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2014 Australian Championship

Regatta Report

After a one point loss in the 2013 Nationals, could Jon Newman collect the prize that has eluded him for four years or would the three day a week training program Marcus Hamilton had been following allow the multiple World and National champion a real shot at the Musto Performance Skiff Australian National Championships. That was the question...

The Musto Performance Fleet came from Melbourne, Perth and country Victoria with one view, to race hard and prepare themselves for the 2015 Worlds in Perth next year, fine tuning to race pace, will this be a classic Ashes grudge match or will the Aussies be triumphant? Game on!

With a forecast of strong pressure all week, the Metung Yacht club held some of the most thrilling skiff sailing Australia has ever seen, flat water, 18-22 knots, sunshine and the welcoming hospitality of Metung that makes Gippsland Lakes the Musto sailor’s heaven.

The 2014 Nationals program of two/three races per day allowed flexibility in the regatta which was needed with day one and three blown out, however with creative race management eleven of the twelve scheduled races were sailed on Lake King just west of the yacht club.

Day two of the regatta saw the first racing following the blown out first day, with three races in the morning in a building breeze from 15 knots, and a further two races held in a solid 18-20 in the afternoon. Jon Newman came out of the blocks hard with a second and four firsts – pretty much the ideal start! Denis, Thor, Marcus and Tim all showed their colours, mixing it up for the following places. A number of boats were hesitant to head back out for the afternoon session and were late for the start – regardless the downwind sleigh ride to the start was a significant highlight (only a few managed to pitch-pole on the way down). The end result of the days 5 races was a lot of very tired and sore bodies after some great racing.

Day three was again blown out, after a large front came through late on day two, blowing a number of the boats over in the rigging area.

Day four’s forecast was for a nice relaxing 10knts, slowly building. So the 15-18 was a bit of a surprise. However the day’s conditions were fantastic and a further three races completed. Again Jon dominated, but was pushed hard by Marcus all day. Robin Dayes had a blinder in race 6, leading most of the race, only to pop the kite on the final run with no kite sheets attached – a great shame however he has now shown he can play at the ‘front of the fleet’.

Day five closed out with 15 knots building up to 20-22 coming through in definite bands. A further three races were held with Paul Newman coming into the frame in the final two with bullets. An impressive performance for one of the lighter guys in the regatta – his boat handling was awesome. Jon closed out the regatta with a 1, 6, 2 handing him the win. Marcus was able to hang on for second with Denis and Thor not far behind. Chris Peile showed some speed for the first time in the first race of the day leading at the top mark and remaining top 3 for most of the race before opting for a swim on the final gybe…

Clearly Jon Newman had put together a dominant display throughout the regatta and produced clean, error free race craft that most could only dream of with fluid tacks and gibes. Newman’s dominance delivered the goal and was crowned the Musto Performance Skiff National Champion 2014. Marcus Hamilton, Richie Robertson and Denis Jones proved they could be close but not close enough. Denis and Thor both WA sailors revelled in the high pressure downwind legs and that’s something we will all experience next year, their 15-20 knot grounding gave them both pace and race track position.

Interestingly Dayes and Robertson both heavy weights produced the fastest upwind speeds with Robertson shifting gears throughout the regatta (after a KPI review from his wife.....) Perhaps this pair could be the fastest upwind Musto sailors in the world..?

With the class continuing to build a strong reputation down under we had our first female entrant using the “reduced size main sail” This proved to be a great asset to the class and enabled 19 year old light weight Sinead Stone to compete.

With the fleet continuing to improve race pace and changing gears, the focus turns towards the exciting 2015 Musto Performance Skiff World Championships in Perth WA. Again another 15-20 knot race track in flat water skiff heaven. Can you ask for anything better.....?

Further race details and information on both these Nationals, and the upcoming 2015 World Championships can be found on the Australian website.

Results

Musto Performance Skiff Australian Championships, 4-8 January 2014   Metung Yacht Racing Club Inc.
                    Heats            
Place Sail # Yacht Skipper State Series
Score
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1 AUS492 Fast Girl Jon Newman Jon Newman VIC 11 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 6 2 0
2 AUS453 Mario Kart Marcus Hamilton Marcus Hamilton VIC 27 6 3 2 3 2 1 2 5 4 7 5 0
3 AUS489 Four Legged Octopus Denis Jones WA 30 4 2 3 2 5 4 6 4 3 3 6 0
4 AUS380 Ribbed For My Pleasure Richard Robertson VIC 36 13 9 5 10 3 6 3 3 2 2 3 0
5 AUS472 Jet Tim Hill VIC 43 8 4 4 5 4 12 4 6 5 4 7 0
6 AUS424 Frank Thor Schoenhoff WA 44 1 6 6 4 8 8 12 2 8 5 4 0
7 AUS379 PPC Paul Newman VIC 53 7 7 7 6 9 7 8 9 12 1 1 0
8 AUS491 Wavetrain Robin Dayes VIC 69 11 5 8 9 7 5 10 12 6 8 11 0
9 AUS391 Erila's Kitchen Chris Peile VIC 87 12 10 10 DNF DNC 11 9 7 7 9 12 0
10 AUS218 Pen 12 Richard Shawcross WA 87 DNF 13 14 7 10 9 11 8 9 12 8 0
11 AUS511 Wonder Wand Chris Sutherland WA 90 3 8 11 11 DNF 13 14 11 13 11 9 0
12 AUS440 WAB Project Wayne Bates VIC 94 9 12 12 8 DNF 10 7 13 14 10 13 0
13 AUS438 Black Spot Richard Ekborg VIC 99 15 14 9 DNC DNC 3 5 10 11 13 DNC 0
14 AUS408 Bling Brett Williams VIC 102 10 11 16 12 6 14 15 DNC 10 14 10 0
15 AUS429 Fire Fly Jayson Brownie WA 126 14 16 15 14 11 15 13 15 15 15 14 0
16 AUS423 Mid Life Crisis Daryl Stone VIC 127 5 15 13 13 DNF 16 16 14 16 DNC DNC 0
17 AUS425 Ruby David Taylor VIC 154 16 17 17 15 DNC 17 17 DNF 17 DNC DNC 0
18 AUS No Name Sinead Stone VIC 169 17 DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC 0

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