23 April 2018

South Australian IOM State Championships 2018

Hart’s Mill Port Adelaide Hosted by ARCYRC Inc.

Day One Saturday 14th April 2018

After almost three months of summer with little to no rain the season changes with a forecast of 30 knots and rain greeting the 21 entrants, a terrific response with nine interstate competitors. The fleet was high quality with a good sample of past top 5 National competitors.

Number 3 rigs were the order with no one changing from their initial assessment. No significant trouble with gear however Norman Wallis had to retire with hull “fatigue”, his boat not himself.

Scott Mitchell sailed consistently and held a good lead with Ross Bennett and Sean Wallis holding the minor placings.

Day Two Sunday 15th April

Calmer conditions with the fleet selecting their Number 2 rigs; most held on to their original selection with a few chancing the lighted breeze as the afternoon progressed. These competitors were rewarded with Johno Johnson almost taking out a podium finish in one race toward the end of the day only to fail at the last mark rounding.

Some individual performance with “personal bests” being broken were noted; Ben Morris taking out a first place.

Scott Mitchell ended the event if a comfortable position with “guess who” in second place and Sean Wallis third.

Thanks to the Interstate competitors for making the trip and making the fleet very competitive.

Thanks also to David Lane for officiating and the usual helpers with rescue boat and results keeping duties.


Ross Bennett, Scott Mitchell and Sean Wallis

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