Aussie Victory Across the Tasman

Mar 26, 2019

The 2019 NZL South Island Championship expected to see a vigorous tussle between the New Zealand champion, Ian Vickers and our current Australian Champion, Sean Wallis, and it lived up to expectations.

\images\pegasus1Light winds were forecast and this held true with racing on day one delayed until 12.30 before a light breeze filled across Pegasus Lake.  With multiple course areas available to suit all wind directions the RO was still challenged with the shifty breeze of around 5 knots blowing between ENE & SE but was able to get the fleet away.

The local champ drew first blood in race one with a win ahead of Wallis in a race where barely a couple of boat lengths split the pair, while Pegasus sailor Keith May claimed in win in heat 1B.

From race two it was the Australian that dominated proceedings during the qualifying races finishing the day with six wins, a second and a third while fellow Aussie Doug Allen finished in the top five on equal points with Vickers and just a couple of points away from Graham Cross & Phil Pryde who trailed Wallis by ten points overnight.

\images\pegasus3With the forecast for day two looking bleak from a wind perspective the RO announced that the final series would be commenced with the goal to complete a minimum of four races.

On arrival at the lake for day two a light NE breeze was in, and while it was shifting between SE & NE the course was set and racing commenced after a short delay.

With a margin of 14 points between himself and the lead, Vickers started with vigor to claim three wins in the first four races while Wallis struggled with 3, 5, 7, 10 and the lead was shattered to just 3 points.

\images\05TheChampion-resizedThe breeze remained steady in strength and racing continued and Wallis finally picked up a win in race 5, but after a 6th in race six Vickers had taken a one point lead and looked to be in a position to keep rolling and claim the title.

At the same time a battle was being had between Allen, Pryde & Cross for third overall with the smallest of margin between them, and overall positions changing regularly.

In the end the Aussie, Sean Wallis, withstood the challenge and claimed wins in the final two races to claim the championship on 23 points, 7 points ahead of Ian Vickers 30pts, with Phil Pryde third (43pts), Graham Cross fourth (44pts) and Doug Allen rounding out the top five on 49pts.

Scores were also recorded for the first three sailors from each individual club with the Aussies being collectively scored as a club with our third Aussie Rick Smith from Ballina joining Doug & Sean the Aussie’s also won this title!

The host club did a fantastic job of organising the event and the venue is certainly one well worth visiting with excellent course visibility and sailing areas suitable to sail in all wind directions.


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Category: Australia
Posted by: ARYA Publicity