Murder On The Start Line - Tough Sailing at QLD IOM's


Dec 8, 2020

In what has been dubbed as the replacement event for the 2020 IOM nationals it was certainly what some would call one of the toughest events of the year.

Twenty nine sailors from QLD, NSW, ACT & WA met at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast over the weekend of 05-06 December for the South Queensland IOM Championship and what was to be the decider of the psuedo 'State of Origin' between Paul Jones (NSW) & Greg Torpy (QLD) after both going in with a regatta win at the two regattas held over the preceding two weeks being the QLD IOM State Championship at Gladstone and the NSW IOM State Championship at Lake Macquarie. The pair were joined by Sean Wallis (WA) who won the WA IOM State Championship the week prior along with local favorites Brad Johnston and Doug Allen as well as Lindsay Walker (NSW) & Ben Taylor (NSW) both of whom had strong finishes at the Lake Macquarie event. It was set up to be a thriller!

Unfortunately the wind did not want to play ball and while strength wise B rigs were expected it never eventuated and A rigs were the primary rig for the weekend. The greatest challenge was the direction of the wind which made it significantly difficult for RO Ian Ashe to set a course with fair visibility to the sailors along with a course that provided relatively fair sailing. 

20201208_qld2Day 1 saw sailing quickly shift from the western course area to the east as the wind blew from the NNE and with this the start line was configured with extreme port end bias to ensure the line was visible from the shore making the starts difficult to cross on starboard and what some would say were 'absolute murder' with multiple general recalls, collisions and entanglements. Timing the run to the start was critical and Jones demonstrated his skill by dominating most starts and positioning himself to the favoured left side of the course where he often took control of the race and lead from start to finish. For those who were unsuccessful, too early or too late, it was a hard slog getting through the fleet (if you could).

The conditions saw regular attempts to adjust the course and at the end of the day racing finished early as the wind direction shifted further north and made it even the course more difficult to set. At the end of the day Jones had an 11 point overnight lead after just six races sailed while Torpy, Wallis & Johnston trailed and with similar conditions forecast for day two it was a question of whether Jones lead could be chased down.

Day 2 started off more favourably with the wind from the ENE running almost parallel with the shore and blowing hard enough for the fleet to contemplate the use of B rigs. Sean Wallis hit the straps and along with Torpy had some great racing with their V11's showing some great upwind speed as well as lightning downwind performance that left others in their wake. While Jones hung in early, a 9 & 6 in races 10 and 11 saw his lead cut back to just 5 points as both Wallis & Torpy made a charge for the title. 

As the day progressed the wind shifted further into the north and with the start line 50-80m from the shore and the windward marks positioned close to the shore line the conditions became very fluky and difficult for all, and as quickly as his lead was reduced, Jones slipped back into gear and claimed a win in race 12 which was enough to extend the lead to Torpy by 8 points and all but had the 'fat lady singing'. Race 13 saw a win to Torpy and cemented his podium position but with Jones finishing third and just one race to go the fat lady had sung and it was now whether Wallis could claw back enough points from Torpy in the final race.

And it was the final race that saw Jones finish the way he started, while Wallis finished second it was not enough to beat Torpy who finished third and the overall results saw Jones on 21pts, Torpy 29pts and Wallis 33pts with the 'State of Origin' going to NSW!

20201208_qld1Brad Johnston finished 4th overall on 55pts and was winner of the Masters Division which was well supported.

Thanks must go to the members of the Paradise Radio Yacht Club, RO Ian Ashe, scorer David Black and support Glad Smith and it would be remiss to forget the efforts of Shewry (Pete Sherwood) the Protest Committee Chairman who was given a pretty good workout over the weekend.

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Results

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PosName/ClubSail No.
/Design
NettTotal
1JONES, Paul
LAKE MACQUARIE RYC
AUS 48
K 2
21.036.0
2TORPY, Greg
QLD - WYNNUM MANLY RMYC
AUS 125
V11
29.048.0
3WALLIS, Sean
WA - CHAMPION LAKES RS
AUS 71
V 11`
33.050.0
4JOHNSTON, Brad
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 87
BRITPOP
55.077.0
5WALKER, Lindsay
QLD - KOGARAH BAY RYC
AUS 02
K 2
76.0103.0
6ALLEN, Doug
QLD - WYNNUM MANLY RMYC
AUS 72
V 10
79.0109.0
7TAYLOR, Ben
NSW - LAKE MACQUARIE RYC
AUS 70
V 11`
82.0105.0
8SEDGMEN, Stephen
NSW - CANBERRA MYC
AUS 30
AQUILA
95.0127.0
9C WILSON, Andrew
QLD - WYNNUM MANLY RMYC
AUS 187
V 11`
99.0125.0
10FARRAR, Aaron
QLD - GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 34
BRITPOP
101.0136.0
11MCCARTHY, Garry
QLD - WYNNUM MANLY RMYC
AUS 68
V 11`
129.0174.0
12GENTLES, Mick
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 121
K 2
135.0185.0
13HORSLEY, Geoff
BALLINA RYC
AUS 54
AKA
153.0197.0
14GRAY, Russell
QLD - WYNNUM MANLY RMYC
AUS 86
K 2
156.0214.0
15WARNE, Derick
QLD - WYNNUM MANLY RMYC
AUS 97
BRITPOP
160.0202.0
16BURFORD, Peter
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 15
PLAN B
179.0231.0
17HARRIS, Mark
QLD - FRASER COAST RYC
AUS 22
TARA
184.0234.0
18FAWCETT, Ron
QLD - MORETON RYS
AUS 44
K 2
190.0247.0
19COSGRIFF, Michael
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 147
BRITPOP
192.0236.0
20WOOD, Warwick
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 134
V 10
217.0277.0
21GOWER, John
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 63
V 10
217.0277.0
22R WILSON, Andrew
QLD - BRISBANE RYC
AUS 47
CORBIE 5
229.0289.0
23WILSON, Ray
QLD - WYNNUM MANLY RMYC
AUS 151
K 2
236.0296.0
24CLANCY, Bill
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 00
NITRO
240.0291.0
25R SMITH, Richard
NSW - BALLINA RYC
AUS 01
DUTCH SLICE
251.0307.0
26CONZA, Erin
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 100
CHEINZE
258.0315.0
27CROSTON, William
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 987
V 10
259.0317.0
28FANNIN, Tony
QLD - PARADISE RYC
AUS 89
KATIPO
271.0331.0
29BEYER, Hank
NSW - FORSTER TUNCURRY RYC
AUS 92
ELLIPSIS
343.0403.0

Category: Queensland
Posted by: ARYA Publicity