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2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron

by John Curnow 16 Oct 2018 01:40 PDT 14-16 October 2018
Les Freak Sont Chic from Hong Kong (Martin Kaye, Marco Pocci and Ben Cornish) during the 2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship in Brisbane © Emily Scott Images

Former World Champ secures Etchells Pre-Worlds

It has certainly been testing times in Brisbane for the 2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship. This regatta served as a warm up for the main event, the World Championship, which begins on October 21 for the 95-boat armada that has amassed to find out who is the best One Design crew on the planet.

Winning the five-race pre-Worlds (as the QLD State Championship is known this year) is Iron Lotus (AUS 1442). Olympic Gold Medallist, Tom King, skippers her with crew, Ivan Wheen, David Edwards and Greg O'Shea. They are no strangers to the podium either, having previously won the 2012 World Championship, which was staged off Sydney Heads. Owen McMahon was on board then, instead of O'Shea, and Iron Lotus has also won the prestigious Australasian Championship in Mooloolaba, as well as the fiercely contested Victorian State Championship on the testing waters of Port Phillip.

Iron Lotus (AUS 1442) is one of the new Pacesetter Etchells built by Australia II crewmember, Phil Smidmore. In this regatta they had two race wins, a tenth place and a third with an 18th as their discard, to secure a two point win over John Bertrand, Ben Lamb and Noel Drennan on board Triad2 (AUS 1440). In third place and a further six points astern was another boat, Havoc (AUS 1461) with another crew brandishing some real CV power. Namely, Iain Murray, Grant Simmer and Richie Allanson.

Anybody in the top 30 may well have won it had the racing unfolded their way, but King commented on it all, saying, "It was great to get a win (called bullets in sailing) early on in Day Two, and then we secured another in the middle of three today. It is always such a challenging place to sail, and we were fortunate enough to get out of gaol today in one of the races, and this certainly helped."

"Anyone can certainly take out the big one, as there are a lot of wonderful boats out there and some are really heavily stacked with talent. The highlight for us was the run in Race Four yesterday, which was in about 25 knots. It was the wildest run (sailing with the breeze directly behind you), and worth the price of entry alone! We were in tenth at the top and ended up leading at the bottom. Really good stuff."

"All credit has to go to Ross and Kevin Wilson and their Race Management Team for getting the racing in, despite the atrocious weather. They, the Brisbane Fleet and the host, Royal Queensland Yacht Club, have pit on a great regatta. We have been relaxed this regatta and enjoy ourselves and continue the theme", said King of their plans for next weekend and beyond.

So of those conditions then, and by and large they were squally and from the Sou'east. Race One on Sunday was held in about 20-25 knots from 115 to 125 degrees, where Triad2 kept out in front, even extending it slightly on the last run to secure good win. Further back in the fleet it was not so good, however, with one huge squall causing a few wipeouts and several rigs were broken.

One race was also completed on the second day, and crews were held ashore for while before the Answering Pennant was dropped at around 1030hrs local. The wind ranged between 10-27 knots and from 110 to 130 degrees. The damage continued and the squalls were even more intense, yet overall things were more settled in between those.

Race Management was very keen to conduct three races on the final day, today, so as to secure a complete regatta and also allow for the drop. An early start was therefore arranged. The Chairman of the Organising Committee commented, "The Queensland weather finally arrived, and just got better and better. Stunning conditions and tight racing, right throughout then fleet was the highlight of the day for me. It really is what Etchells racing is all about; a great venue, early challenging weather, and a fantastic, tight finish."

The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in the Brisbane suburb of Manly will host the 95-boat strong armada for the 2018 Etchells World Championship, as they tussle it out to see which crew reigns supreme. Racing begins in earnest on Sunday October 21, and concludes on Saturday October 27. Now to find out all you need to know about the boats, on the water, off the water, or to register to receive news, simply go to and click away!

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameNatBow NoSail NoSkipperCrew 1Crew 2Crew 3R1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stIron LotusAUS41442Tom KingDavid EdwardsGreg O'SheaIvan Wheen‑181101315
2ndTriad2AUS21440John BertrandBen LambNoel Drennan 12‑385917
3rdHavocAUS71461Iain MurrayGrant SimmerRichard Allanson 23126‑3623
4thTangoAUS43874Chris HamptonSam HainesCharlie Cumbley 34315‑2325
5thStella BlueUSA11427Stephen BenjaminMichael MenningerIan LibertyJonathan Goldsberry15(BFD)410433
6thWar CanoeUSA331363Michael GoldfarbMorten HenriksenSkip Dieball 6(RET)1441135
7thAmerica Jane 11USA981198Scott KaufmanLucas CalabreseJesse KirklandAusten Anderson1411‑3013240
8thGen XYAUS64864Matthew ChewBrian DonovanBen VercoeAshley Deeks412916(UFD)41
9thTriadAUS831383William VoermanLucas DownGary Van Lunteren 2114‑532542
10thCruel JaneNZL481348Andrew WillsSimon CookeAnatole Masfen 17101‑351543
11thAlfieGBR341434Lawrie SmithRichard ParslowGoncalo RibeiroPedro Andrade9(DNC)268144
12thLisa RoseAUS19925Martin HillSean O'RourkeJulian PlanteMatt Belcher‑3715717746
13thTop 40AUS321332Peter MerringtonIan McKillopMichael Coxon (BFD)517111447
14thSkanky GeneUSA271464Jay CrossMike BuckleyGeorge PeetErik Shampain251359(UFD)52
15thThe CureAUS741445David ClarkRaymond SmithAlan SmithAngus Sherring22(RET)1318659
16thLogAUS181021Mark BradfordVaughan PrenticeDarren HutchisonCarissa Bridge‑31821231062
17thCiaoAUS791244Douglas McGainMichael O'BrienAnthony Nossiter 101615‑222263
18thLes Freak Sont ChicHKG281428Martin KayeMarco PocciBen Cornish (BFD)91829864
19thRacer CHKG841406Mark ThornburrowMike HuangAlexander ConwayWill Ryan872537(UFD)77
20thThe GeneralHKG531285James BadenachChristian ThompsonMartin WrigleyNicholas Behrens27(BFD)274480
21stThelastoneAUS421392Steve BillinghamKevin NixonWill Lewis 2323‑46271689
22ndFlirtationAUS621026Matthew CrawfordRobert CrawfordLucy ShephardKarl Bromfield132233‑362593
23rdDream OnHKG931269Greg FarrellDaniel BelcherNagisa SakaiAlex Gough30191631‑4596
24thForteAUS591433Mark CrierAndrew HarryAndy Feathers 11(DNC)491230102
25thWobbegong2AUS361436Doug FlynnSteve McConaghyHenry Kernot 520‑483843106
26thMagpieAUS47947Graeme TaylorSteve JarvinJames Mayo (BFD)6234829106
27thBait N SwitchAUS151215Jake LilleyMatt WearnLewis Brake 26(RET)47332108
28thLand RatAUS221422John WarlowTodd Anderson/Grant HudsonCurtis Skinner 242137‑5026108
29thIris VAUS6853Peter McNeillJohn BoydKane Sinclair 20(DNC)344513112
30thRouletteAUS51377Nick BurfootMark JohnsonAndrew Smith 32(BFD)363021119
31stOur ThingAUS85885David TurtonJosh TorpyKlaus Lorenz 16(BFD)1120UFD121
32ndThe Hole WayAUS371306Grant CrowleJames MayjorJoe McMillan 12(DNC)433927121
33rdMojoAUS461146Mark KennedyMadi KennedySimon EllisIndiabeau Laborie282440(UFD)31123
34thAnimal HouseAUS20832Dirk van der StruyfRichard RowellLuke Paterson 40184226(UFD)126
35thEncoreAUS70870Peter CondeBrian HillierMyles Baron‑Hay (BFD)BFD61434128
36thTrekkaAUS131275Craig CoulsenTerry EllisCarel Pretorious 4525‑524220132
37thAUS1463AUS921292Matthew RamaleyWill ThomsonAdam Turk 381732‑5746133
38thAfrican QueenNGR501450Jan MuyskenLaurence MeadSimon Smith (BFD)DNC272118140
39thFumanchuAUS801444Mark RobertsChad ElsegoodMatthew Johnston 35(BFD)244437140
40thTouch Pause EngageAUS681186Michael Stovin‑BradfordAndrew GordonDavid Baker 36(DNS)454317141
41stThe MartianUSA31232Marvin BeckmannJeff EiberWilson StoutSerena Vilage48(BFD)223240142
42ndWhisperAUS301457Bruce FergusonCameron MilesDavid Sampson 7(BFD)2940DNF150
43rdBarryAUS90924Damien KingJeremy O’ConnellEliza SollyAshley Stoddart(BFD)BFD312424153
44thShould’a Gone LeftAUS951395Peter ColemanGlenn FergusonJohn Shallvey 29(RET)354149154
45thStampedeGBR291329Rob GoddardJack MuldoonSam Penhaul SmithDiana Kissane53(DNS)195628156
46thRapscallionAUS651365David HealeyIan MillerKevin Molen 42(DNC)415335171
47thMadnessHKG391339Charlie ManzoniWill BridgeTiger MokStuart Kennedy49(BFD)574719172
48thPhantomAUS97720Scott McInallyScott JonesTom Little 5728‑584938172
49thWaterloo TooAUS21921Noel PatersonAndrew WiklundBrad Bell 47(DNS)595512173
50thWar of the RosesAUS601360Jeff RoseTaylor RoseRichard Smith 43(RET)563447180
51stGoodvibesAUS111288Robert HolmMark LemanLeroy McAvoy 52275151(UFD)181
52ndGrand VAUS51511William DargavilleJames FarquharsonSarah ParkerClare Costanzo(DNF)BFD392841182
53rdGreat White HunterAUS401401David DunnAndrew HoweStuart Clark 19(DNS)20DNFDNC187
54thPerfect BalanceAUS81387Brendan GarnerChris MantonBen O'BrienJoshua Garner(DNC)DNC2819DNC195
55thAthenaAUS581258Alistair CowenMike AllanBrad Warneke (RET)265054DNC204
56thCurved AirAUS811118George JohnstoneMark ThomsonJohn Humphries 51(DNS)625933205
57thMiss MurphyUSA71971Kjeld HestehaveDan ToothBrian Pike 54(DNS)635239208
58thThe Good The Bad and The UglyAUS161316Jonathan HarrisPeter CushRyan Cush (BFD)DNC553350212
59thFast EddyAUS731156Damien WilliamsPeter AustinTony Hight 56(DNS)616042219
60thOdysseyAUS541254Jill ConnellWade MorganGordon Maguire 50(DNS)4458UFD226
61stEmotional RescueAUS381385William CuneoStephen GirdisVictoria PryceGreg Clarke(DNF)DNC5425UFD227
62ndSpandanglesAUS941294Kerry SpencerFraser SpencerNicholas Spencer (BFD)DNC604648228
63rdOatmealUSA26926Peter DuncanAndrew PalfreyVictor Diaz de LeonSasha Ryan(DNC)DNC8DNFDNC230
64th1435AUS351435Jeanne‑Claude StrongSeve JarvinMarcus BurkeJeni Danks33(DNC)DNCDNCDNC255
65thBGRAUS171317Bradley GinnivanScott MillerStuart Lee 34(DNC)DNCDNCDNC256
66thFinesseAUS75875Malcolm ParkerHarry HallRuby ScholtenAnneliese Scholten39(RET)DNCDNCDNC261
67thChadAUS721318Stephen BradfordOliver NicholasElliot Noye 41(RET)DNCDNCDNC263
68thCrews ControlAUS99994Paul MinterJohn MinterBruce Swane 44(DNS)DNCDNCDNC266
69thPantherAUS231102Steve O'RourkeBurke MeliaTim MacGillivray 46(DNS)DNCDNCDNC268
70thJust 2 FunnyAUS441144Trevor MartinAngus LaneBrad Palmer 55(BFD)DNCDNCDNC277
71stKnot EasyAUS76876Jason HawkinsJim SnowChris Nezmah (DNF)DNSDNCDNCDNC296
71stSea LegsAUS871287Matthew MadsenLaurence WoodTodd Hughes (DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC296
71stThe SaintAUS41941Martin SinclairDavid SmithLiam MurrayJordan Barney(DNF)DNSDNCDNCDNC296

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