Congratulations to all 27 boats who sailed in one of the races for the first round of NSW

states. Saturday was sailed out of Abbotsford 12ft Sailing Club, in a 20knt westerly that

proved to test the whole fleet from the onset. Out of the 22 boats who rigged and hit the

water for the day, only 8 managed to finish first race within the time limit. Congratulations

to Brett and Ryan Lancaster who took 1 st place in the newest boat to the fleet, 3190 ‘Gold

Digger’. 2 nd place went to Luke and Kurtis Sullivan in ‘Camel Toe’, showing that in the heavy

wind a bit on brotherly coordination might have been the secret ingredient! Emma Harrison

and Brendan Jenkins took 3 rd place in ‘After Dark’. Some notable mentions to Jessica

Swadling and James Glassock in ‘Squealer’, Nick von Behr and Dan Russo in ‘Nice Rig’ and

Robin Biskupic and Luke Hill in ‘A Grand Day Out’, who all had some spectacular downwind

runs in the first race, but also some notable swims and just missed out on the 30min time

limit!

 

Race 2 was started in the same conditions, but this time with just 9 boats on the start line,

although some of the crews started looking like the conditions were taking a toll on them,

plenty more spectacular runs were had in the conditions. Emma Harrison and Brendan

Jenkins in ‘After Dark’ took 1 st place, with the consistent brother duo of Luke and Kurtis

Sullivan in ‘Camel Toe’ taking 2 nd place again, while Nicole Barnes and James Walters in

‘Enough Rope’ fought their way into 3 rd . Well done to everyone who went out and got some

good fun downwind rides in!

 

Thank you to Abbotsford 12ft Sailing Club for putting on a great day of sailing, and to all the

volunteers on the response boats, radios and BBQ for assisting boats in the tricky

conditions, and for feeding some hungry bellies! Thank you to Sandor Tornai for being PRO

for day and to all the other family and friends who assisted on their own boats and on

shore.

 

Sunday brought about very different conditions, a gentle 8-10knt ESE out of Vaucluse

Amateur 12ft Sailing Club, a good opportunity for the Cherubs to sail in the Eastern end of the

harbour. With just 1 race for the day and the potential for the wind to die off throughout

the day, racing was started right on 2pm in the light conditions. 23 boats took the start line,

with some close racing across the whole fleet and only 18mins separating the first and last

boats. Nicole Barnes and James Walters took 1 st place in ‘Enough Rope’, with Adele Phillips

and Dan Phillips in ‘That Bad Girl’ coming in 2 nd just 17 seconds behind, Emma Harrison and

Brendan Jenkins in ‘After Dark’ took 3 rd place, finishing off a successful round 1 of NSW

States for them as they currently sit in 1 st overall on 7 points. Followed by Nicole Barnes and

James Walters in ‘Enough Rope’ on 8 points, and the 2 brother combos of Brett and Ryan

Lancaster, and Luke and Kurtis Sullivan tied for 3 rd on 9 points.

Thank you to Vaucluse Amateur 12ft Sailing Club for hosting the Sunday event, and to all the volunteers

who helped on and off the water. Thank you to Andrew Glassock for being Sunday’s PRO,

and to Michael Bartley for setting the weekends courses and transporting the marks around

the venues.

 

A great weekend all round, and we look forward to seeing everyone at Belmont on the 16th and 17th November.