SB20 Australian Championship - It was down to last race for a result

SB20 Australian Championship. Chris Dare and his Flirtatious team have won the 2014 championship - SB20 Australian Championship 2014
Tracey Johnstone
SB20 Australian Championship 2014 - Everything was hanging on the last race of the last day of the SB20 Australian Championship being conducted by Mooloolaba Yacht Club as part of Sail Mooloolaba 2014.

Chris Dare’s Flirtatious was the series leader on eight points going into today’s races. He just had to ensure he and his Melbourne team sailed another top day to secure that lead. In second place was Russell Rooney’s Back of the Bus Boys, skippered by Brent Frankcombe. They were on 10 points and having a brilliant regatta for a team that had only been together for three months.

Back in third overall was Robert Jeffreys Red, skippered by Glenn Bourke, on 17 points with the Tasmanian Karabos team, skippered by Nick Rogers, in fourth on 18 points.

SB Australian Championship 2014. A happy Back of the Bus Boys team finished second. - SB20 Australian Championship 2014
Tracey Johnstone

By the end of the four-race day Flirtatious was declared the new Australian Champion with 16 points, with Back of the Bus Boys in second overall with 18 points and Red in third overall with 19 points.

This morning the racing was moved forward to 10am as the sun returned and the south-westerly filled in early with gusts of between 12 and 15 knots. The first three races of the day saw Flirtatious do a nice job to take out a first, a third and a fourth. The Red team showed great form in the stronger breeze to take out a second and two firsts. The Back of the Bus Boys were travelling a little harder with a third, a sixth and a second.

Then the PRO, Warren Myles, called for the final race of the day.

Just a few points separated each of the top three teams and with the breeze shifting and the pressure changing up and down, it was in the hands of the tacticians to pick the right corner of the course to achieve a crucial advantage. But what the top three didn’t plan on was one of the mid-fleet boats choosing the final race to step up a notch and into first place.

The Tasmanian team on WYSIWYG VIII, skippered by Stephen Fries, were on fire in the final race after a dramatic race start. 'We were OCS with 10 seconds to go. We knew it and we were lucky to have a bit of a gap to windward of us, so the minute the gun went and ducked back and just missed the start boat.

'We then just tacked out again. We were only average up the first work, running about mid-fleet. Held there on the downwind. We picked the left hand gate to go round. We took two little digs out and then lifted all the way to the mark,' a chuffed Fries said.

'Each day we were leading one of the races, but never finished off. We finally finished off. We know the trick now. Not to the lead at the beginning, but lead at the end,' Fries added.

Red’s skipper Bourke was very disappointed as his well-laid plans came undone. It was the last leg of the last race that made all the difference. The boat was going well and the crew were sailing smarter. 'We had all of them tucked away where we needed them and a huge shift came out of the right hand side and a guy got through us and that changed the order of the scoring.

'We had a good day to get ourselves into it. We didn’t know what the score was as we were just trying to sail it as well as we could. We have just lost it by a point,' a despondent Bourke said.

Sporting a big smile, Back of the Bus Boys skipper Frankcombe was very pleased with their second overall even after a day of mixed results.

'We were just worried about getting round the track today. It was very shifty and we got stuck on the wrong side of a few shifts. The shifts were massive and everywhere. The lead pack were in the position where they could respond and it was hard to get back from where we positioned.

'We picked up one (shift) in the last race and got back in the game,' Frankcombe said.

The last word on the tough three-day regatta went to the tired skipper of the champion crew, Chris Dare. 'It was a long day. It was a tough day tactically.

'It was shifty out there today; very, very shifty. It was the variances in where the breeze was coming from that was the most difficult part. It was bit like sailing on the Derwent, funnily enough.

'We had a good first race and then we kind of didn’t have a great race in the second one. We were coming second and then dropped back to fourth through a mistake, probably. It was our first major wrong decision we made all weekend. Then, again, we were sailing against the fleet a bit and try to manage the damage and try to get the result you want. It was hard as it was pretty close. We had Glenn in one corner and the boys on Back of the Bus in the other corner, so which corner do you go to?

'Olly and Kieran did a great job of managing all that,' Dare said.

SB20 Australian Titles 2014 Hosted By Sail Mooloolaba Provisional Results Updated:  15/06/2014  2:47:39 PM
Series Results [OD] up to Race 9 (Drops = 1)
PlaceTiesBow NoSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 9Race 8Race 7Race 6Race 5Race 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
1 393658FLIRTATIOUSChris DareSYC/SSCBC16.04.0 [4.0] 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0
2 353382BACK OF THE BUS BOYSBrent FrankcombeSYC18.03.0 2.0 [6.0] 3.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
3 433030REDGlenn BourkeSYC19.02.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 [4.0] 2.0
4 423036KARABOSNick RogersRYCT&DSS30.05.0 3.0 4.0 [9.0] 6.0 3.0 4.0 1.0 4.0
5 463389WYSIWYG VIIIStephen FriesRTYC40.01.0 6.0 5.0 7.0 3.0 [10.0] 5.0 7.0 6.0
6 413383HYPERTRONICSStephen CatchpoolDSS46.06.0 5.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 5.0 7.0 [8.0] 5.0
7 373108BLUE TACTrevor MartinMYC50.07.0 8.0 2.0 4.0 8.0 [11.0] 6.0 6.0 9.0
8 363356BLACK RATTroy ForrestMYC59.08.0 9.0 9.0 5.0 7.0 7.0 9.0 5.0 [10.0]
9 453618WAGOPMike McLeanNQCYC69.09.0 7.0 [13.0O]10.0 10.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 7.0
10 383610DART VADERLachlan McLeanNYC74.010.0 10.0 8.0 8.0 9.0 6.0 11.0 12.0 [12.0]
11 443355TYPHOONGary BradshawMBYC79.0[13.0O]11.0 10.0 11.0 11.0 8.0 10.0 10.0 8.0
12 403364GIDDYUPPaul LaurenceSYC92.011.0 12.0 11.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 [12.0] 11.0 11.0
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)SB20 AustralianTitles 2014 Hosted By Sail MooloolabaProvisional ResultsUpdated:  15/06/2014  3:30:34 PMSeries Results [PHS] for Division 1 up to Race 9 (Drops = 1)
PlaceTiesBow NoSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 9Race 8Race 7Race 6Race 5Race 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
1 373108BLUE TACTrevor MartinMYC35.06.0 [12.0] 2.0 1.0 5.0 8.0 1.0 2.0 10.0
2 363356BLACK RATTroy ForrestMYC39.02.0 5.0 11.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 10.0 1.0 [12.0]
3 383610DART VADERLachlan McLeanNYC41.04.0 6.0 9.0 4.0 8.0 1.0 3.0 6.0 [11.0]
4 353382BACK OF THE BUS BOYSBrent FrankcombeSYC42.55.0 2.0 10.0 5.5 6.0 [11.0] 2.0 9.0 3.0
5 413383HYPERTRONICSStephen CatchpoolDSS43.57.0 1.0 7.0 8.0 2.0 5.5 9.0 [12.0] 4.0
61.0S463389WYSIWYG VIIIStephen FriesRTYC44.01.0 8.0 5.0 9.0 1.0 7.0 5.0 8.0 [9.0]
7 403364GIDDYUPPaul LaurenceSYC44.03.0 3.0 3.0 12.0 10.0 2.0 [12.0] 5.0 6.0
8 433030REDGlenn BourkeSYC45.510.0 11.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 [12.0] 6.0 10.5 1.0
9 423036KARABOSNick RogersRYCT&DSS52.08.0 4.0 4.0 10.0 9.0 9.0 [11.0] 3.0 5.0
10 393658FLIRTATIOUSChris DareSYC/SSCBC54.59.0 9.0 8.0 5.5 7.0 10.0 4.0 [10.5] 2.0
11 443355TYPHOONGary BradshawMBYC58.0[13.0O]7.0 6.0 11.0 12.0 3.0 7.0 4.0 8.0
12 453618WAGOPMike McLeanNQCYC66.511.0 10.0 [13.0O]7.0 11.0 5.5 8.0 7.0 7.0
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)

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