2019 IOM WA State Championships - The Wash Up


Oct 28, 2019

The 2019 IOM Western Australian State Championships have been run and won. The weekend was a terrific success. Most people came away feeling that they had learnt something, or had a few successes along the way. The fleet was one of the best we had seen in WA for some years, with a number of visitors travelling to the regatta...

The hardened competitors arrived at Austin Lakes on Friday afternoon for a tune up and practice sail. There were a few locals on the water, along with Albany's Greg Westerburg and a couple of eastern Staters in Lindsay Walker and Doug Allen. After an hour or so, the boats were packed up, dried and hauled off to the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club for our Measurer Roger to cast his eye over our boats. We managed to get a little more than half the fleet measured over a couple of pints in the club.

That evening, a number of us stayed at the club for a terrific dinner. Naturally, the club were fundraising (no mean feat on a Telethon weekend) and managed to sell the radio sailors a number of tix. Well - that backfired on them! Peter Buchanan got the call up, and was offered a prize of $30 - or he could spin the wheel. Whetever came up on the wheel - he won in dollars. With a clam, quiet demeanour (not) Pete managed to dial up a not too shabby 95, so came away pretty pleased.

The weekend held the promise of some lovely weather on Saturday and a slightly hotter Sunday. We turned up at the lake early on Saturday to be greeted by a weak south to south westerly breeze. Measuring duly got underway, without too much drama. A couple of B and C rigs needed some more weight, but that got taken care of efficiently.

We welcomed a number of interstate visitors who had made the effort to travel to Perth to sail with us. Norm Wallis is a regular visitor for the States, and it was great to see Norm again. Lindsay and Anne Walker have made the trip a couple of times to Austin Lakes, and a couple of Queenslanders in Greg Torpy and Doug Allen made the journey as well. Doug, Greg and Lindsay were coming off a podium finish in last weekend's Queensland State Championship, so were in good form. Barry Donaher arrived from Utah just in time to participate, and we were really pleased to see Barry back in WA for the summer.

Our Race Officer for the weekend was Bruce Robins. Bruce would normally have sailed in the event, so we are all grateful that he volunteered to manage the Race Officer duties. Bruce had undergone some fairly major back treatment, and it was not clear until fairly late in the piece that he would be able to make it through the weekend. To Bruce's great credit, he made it through the weekend. We hope he didn't suffer too much, and his recovery was managable.

The course was set, and time had arrived for racing. In the light winds, Edgar Vitte showed a clean pair of heels in the first seeding race and one of our visitors Greg Torpy was well out in front in the other. Unfortunately, there were some pretty large wind variations which made the race course somewhat one sided, and a bit of a soldiers course.

In the early part of the regatta, it looked as though Greg Torpy was going to take the event by storm, winning three of the first four races. No-one else was showing any sort of consistency. Others who managed heat wins were Sean Wallis, Rosco Bennett, Glenn Dawson and Barry Donaher. Peter Buchanan was quietly locking in some 'keepers' with three seconds and a third in the first six races.

Lunch on day one, and there were about 7 boats within a few points. Greg was in front, with Pete Buchs in second place. Over the break, the wind built and veered to the south-west. It was getting close to B rigs, and there were a couple of races when the B rig may have been advantageous. Nobody wanted to be the first to change, and that decision proved to be the right one. The rest of the day was sailed in a solid A rig wind.

Unfortunately for Torpy, his winch line managed to jump off the drum, which meant he was unable to sheet in and sail upwind. It happened a couple of times, and his score built up. Rosco Bennett, Dougy Allen, Lindsay Walker and Sean Wallis took advantage and notched up heat wins. But regattas are sometimes decided not so much on who wins races, but who sails the most consistently. Having regular finishing places in the top three or four and not getting any blow-outs, Glenn Dawson edged his way to the lead, and by the end of the day, was sitting 5 points clear of Lindsay Walker and Sean Wallis.

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Along the way, there were a few skippers who were putting in some solid performances. It was great to see Craig Taylor sailing his TNT really well in the lighter conditions. Also keeping the leaders honest was Roger Paul who had a run of good places.

A few skippers having their first attempt at a State Championship were finding the experience very rewarding. Brett Milner has only been involved in radio sailing for a short time, but was learning very quickly. Rob Waller also was finding the exposure to high level racing challenging, but showed great improvements throughout the day. Cliff Davis had his Britpop travelling really well.

On Saturday night, people found plenty of things to do around Mandurah. A few found their way to Bar Oceania and others found their way to various restaurants around the place. Generally, people behaved themselves, although there were a few who got a little loose!

Sunday promised to be a very warm day. The temperature got to about 35 degrees in the early afternoon. The imapct of that was that the easterly veered to the north, and held out the sea breeze for quite a while. Racing on Sunday morning was in the opposite direction to Saturday's courses. Early in the morning, Glenn managed to extend his lead over Lindsay and Sean despite heat wins to both of the chasers.

With an early break for lunch, the wind built from the west, and racing got underway for the 'final quarter'. Sean finally got his new V11 sorted out, and found some pretty impressive speed. His last 4 races were all bullets and the gap was rapidly closing. However, in contrast to the last few battles between Glenn and Sean, Glenn managed to maintain a level of consistency and kept finishing within a point or two behind Sean.

In the wash-up, Sean won the last day by one point, but the 5 point head start that Glenn had built on day one proved to be the difference. Lindsay Walker rounded out the podium, turning the tables on his Queensland counterparts from last weekend's Queensland States.

The skippers came away having had a challenging weekend of racing. Many said that they had learnt a lot about their setup, about racing strategy, whilst at the same time, enjoying the company of the other skippers. It was really pleasing to see many of the upper level skippers helping some of the newer skippers. If someone had something obviously wrong with their boat, someone would come along and make sure that those problems were countered. That sort of assistance was very much appreciated by the recipients.

Our gratitude for their efforts went to Anne Walker and Andree Bennett, who did a wonderful job of making sure the finishing places were accurate, despite some really close finishes. Scores were updated regularly and everyone was kept up to date about their fleet allocation as well as their scores.

Bruce managed the regatta very well. He was presented with some tricky situations which he handled calmly and accurately. Thank you Bruce for your efforts. We would like to thank Fred Webber who came along to help as well. There was one other gentleman who also provided us with assistance for Bruce, and I apologize that I have not recorded you name, and I hope that you will accept our thanks.

Many people provided help across the weekend with the logistics of the weekend. Sean bought the RSAWA trailer, providing shelter and shade for the officials. Rosco provided a generator as well as plenty of humour. Roger bought the Mullet and buoys, as well as the RSAWA banners. Rod Moss bought along the motor and batteries, and Bruce provided all the documentation. As you can see, the event would not have been as successful without the contribution of many people, which is typical of WA.

Congratulations to the trophy winners - Rob Waller was acknowledged for his efforts. Denton Roberts received the 'Nil Desperandum' trophy - otherwise known as the 'don't let the bastards grind you down' trophy, for being the lowest placed competitor who finished every race. Lindsay Walker received an acknowledgement for his clean sailing as well.

Thanks to everyone who made the Western Australian State Championship such a successful weekend.

 

 

Results

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PosName/ClubSail No.
/Design
NettTotal
1DAWSON, Glenn
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 76
V10
35.058.0
2WALLIS, SEAN
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 171
V11
39.068.0
3WALKER, Lindsay
KOGARAH BAY RADIO YACHT CLUB (NSW)
AUS 02
K2
47.075.0
4BENNETT, Ross
HARRINGTON WATERS RADIO SAILORS (WA)
AUS 39
V10 SHAKER
59.088.0
5VITTE, Edgar
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 69
V10
71.0112.0
6TORPY, Greg
WYNNUM MANLY RADIO MODEL YACHT CLUB (QLD)
AUS 125
V10
73.0148.0
7BUCHANAN, Peter
HARRINGTON WATERS RADIO SAILORS (WA)
AUS 115
BRITPOP!
77.0118.0
8MEWS, Robert
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 41
V10
88.0124.0
9SHERRIFF, Ian
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 85
V10
93.0144.0
10ALLEN, Doug
WYNNUM MANLY RADIO MODEL YACHT CLUB (QLD)
AUS 72
V10
98.0141.0
11DONAHER, Barry
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 17
CHIENZ 2
113.0172.0
12HOWIE, Graeme
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 93
CHEINZ
136.0187.0
13PAUL, Roger
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 71
V10
141.0205.0
14BRADY, Andrew
HARRINGTON WATERS RADIO SAILORS (WA)
AUS 172
V8
155.0230.0
15TAYLOR, Craig
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 70
TNT
175.0241.0
16MOSS, Rodney
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 165
BRITPOP!
180.0247.0
17WESTERBERG, Gregory
ALBANY RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 99
WESTERBERG
182.0250.0
18GREEN, Jeffrey
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 10
BRITPOP!
188.0252.0
19WALLIS, Norm
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHT CLUB (SA)
AUS 282
V10
214.0286.0
20MILNER, Brett
WANDERERS RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 05
V10
218.0281.0
21ELLIS, Simon
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 24
V10
219.0285.0
22DAVIS, Cliff
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 141
BRITPOP!
220.0294.0
23ROBERTS, Denton
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 65
BRITPOP!
256.0325.0
24WALLER, Rob
EMU LAKES RADIO YACHT CLUB (WA)
AUS 113
BRITPOP!
276.0351.0

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