Mar 30, 2021

Normally, what happens on tour stays on tour......but:


SA IOM Champs – the stories you won’t read anywhere else……

20210406_SA_IOM_StateA fleet of 34 turned up. Most of the usual suspects – only a few guys missing. It was A rig all weekend. About 6 to 10 knots on Saturday then 3 to 10 knots on Sunday. Jellyfish wrecked Saturday afternoon – the last few races turned into a jelly raffle, and racing was cut short at about 2.30pm. A 9.00am start on Sunday turned out to be a good plan, and a light easterly gradually faded and gave way to a good south-westerly. Two full races got done in the easterly and then an early lunch about 10.45am whilst waiting for the sea breeze was the order of the day.

The courses were a bit one sided on the second day. The wind was from the south-west and the course was set for a south-south west. The top marks were set to the left making for a one sided starboard beat with very little port tack. Occasionally there would be a bit of a left hander but there were not too many passing lanes upwind due to the angle of the leg.

Sean sailed a really consistent series, despite hurting his back and in a fair bit of pain on Sunday (and in an ambulance sucking on the happy gas on Monday morning). Fortunately for him, quite a few of us helped him launch and retrieve his boat up and down the ramp. Really – we were a bit slow, and should have refused. Nevertheless, a scorecard that only carries 1,2,3 and 4ths was impressive. Normally in the top group at the first mark, not always in the lead, but outstanding downwind speed pushed him towards the lead by the gate. Quite a few places gained each downwind was normal for Sean.

I started well, but fell in a heap towards the end to just hold on to 3rd. I had two major disasters – one of my own making and one that was a bit harsh. Leading by about 30 meters round the last gate, with a short beat to the finish, only to be stuck on a jellyfish. Tried tacking it off, but had to resort to sailing backwards – finished up about 10th. The other was another solid lead only to find the fleet lifting out on my starboard side about 30 to 40 degrees. Should have spotted it earlier, and spent the lead getting across, but got greedy and hoped for a lefty further up the track – never came! So inconsistency cost me a lot – especially sailing poorly on the second afternoon. Some good boat speed from time to time, but also some mistakes with the setup.

The other standout for the weekend was Barry. His Saturday was on par, but with a few good signs. On Sunday, Barry sailed really well with some 2’s, 3’s and a couple of 6’s. The Sedici looked good in the water. Barry found the high elevation to his liking, making distance judgements a lot easier. Barry’s 6th place meant WA has 3 of the top 6 places. Barry’s starting improved and once near the front, had no difficulty staying there.

Rosco was right in the hunt on Saturday, sitting in 4th place overnight. On Sunday, he had a very difficult morning and dug a pretty deep hole for himself. Not one of Rosco’s finest performances. He seemed to be lacking a bit of speed, but I’m not sure why. The boat looked good on the water, and there were no obvious problems with the setup. He had a few difficulties climbing up out of B fleet – not always of his own making. His 11th was a bit disappointing I’m sure.

Edgar finished up in 13th after an eventful series for him. His boat speed was always good, and the sails looked immaculate. Edgar sometimes struggled with fleet management finding himself in some difficult situations from time to time. There were times when he got trapped by another boat, and he wasn’t always able to tack to take advantage of wind shifts when he liked. The larger fleet numbers was something some of us struggled with, and we need to find a way to learn to sail our boats in more confined fleets.

Cliffy finished 16th in a performance which will help him in his development a lot. I think he will be one who finds the experience of travelling to a big event really helpful The new boat looked great and had some fantastic speed. Towards the end of the regatta, Cliff was racking up some single digit finishing places – a good sign for things to come

Simon had a confidence building day on Saturday, sitting in 13th place overnight. He had the boat set up well and was sailing clean races. Simon also found the elevation to his liking. Sunday came around and slapped him in the face. Certainly the lighter wind didn’t suit Simon, and he struggled to get out of the B fleet. Again, he will certainly be better for the outing in the larger fleets and being able to take in how some of the others were approaching their setups. I think Simon was a bit disappointed falling down the ladder to 21st by the close. 

Some other notable performances – Scott Condie had electrical trouble, and missed a few races. Then he sailed like a solid B fleeter for a few races. It wasn’t until the afternoon on Sunday that he really got going. Andrew Reid was consistent with mostly single digit finish places. His new Britpop was never too far off the pace. Scott Mitchell is the local guy who won the Nationals when it was sailed at this venue last time. Scotty is a great guy to sail against – never puts a foot wrong and always sails cleanly. His relaxed and thoughtful approach is one a lot of us could learn from.

Doug Allan and Rob Novak had some really good results, complimented with some fairly poor ones. Both have good boat speed, and could have placed higher with some luck. Paul Littledyke had a weekend to forget, but showed he can be dangerous by winning two heats.

Other things – the jellys are still a factor at Harts Mill. According to the locals, they only ever appear when plenty of interstaters come to race. On Sunday, during a B fleet race, a playful dolphin decided that these colourful things in the water made good toys. He started prodding and pushing the boats that were trying to sail downwind. He must have played with 4 or 5 boats, giving one or two a pretty decent shove forwards. Others skewed off to one side or the other. It was really funny to watch. When the boats reached the gate, they turned around, and the dolphin hung around for a bit waiting for some more. The dolphin had made an appearance on Saturday, barging down the start line right in front of Barry, but hadn’t decided to play with the toys as yet.

Andrew Wilson from Qld flew in on a flight late on Friday afternoon. He was told to self-isolate, get tested and wasn’t able to join in until he received a negative covid test. So he missed Saturday. His Woodie IOM is a work of art. The other Queenslanders who flew on Friday morning were not affected by the covid directives – so were able to drink and sail.

Friday night was a night out at the Surf Club. Plenty of chat, catching up with Team BG. Wallis stood us up, deciding to drink at the pub across the road from his hotel with the Queenslanders. Probably a good idea, as they were fairly well done by dinner time. Saturday night was a meal out at the Birkenhead. Wallis stood us up again as he and Team Covid didn’t show.

Flights were reasonably smooth. When Simon, Edgar and I were checking in, this bloke was trying to load a box that was about 1 meter cubed, which was filled with battery operated Gel guns. Of course, this bloke had no paperwork, permission or anything, relying on telling the guy checking the box that they were just toys! He stuffed around for a while, and was told to go away and get the necessary permissions to load them. That put the check-in guy in a pretty good mood, as he made the three of us open our boxes so he could check all our stuff. Never had to do that before. Anyway, at least we had time for a few beers before the flight.

All in all – a good weekend was had.

Photos – there should be hundreds of them appear somewhere. Reckon the photographer shot every race. I am not certain whether there were any videos taken though. I'm not sure when and where the photos will appear, but they might tell a few stories. I'll add the link here when it appears.

 What did we learn – WA is in a pretty good place in comparison to other States. We have been able to keep sailing, whereas others were more rusty. Our performance could benefit by becoming more familiar with sailing in slightly more crowded situations. We could think about setting some slightly shorter start lines to get better practice at sailing in closer company with others. A long line is much more comfortable as boats are spread out. But a short line would force us to learn to sail in a lane with others in close proximity.

We could also consider setting shorter first legs. Yes – boats will arrive at the top mark much closer together, but it would teach us better fleet management. We all learnt how important it was to avoid the pile up trying to squeeze around the first mark. Cliffy in particular made good decisions to keep out of that kerfuffle, and would regularly pick up 5 or 6 places sailing around the boats stacked up. It would also help us to make decisions about taking sterns as you approach the first mark.

These things make for less comfortable sailing, but would serve to sharpen our fleet management and decision making. Leave those thoughts with you.  

Results follow:

 

Results

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PosName/ClubSail No.
/Design
NettTotal
1SEAN WALLIS ,
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 71
V11
32.054.0
2SCOTT MITCHELL ,
ADELAIDE RADIO CONTROL YACHT RACING CLUB (SA)
AUS 52
BRITPOP!
49.080.0
3GLENN DAWSON ,
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 76
V11
64.097.0
4GREG TORPY ,
WYNNUM MANLY RMYC
AUS 125
V11
67.091.0
5ANDREW REID ,
ALBERT PARK MODEL YACHT CLUB (VIC)
AUS 74
BRITPOP
70.098.0
6BARRY DONAHER ,
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 127
SEDICI
85.0119.0
7LINDSAY WALKER ,
KOGARAH BAY RADIO YACHT CLUB (NSW)
AUS 02
K2
89.0121.0
8DOUG ALLEN ,
WYNNUM MANLY RADIO MODEL YACHT CLUB (QLD)
AUS 72
V11
93.0130.0
9ROB NOWAK ,
ALBERT PARK MODEL YACHT CLUB (VIC)
AUS 17
BRITPOP
94.0124.0
10STEPHEN SEDGMEN ,
BALLINA RADIO YACHT CLUB (NSW)
AUS 30
AQUILA
103.0134.0
11ROSS BENNETT ,
HARRINGTON WATERS RADIO SAILORS (WA)
AUS 39
V10 SHAKER
105.0158.0
12SCOTT CONDIE ,
KOGARAH BAY RADIO YACHT CLUB (NSW)
AUS 16
BRITPOP!
114.0184.0
13EDGAR VITTE ,
PERTH RADIO SAILING CLUB (WA)
AUS 09
K2
123.0163.0
14PAUL LITTLEDYKE ,
ADELAIDE RADIO CONTROL YACHT RACING CLUB (SA)
AUS 49
BRITPOP
133.0183.0
15GRANT EDWARDS ,
ADELAIDE RADIO CONTROL YACHT RACING CLUB (SA)
AUS 06
V10
153.0197.0
16CLIFF DAVIS ,
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 174
BRITPOP!
153.0206.0
17MARIO GULIC ,
PATTERSON LAKES RADIO MODEL YACHT CLUB (VIC)
AUS 04
K2
171.0229.0
18NORMAN WALLIS ,
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHT CLUB (SA)
AUS 282
V10
192.0238.0
19GARY MCCARTHY ,
SUNSHINE COAST RADIO SAILING CLUB (QLD)
AUS 18
VENTI
195.0265.0
20DERICK WARNE ,
WYNNUM MANLY RADIO MODEL YACHT CLUB (QLD)
AUS 97
BRITPOP
206.0261.0
21SIMON ELLIS ,
CHAMPION LAKES (WA)
AUS 89
V11
216.0271.0
22PETER MITCHELL ,
ADELAIDE RADIO CONTROL YACHT RACING CLUB (SA)
AUS 194
CHASE
221.0282.0
23JOHN JOHNSON ,
ADELAIDE RADIO CONTROL YACHT RACING CLUB (SA)
AUS 85
GOTH
224.0286.0
24JOHN WYATT ,
SYDNEY MARITIME MODELLERS CLUB (NSW)
AUS 26
BRITPOP
261.3325.3
25ANDREW WILSON ,
BRISBANE RADIO YACHT CLUB (QLD)
AUS 08
CORBIE 6
284.0354.0
26JAMES HOW ,
ADELAIDE RADIO CONTROL YACHT RACING CLUB (SA)
AUS 78
MAD MAX
290.0354.0
27RANDY ELKSON ,
ADELAIDE RADIO CONTROL YACHT RACING CLUB (SA)
AUS 192
TNT
296.0355.0
28LEN HEARING ,
ADELAIDE RADIO CONTROL YACHT RACING CLUB (SA)
AUS 34
BRITPOP
299.0369.0
29IAN DOWSETT ,
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHT CLUB (SA)
AUS 62
ALTERNATIVE
307.0373.0
30DAVID LANE ,
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHT CLUB (SA)
AUS 51
JOKER
309.0371.0
31ALAN BESSELL ,
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHT CLUB (SA)
AUS 27
PLAN B
318.0388.0
32MICHAEL NOY ,
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHT CLUB (SA)
AUS 86
IOM
325.0395.0
33ECIO MARCEL ,
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHT CLUB (SA)
AUS 70
K2
335.0404.0
34BOB WHITEHEAD ,
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHT CLUB (SA)
AUS 37
GOTH
338.0406.0