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Australian J/70 National and Victorian State Championships at Sandringham Yacht Club

by J/Boats 28 Jan 20:28 PST 14-16 & 19-22 January 2023
J/70 Victorian State Championships and Australian J/70 National Championships © Chris Fury

The J/70 Victorian State Championships and Australian J/70 National Championships were held at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC), Port Phillip Bay in Victoria throughout January.

Sandringham YC put on an outstanding event; the weather behaved with good clean winds, and the teams enjoyed competitive racing.

Eleven races were held over three days for the Victorian States from January 14th to 16th, it was the "de facto" warm-up for the Nationals. That event was immediately followed by the Australian J/70 National Championship with SIXTEEN races over four days from the 19th to 22nd of January. My God, it sounds exhausting just writing about it!! 27 races over 7 days of sailing!

Teams from Sydney and the fleet from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron traveled to Sandringham for the events, bringing the total fleet to fourteen J/70s.

Tim Ryan's VAMOS held on to win the Australian J/70 Championships in a thrilling climax to the regatta on Port Phillip Bay.

VAMOS, crewed by Rob Greenhalgh, Jess Grimes, and Charlie Gundy, took a seven-point lead over Sam Haynes' CELESTIAL into the final day, while Sandringham Yacht Club local Rod Warren's JOUST70 was in the mix, 10 points behind VAMOS.

But, heading into the final race, the National title was still on the line after JOUST70 won three consecutive races to close the gap to VAMOS, which finished third, seventh and fourth in races 13-15.

That meant VAMOS led JOUST70 by two points with two drops factored in, while CELESTIAL remained in third.

CELESTIAL, crewed by David Chapman, Jack Macartney, and Locky Pryor, closed out the regatta with victory in the final race, edging out JOUST70 as VAMOS finished fourth.

With VAMOS and JOUST70 level on 30 points at the end of the weekend, VAMOS was declared champion on countback, with seven wins amongst 11 podium finishes from the 16 races.

Congratulations to all the competitors and Sandringham Yacht Club for hosting two fantastic events.

Overall Results:

Victorian State Championship

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
11567VAMOSTim RyanCYCA21[6]2324121119
21635JUNOReg LordCYCA14[9]1211313623
31319JOUST70Rod WarrenSYC4645[15O]33242235
47082SWISHSteven ProudRSYS321144[15R]5439853
51625JABIRUKaryn GojnichRSYS552388657[11]756
61305MADNESSAdam Keyes‑TilleySYC[8]737558756356
77CELESTIALSam HaynesCYCA631[15C]162815C515O62
81482SKYHOOKEthan ObrienSYC/BYS7886777[9]64565
91129JABBERWOCKYAndrew TompsonMHYC109596496910[11]77
107055YKNOTStephen BradyDSC9[10]7899101087481
11196SPIKEDaisy LaingBYS111210101110111110[14]13109
121636SEQUELAnthony LandgrenSYC&BYS12111211101112[15C]15C810112
131624JUMPIN JACK FLASHMartin KudnigBYS141414131212[15R]15C15C139131
141130THE JACKALFraser WelchSM131313121313[15C]15C15C1212131

Australian Championship

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16Pts
11567VAMOSTim RyanCYCA[6]111412131133[7]4430
21319JOUST70Rod WarrenSYC12222[4][6]32344111230
37CELESTIALSam HaynesCYCA24[5]313121[5]22445135
41635JUNOReg LordCYCA35446236[7]671[9]36359
57082SWISHSteven ProudRSYS53353844[9]7368[11]2667
61129JABBERWOCKYAndrew TompsonMHYC7966575[10]82852[10]3578
71305MADNESSBrendan LeeSYC479[10][10]6874468669892
81625JABIRUKaryn GojnichRSYS[10]67875785[10]97597797
91482SKYHOOKEthan ObrienBYS8108989105695107[12][15R]12116
107055YKNOTStephen BradyDSC981079[12]91110[12]1011118811132
111130THE JACKALFraser WelchSM[14]13[14]14131412131213A119105109158
12196SPIKEDaisy LaingBYS1211111211101191113[14]13[14]141113162
131624JUMPIN JACK FLASHMartin KudnigBYS13[14]131312111312[14]1413121221314167
141636SEQUELAnthony LandgrenSYC&BYS11121211[14]13[14]141311121413131210171

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