The third and concluding episode of the Eastern Australian A Class Catamaran Class Championship trilogy was completed over the Easter weekend at the Humpybong Club.
Local sailor, Brad Collett took the championship after a convincing performance on the final day where he won races by a complete leg. Brad has shown that he will be a sailor to watch at the world championships this year, to be sailed in Denmark over August.
The top places, were again spread across three states, with Dave Loutit of Victoria coming in second and Michael Cahill of NSW in third. Both Brad and Michael were sailing Sheurer designs, while Dave was sailing a DNA.
Steve Brewin was in a strong position at the end of the second day, having won, the first three races, but was forced to retire from the last day’s racing after injuring his knee in race 4.
A range of conditions were seen across the three days of racing. On Friday, the first two races were sailed in a light easterly, with Brad Collett leading to the first mark in each race (starting a perfect record for the series) but being overtaken by Steve Brewin later in both races and also Dave Loutit in the second.
The weather for the second day of racing was dramatically different from the forecast southerly change, with the morning’s race abandoned after very light conditions dropped to nothing over the first leg. However the wind then came in a built to about 12 knts from the E and allowed three races to be sailed in the afternoon session. Steve Brewin’s OCS in the race 5 allowed Brad Collett to take the lead for the first time in the series. Unfortunately Brewin injured his knee coming in off the wire while sailing downwind in race 4 and had to retire for the final day.
The third day saw the strongest winds of the series, in the 12-15knt range, picking up some waves on the bay. While this saw a change in the order of the back of the fleet, the leading sailors showed their ability to stay at the front. However, this wind allowed Brad Collett to trapeze downwind on his Scheurer and win the last two races by over 4 minutes.
Full results can be seen at: http://www.hyc.net.au/_results/AIADCAQLD/SGrp13.htm
Congratulations to the Humpybong Yacht Club for a well run regatta.