Eddie Cowell Perpetual Resumes After Three Year Break


Aug 23, 2022

After a three year break the Eddie Cowell IOM Perpetual Regatta was contested once again over three days 20-22 August, and what a magnificent event it was.

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The relatively small fleet (by previous standards) enjoyed the typical Australian winter conditions on the Sunshine Coast with temperatures in the low to mid 20's and sunny conditions - nothing but glamourous!

With five of the entries heading off to Croatia for the IOM World Championship the racing was always going to be close and as expected the championship title went right down to the last race to determine the winner.

Day one and the fleet were welcomed with a light variable SSW breeze of around 3 - 8kts but with the forecast for the breeze to rotate to the ESE direction later in the day the wind steadied relatively early in the day. Local Glen Fitzgerald got off to a good start with a win in race one while Paul Jones matched it in the other side of the draw. After a poor seeding race, Sean Wallis put two wins on the score card in races two & three and that set the scene to what was going to be a tight battle between rivals Jones & Wallis.

As the breeze rotated through the south it increased to around 5 - 10 knots and while still fairly shifty the courses were set for some fantastic racing. Greg Torpy & Doug Allen came into the lead group with some good results placing pressure on the leaders and with Aaron Farrar, Brad Quiggin & Gary McCarthy also sticking their noses in there was a great mix.

ec2At the end of day one we saw five individual race winners from the nine races sailed with Jones holding a relatively comfortable six point lead however, with two days remaining there was a lot of regatta to go. After a tough day there was nothing better than an ice cold beer courtesy of the host club.

Day two was almost a replica of day one with the breeze in the SSW but a little stronger. As the wind shifted through the south the breeze increased and saw a few spills and thrills as the fleet struggled at times downwind in the gusty conditions. ec8Unfortunately this was short lived and as the breeze shifted further into the ESE direction it moderated slightly but still offered some great racing.

Today was the day for sailors to make their moves and Sean Wallis came through with 4, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1 in the first five races of the day to close down the Jones lead. At the same time Torps, Dougie & Aaron were having their own battle but also staying in touch with the lead pair and it was getting tight at the top. Other mini battles were occurring throughout the fleet as everyone was doing all they could to ensure they were well positioned moving into the final day.

At the end of day two Wallis held a one point lead over Jones with Torpy & Allen remaining in striking range for what was set to be a fantastic final day of sailing.

ec5Overnight rain cleared by race start on the final day and left with it extremely difficult light wind conditions which made it challenging for RO Lindsay Walker, but he successfully got the fleet underway for a couple of races before the breeze dropped away and lunch was called. Shortly thereafter the breeze shifted back into the SE and racing resumed. 

Paul Jones quickly regained the overnight lead with two wins in races 18 & 19 while Wallis started poorly with a 4th and 6th. Races 20 & 21 saw Jones slip adding a 5th & 6th on his score card with Wallis gaining a 2nd & 3rd it was back to a one point ball game as the day was nearing the end. In the mean while, Doug Allen was closing the gap on third place until a battery failure ended any chance he had for third overall and while missing race 22 left the gate open for Aaron Farrar to slip into fourth with a race to go.

ec6Races 22 & 23 saw a fantastic battle between Wallis & Jones with Jones maintaining his ascendency in both races with the pair finishing 1-2 in the final two races for Jones to claim overall victory by three points. Greg Torpy sailed extremely well and was within a few points of the lead pair throughout the regatta with Doug Allen nipping at his heels.

The Sunshine Coast RSC did a fantastic job of bringing back the Eddie Cowell Regatta and were fantastic hosts providing a fantastic venue, great meals, and top racing. Thanks also goes to all the volunteers from the club who helped pull the event together and support the sailors. In addition, thanks also go to the RO Lindsay Walker and the lovely Anne Walker who managed the scoring.

For those who didn't make it to the Sunshine Coast this year, you missed a fantastic weekend of top quality sailing and you are encouraged to make the journey for the 2023 event!

 

 Photos: Credit Nick Lindsley (Facebook) check out all the photos Nick took of the event on Facebook. Great stuff Nick

Results

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PosName/ClubSail No.
/Design
NettTotal
1PAUL, JONES
LAKE MACQUARIE RYC (NSW)/NAW
AUS 48
K 2
49.078.0
2SEAN, WALLIS
/WA
AUS 71
V 11
52.083.0
3GREG, TORPY
EAGLEBY RYC/QLD
AUS 125
V 11
69.096.0
4DOUG, ALLEN
SCRSC/QLD
AUS 72
V 11
88.0138.0
5AARON, FARRAR
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 34
BRITPOP
89.0125.0
6BRAD, QUIGGIN
AUS 49
V 10
139.0195.0
7GARY, McCARTHY
SCRSC/QLD
AUS 18
VENTI
141.0197.0
8PETER, SHERWOOD
EAGLEBY RYC/QLD
AUS 55
V 11
182.0252.0
9ANDREWR, WILSON
WYNNUM MANLY RMYC/QLD
AUS 177
VENTI
194.0247.0
10JOHN, GOWER
EAGLEBY RYC/QLD
AUS 63
V 11
205.0259.0
11DERRICK, WARNE
SCRSC/QLD
AUS 97
BRITPOP
218.0275.0
12BEN, TAYLOR
/NSW
AUS 70
ATLAS
223.0298.0
13MARK, BENEKE
FRASER COAST RYC/QLD
AUS 46
K 2
224.0282.0
14KIM, MITCHELL
SCRSC/QLD
AUS 42
V 11
248.0311.0
15PHIL, PAGE
LAKE MACQUARIE RYC (NSW)/NAW
AUS 50
K 2
257.0328.0
16JIMMY, MEE
EAGLEBY RYC/QLD
AUS 43
V 11
281.0341.0
17GEOFF, HORSLEY
BALLINA RYC/NSW
AUS 54
AKA
282.0349.0
18GLEN, FITZGERALD
SCRSC/QLD
AUS 264
VENTI
285.0360.0
19FRANK, RUSSELL
SCRSC/QLD
AUS 75
ELIPSE
314.0389.0
20MURRAY, WALKER
SPRINGFIELD LAKES RYC
AUS 234
K 2
341.0415.0
21IAN, GORDON
SPRINGFIELD LAKES RYC
AUS 37
KANTUN S
378.0452.0
22BRUCE, DEANE
EAGLEBY RYC/QLD
AUS 07
K 2
394.0466.0
23JASON, McAULAY
SCRSC/QLD
AUS 161
TNT
397.0472.0
24JOHN, McAULAY
SCRSC/QLD
AUS 194
TNT
430.0530.0

Category: Queensland
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