Jones Bounces Back in Massive Weekend of IOMs

Dec 2, 2020

While Greg Torpy may have secured the win in Queensland the previous weekend, Paul Jones has bounced back with a win at the NSW IOM State Championship held at Lake Macquarie over the weekend 28-29 November.

20201202_NSW_STATES3Jones was fast out of the blocks picking up five race wins in the first six races to take a commanding lead early on the first day leaving the rest of the fleet in his wake as they looked toward the minor placings and what exciting racing it was. The leaderboard continually changed as Lindsay Walker, Doug Allen, Greg Torpy and Ben Taylor made every effort to secure race wins from Jones as well as get one up on their fellow competitors in the C rig conditions.

20201202_NSW_STATES6The windy conditions while exciting to watch, placed both owner and boat in a testing environment with some ultimately succumbing to gear failure during the course of the event and with conditions causing concern for the safety of rescue boat crew it was decided to abandon the event at the middle of the second day seeing Jones finish as 2020 NSW IOM State Champion after winning eleven of the nineteen races held. Race wins also went to Greg Torpy V11 (2), Ben Taylor V11 (1), Doug Allen V10 (3), Steve Sedgmen & Allen Roberts (who finished a commendable sixth place).

20201202_WA_STATES1In the mean time, across Australia the Western Australian State Championship was being held at 'The Plug' in Bunbury and saw nineteen of WA's best compete for their championship. Glenn Dawson, after winning the recent WA Metro Championship went in favourite and was keen to defend his 2019 championship title while Sean Wallis was keen to pick up from what some have termed 'his form slump' (PJ) and reclaim the title lost to Dawson the previous year. It wasn't going to be limited to a two boat shootout with Edgar Vitte, Ross Bennett, Rob Mews, Roger Paul and others keen and capable to snatch a title.

20201202_WA_STATES2The seeding race went as expected with both Wallis & Dawson picking up a win each and it was already setting up to be a thriller between the pair. With the wind increasing through the day it wasn't long before the transition to B rigs occurred and made for some exciting racing with some great downwind legs to watch, but the racing continued to be tight. At the end of day one, Wallis held an 11 point lead which was going to be tough to pull back given his consistency for the day scoring no worse than a single 3rd position in the seven races sailed.

Day two came with similar conditions to day one with expectations of B rigs with the breeze steadily increasing through the morning. Just as quickly as the breeze increased it dropped away with the fleet sailing just a single race on B rigs. 

Edgar Vitte and Rosco Bennett continued to press the leaders and with some slips by Dawson, Bennett momentarily jumped into second overall while Vitte showed great improvement from his previous days results. 

Wallis was only able to claim one race win on day two but with his consistent performance was not threatened and claimed the 2020 WA IOM State Championship ahead of Glenn Dawson, Ross Bennett (3rd). 

The weekend of 05-06 December sees the Paradise Radio Yacht Club host the South Queensland IOM Championship at Emerald Lakes and with 35 entries already from ACT, NSW, QLD and WA the event is shaping up to be an absolute ball tearer with the three state champions going head to head as well as the psuedo 'State of Origin' decider between Torps and Jones.

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Category: Australia
Posted by: ARYA Publicity