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NSW Sharpies 2014 - Smoke on the water as the dynasty continues!

by Marc Ablett on 6 May 2014
Smoke powering off the start line - NSW Sharpie State Titles Round 3 Robert Owe-Young
NSW Sharpies - Well the dynasty continues, Team Smoke sailed by the Forster brothers and Forward hand Mark Jarvis have secured their ninth straight NSW title for the team.

This unprecedented run of success began back in the 2004/2005 season and skipper Michael Forster has remained largely unchallenged except for a brief period in 2006/2007 by Derek Milligan and crew and recently by The Curry Brothers and Hayden Sellars, while this year David Dixon-Hughes and crew of Jon Pederson and Robbie Inglis launched a full scale attack in a near new boat.


The final round there was only 2.75 points separating the top three. With the forecast for a windy finish to the series, it was widely thought that it would be the year that the 'Truck' boys from the gong would finally break through and steal the title. On Saturday halfway through the seventh heat of the series it was proving just that with heavy air specialists 'Truck' and 'Deep Sea Racing Prawns' leading the way however when they both got to the bottom of the run the race committee had pulled the pin on the racing for the day with the bay scattered with all sorts of craft from the annual regatta and the wind pumping in at 35knots its probably understandable.

However that decision was to deal several teams a great blow none the least 'Truck' who now with the series reduced to two drops slipped a little opening the door for 'Shazam' and 'Smoke' to pounce, both being light to moderate air specialist. There was still hope of a breezy finale with the southerly forecast to come through late during the night and holding throughout Sunday, However while everyone was enjoying the social BBQ and Beers at the caravan park, many (who were jaded by the Amber fluid) might have missed the Southerly pump in at 8pm, not what the boys from Wollongong were after.



So it was down to this, 0.5 of a point separating three boats going into the final heat. With it all to play for 'Truck' ended there series in the worse possible way, by being over the start early and DSQ, while Smoke with all its experience nailed the start. 'Shazam' was left in second last place and with it all to do in its quest for the title. They lifted their work rate down the reaches and by halfway up the second work had powered into second, these guys are extremely fast in these conditions.

They were challenging 'Smoke' heavily and the lads were in major defensive mode, with a tacking duel starting up the third work, however the 'Smoke' lads had a fantastic finish to the third work and put a gap on 'Shazam', all that was left was for 'Smoke' to hang on down the reaches and survive the short work to the finish, easier said than done in a shifting breeze. However the experience and class prevailed and Michael, Andy and Mark held on for a much deserved victory, to keep the dream of 10 straight alive.

But the victor is nothing without the challengers and 'Shazam' and 'Truck' went all the way in this heavyweight title fight and if it wasn’t for the element s who knows it may have been different. But that is why our sport is so demanding and challenging. Smoke had been able to hang in there in the breezy stuff and excel in the lighter stuff to be easily the most consistent and win the series.



Special mentions to the young guys on Pleasure and Pain, lead by Nick Marzano (19) Alex Marzano (16) and Dylan Zanin (19) to steal the handicap trophy and finish fourth overall on scratch. They will be ones to beat in the future that is for sure.

Socially the series has been one of the best and numbers have stayed up across the three rounds. With huge interest in the up-coming nationals and more boats being purchased into the state we are looking forward to the interstaters visiting Sydney over Christmas time and challenging the NSW boats on home waters. Everyone is pumped and ready for a big party and series at Christmas time.

States Results

 

NSW Sharpie State Titles: 2013/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kembla Classic 30/1 Dec. 2013

 

 

 

Balmoral 15/16 Feb. 2014

 

 

 

Bateman's Bay 26/27 Apr. 2014

 

 

 

Position

 

 

Skipper

 

 

Boat Name

 

 

Sail No.

 

 

R.1

 

 

R.2

 

 

R.3

 

 

R.4

 

 

R.5

 

 

R.6

 

 

R.7

 

 

R.8

 

 

R.9

 

Total points with 2 drops

1

Michael Forster

Smoke

N883

5

0.75

2

2

2

2

 

 

Abandoned

5

0.75

9.5

2

David Dixon Hughes

Shazam

N918

3

3

0.75

0.75

6

8

0.75

2

10.25

3

Todd Curry

Truck

N898

0.75

11

5

4

0.75

0.75

2

18

13.25

4

Nicolas Marzano

Pleasure & Pain

N876

7

2

9

9

4

3

3

6

25

5

Derek Sheppard

Blur

N893

6

12

6

3

7

4

4

5

28

6

Rick Shortridge

Proud Aussie

N751

2

5

3

10

18

18

11

3

34

7

Derek Milligan

Loaded Dog

N826

18

4

4

7

9

7

7

9

38

8

Ian Richardson

Space Monkeys

N869

8

8

7

8

5

5

18

18

41

9

 

Rob Tikoft

The Bear

N851

11

9

13

6

8

6

6

7

42

10

Marc Ablett

Deep Sea Racing Prawns

N831

4

13

10

5

3

18

9

18

44

11

 

Kip Tanner

Chilli Factor

N854

9

10

8

15

18

18

10

4

56

12

Chris Ablett

Irish Frog

N819

10

7

12

11

18

18

8

8

56

13

John Richardson

Mainiac

N902

12

6

11

14

10

18

12

10

61

14

Steve Hart

Rocket Fuels

N812

18

14

14

17

18

18

13

18

94

15

Kevin Rosenbaum

Sheetfaced

N773

18

18

18

12

18

18

18

18

102

16

Glen Seeley

Mr Freeze

N885

18

18

18

13

18

18

18

18

103

17

Ian Richie

Ma Cherie

N836

18

18

18

16

18

18

18

18

106

18

 

Mary Tulip

Bling

Q871

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

108

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SE 11-18 kts

ESE 8-12 kts

E 10 - 15 kts

NE to 7 kts

S 15 - 20 kts

S 10 - 15 kts

NW 35 kts+

S 10 - 15 kts

S 10 - 15 kts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best 6 of 8 races to count

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get around it
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