Light Winds for WA South Metro IOM Championship


Apr 21, 2021

Harrington Waters Radio Yacht Club hosted the South Metros for 2021 at the Harrington Waters lake. Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny, and the forecast was for an easterly wind till lunchtime and a southerly coming in early in the afternoon.

Our Race Officer for the day was Ian Sherriff who was ably assisted by Ross Ley on the scoring, Mary Davis and Andree Bennett managed the finishing whilst Fred Webber, Malcolm Pratt and Ray Forsythe ensured the sailors didn’t accidentally miss any boat or mark contacts. Our thanks to all our volunteers who gave up their time to help run the day. We couldn’t have these days without the great input from our officials.

Typically, easterlies in Perth have a tendency to be quite shifty and today was no exception. Ian had his work cut out keeping the race course set. He did a great job, making good decisions about which marks to use.

There were 16 entries, but only 14 turned up on the day. So the racing commenced in the light shifty easterly. Harrington Waters is a narrow lake which bends around a bit like a boomerang. The course reminded me of the courses used in the Americas Cup – narrow and long. Trees line one side of the lake and a row of houses line the opposite side.

Early in the morning races, Barry Donaher had his Sedici flying along. Barry had a couple of race wins with a solid margin. Sean Wallis kept Barry on his toes at the pointy end. Other skippers were finding the going tough, with most skippers having some very inconsistent results.

Ian called an early lunch waiting for the sea breeze to kick in, which turned out to be a good idea. We finished lunch as the breeze kicked around to the south west, making for a less unpredictable wind direction. The change in breeze direction helped both Edgar Vitte and Glenn Dawson to get their boats going.

Throughout the day, most skippers had their turn at some good results. Chris Aberle showed his knowledge of the lake, at times making a flying start and heading the fleet. Chris suffered from some steering problems over the day, which was unfortunate for him, as he was sailing really well. Peter Buchanan is also a local, but he seemed to find himself in the wrong spot from time to time, making the rest of us feel not so bad about falling into the various holes and traps that Harrington holds.

20210422_WA_HWRS1

Ian got in 17 races for the day by keeping the racing moving along at a solid pace. There were no breakdowns to speak of, and all the fleet made it through the day. The fleet was mostly V10 and V11s along with a few K2s. Cliff Davis was sailing the one Britpop in the group and Barry’s Sedici made up the boat designs.

Sean sailed the most consistently of us all. Glenn put in a late charge gradually chipping away at Sean’s lead, but he had dug too deep a hole early in the morning to seriously challenge. Edgar sailed into third place, and was unlucky on a few occasions to be leading and find a lull to hide in, whilst the chasers flew up from behind.

Given the narrow lake and shifty winds, it was imperative to get a good start and try to get freedom to tack when the wind shifted. Those who did manage to find freedom to tack were able to step out and sail on the favoured shift. Typically, those in front got further in front as the race wore on. Having a narrow lake means that you really had to be on the lifted tack when you could. If you got stuck going the wrong way, the gap got harder and harder to close.

20210422_WA_HWRS2

The day was sailed in really good spirits. A few muffled expressions of “oh my goodness” were heard, but mostly when the affected skipper got caught out on the left side of a big right-hand shift. Good banter was the order of the day.

Thank you once again to the Harrington Waters club and the wonderful volunteers who did a great job putting on the regatta.

 

 

Results

Click here for detailed results
PosName/ClubSail No.
/Design
NettTotal
1Sean Wallis
CHAMPION LAKES
AUS 71
V11
33.064.0
2Glenn Dawson
CHAMPION LAKES
AUS 76
V11
39.072.0
3Edgar Vitte
PERTH RSC
AUS 09
K2
48.074.0
4Barry Donaher
CHAMPION LAKES
AUS 27
SEDICI
51.084.0
5Robert Mews
CHAMPION LAKES
AUS 41
V10
67.098.0
6Ross Bennett
HARRINGTON WATERS RS
AUS 39
V10
82.0115.0
7Peter Buchanan
HARRINGTON WATERS RS
AUS 16
V11
88.0122.0
8Roger Paul
PERTH RSC
AUS 86
K2
99.0141.0
9Chris Woods
PERTH RSC
AUS 24
V10
100.0139.0
10Christopher Aberle
HARRINGTON WATERS RS
AUS 56
V8
102.0146.0
11Simon Ellis
CHAMPION LAKES
AUS 89
V11
126.0168.0
12Cliff Davis
CHAMPION LAKES
AUS 74
BRITPOP!
141.0185.0
13Max Hunter
CHAMPION LAKES
AUS 127
V10
149.0188.0
14Ken Prince
HARRINGTON WATERS RS
AUS 10
K2
153.0194.0

Category: Western Australia
Posted by: ARYA Publicity