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FRASER OLD & SOHN
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Parramatta River Sailing Club’s 2015-16 season wrapped
up with the Twilight, Autumn and Special Trophies series –
culminating in the club championship which saw close and
enjoyable racing across both divisions.
In Division 1 the club championship was won by the Etchells
Axis of Evil (Geoff Dempsey who also won the Autumn series),
by a very close margin from the Adams10 League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen (Bruce Wilson) and the Adams10.6 Still Festering (Pat
O’Brien – also winning the Special Trophies series). The Twilight
A Series was won by Still Festering skippered by Michelle Dudgeon
the boat’s co -owner and club Commodore.
Division 3 was won by the Crossfire20 Xena Warrior Princess
(Carolyn Howe) with a very consistent season from the Farr727
Farrago (Barry Heaton) and the other Farr727 Roustabout (Rob
Widders). The Cavalier26 Firefly (Brian Wilson) won the Autumn
series with four out of five wins. The Twilight B series was won
by Pink Panther (Jeff Stanton).
PRSC at the end of Wharf Road Gladesville winter series
commenced 28th May then every second Saturday (see www.
prsc.org.au for details).
h Rob Widders, PRSC
Newly crowned national champions, the Matthew Flinders Anglican
College Sailing Team of Frazer Brew, James Hodgson and Taylor
Cliff-hanger finals to Australian
Schools Match Racing
Matthew Flinders Anglican College sailing team have stamped
their name on the inaugural Australian Schools Match Racing
More than three decades after Australia II won the America’s
Cup at Newport, Rhode Island, young Australian sailors are
enjoying the match racing rules and tactics that gave John Bertrand
that historic victory over Dennis Conner.
Young sailors throughout the world now benefit from similar
spirited encounters of match racing, with an international
circuit and major events in Australia such as the Warren Jones
International in Perth, the Hardy Cup, the Harken International
and the Australian Open and Youth Match Racing Championships.
Match racing has moved into the expanding area of interschool
sailing with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania hosting the inaugural
Australian Schools Match Racing Championship on Hobart’s
River Derwent from 22-24 April.
After three days of round-robin racing between 11 crews from
schools in Tasmania, New South Wales, the ACT and Queensland,
the event ended in a cliff-hanger.
The young MFAC team from Buderim, Qld, of skipper James
Hodgson with crew Frazer Brew and Taylor Rogers had to beat
10 other teams to win the right to be in the final round of racing.
Brian ‘Noddy’ Wilson’s Cavalier 26 Firefly races a motorboat.
Their final opponent, Sam Abel from Hobart’s Hutchins
School, pushed the sole Queensland entry throughout the
light-air races. Only a matter of inches separated the two teams
as they approached the finish line as they went race for race for
the best-of-five final.
In equal place going in the final and fifth race, Hodgson and
his team found the groove to play their boat, aptly named Audi,
and the wind shifts to sneak past Abel on the spinnaker run to
take out the national championship.
Sailing in a light North to WNW breeze, the two crews put
on “a stellar performance of match racing” in the RYCT’s Elliott
6 sports boats, according to race officer Stephen Shield.
“ The final and the petit final this afternoon were classic match
racing – protests and penalties, aggressive start line manoeuvres
and several finishes where the margin was just seconds. In a
couple of race we saw crews force the other boat out at the pin
end of the finish line as they ran abeam under spinnaker, before
gybing back to cross ahead,” Shield recalled.
Hodgson certainly deserved his win after leading the series
right from the start on Friday. An experienced match racing
skipper, Hodgson last year finished runner-up in the Australian
Youth Match Racing Championship.
h Peter Campbell
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