sail-world.com -- Fay and Frew sail back into contention in NSW Cherub States
Fay and Frew sail back into contention in NSW Cherub States
Tue, 27 Nov 2012
Current Cherub National Champions Kris Fay and Morgan Frew, sailing Wally, stormed back into contention for the NSW State Championship with a win and two second places in the second round of the four round series. Sailing on their home waters at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, Fay and Frew closed in on the series leaders Alison Chapman and Kurt Warner form Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club. With three different winners in the three races over the weekend, competition has intensified at the front end of the NSW Cherub fleet.
Saturday’s racing consisted on two short course races sailed in a 12-15 kt easterly, ideal conditions for many of the less experienced crews sailing their first Cherub inter-club event. In the first race 18ft Skiff sailors Andrew and Will Chapman, in their return to the Cherub class after four seasons’s absence, joined a pack of four boats fighting for the lead. The racing was tight with the Chapman brothers gaining and holding a narrow margin over Fay and Frew with another local boat Ryan Clifton-Smith and Tom Drury sailing Remember the Tight Ends close in third.
Further back in the fleet Chapman and Warner were buried after a poor start, recording their worst place of the series. This result opened the door for the other crews. In the second race Chapman and Warner recovered their form and took a comfortable win from Fay and Frew with the Chapman brothers recovering from a poor start to work their way back to third.
On Sunday a fresher 15-18kt sea breeze made for an exciting long course race. Expecting the left hand bias of the sea breeze Fay and Frew nailed the start, taking the pin ready for a drag race to the port layline. They rounded the top mark first with a small lead over The French Tickler sailed by stand in skipper Jarrod Turner and Matt Hall. Close behind this pair were the Stewart brothers Andrew and Dave in their new boat New Order. Crews then had to battle hard to reach the wing mark with all the leading boats on the very edge of control.
By the end of the first triangle Fay and Frew had consolidated their lead over the chasing pack. Chapman and Warner found themselves further back and worker hard throughout the race to finish second. Tim Harrington and Charlie Gundy from Lane Cove in Cauchemar steadily worked their way through the tight fleet to finish third.
Further back in Sunday’s race, former 16ft Skiff National Champion Greg Searant and 2005-06 Cherub National Champion Rowan Kelly were having their first test sail in the boat they in which they will contest the upcoming Cherub Nationals. They showed enough form to indicate that they will be serious contenders come the national series.
The weekend’s racing left Chapman and Warner with a five point lead over Fay and Frew with half the series sailed. The final two rounds will be sailed in February and March at Lane Cove, Yarra Bay and Teralba
Over the weekend Trevor Fay tested a prototype of the square top mainsail that the class in considering introducing next season. The sail performed well, proving to be quick, responsive and controllable as well as improving the aesthetics of the boat. It showed up well particularly in the fresher breeze on Sunday.
Ensign Ship Brokers
Ensign Ship Brokers was established in 1980 and has spent the last 28 years expanding our marine knowledge and developing our reputation! We strive to provide the very best service! [More info]
Festival of Sails
The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400 yachts and 4300 competitors annually taking part in the event. [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Hood Sailmakers (Aust) P/L is 100% Australian owned and operated. The first sail loft outside of the USA to be granted a franchise in 1968 by the founder Ted Hood. [More info]
Mauri Pro Sailing
Your direct access to sailing solutions. 8,000+ products for cruising and racing sailors and sailboats. We search for appropriate sailboat hardware or sailing gear and offer them at competitive prices [More info]
Navionics is proud of its superb cartographic database comprising more than 25,000 charts and port plans; the largest privately owned database of its kind, the only one using full seamless technology [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Quantum Australasia Pty Ltd
Quantum Sail Design Group designs, engineers and manufactures sails for racers and cruisers who demand the highest levels of quality and performance. [More info]
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is an annual four-day event which attracts buyers and marine industry representatives from across Australia and around the globe. [More info]
Sydney Rigging Specialists
Sydney Rigging Specialists is a leading company in the supply of yacht rigging, cordage, marine fittings and accessories. We are based in Sydney and work from our specially fitted out rigging shop. [More info]
Ullman Sails Australia
The Ullman Sails Australia team provides service to customers all over Australia with four main locations in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and the Whitsundays. [More info]
Vicsail Sydney Pty Ltd, launched into the Australian sailing fraternity in 1983 and has been sailing strong ever since. At Vicsail, “We Sail the Boats We Sell”. [More info]