Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship 2011 Day one, Corio Bay, Geelong Victoria.
Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championships 2011, Royal Geelong Yacht Club (AUS) Race 1 - 10/01/11 Stormy skies
Sailing teaches you patience – as everyone knows. And so it was on day one of the Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship 2011. After two hours delay on the millpond called Corio Bay the breeze came in from the east north east at around five - six knots enabling Principal Race Officer Greg Sinclair to gun the fleet away in the steady rain.
Damien King and his Barry crew from the pin sailed up the edge of the left hand breeze line.
Inside him was local sailor Brendan Garner, The Moe Szyslak Experience and Gary Smith’s Are We There Yet? Further up the line another five boats, was Michael Hiatt’s Extra Bad Doll and then almost midline was 2010 Etchells World Champion John Bertrand’s Triad.
At the Committee boat end, John Savage on Black Knight, caught well up the course in the very lightest of breezes, sailed back behind the line under spinnaker just 30 seconds before the start, flopped over and headed right.
Savage explained later 'Our decision was reinforced when we were bounced away by Jake Gunther’s The Boat.'
Also at the Committee boat and heading right was Mark Bulka, with midboat Stuart Nichols and on bow Glenn Ashby, the six times A Cat World Champion, back in an Etchells for the first time since the Perfect Balance trio won the 2004 Etchells Australian Championship in Adelaide, South Australia.
Initially the breeze went a little left. King looked good in the best pressure on the course initially, then the lead shifted towards the mid-liners. Extra Bad Doll looked OK, then it seemed Bertrand (Triad) was in the lead, but two thirds of the way up the beat, the wind sailed to the right.
The Right was now Right. Around the top mark went Savage just ahead of Bulka. Some good work from Bulka's team and they hit the front and soldiered down the run toward the bottom mark.
With the breeze fading the course was shortened and the two boats finished in that order at the bottom mark.
Behind them there was daylight. Ten minutes later Brad Sheridan (US Forces) crossed in third place. The left hand leader King (Barry) was third last. Bertrand was in the 20’s.
Dockside Mark Bulka commented 'yesterday in the Practice race we had a glamour start on the pin, speed and a clear lane. We figured we were famous until we looked up and saw the breeze going hard right. That was the end of us.
Perfect Balance Crew (L-R) Skipper Mark Bulka, Stewart Nichols and Glen Ashby - Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championships 2011
‘With today’s forecast and that experience, we decided we had to go right. We were third down from the boat. We were not hard right; there were at least seven or eight boats outside us. But by the time we reached the top mark, the wind had swung to 110.'
PRO Greg Sinclair and his team notified a new course of 110 and the leaders headed for the new mark.
Then in Sinclair’s words ‘It all went pear shaped. With the lead boats heading down the course it was too late to pull the pin.’
While the two leaders Bulka (Perfect Balance) and Savage (Black Knight) finished in very light two-three knots at that heading, behind them the breeze lifted to five knots but the wind shifted back to 050.
It was a tough day at the office and the bad news is the conditions look like they will be even lighter tomorrow.
2011 Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Class National Championship Hosted By Royal Geelong Yacht Club Race 1 (11/01/2011) Updated: 11/01/2011 16:03:17
|Place||Sail No||Boat Name||Elapsd||Skipper||Score||Fin Tim||Bow No||DidNot|
|1||AUS1387||PERFECT BALANCE||01:01:59||Mark Bulka||1.0||15:26:59||32|
|2||AUS1237||BLACK KNIGHT||01:02:22||John Savage||2.0||15:27:22||37|
|3||AUS866||US FORCES 1223||01:12:42||Brad Sheridan||3.0||15:37:42||66|
|5||AUS1318||BANANAS IN PYJAMAS||01:13:18||Tim Ede||5.0||15:38:18||31|
|7||AUS991||THE BOAT||01:13:23||Jake Gunther||7.0||15:38:23||20|
|8||AUS1274||THE NURSE||01:13:28||Ross Loyd||8.0||15:38:28||74|
|10||AUS1026||JACK S HUT||01:13:40||Noel Drennan||10.0||15:38:40||52|
|11||AUS1367||CHILLI PLUM||01:13:52||Doug Kerr||11.0||15:38:52||67|
|12||HKG1269||RACER X 923||01:14:17||Mark Thornburrow||12.0||15:39:17||17|
|13||AUS1338||CRITICAL BALANCE||01:14:36||Mark Langford||13.0||15:39:36||19|
|14||AUS882||JUKES OF HAZZARD||01:14:54||Brendon Jukes||14.0||15:39:54||16|
|17||AUS940||NORTH STAR||01:15:46||Michael Coxon||17.0||15:40:46||40|
|18||AUS1293||THATS LIFE||01:15:53||Ian Crisp||18.0||15:40:53||23|
|19||AUS994||CREWS CONTROL||01:16:25||Paul Minter||19.0||15:41:25||34|
|20||AUS1361||DAWN RAID||01:16:37||Stephen Gunther||20.0||15:41:37||36|
|21||AUS1277||MID GYBE CRISIS||01:16:43||Wayne Dixon||21.0||15:41:43||77|
|23||AUS1164||B SQUARED||01:18:23||Gary Boyd||23.0||15:43:23||64|
|25||AUS865||FAST FORWARD||01:19:06||Bruce Mc Briar||25.0||15:44:06||65|
|26||AUS1358||ARE WE THERE YET ?||01:19:10||Gary Smith||26.0||15:44:10||58|
|32||AUS651||ON A MISSION||01:20:36||Malcolm Blom||32.0||15:45:36||10|
|33||AUS747||FUNCTIONAL OVERLAY||01:20:56||Niesje Hees||33.0||15:45:56||47|
|36||AUS1024||VOODOO SPIRIT||01:21:19||Guyon Wilson||36.0||15:46:19||12|
|37||AUS1389||SMOKING GUN||01:21:21||Robert Hanna||37.0||15:46:21||38|
|38||AUS1278||EXTRA BAD DOLL||01:21:22||Micheal Hiatt||38.0||15:46:22||78|
|39||AUS1374||SLIPPERY WHEN WET||01:21:35||Simon Cunningham||39.0||15:46:35||42|
|40||AUS961||BACK IN BUSINESS||01:21:39||John Coates||40.0||15:46:39||61|
|41||AUS948||SMILE N WAVE||01:22:04||Graeme Alexander||41.0||15:47:04||48|
|42||AUS1226||BAD DOLL||01:22:17||Thomas Braidwood||42.0||15:47:17||26|
|43||AUS1025||WALK ON WATER||01:22:24||Glenn Norton||43.0||15:47:24||25|
|44||AUS1189||THE ARCHER||01:22:42||Clark Swan||44.0||15:47:42||18|
|45||AUS1288||GOOD VIBES||01:22:48||Robert Holm||45.0||15:47:48||22|
|46||AUS1141||MENS SHIRTS||01:22:56||Peter Stubbings||46.0||15:47:56||41|
|47||AUS1131||THE MOE SZYSLAK EXPE||01:23:05||Brendan Garner||47.0||15:48:05||11|
|48||AUS913||NEVER ENOUGH . . . .||01:23:31||Andrew Telford||48.0||15:48:31||43|
|50||AUS1335||FREE ADVICE||01:24:27||Mary Hanna||50.0||15:49:27||35|
|51||AUS511||GRAND V||01:25:58||Gordon Hinds||51.0||15:50:58||51|