NSW State Championships

Doug McGain in Code Violation eventually won the NSW States in a seemingly convincing style with 3 wins, 2 seconds and a 10th finishing with 17 points. With no drops the regatta rewarded consistency and his 10th place nearly took him out of contention to Arthur Crothers also consistent Kaotic, steered once again by Ben Lamb finishing just 2 behind on 19 points.

John Crawford in Innnaminka came in 3rd with Steve Girdis in Convicts Revenge 4th. The regatta was significant for the return to competition of a number of boats and skippers and the interstate participation. Peter Stevens came from Adelaide to sail one of Terry Wise’s Pacific Sailing School boats, Pacatack and 4 boats from Victoria also made the trip.

Dave Suda in Pacemaker was the best of the southern boats with Hugo Ottaway making a welcome return to serious competition sailing in Peter Moulang’s new boat Duck for Cover. Simon Grain in Make my Jay and Ron Thomson in Kicking Bottom also made the trip.

Local knowledge and good sailing made the difference with the interstate boats finishing back in the pack. Conditions were I am told – unusual. Compared to the wide open spaces of Port Phillip, the harbor was jam packed with boats – our fleet, other fleets, power boats and ferries of all sizes. A constant vigil for all sorts of water craft, including the first ship to be anchored in Sydney for 3 years (I am told) was necessary.  Saturday’s breeze was a shifty SE of around 10 -12 knots, and with a false start when the first race was stopped due to a major shift, Kaotic got off to a good start with the first win of the day followed by a 3rd and 5th. Due to the difficulty of the course area the start was shifted around Bradley’s Head with the top mark up towards Rose Bay. Conditions were still shifty and banging the corners seemed to work the best, there were many bangs and bumps at the top mark in each race in some very hard fought racing.

The hard work from Terry Wise (NSW Pres) and RANSA showed again with a fabulous Saturday evening function, a spit roast and many frivolous and hilarious prizes handed out made for a great evening.

Sundays racing was held in 40deg heat and gusty northerly winds, a start line set in Double bay and some short courses gave a hot summer feeling to the racing. Doug McGain produced an almost clean sweep with a 1,1,2 for the day. Kaotic was unlucky to lose a first place when the last race was abandoned, unfortunately this was to cost them the title.

Congratulations to our winner Doug McGain, thanks to Terry Wise for all the regatta organization, thanks to RANSA and the race management team. The efforts of these people and the great turn out from the NSW fleet and the visitors made this tough regatta a resounding success and a good work up for the Nationals to be held in Melbourne in the first week of January.

Sail No Yacht Name Pts Pts Pts Pts Pts Pts Total Places
AUS 186 CODE VIOLATION

2

10

1

1

1

2

17

1

AUS 160 KAOTIC

1

3

5

2

3

5

19

2

AUS 172 INNAMINCKA

3

7

4

5

2

7

28

3

AUS 161 CONVICTS REVENGE

7

11

2

3

4

3

30

4

AUS 184 ACE

9

2

3

16

8

1

39

5

AUS 177 VORTEX

5

1

8

8

9

8

39

6

AUS 206 STARPAC

8

12

7

4

7

4

42

7

AUS4792 PACEMAKER

6

6

6

17

5

6

46

8

AUS4795 PACATACK

4

4

13

7

14

11

53

9

AUS5218 DUCK FOR COVER

11

8

11

6

6

16

58

10

AUS 167 J-SPOT

10

9

10

9

11

9

58

11

AUS4787 MAKE MY JAY

13

13

9

10

9

14

68

12

AUS 148 JAGGED EDGE

14

5

14

13

12

12

70

13

AUS 197 BLACK JACK

15

14

12

14

15

10

80

14

AUS1324 KICKING BOTTOM

12

15

15

11

13

17

83

15

AUS 193 WILD FIRE

16

16

16

12

16

13

89

16

Port Adelaide Sailing Club – founded 1897

Port Adelaide Sailing Club
Founded 1897

A new J24 fleet is being established in Adelaide based in the Port River in a new marina. Several High Schools are now basing their sailing programs at the club as well as Sailability.

Port Adelaide is the base in South Australia for Sailability with multiple cranes on the wharfs to assist.

Alyn Stevenson sailing Fun2 has relocated his J24 for 3 months to help establish the fleet and Peter Stevens has bought Haywire and this J24 will go to the PASC as well. 2 boats for sale are being moved to the Port as well as a couple a members who have not hit the race track for several years also in the process of moving.

A clear goal of 10 J24’s within 18 months has been set and will be achieved. The aim is to get older boats out of circulation and back in the club scene in an easy sailing environment. The river offers owners the opportunity to sail shorthanded or with inexperienced crew.

Having said, it also offers the opportunity to get some of S.A’s top juniors involved in the J24’s and the river is great training for the experienced teams wanting to sharpen their skills in shifting breezes, tides and up and down pressure.

Whilst it is early days in the project we now have interest from another club in the river region as the J24 has been dubbed “Pocket Rocket” by the members.

Port Adelaide Sailing Club was recently relocated to a brand new Marina and boasts superb facilities at affordable prices with Membership under $500 per year and hardstand fees at around $900 per year. This makes it attractive to get those older J24’s back on the water and sailing and affordable to most people.

Several large Regattas are already in the planning stages including a Junior Keelboat Regatta inviting all the States top juniors.

Anyone interested in joining the latest J24 fleet in Adelaide can contact

Alyn Stevenson 0400227562 J24 Australia Vice President
Warwick Ward 08 83417103 Port Adelaide Sailing Club
Peter Stevens 0417802640 J24 National Measurer

Two Months to the Nationals

Two months from now the J24 Nationals will come alive at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne. The new clubhouse is a fantastic building right on the water with balcony views over the sailing area, members bar and social sundeck all overlooking the water and hardstand area. So gather your crews and families and come and enjoy this new venue, the Sandy team is planning a big regatta.

The Nationals page has new information on it and more will be coming very shortly, with online race entry, regatta clothing pre-order info and the many FAQs you will want to know the answers too. Click here to go to the Nationals Page

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