from Utah USA. There are a couple of photos of Barry's brand new boat and of the lengths he goes to to ensure his pride and joy make it safely to the starting line. Barry finished his Adriatic design IOM a matter of days before flying out to WA.





For those who are unable to attend but would like to follow the results, there will be live updates on the RSAWA website as the racing unfolds. You can follow along and check the progress of your favourite skipper.

Which brings us to the form guide......

Outright favoritism is hard to award at this point, but Sean Wallis and Rosco Bennett would have to be at the top of the conversation. Rosco is in pretty good form if last weekend's outings are to be believed. Of course, Sean has been doing a lot of work attending plenty of events around the country and in New Zealand, so is really race hardened. Either one could take out the regatta and it would not surprise.

On the next level of betting comes a few of our visitors - Greg Torpy has pedigree and the downwind speed of the K2 on his side. He has notched up a number of regatta wins in Queensland with his V10, and he hopes to show that the new boat has the speed to surpass that. Lindsay Walker brings plenty of experience to the waters of Austin Lakes. His smart, cool headed sailing will stand him in good stead for the weekend.

What about a few smokeys? Well the cunning Edgar Vitte has the Worlds in his sights, and has been putting in plenty of time on the sticks. Edgar's light air ability is well known, but last Saturday in a solid B rig wind, found the 'go' button and had his V10 smoking along. We aren't certain about Dougy Allen - a few rumours have been floating across that he is sailing pretty quickly. Doug is also off to Brazil for the Worlds, so will be keen for a solid performance. Also on the smokey list would be Glenn Dawson, who has been a bit spasmodic in his performances lately. Having said that, a win in the WA Ten Rater States last weekend shows there is a bit of form creeping back.

And of course, our mate Barry from the US with a spanking new boat will be interesting to watch. Barry is looking forward to getting into the sun and warming up following the temperature in Utah plummeting over the last few weeks.

There will be plenty of good cheer over the course of the weekend, some of which may well have an impact on the outcome of the event. A number of people are staying in Mandurah for a couple of nights, so the bon homme will be flowing.

Watch the RSAWA website for results and a full report to follow. In the meantime, if you have some time to come down and watch, or do some Observing, please feel welcome. It will be an interesting weekend.

Category: Western Australia
Posted by: ARYA Publicity