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David recalled one
year when sailing on
Marchioness, they were
beaten over the line by
Wild Thing and Brindabella.
However, both yachts
wanted to follow David’s
wake back through the
entrance to Mooloolaba marina. David had studied the soundings
and made a successful entrance. But Wild Thing and Brindabella
varied their course and were rewarded by running aground and
being stuck for over an hour!
Another year, the engine on Helsal II failed and a tow was
arranged with an incoming trawler. Problem was that they set up
a 200 feet tow, the trawler gunned their engine between a break
in the waves but forgot that they had a yacht under tow 200 feet
behind them. Unfortunately, Helsal II was swamped with breaking
waves across the entrance.
The entrance in those days caused David a lot of angst so he
was ver y indignant when one year the crowd gathered on the rocks
at the breakwater but booed when David told his crew to “Hang
on!” He had gunned the engine and successfully got through the
breaking waves. The crowd was hoping for more action!
Fortunately, with the dredging that has occurred at the
entrance in recent years, the drama of the crossings has now
been significantly reduced.
While David says that his days of active sailing are over, he
is looking forward to playing a significant role in SCOR 2015 and
competitors can look forward to hearing David’s experienced
voice over the radio throughout the Regatta.
David said that the fun, the warmth of the location and easy
access differentiates SCOR from other Regattas. He is looking
forward to reliving the fun of the competition and to catching
up with old mates.
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David Lawson will be part of the shore crew assisting
competitors in this year’s Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta (SCOR)
to be held this month from 4-8 July. The SCOR Regatta is being
conducted by the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club in conjunction with
the Queensland IRC State Titles on 4-5 July.
‘Lawso’, who has a long history of competitive sailing, was a
part of the first SCOR series held in Mooloolaba in 1975. He has
completed 33 Sydney-Hobart races, 30 Sydney-Mooloolaba races
and countless club and other competitions. Among many other
yachts, he has enjoyed sailing on Helsal I and Helsal II, Marchioness,
Freight Train, Mary Muffin, Casablanca and Nuzulu. Often as sailing
master with other notable crew members
such as Bob Ross, Rob Brown, Rob Mundle,
Billy Gleeson, navigator Robin Copeland
and Mooloolaba locals Greg ‘Groggo’
Gilliam and Trevor ‘Trusty’ Gourlay.
He first participated in SCOR in 1975
as navigator/tactician on Helsal I. They took
line honours in many of the races that year
despite going the wrong way at times.
During that series there was a significant
NSW contingent including Helsal I, Odyssey
(Billy Gleeson) and Waikikamukau (Rob
Mundle) which was the first fixed keel Farr
that came into Australia.
Helsal I at the finish
of the 1976 Sydney-
‘Lawso’ shares memories
of the early days of SCORs
In the lead up to the combined Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta (SCOR) and
Queensland IRC State Titles, veteran sailor David Lawson shared memories of
the early SCOR events throughout the 1970s-1990s with Caitlin Harvey.
CYCA wins state of origin Aust
Youth Match Racing Championship
The final battle of the Australian Youth Match Racing
Championship being conducted by Mooloolaba Yacht Club,
came down to state versus state.
In the blue corner was CYCA’s Harry Price, Murray Jones and
Ben Robinson. In the maroon corner was Royal Queensland
YS’s Charlie Wyatt, Alex Gough and Klaus Lorenz. Price and
his NSW blue team came out on top taking out the 2015 title.
Price’s team found themselves in the final up against Wyatt’s
team after beating Sandringham YC’s James Sly, Tom Dwyer and
Ed James in the semi final, where they lost the first match, but
then went on to win the next two.
In the Petite Final the combined Noosa Yacht & Rowing
Club / Mooloolaba YC team of James Hodgson and his crew
of Hayden Johnson and Ben Vercoe won both their matches
against Sly to finish in third place overall.
In fifth place overall was CYCA’s Caitlin Tames, Angus
Williams and Vardon Robson while in sixth was the second
combined NYRC MYC team of Hunter Vercoe, Angus Lane and
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