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2021 NSW Etchells State Championship at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

by IECAA 22 Feb 01:59 PST 19-21 February 2021

The 2021 NSW Etchells State Championship was held from 19-21 February out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

In testing conditions that saw the race management team having to shift from the traditional course in open waters off Barrenjoey Head to within the estuary between Middle and West Head on two of the three race days, a closely fought contest played out between Martin Hill's Lisa Rose, Colin Beashel in Havoc, local Billy Merrington in First Tracks and Etchells Class President, Mark Roberts in Fumanchu2. To say that the racing was close is somewhat of an understatement. It could not have been closer with the only seconds separating the finishers in all of the races.

On the last day only few points separated the leaders and by the final race any of the top four had the chance to win the championship. Ultimately it was the consistency of the Fumanchu2 that paid dividends with a fourth in the final race being enough to win by two points over Havoc and Lisa Rose who were tied for second and Fast Tracks only a further point behind. Acknowledging the efforts of the race management team during the presentations, Roberts also spoke of the tremendous energy within the NSW fleet and the quality of the racing that has led to both him and John Bertrand AO now keeping their boats at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and regularly travelling from Adelaide and Melbourne respectively to participate in this country's most competitive one deign class.

While front man in the Fumanchu2 team, Ben Lamb, was by the time of the presentations already on a flight to Adelaide to participate in the Pt Lincoln Race Week regatta on Ichi Ban, Roberts praised Ben and fellow crew member Will Ryan whose outstanding contribution was instrumental to the regatta win. "These two guys are simply fantastic at what they do and bring every time we come together. This was our first full regatta together having only sailed as a team a few times since October. It is pretty cool how they worked together to get the most out of the boat and from me. I think we have a pretty good road map moving forward and look forward to continuing to build on what we have done this week. I think there is plenty of good things on the horizon for the Fumanchu2 team and I look forward to our next event together."

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1AUS1473FUMANCHU2Mark RobertsMRC32[12]34416
2AUS1487HAVOCColin BeashelRSYS[9]1182618
31484LISAROSEMartin HillRSYS148[10]3218
4AUS1485FIRST TRACKSPeter MerringtonCYCA4721[8]519
5AUS1026FLIRTATIONMatt CrawfordRPAYC2[10]576828
6AUS1483GREAT WHITE HUNTERDavid DunnRSYS[14]6929329
7AUS1478TRIAD2020John BertrandRBYC12514[15]1133
8AUS1219CARABELLAMatthew McCannRSYS7[20]4651234
9AUS1392THELASTONESteve BillinghamRSYS[15]33911935
10AUS12132107 RACINGDavid TaylorRPAYC58613[20]1446
11AUS947PIEMark BradfordRSYS111275[16]1651
12831VIKENMark TolhurstRSYS13[16]1011101155
13AUS1463AUS1463Matthew RamaleyRSYS10[14]1312141059
14AUS1134DOTJamie MacphailGSC[19]9154181965
15AUS853IRIS IIIPeter McNeillLMYC161116167[18]66
16AUS1187ADAM MAGPIEEmma HarrisonCYCA6191118[21]1771
17AUS1447AVALONMichael BellinghamRSYS[23]15212013776
181325FINESSEAndrew KearnanCYCA1717[19]17151379
19AUS1314KALIKA 3Alistair ReadRPAYC818181917[21]80
20NGR1450AFRICAN QUEENJan MuyskenLYC2113[23]14221585
21AUS1088SUN TZUGeorge JohnstoneGSC20[21]2021122093
22AUS1291THE DONDonald WilsonGSC18[22]1722192298
23AUS1286FROTHGeoff DilworthGSC22232224[25F]23114
24AUS511GRAND VDArcy KempRPAYC[24]2424232324118

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