Sail Sydney 2011 third and final day arrived and the competitors were greeted with mill pond like conditions. The AP flag was up and all were quizzical about how different the conditions were from the forecast.
Soon the first classes were slowly heading out to the course, a couple of boats even needing a helping hand from coach boats to get them away from the beach. Conditions were still quiet but the stronger winds were on the way.
Sure enough around 11am the conditions started to change. By lunchtime the north-easterly was coming in at around 15 knots and by 3pm it was gusting over 20, the final day of Sail Sydney had begun.
Sail Sydney hosted the State Championships for the Contender Class and the New South Welshmen had something to prove. The point table at the conclusion of racing on the Saturday had a Queenslander, Richard Kingsmill, at the top and a Capital Territorian, Paul Cohen, on third. In between was the lone New South Welshman, David Leask.
The final results showed a different story altogether. The heavier conditions suited Brett Holly (NSW) and he guided Lumpawaroo into victory. Having a DSQ for the first race was cured by his drop and the gold medal was his. Second was Richard Kingsmill (QLD) and third David Leask (NSW).
Tom Spithill keeping his A-Class under control - Robin Evans
The A-Class catamarans had a lot of talent present with Tom Spithill and Darren Bundock coming down on the final day to join current world champion Steve Brewin (NSW) and third placed in the world rankings Jack Benson (NT).
Darren Bundock leading world champion Steve Brewin - Robin Evans
Bundock obviously revelled in the conditions and took a bullet in the first and a second place in the second and third race. This was his first regatta back in the A-Class and he enjoyed going up against Brewin and Benson. Brewin won the regatta overall with a ten point lead over Benson.
The Moths raced out of Woollahra Sailing Club for Sail Sydney and after a quick start in the Dash for Cash on the Friday the fleet had eight races over the weekend. Scott Babbage (NSW) got off to a flying start by winning the Dash and then taking out three of the four races held on the Saturday. Phillip Kurts was right on his foils however and when Babbage couldn’t turn up on the second day, Kurts took out the gold medal.
Cat action at Sail Sydney! - Robin Evans
There were a lot more cats than the A-Class at Sail Sydney and the Hobie 16’s were showing their form. In the 16 fleet Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) let the others check out the colour of their rudders as the raced to the top. Lisa will no doubt be reminding her younger brother Paul that he came second for quite a while. Waterhouse and Darmanin (L) also took the top spot in the mixed catamaran class.
The Optimists are one of the most popular classes and nearly forty of these youth boats competed. A count back saw Jim Colley (NSW) narrowly beat Alec Brodie (NSW) though the grins from both as they relaxed at the Aqua Park after racing showed that close racing was exactly how they liked it.
Another of the very popular youth classes is the Sabots. Racing in two fleets, 1-up and 2-up, over thirty boats competed. Black Diamond had a bit of an issue when a broken stay caused their mast to topple in the gusty conditions on the final day but the crew were cheerfully towed in.
In the Sabot 1-up class Finn Gilbert (NSW) scored a RAF and a DSQ over the eleven races in the regatta but still managed to edge out Matthew Lang (NSW).
The 29ers were blasting around on the final day and at times had more air than water under them as they scooted downwind. Sail Sydney was part to the NSW State Championships and over thirty boats lined up with a crew even making the trek down from the Northern Territory.
Harry Price and Nathan Edwards with their 29er slightly out of control - Robin Evans
A NSW 29er crew won the day in the end, Evan Walker and Ashlen Rookly, though the Queensland crew of Tom Siganto and Joel Turner edged out Harry Price and Nathan Edward (NSW) for second.
The 420 fleet also had state against state with one of the NSW crews taking out the number one spot, James Brewer and Dylan Passmore. The lone Victorian crew, Tom Klemens and James Oliver, showed their colours and secured second.
Nearly twenty Flying 11’s winged around the course and it was all NSW, Kurt Hansen and Lindsay Pike taking the gold medal. The Laser Radial fleet was also dominated by the NSW sailors though the green colours of Tasmania kept them honest.
The large Laser fleet was where those green colours really showed their form with Tasmanians in first and third place. Sophie Chesterman (TAS) took the gold and Jock Calvert (TAS) third sandwiching Joshua Dawson (NSW) in second. The whole Tasmanian team let the crowd know what they thought of the results at the medal presentation with the catering staff holding on to the glasses as they cheered!
Hugh Jones from Tasmania getting some air. - Robin Evans
Antoine King (NSW) won the Techno 293 board class after building a buffer with six bullets in the first six races. He didn’t like the conditions on the last day being relatively light in weight and recovering from a broken arm, but his buffer held off Annalise Gilbert (NSW) in second and Hugh Jones (TAS) in third.
The final fleet at Sail Sydney 2011 was the Open BICs. Although a small fleet and a small boat, the Open BICs came from all over Australia and this showed in the results with Kirsten Wadley from QLD taking the gold, Margot Mason (NSW) the silver and Patrick Wiltshire down from NT taking the bronze.
Sail Sydney will be back next, bigger than ever. Keep an eye on the webpage for details. Results:
1 Phillip Kurts 12
2 Joshua McKnight 18
3 Matt Crockett 27
1 Steven Brewin 7
2 Jack Benson 17
3 Andrew Williams 18
1 Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin 8
2 Paul Darmanin / Lucy Copeland 16
3 Lucas Price / Rachel Renouf 25
Mixed fleet catamarans
1 Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin 6
2 Paul Darmanin / Lucy Copeland 13
3 Lucas Price / Rachel Renouf 19
1 Kristen Wadley 10
2 Margot Mason 17
3 Patrick Wiltshire 21
1 Jim Colley 12
2 Alec Brodie 12
3 Jaime Swaverly 34
1 Luke Derry 10
2 John-Mark Paul 17
3 Liam Bevan 21
1 Finn Gilbert 16
2 Matthew Lang 27
3 Dana Tavener 34
1 Grace Banks / Cassie Banks 11
2 Jessica Tavener / Mikaela Downie 27
3 Henry Larkings / Eve Peel 38
1 Evan Walker / Ashlen Rooklyn 17
2 Tom Siganto / Joel Turner 29
3 Harry Price / Nathan Edwards 31
1 James Brewer / Dylan Passmore 12
2 Tom Klemens / James Oliver 19
3 Xavier Winston-Smith / Conor Campbell 20
1 Brett Holly 24
2 Richard Kingsmill 26
3 David Leask 29
1 Kurt Hansen / Lindsay Pike 15
2 Jack Buchan / Emma Jones 16
3 Owne Long / Sarah Jones 36
1 Sophie Chesterman 19
2 Joshua Dawson 31
3 Jock Calvert 34
1 Christopher Anderson 12
2 Nicholas Connor 16
3 Marcus Whitley 23
1 Antoine King 14
2 Annalise Gilbert 18
3 Hugh Jones 20 Sail Sydney website