Results - New South Wales
22 November 2015

New South Wales IOM Titles 2015

NSW301This year the IOM NSW titles were hosted by the Northern Mariners Radio Yacht Club at the Scenic Kariong Gardens on the Central Coast of NSW. We had a fleet of 19 yachts front up from Clubs in NSW, QLD, Victoria and Western Australia for two days of competitive sailing.

A big thanks to Victorians Scott Fleming & Mario Gulic, Queenslanders Allan Walker and Malcolm Kemp and Western Australian Sean Wallis for travelling to our regatta Unfortunately one of the regatta favourites Craig Smith’s flight was cancelled and was unable to attend.

Marilyn Russell set the tone when she appeared on the first day with a tray full of chocolate cup cakes. Nobody could fault Marilyn’s catering skills with Hot Dogs, Pikelets with jam and fresh cream, Bacon and eggs and many other tasty treats on offer over the weekend.

Saturday brought an overcast day with light breezes out of the South for the morning races. The afternoon saw a slight increase in breeze strength with the direction remaining in the South. A Rigs were used exclusively over the weekend.

From the qualifying races through to the heats the racing was exciting and hotly contested in good spirit. By the end of the first day of sailing points were reasonably close between the competitors. Unfortunately Scott Backhouse, whilst in a competitive position in the fleet, had to work on the Sunday day and couldn’t finish the regatta.

Sunday saw another overcast day with the breeze moving into the North East. It was light but reasonably steady. PRO Phil Page set up two windward marks and two leeward marks and was able to switch the course at a moments notice depending which way the breeze swung. This was quite successful and Phil was able to keep the races rolling along without to much fuss. Only once did Phil have to pull up a race with a One Hundred degree wind shift on the first leg.

By Sunday lunch the top three yachts had a decisive lead on the rest of the fleet. Sean Wallis and Paul Jones were separated by only a few points throughout the afternoon with Lindsay Walker only another few points further back. Forth place was a further 30 points behind. It all came down the last race with Sean having a four point lead. Lap one saw Paul in first position and Sean was down in sixth. To his credit the Western Australian sailed through the fleet into third position securing his title by only a two points over Paul Jones. Third was Lindsay a further 10 points behind with forth place another forty points back.

A special mention must go to Anne Walker for the finishing and scoring. They managed to keep the score sheets updated throughout the 2 days which made it easy for the skippers to know where they stood. Anne must have walked quite a few Kilometres over the weekend from the finish line to the Sailing Office. My entertainment award has to go to Mario Gulic, from Victoria.

Mario managed to miss the Wing mark on no less than 10 occasions whilst in winning positions. My hat goes off to Mario as he took it all in good spirits.

Value for money award goes to Owen Jarvis managing to sail in almost every race bouncing between A and B fleets. Congratulations goes to the NMRYC with PRO Phil Page and his band of the volunteers for making this a successful Regatta.