by Nic Douglass
The 35th NSW Tasar State Championships concluded on Sunday at the Illawarra Yacht Club.
The Ridgways ahead of the pack - racing was tight! - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
Nine races were completed over the three days of racing, with all competitors commenting on the quality of the venue and the Yacht Club community.
The conditions for the final day were challenging with the Nor’west to Nor’east breeze creating plenty of opportunities for passing, and being passed. Heat seven was won by Al Murray and Darren Eger, and heat eight by Heather MacFarlane and Chris Payne.
The Victorians dominated the overall top five. Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway took the Championship in their win in the final heat from Heather MacFarlane and Chris Payne. Third was Al Murray sailing with Darren Eger and then Pete Ellis and Charlotte Birbeck. All four of these boats sail from Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne.
Nic Douglass from the Canberra Yacht Club, sailing with father Rob up the front, was the first NSW/ACT boat in fifth, also claiming the Masters trophy. The first Grand Masters were Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway and fellow Victorians Derek and Gwen Warne were the winners of the Super Grand Masters title. Heather McFarlane won the ladies division and Jeremy and David Elmslie, also from Victoria took out the Junior title.
Daniel Boetteger and Kirsten Norris of the Defence Force were the only other trophy winners not to come from Victoria, taking the Handicap title for the first time.
Pete Ellis and Charlotte Birbeck - fourth overall - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
We just kept on racing! - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
The start of heat five - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
Brad Stephens and Clare Woods - ninth overall - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
Over $400 dollars was raised for the Breast Cancer Network Australia over the event and Scott Ramsay and Elaine Burnett were the inaugural winners of the Tasar Memorial Trophy.
For more information about this great cause, Breast Cancer Network Australia, http://www.bcna.org.au
More information on this great international class, including the full Tasar results here
Photos are available here
Thanks to all the sponsors, Bethwaite Design, Zhik, Maxy Boats, Good Gear and Deanna Harken for their support of the event. A special thanks to Illawarrra Yacht Club for being such fantastic hosts.
Heather MacFarlane and Chris Payne - second overall and first lady skipper - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
Ben and Cath Walker - big improvers over the last season - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
Nic and Rob Douglass lead on day two - fifth overall and first NSW/ACT boat - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
Nicole Kidman and Stu Templeton - tenth overall - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships
Leigh Riddel and Mel Rippe - sixth overall - 35th NSW Tasar State Championships