Eight different winners from twelve races sailed saw a competitive fleet at Austin Lakes on 30 April for the WA DF65 Interclub Shootout!
The forecast wasn't great, no wind for the early part of the day with a sea breeze forecast for later. At 11am the conditions were exactly as forecast for the thirteen sailors competing in the event so it became a waiting game for the SW breeze that finally eventuated around 12.40pm which was light, at least sailable and the racing commenced.
The good skippers (read some lucky skippers) found their way through the light shifty conditions with some shifts that promoted them to the front on many occasions but at the same time there were holes in the breeze and many were seen 'caught' in these holes.
We feel for Wayne Coleman who offered us an email Thursday suggesting he had the "VID:19" so was staying home. Get well soon mate, we missed your reflective boat and skill. At the same time it was good to have Douglas and Ian Campbell come down with Jack Howe and race with the A+ rig which both did very well.
Jack presented the new Black Pearl but it mostly just stole loot from the back markers although he did have a few good racing highlights later in the afternoon.
We managed 12 races and there were some accidental contacts where boats were drifting rather than powered control. For the most part it was good clean racing and a credit to all skippers.
Our winner today Ron Viney sailed well and had three wins locked away in the first four races. He then stayed out of most of the issues around the course and deserved the title.
In second was a new young skipper in Douglas Campbell. He surprised many with his boat speed and handling given this was his first A+ fleet race. He usually is limited to A rigs.
Third was the consistent Fred Webber who quietly streamed past many taking different lines and getting to the top mark in the leading pack. Well sailed to all three skippers.
Ian Sherriff was just one point behind Fred and had bad luck on numerous occasions especially with some of the wind holes.
A big thank you to Ian Meiklejohn for his assistance during the day and to all that helped set up and clean up afterwards.
Andrew Donkin PRO.
|1||Ron Viney||AUS 74||22.0||34.0|
|2||Douglas Campbell||AUS 187||26.0||38.0|
|3||Fred Webber||AUS 12||35.0||50.0|
|4||Ian Sherriff||AUS 89||36.0||51.0|
|5||David Ralph||AUS 21||49.0||71.0|
|6||Rob Bovell||AUS 24||55.0||72.0|
|7||Mal Pratt||AUS 06||59.0||84.0|
|8||Steve Lee||AUS 42||73.0||95.0|
|9||Keith Morris||AUS 58||74.0||98.0|
|10||Jack Howe||AUS 127||83.0||109.0|
|11||Kevin Mathews||AUS 15||102.0||125.0|
|12||Dave Woodcock||AUS 85||103.0||131.0|
|13||Ian Campbell||AUS 249||117.0||145.0|