Etchells NSW State Championships - Great racing, crazy weather

The winning Mornington fleet Magpie team of Ben Morison-Jack, Graeme Taylor and Steve Jarvin - Zhik Etchells NSW Championship 2011
Damian Devine
The sea mist, soft winds and then a late strong westerly change, all contributed to the abandonment of the final day’s racing in the Zhik Etchells NSW Championship being held off Pittwater.

As a result Mornington Fleet's Magpie team of Graeme Taylor, Steve Jarvin and Ben Morison-Jack retained their solid lead at seven points overall and are the well-deserved victors for 2011.


In second overall came Roulette, with USA skipper Jud Smith and his Sydney Fleet crew of and defending NSW title champion, Mark Johnson and Nik Burfoot, finishing on 16 points. Smith also took out the Masters Trophy prize.

The third place went to another Victorian; the Triad team led by John Bertrand and crew world champion Moth class sailor, Nathan Outteridge, and Will McCarthy with 23 points. 'Mother nature looks like being uncooperative today. GT, Mothy and MJ have the series wrapped up. We are in third place, which surprises me,' Bertrand said before racing today.

Outteridge was pleased with his first time Etchells experience. 'I have sailed a lot of different classes. I normally sail boats that are pretty fast. But the Etchells racing was good. It was really close racing and sailing with John was amazing. I learnt a lot this week. The Etchells are the type of boat where it is really finely tuned. You have got to play all the sheets a tiny bit to make the difference. He was teaching me all the time about how to play the main and the backstay to get the boat in the groove. When you get it right it makes a huge difference.

'We made a bad decision in the third race. We were a bit late off the start and had to do a turn at the top mark and we ended up coming 33rd. But every other race we were in the top eight and we were pretty happy with that,' Outteridge said.

The Grand Masters winners were the Lake Macquarie Iris III team of Peter McNeill, Simon Reffold and David Gleadhill.

The Pacesetter Etchells Fleet prize went to the Sydney Fleet.

The boats were off the dock this morning by 0900 hours and there was an air of anticipation that at least another two races would get completed today. Shortly after the lines were dropped the Race Committee called all tow boats to stop inside Barrenjoey Heads as the sea mist, the major program disruption yesterday morning, was again hanging around offshore with visibility down to about 200 metres.

It took until just after mid-day for the mist to disappear, which it did rapidly. It was then a mad scramble to get outside of Barrenjoey Heads and onto the southern course of the Palm Beach Circle.

The sea looked good; low swell and a pleasant eight to nine knot north-easter. But not long after the fleet hit the race track the breeze softened, swung and slipped into a south-south-east. There were various wind calls from around the course, from Barrenjoey and from north of there. The sick southerly continued to soften.

Just as everyone was starting to wonder what would happen next a warm westerly gust blew past the fleet. By 1345 hours the westerly was settled in and freshening.

Many of the fleet spoke to the race committee by picking up their bat and ball and heading back towards Barrenjoey.

PRO Stephen Merrington in the meantime made the prudent decision to abandon racing. 'We had all sorts of wind from all sorts of wind directions from all sorts of areas around the coast. There were various directions being promised, being forecast to us and eventually when it came in, it came at about 20 knots from the west. It built slowly to 25 knots. I couldn’t see any reason that it would lessen and so, after discussion with the race director, we decided to can it. We would not have been able to get a true course in because the breeze was going every which way,' Merrington said.

 Race NumberPoints 
PlNameBoatSail
Num
Bow
Num
StateClub12345678Total
Points
Net
Points
 
1TAYLOR, Graeme
JARVIN, Steve
MORISON - JACK, Ben
Magpie94752VICMYC22 2 (6) 1    137 
2SMITH, Jud
JOHNSON, Mark
BURFOOT, Nikolas
Roulette137733NSWRSYS1(26) 7 2 6    4216Masters
3BERTRAND, John
OUTTERIDGE, Nathan
MCCARTHY, William
Triad138311VICRBYC56 (33) 4 8    5623Masters
4CHEW, Matthew
WYATT, Paul
JONES, Darren
LOWE, Tim
Gen XY86431QLDRQYS715 1 (27) 10    6033 
5BULKA, Mark
MILNE, Peter
SOLLY, Ben
Perfect Balance138732VICRBYC93 19 3 (41)    7534 
6MCGAIN, Douglas
REED, Adrian
ADSHEAD, Gary
Ciao124439NSWCYCA189 (28) 7 2    6436 
7MCNEILL, Peter
REFFOLD, Simon
GLEADHILL, David
Iris 111132528NSWLMYC(19)4 18 5 9    5536Grand Masters
8RAZMILOVIC, Ante
LARSON, Chris
FLINN, Stuart
Matatu134015 RHKYC171 8 (20) 11    5737 
9GAIR, Alastair
SCOTT, Derek
RIDLEY, David
GANLEY, Anna
Velsheda95046 RNZYS(32)13 12 10 5    7240 
10TONNER-JOYCE, Mark
COLLINGWOOD, John Cuthbert
GIBSON, Glen
Dawn Raid136138VICRBYC(22)5 22 11 4    6442 
11CLARK, David
SMITH, Andrew
SMITH, Alan
Fifteen87629NSWCYCA127 (17) 12 12    6043 
12MILES, Cameron
SAMPSON, David
CROWLE, Grant
The Hole Way130627NSWRPAYC1611 (36) 1 20    8448 
13ROSE, David
TORPY, Joshua
MCLEAN, John
This Will Make Her Scream139245QLDSYC/RQYS424 3 (31) 21    8352 
14RICHARDS, Mark
SMITH, Gary
WHITTAKER, Josh
Are We There Yet?135837NSWRPAYC(20)20 4 13 15    7252 
15ELLIS, Brett
GUDMUNSON, Paul
LANGLEY, Patrick
Ticket Of Leave83123NSWRPAYC10(21) 21 8 16    7655 
16LANGFORD, Mark
GARATY, Lisa
GARATY, Paul
HOWARD, William
Critical Balance133853NSWLMYC(24)12 13 18 13    8056 
17GUNTHER, Jake
SKEGGS, Stuart
MCPHAIL, Tony
The Boat99118VICRBYC1528 (32) 15 3    9361Masters
18TILLY, Jervis
BILLINGHAM, Steve
ARNOLD, James
Bushfire102107NSWRaffles Marina138 35 (39) 7    10263 
19THORNBURROW, Mark
MOK, Martin
COOKE, Simon
GIBSON, Gray
Racer X126905 RHKYC632 (56)
BFD
9 24    12771Masters
20BEASHEL OAM, Colin
KOERNER, Michael
SIMMER, Grant
COXON, Michael
North Star94026NSWRPAYC8(56)
OCS
15 17 31    12771Masters
21WEIR, Robert
THACKRAY, Paul
BISHOP, Robert
Shindig126819NSWRSYS2314 16 21 (25)    9974Masters
Grand Masters
22KING, Tom
WHEEN, Ivan
EDWARDS, David
MCMAHON, Owen
Iron Lotus92536NSWRSYS26(29) 5 22 22    10475 
23MERRINGTON, Peter
MERRINGTON, Anthony
BONOUVRIE, Geoffrey
Odyssey125410NSWRPAYC3416 11 (35) 23    11984 
24VAN DER STRUYF, Dirk
BLAAUW, Gordon
ROWELL, Richard
Animal House83202WARFBYC2522 14 24 (38)    12385 
25PLANTE, Julian
DUNSTAN, Michael
NATTRASS, Hannah
GARLAND, Nick
Old Gold138048NSWRPAYC14(31) 31 23 18    11786 
26O'ROURKE, Stephen
ANSON, Bruce
BULL, Ross
Panther138450NSWCSC(41)19 6 36 26    12887Masters
27STRONG, Jeanne-Claude
WITTEY, Neville
BURKE, Marcus
WITTEY, Tiana
Yandoo XX86830NSWRSYS(37)17 9 28 36    12790Masters
28GORDON, Murray
SYKES, William
ROUGHLEY, Hamish
LEE, Amy
Hydrotherapy87508NSWRPAYC(38)18 37 16 19    12890 
29HAMMOND, Richard
GAIN, Roger
ALLEN, Christian
Alchemist140125NSWRSYS(33)10 23 30 32    12895Masters
Grand Masters
30HINDS, Gordon
INGATE, Stephen
INGATE, Nicholas
Grand V51106NSWRANSA2125 26 26 (40)    13898Masters
31WOODS, Jamie
WOODS, Tom
BLATCHFORD, Dean
Echo Beach119213NSWLMYC27(35) 29 29 14    13499Masters
32MELIA, Burke
KEAVY, Wayne
MINTER, John
No Mercy94351NSWCSC333 27 (41) 37    141100 
33HOWARD, Richard
MARTIN, Rayshele
SKELTON, Joel
OUTTERIDGE, Haylee
Newby121343NSWLMYC3536 10 19 (44)    144100 
34SINCLAIR, Kane
WYBORN, Todd
PROSSER, Grahame
Why Be Flat108441NSWLMYC4027 (56)
DNF
25 17    165109 
35BOYD, Gary
BOYD, John
MORRISH, Paul
B Squared116420NSWLMYC30(42) 42 14 27    155113 
36DARE, Chris
TWEDDELL, Oliver
COLE, Aaron
Flirtation102656VICSSCBC3923 20 33 (43)    158115 
37WARD, Jason
ROYLE, Peter
MCCAUGHEY, Damien
Concubine138503SARSAYS(50)30 38 32 28    178128 
38BAKER, David
LANGTON, Dean
LANGTON, Steve
Zapper118324NSWRSYS11(50) 34 40 46    181131Masters
39SEATON, David
SEATON, Deborah
LEEDOW, Kevin
JACOBSON, Warwick
Dot113442NSWRSYS(42)34 40 34 30    180138Masters
Grand Masters
40AUDSLEY, Ian
KELLAWAY, Stephen
KELLY, Peter
Kalika91804NSWRPAYC28(52) 24 49 42    195143Masters
Grand Masters
41FLYNN, Douglas
GARDINER, Calvin
MAUDSLAY, Chester
Wobbegong116521NSWRSYS4446 25 (47) 29    191144Masters
Grand Masters
42SMITH, Gary
SHOEBRIDGE, Brett
CRIER, Mark
Tusk88314WARPYC3141 (47) 39.70
RDG
39.70
RDG
   198.40151.40 
43COOMBS, Philip
SCHAFER, Stuart
SMITH, Graeme
J for Jig 94117VICMYC2939 30 (56)
DNF
56
DNC
   210154Masters
44PAUL, John
COATES, Steven
STEVENS, Christian
Cardinal Sin86955NSWRPAYC(52)38 41 45 33    209157 
45DOYLE, Mark
THORPE, Mark
DAWSON, Joshua
HAYES, David
Miramar125334NSWRPAYC3644 (48) 43 39    210162Masters
46JUKES, Brendon
STUBBINGS, Peter
JUKES, Brian
Men's Shirts, Short Skirts114116VICRBYC4547 (51) 37 35    215164Grand Masters
47VISSER, Hendrik
NICHOLSON, Bruce
CHADWICK, Paul
SeaWings137009NSWRPAYC(53)37 39 46 48    223170Masters
Grand Masters
48HEALEY, David
ROBBA, Timothy
HALLAM, James
TBA, TBA
Rapscallion114412QLDRQYS(54)51 50 38 34    227173Masters
49MASTERS, Geoff
WONG, Kevin
MORRIS, Michael
PATON, Alex
Roue112447NSWRSYS4740 49 42 (56)
DNF
   234178 
50RABBIDGE, Chris
CARRICK, Stephen
RABBIDGE, Nicholas
Resurgent105249NSWLMYC43(49) 44 44 47    227178Masters
51HOLM, Robert
HENDERSON, Ian
MERFIELD, Frank
Good Vibes128835QLDWSC46(53) 43 52 45    239186Masters
Grand Masters
52DEY, Bruce
CROW, Tom
NEUMANN, Hans
Black Knight123740NSWRPAYC5145 45 50 (56)
DNC
   247191Masters
Grand Masters
53WILSON, Donald
LAW, Michael
BAGNALL, Henry
The Don129154NSWGSC4843 46 (56)
DNC
56
DNC
   249193Masters
54BALDWIN, David
BALDWIN, Myles
BALDWIN, Tristan
Volante131922NSWCSC4948 (56)
BFD
51 56
DNF
   260204 
55BARTON, Cameron
THACKRAY, Michael
MOR, Gil
THACKRAY, David
Trekka127544NSWCYCA(56)
DNC
56
DNC
56
DNC
48 56
DNF
   272216 


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