A Huge Weekend of Sailing Across the Country

Aug 29, 2022

It was a huge weekend (27-28 August) of radio sailing across the country with events coast to coast! State Championships for the IOM & DF65 classes in Victoria & New South Wales respectively and some great regional events with the IOM Southern Buster in Albany (WA), South Queensland DF65 Championship at Springfield Lakes (QLD) and the Bourneville Marblehead Trophy in Adelaide (SA).

At Karkarook Lake it was a two day Victorian IOM State Championship which saw a small but competitive fleet of thirteen boats including three entries from South Australia contest the championship. 

Day one and the fleet were greeted with a beautiful Melbourne day with a forecast of 19C and winds around the 6kt mark which saw a small delay of about 30min waiting for the breeze to settle before racing got underway. Sadly Terence Robertson was the first casualty and had to repair his battery lead while Mario Gulic went on to win the first race. By lunch break Andrew Reid and Scott Fleming were equal leaders on ten points followed by Lincoln McDowall on fifteen points. After lunch the PRO David 'Yoda' Thomas kept the proceedings running fast with seven races sailed in quick succession. Rob O'Brien with his Panda had a good start to the afternoon with a win in the first race after lunch while Lincoln being the only one to string two wins in a row closed the gap on Reid & Fleming. David Clayton with his V11 finally made a showing at the front of the fleet picking up a good win followed immediately by a win from fellow SA and newcomer Alex Scapens with his V11 also.

At the end of day one Fleming was a clear leader ahead of McDowall & Scapens but there was plenty more action to come!

Day two and another beautiful Melbourne day with 20C and a bit more breeze around the 15kt mark. Rob Nowak started the day with A rig and a bullet while Mario took to the water with the B rig. This paid off in the next race with a win to Mario and everyone calling for a rig change. Terence was also on a B and had his best score for the regatta coming in third. Race 19 saw more casualties for the weekend with Terence having connection issues that were professionally repaired at lunchtime by Mario.

Boat issues also impacted Alex which saw him slip on the overall results table while Rob O'Brien had his day end early with radio problems. By Race twenty two and Fleming was out to a fifteen point lead and looked to be uncatchable. Andy Reid picked up two wins on the trot and set himself up for a possible podium finish, but it was a fast finishing Lincoln McDowell who won four from the last seven races to overrun Fleming taking the championship on 75pts, Scott Fleming 2nd on 79pts and Andrew Reid 3rd on 97pts.

"Mario's word.... Thank you to all who helped with this regatta. The main players being David Thomas as PRO, Rob Nowak for bringing the rescue boat and Scott Fleming for his organisational skills. I would also like to thank the skippers that took the long drive from Adelaide. Hope you enjoyed the weekend. Anyhow enough with the pleasantries. Lincoln has several awards under his belt. My records show that he first won the A class category as well as the RM and 10 Rater way back in 1999. He is now the proud owner of the Victorian IOM State Champion Trophy. Congratulations. "

Meanwhile, in NSW the DF65 State Championship sailed at Edwards Reserve, Booragul, saw a dominant performance from Craig Sargent winning seven of the eleven races sailed, leaving second place to be fought out between John Wyatt and Peter Burton with a solitary point separating the pair going into the final race and at Springfield Lakes, QLD Mike Jefferies almost picked up the 'picket fence' winning six of the seven races with a 2nd being his drop. Mike finished on 6pts for the series, eleven points ahead of Graham Cowling 17pts who pipped Daniel Bergan by a point to take second overall. 

Harts Mill, Port Adelaide saw a strong fleet of Marblehead's contest the Bourneville Trophy with Duncan Groome dominating the results winning six of the thirteen races sailed. Groome started strongly winning three of the first four races showing he was the boat to beat for the day. Scott Mitchell sailed consistently but was unable to catch the quick start of Groome and at the end of the day trailed by ten points finishing second overall. Danny James with his F6 also had a strong performance putting pressure on the leaders later in the day to finish a creditable third overall.

In the west at Albany it was the IOM Southern Buster which saw a small fleet sailing in wet and blustery conditions. At times skippers were sailing in torrential rain with strong wind gusts creating some challenging conditions. It was predominantly a three horse race between Sean Wallis, Glenn Dawson & Rosco Bennett. Rob Mews and Roger Paul along with locals Greg Westerberg, Harold Keay and Mike Cameron also pushed the guys at the front and continually featured at the top end of the race results. At the end of day one Sean Wallis was on top of the leaderboard winning eleven of the twenty three races sailed with Rosco 2nd & Glenn 3rd. 


Day two started as a replica of day one with blustery conditions with Sean Wallis opening the day with race wins in the first two races and sailed very consistently for the remainder of the regatta. Colin Westerberg popped up and claimed a very good race win in race 27 coming from third on the last leg of the race to pick up Wallis & Dawson for the win. As the day progressed the breeze softened and the fleet changed to A rigs for the final few races. Sean Wallis finished the 40 race series on 59pts ahead of Glenn Dawson 84pts & Ross Bennett 97pts.

Overall Results:

2022 VIC IOM Victorian State Titles

NSW DF65 State Championships 

2022 WA IOM Great Southern Buster Invitational IOM 

2022 SA Marblehead Bourneville Trophy 

South Queensland DF 65 Championship - 2022



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