The Mobium Group Australian Championships January 2015
Full results can be found here: 201501NationalsResults
Sydney Metropolitan Championships November 2014
After many years’ absence from the regatta calendar, the Sydney Metropolitan Championships returned to the beautiful waters of Sydney Harbour on the 15th and 16th November 2014 with the generous support of Middle Harbour 16′ Skiff Club. The first day’s racing was held in a healthy 10 – 15 knot southerly with gusts of 20 – 25 knots and there were plenty of smiles from the fleet of Sydney sailors who don’t often get the chance to race fully powered-up and hooked in for an entire four race session. Plenty of wind shifts, an incoming tide and some interesting wave action on the downwind legs made for nail biting races. The entire fleet was extremely close, with multiple lead changes on each leg of each race. At some mark rounds there was less than 60 seconds between first and last place. Paul Ivshenko, Robert Howard and Dave West each won at least one race, with Stuart Gilbert and Rob Clay snapping at their heels. Despite the close racing there were few incidents and plenty of smiles at the end of the session, followed by excellent steak sandwiches and beers on the skiff club deck.
Day two dawned with an ominous forecast and some quiet muttering among the sailors about the joys of Middle Harbour westerlies. The race committee was nevertheless upbeat and set a course on the eastern shore, aiming to complete at least a couple of races before the predicted sou-wester arrived. The fleet assembled for the first start in a fresh 20 knot west/nor-wester but seconds before the hooter the wind increased from ‘fresh’ to ‘exciting’. It is a rare and awe-inspiring sight to witness heavy-wind specialists of the calibre of Stuart Gilbert and Roger Crawford being repeatedly slammed into the water on their way upwind and hanging on by the skin of their fingernails on the downwind legs. Paul Ivshenko put in a super-human performance to take first place, with only four other competitors making it around the course. One unfortunate sailor battled the extreme conditions and was delighted to be third over the line only learn to his horror he had been disqualified at the start.
Racing was cancelled for the afternoon, and much of the fleet availed themselves of the services of the rescue boats for a lift back to the club. Rob Howard, winner of the Ancient Mariners age division declared it a “one in 100 year occurrence for WOD racing”. We didn’t realise that he was quite that old!
All in all, a great regatta, with excellent racing, new faces and plenty of smiles.
Lightweights: 1st Robert Howard, 2nd Paul Ivshenko, 3rd Rob Clay
Mediumweights: 1st Stuart Gilbert, 2nd Roger Crawford, 3rd Dave West
Heavyweights: 1st Peter Doolan
Women: 1st Karen Murden
Full results: 201411SydneyMetrosResultsv3
National Championships 2014 – Middle Harbour