State Championships 15th ~ 16th March2014 - Deviot Sailing Club
Now we’re in February, it’s time to start thinking about the State Championships being held this year at Deviot Sailing Club on 15th/16th March. This is always a great fun weekend and all are encouraged to participate. The Notice of Race and Entry Form are now available. Please note that camping north of the clubhouse. Remember entries close Friday 7th of March.
A BBQ tea will be available at the Deviot Sailing Club after sailing on the Saturday night. The AGM is scheduled for 6:00pm Saturday 15th (alternatively soon after sailing finishes or if delayed racing, earlier in the day.)
Results 2013 MacIntyre Cup- Kingston Beach Sailing Club
The McKay family had a great weekend at the annual MacIntyre Cup Regatta for Mirror Class Dinghies sailed on the River Derwent from the Kingston Beach Sailing Club on the 7th & 8th of December. Marcus MacKay sailed Sky III to overall victory with Luka Smillie crewing for him; his daughter Ishka McKay crewed for Mirror stalwart and recently inducted Yachting Tasmania Hall of Fame member Jenny Graney in Carpe Diem who came second overall; and his son Jai McKay sailing with Ruby Smillie won the Junior category in the borrowed Foxy Lady III.
Jai’s win was fortunate on two counts, as he originally entered as a co skipper with Quentin Hunt the owner of Foxy Lady III which would have deemed them ineligible for the Junior category, and there were only two races on the second day which Jai couldn’t compete in. Had the scheduled 8th race been held, Jai would have had to count a DNC which may well have cost him the Junior title.
Jenny & Ishka sailed brilliantly on day 1 finishing the day only 1 point behind Sky III with these two boats sharing all of the first days heat wins between them. Behind these two was a red hot battle for third place on the podium between Ken Barnes & Alex Kingsley in Store Fresh (who gave a well received talk on their recent trip to the Mirror World championships in Ireland), “super cruiserweights” Grant Atherton sailing his daughter’s Kamikaze with Finlay Cooper (weighing in at over 140kgs combined crew weight), and reigning Australian Youth Champion Max Davey in Xcel-Erate with Callum O’Sign crewing.
At the briefing on day 1 PRO Peter Gore warned of possible strong winds on the second day and therefore announced his intentions to get as many races as possible on the Saturday. This turned out to be a good strategy as gusts up to 41 knots were recorded by 2:00 PM on the Sunday, by which stage the Mirrors were all packed up, after Peter decided wisely that 7 heats was enough, with no possible change between 1st & 2nd place at that stage, with Jenny’s history of heavy weather injuries leading to her decision not to start in Race 7. Completing 7 races also allowed for the 2nd drop to come in.
Conditions on day 1 ranging from light around 5 knots with everyone keeping their weight well forward but with a large left over swell which did allow some down wind surfing, up to around 10 knots in the afternoon. Day 2 lived up to forecast predictions with some huge gusts testing crews, with some less experienced crews electing to stay safely on the beach and watch the action from the club house. In an attempt to convince the PRO that conditions were manageable, the Kamikaze boys headed out early and got their kite up and sailed past the start boat trying to look totally under control with wide smiles on their faces (at the time the boat was filling up with water surging up the centreboard slot faster then the venturis could drain it!).
Sky III wrapped up the regatta in race 6 with their 4th race win while the heavier conditions resulted in Carpe Diem having their worst result so far with a 5th and deciding to sit out any further races, as even if race 8 had been held, their points lead over third place contenders was large enough to ensure 2nd. Race 7 saw a new winner with Store Fresh liking the heavier conditions to win from Kamikaze and Xcel-Erate, with Sky III maybe in boat preservation mode having already wrapped up the overall win in the 6th race coming home 4th. The race 7 win gave Store Fresh third overall on a count back from Kamikaze, with another 2 points to Xcel-Erate in 4th overall.
Sisters Molly & Lilly Hulton making their first outing for the season in Star Bellied Sneetch did well in the heavy conditions of race 7 to finish the race, but had a serious amount of water in the boat as they returned to shore. Simon & Claire Edwards in the whimsically half finished paint job in Jolly Roger had a consistent series to finish 6th overall.
It was great to see a strong turnout from the north of Tasmania, with Scotch Oakburn College students presenting a real team appearance around the club in their sports uniforms. The northerners did well on handicap, with Chloe Jones helming Foxy Lady II (not a misprint as we had both FL II & FL III competing side by side) with Nicole Erwin and Yaya Mackeddie sharing the crewing role taking out the handicap honours from Sky III and Max Davey and Callum O’Sign in Xcel-Erate taking a well deserved third on handicap. Jordan Wyle-Browne & Loki Bird in Rear View took out the Rookie award.
More photos from the weekend are available on John Davey’s site: www.flickr.com/photos/johndd/sets
Final Results of the event can be found here
Results 2013 - 14 Mirror Nationals - Woollahra Sailing Club
The 2013 - 14 Mirror Nationals were conducted at Wollahra Sailing Club, NSW from 28th December 2013 - 3rd January 2014. The overall championship was won by Victorians Anita Scott-Murphy and Ben Cruse sailing Bob. Four Tasmanian boats made up the fleet of 36 that competed in this year's nationals.
Marcus MacKay and Luka Smillie sailing Sky III were the highest placed Tasmanians finising 4th overall. Closely behind in 5th Place was Jenny Graney and Ishka MacKay in Carpe Diem. While Ken Barnes and Alex Kingsley (Storefresh) and Jai McKay and Ruby Smillie (Celia May) both out in creditable performances finishing 10th and 12th respectively.
These results also saw Jenny Graney claim the Ladies Championship, and Ken Barnes the Masters.
Further details can be obtained from the International Mirror Class of New South Wales
Full results can be obtained from https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1988677/Overall.htm
Mirror Class Measurement Rules