by Teri Dodds
Tricky conditions on Corio Bay today, proved difficult for many in the large fleet of Etchells in the Victorian Championships. John Bertrand and his Triad crew won the day ahead of Melbourne’s Damien King, with the 1999 Etchells World Champion Cameron Miles third.
John Bertrand (Triad) crosses Cameron Miles (Black Snake) - Etchells Victorian Championships 2008
Racing was postponed for over an hour, due to lack of breeze, which gave some interstate and overseas crews time to familiarize themselves with the bay.
This proved costly for some as they were testing their boats in the light breeze, out of ear reach of the committee boat and failed to hear warning signals consequently missing the start, which took place just after 1320hrs.
Cameron Miles timed his pin end start to perfection, with Graeme Taylor’s Magpie to windward of him, choosing to go left up the first beat. The wind was NNE in 3-4 knots with lots of holes and shifts, so sailing was testing the best sailors on the course.
Melbourne entrant Damien King skippering Barry came out on top in race one, with Fathom (Rupert Henry) from Sydney taking second spot in a shortened course as wind faded in the latter half of the race.
Black Snake's race one start - Etchells Victorian Championships 2008
Shortly after race one was completed, the sea breeze arrived and welcomed by the fleet, which were sent away for race two in the steady 8 – 10 knot southeasterly.
A nervous wait for the race Committee though, as the ship ‘San Jacinto’ was entering the Hopetoun channel, which the fleet needed to cross to get to the windward mark.
PRO Greg Sinclair was relieved to see all yachts pass well clear of the ship’s bow and continue sailing unhindered.
John Bertrand coming off a seventh in race one started at the pin end with local sailors on ‘Slick 2’ just to windward of them. This was tactically the place to be as positions remained like this at the top mark. Cameron Miles was third round with Alice Spring’s Jeff Rose (Second Wind) third, and Graeme Taylor (Magpie) fourth.
The wind remained consistent from the SE for the remainder of the race and in the end, John Bertrand was home first, with an elated Geelong crew (Skipper Brendan Garner, Michael Schultz and Tim Clark) on Slick 2 second and Mornington’s Graeme Taylor third.
After the race Bertrand said, ‘We got hammered in race one with big wind shifts, we went right and it went left and we paid the price’
Different for race two – ‘We had a good pin end start and just went into phase after that.’
Brendan Garner (Slick 2) was very pleased with his racing today and sits in fifth place – ‘ Race 2 was great but we didn’t get the perfect start, with Garry Sheard’s ‘Wicked’ burying us, but we kept going left and it paid off.
Geelong’s Class Captain Jason Farnell on Bananas in Pyjamas who has helped co-ordinate the event, said ‘he was a bit unlucky with wind shifts in race one (33rd), then it came together well in the second, they took fifth place)
Slick 2 - Etchells Victorian Championships 2008
‘Conditions were pretty confused’ for New Zealand entrant Alistair Gair who is here skippering Velsheda - ‘There was really big shifts which made it difficult, and we’d hoped the sea breeze would come in earlier.’ Only arriving in Geelong yesterday for the series, Gair, and his crew are using this regatta and the next in Mooloolaba for preparations for the Worlds in Brighton (Vic) in 2009. Gair was second in the 2006 Etchells Worlds in Fremantle behind the winner Judd Smith (USA)
Racing continues on Corio Bay tomorrow from 10am.
Series Results [Class ET] for Etchells up to Race 2 (Drops = 0)
|Place||Ties||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||From||Series Score||Race 2||Race 1|
|3||AUS945||Black Snake||Cameron Miles||Pittwater||10.00||4.00||6.00|
|5||2.0S||AUS1131||Slick 2||Brendan Garner||RGYC||13.00||2.00||11.00|
|6||AUS1367||Chill Pill||Rob Bird||SwanRiver||13.00||8.00||5.00|
|11||6.0S||AUS1338||Critical Balance||Mark Bulka||RBYC||31.00||6.00||25.00|
|12||AUS1288||Magic B422||Steve Gunther||Melbourne||31.00||15.00||16.00|
|13||AUS1318||Bananas in Pajamas||Ian Johnson||Melbourne||32.00||11.00||21.00|
|14||AUS1274||The Nurse||Ross Lloyd||Melbourne||33.00||24.00||9.00|
|15||3.0S||AUS872||Count Boris Secret R||Nick Knezic||Melbourne||34.00||31.00||3.00|
|16||AUS1326||Steampacket 7||Rob Brown||Pittwater||34.00||12.00||22.00|
|17||AUS1276||Over Engineered||Garrath James||Blairgowrie||37.00||22.00||15.00|
|18||5.0S||AUS1121||Bananas in Pajamas-2||Jason Farnell||RGYC||38.00||5.00||33.00|
|19||AUS1024||Voodoo Spirit||Guyon Wilson||RGYC||38.00||14.00||24.00|
|20||AUS892||Second Wind||Jeff Rose||Alice Springs||39.00||10.00||29.00|
|21||9.0S||AUS1011||Quantum Leap||Chris Jackson||Mornington||40.00||9.00||31.00|
|22||AUS417||White Pointer||A Sandy||Metung||40.00||30.00||10.00|
|23||AUS1237||Black Knight||John Savage||Melbourne||41.00||21.00||20.00|
|27||AUS1048||Frequent Flyer||David Atkinson||Melbourne||52.00||35.00||17.00|
|30||AUS948||Smile N Wave||Graeme Alexander||Mornington||54.00||17.00||37.00|
|31||AUS941||J for Jig||Lex O'Connor||Melbourne||55.00||36.00||19.00|
|32||AUS1141||Mens shirts shorts s||Peter Stubbings||Melbourne||62.00||27.00||35.00|
|34||AUS1026||Jacks Hut||Bill Fairley||Melbourne||66.00||25.00||41.00|
|37||AUS1293||That's Life||Ian Crisp||RBYC||70.00||42.00||28.00|
|38||AUS913||Never Enough||Andrew Telford||Melbourne||73.00||37.00||36.00|
|39||AUS994||Crew Control||Paul Minter||Cronulla||74.00||34.00||40.00|
|40||AUS882||Jukes of Hazzard||Brendon Jukes||Melbourne||75.00||32.00||43.00|
|41||AUS1158||New Wave||Peter La Fontaine||RGYC||78.00||46.00O||32.00|
|42||AUS780||Urban Gorilla||Michael Shanahan||RGYC||81.00||43.00||38.00|
|43||AUS747||Functional Overlay||Niesje Hees||Melbourne||82.00||40.00||42.00|
|44||AUS784||Feng Shui||Andrew Perkins||Melbourne||83.00||38.00||45.00|
|45||AUS235||Clean Skin||Philip Dyer||Mornington||85.00||41.00||44.00|