by Kelvin Holdt
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July saw one of the largest fleets for some time to contest Southport Yacht Clubs 2013 Evolution Sails Two Handed Series, with 21 entries comprising Trailables, Sportsboats, Etchells and a Cruising Multihull on the water to enjoy the challenge of sailing shorthanded.
Congested pre-start - 2013 Evolution Sails Two Handed Series
After a one hour postponement a light easterly came in at around 6-8 knots giving PRO Greg Hempstalk enough wind to get two short races away, (if only just), as the wind started to die out as the last boats where crossing the finish line.
With a 15-18 knot South- South Easterly the crews where set for some longer courses and a lot more challenging sailing conditions in comparison to Saturdays winds. There were some thrills and of course some spills with the Sportsboats speeding on downwinds with their spinnakers set and succumbing to the elements as they performed their gybes shorthanded, not an easy feat which was witnessed by the rest of the fleet as the Sportsboat lay on their sides as they tried to regain their composure and get the kite set again.
A huge thank you to Evolution Sails Queensland’s Rob White and Graham Sherring for again supporting this great event.
1st Viper Qld - Viper 640 - Ben and Georgia Leigh-Smith
2nd Ocean Racer Chaser - ¼ Tonner - John Paltridge and Ben Downey
3rd Betelgeuse - Etchell - Greg Forgan-Smith and Bruce Pitt
4th Riff Raff - Blazer 23 - Peter Pritchard and Grant Turner
5th Rooster - Etchell - Kelvin and Chris Holdt
6th Stay Tuned - Leitch 650 -Graham Sherring and Chris Percy
7th Still Crazy - Blazer 23 - Peter Lahey and Paul Hansen
8th Daytona - Etchell - Peter Yeomans and Will Pringle
9th Dodgy Vindaloo - RL24 - Tim Jackman and Marc Hall
10th Trilogy - Etchell - Neil Hudson and Ian Weldon
11th Young Guns - Elliott 5.9 - Grant Robertson - Brett Kelly
12th Grumpy Old Men - Etchell - Glen Thompson - Tim Phillips
13th Shady Lady - RL24 - Scott Jones and Dave Walton
14th Chill Oaut - RL24 - Andrew and Tim Haynes
15th Ezy - Blazer 31 - David Fletcher and Andrew Todd
16th Grape Juice - Etchell - Mike Austin and Jennifer Silver
17th Wild Goats - Skud 18 - Ross Manning and Nigel Lang
18th Musto Jack - Blazer 23 - Jackson and Reece Foort
19th Sunbird - Seawind 1000 - Tony and Vicki Little
20th Where's Wally - Etchell - Gunter Lamprecht and Gary Wakefield
21st Nameless - Viper 640 - Troy and Ben Sweeting