Brad Collett has won the NSW A Class State Titles, from Steve Brewin, retaining the lead he created after the first day of racing. A highly competitive field saw the six races in the series shared amoung 4 winners with Steve Brewin, Steve Brayshaw and Scott Anderson all winning races in addition to Brad.
Conditions were dramatically different from last weekend’s Victorian State Titles, with a number of rain squalls crossing the course. The first race, on each day, was subject to a brief postponement due to a storm cell with winds gusting above 25kts and heavy rain reducing visibility. Over Saturday night strong winds toppled several boats (fortunately without damage) and heavy rains caused minor flooding on the roads around the regatta site at Kurnell.
Once racing was underway, the conditions on Saturday, remained tricky to sail well, despite average wind strength remaining between 15 and 20kts through the day, the wind was very inconsistent, with many changes in the lead as different competitors were able to take advantage of specific gusts.
This day also saw many capsises with the support boats kept busy returning sailors to escaped boats and assiting with righting boats. Several spectators reported spectacular cartwheels as DNA’s nosedived while trapeezing downwind.
Sunday’s wind was slightly stronger, in the 18-23knt range. The continued gusty conditions, combined with large chop generated by the outgoing tide saw several competitors choose not to sail the final two races. These conditions saw more conservative sailing and, surprisingly, fewer capsises, although David Brewer, second in last weeks Victorian Titles, dropped his mast in the sixth race.
Brad Collett said “I really enjoyed sailing in strong winds and choppy conditions and show that my Scheurer is as fast as the DNAs.”
For several of the top competitors, this regatta is the final major regatta in their preperation, before traveling for Europe for the A Class World Championships, to be held in Aarhus, Denmark during August. For others, there is still the Queensland State titles to be held in Humpybong, just north of Brisbane on April 22-24.
Congratulations to Kurnell Catamaran club, who, with the assistance of Georges River Sailing Club, ran a sucessful regatta in trying conditions.