Cracking Field for CQ IOM Championship


May 27, 2019

A cracking field registered for the 2019 CQ International One Meter Title’s, held in Gladstone over the weekend of 25-26 May, at what’s becoming widely regarded as one of the best radio controlled yachting venues in Queensland. 

Current Australian Champion Sean Wallis made the trip from WA, former Australian Champion Paul Jones was a last miniute inclusion driving up from Lake Macquarie and a whole host of state and regional title placegetters over recent years filled positions in the 30 strong/two fleets that launched off the bank at 10am Saturday.

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A beautiful 8-10knot E/NE breeze graced the course area and from the outset it was fast and tight. From the vantage positions, high above the water from a commercial pier, yachtsmen had a ‘god like’ view of proceedings and this made for close but fair racing, with many finishes sending David Black and his host of helpers scrambling.

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As expected Sean Wallis launched out of the blocks with a bullet in the first ranking race, following that up with another in the first heat, while former CQ IOM Champion Doug Allen from Kawana booked his place in A-Fleet with a first in the seeding race.

As racing began to settle down the usual suspects began to find their way to the top of the score sheets, with former State Champion Greg Torpy from Wynnum Manly, Paul Jones, Sean Wallis and Peter Sherwood from Wynnum Manly all crossing the line first in the first 8 heats. However, the local contingent wasn't far behind with Aaron Farrar placing in the top 5, Grant Cooper bagging a first but finding it hard to keep consistency across the day and the big improver, Steve Bray regularly placing top 3 and consistently scoring well in the A-Fleet.

By the end of the first days sailing, Paul Jones had recovered well from a slow start to lead Sean Wallis by a solitary point while the Gladstone trio of Bray, Cooper & Farrar were 3rd to 5th, with only 3 points separating them. Strong showings from Greg Torpy, Tim Brown from Twin Towns RYC in NSW, Doug Allen, Peter Sherwood and John Gower from Paradise RYC down the coast, rounded out the top 10.

Day 2

Even though the Sunday was picture perfect, unfortunately, the breeze was a bit light on from the south with 0-5 knots greeting the yachtsmen early. Ian Ashe (PRO) had some moments finding the right course, but sailing got underway on time at 9:30. Those that adapted to the fickle conditions the quickest saw immediate results with good results posted by Ben Taylor from Lake Maquarie, Geoff Morris from Kawana and Gladstone’s Laurie Donohoe even pinching a 4th early. It was mentioned by visiting yachtsmen that they were impressed by the high level of competetiveness of all Gladstone local sailors, with Laurie Donohoe, Graeme Aldridge, Ian McKay, Marty Watson, Greg Flintham and Phil Brown all finding their ways into A-Fleets from time to time.
2019 Central Queensland IOM Championships - Gladstone

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The championship became a two horse race early on Sunday as Sean Wallis and Paul Jones traded places at the top of the score sheet, with Wallis taking the advantage early and putting a small break on Jones. However, there were very interesting sub-plots going on for the rest of the top placings. Locals Grant Cooper and Steve Bray couldn’t keep up their form from the first day and slipped out of contention for the bronze while Gladstone’s Aaron Farrar and Greg Torpy kept their rivalry very much alive, taking advantage of the leaders shift in focus to post wins in strengthening conditions. Tim Brown showed consistency after rescuing a brief drop into B-Fleet to move up the rankings and Peter Sherwood shook off the cobwebs that plagued him on Day 1 to post a couple of wins. Race 13 (ironically) was the unlucky turning point for Sean Wallis’s campaign for his first CQ Championship, barely remaining in A-Fleet with an 11th while Paul Jones posted a solid second behind Peter Sherwood leaving the two National Champions tied for points with two races to go. If that wasn’t enough, another five-point division came in the next race with an uncharacteristic 10th from Wallis handing Jones a 5 point lead heading into the last race.

Gladstone’s Aaron Farrar had a superb afternoon with his Britpop design finding an extra gear in the perfect afternoon conditions and finished the regatta with another win in the final race, securing the third position overall from the fast-finishing Greg Torpy, while a second position for Wallis was not enough to bridge the gap to Jones, who came home a close third over the line.

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Photo (1) Paul Jones (center), Photo (2) Sean Wallis (right), Photo (3) Aaron Farrar (right), Photo (4) Frank Russell (right) Winner Masters Division

Results

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PosName/ClubSail No.
/Design
NettTotal
1JONES, Paul
LAKE MACQUARIE RYC
AUS 48
K 2
28.042.0
2WALLIS, Sean
CHAMPION LAKES RS
AUS 71
V 10
32.053.0
3FARRAR, Aaron
FRASER COAST RYC
AUS 34
BRITPOP
53.072.0
4TORPY, Greg
WYNNUM MANLY MRYC
AUS 125
V 10
58.079.0
5BROWN, Tim
TWIN TOWNS RYC
AUS 07
SEDICI
72.098.0
6SHERWOOD, Peter
WYNNUM MANLY MRYC
AUS 27
V 10
97.0130.0
7COOPER, Grant
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 20
V 10
100.6143.6
8ALLEN, Doug
CLUB KAWANA RY
AUS 72
V 10
104.0141.0
9BRAY, Steve
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 83
V 10
116.0157.0
10GOWER, John
PARADISE RYC
AUS 63
V 10
120.0157.0
11WILSON, Andrew
WYNNUM MANLY MRYC
AUS 187
V 10
123.0166.0
12TAYLOR, Ben
LAKE MACQUARIE RYC
AUS 70
TITAN
146.0187.0
13RUSSELL, Frank
CLUB KAWANA RY
AUS 75
ELLIPSIS
154.0200.0
14MORRIS, Geoffrey
CLUB KAWANA RY
AUS 96
K 2
156.0201.0
15WILSON, Ray
WYNNUM MANLY MRYC
AUS 151
K 2
159.0200.0
16GRAY, Russell
WYNNUM MANLY MRYC
AUS 99
BRITPOP
182.0233.0
17DONOHOE, Laurie
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 796
BLITZ 5
186.0234.0
18WARNE, Derick
CLUB KAWANA RY
AUS 97
BRITPOP
199.0252.0
19MITCHELL, Kim
FRASER COAST RYC
AUS 42
KMR
233.0289.0
20WILSON, Andrew
BRISBANE RYC
AUS 08
CORBIE
234.0282.0
21ALDRIDGE, Graeme
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 57
AKA
239.0298.0
22RUSSELL, Garry
CLUB KAWANA RY
AUS 01
K 2
246.0308.0
23MCKAY, Ian
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 38
BLITZ
256.0309.0
24MEE, Jimmy
WYNNUM MANLY MRYC
AUS 172
V 10
269.0324.0
25WATSON, Marty
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 120
BLITZ 4
273.0328.0
26FLINTHAM, Greg
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 69
BRITPOP
280.0341.0
27BRUNSDON, David
MORETON RYS
AUS 92
ELLIPSIS
303.0362.0
28BROWN, Philip
GLADSTONE RCYC
AUS 21
BRITPOP
304.0362.0
29MACINTOSH, John
FRASER COAST RYC
AUS 196
PIKANTO
312.0371.0
30MACKANDER, John
FRASER COAST RYC
AUS 126
FRAKTAL
361.0421.0

Category: Queensland
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