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Ina phenomenally close finish, a single
point and two countbacks determined
the top four placegetters at the
Etchells 2016/17 NSW State Championship
conducted off Palm Beach Headland,
Sydney, and hosted by the Royal Prince
Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater from 25-27
November in an area known as the Palm
Chris Hampton’s effort in bringing
his newish team of Sam Haines and Mark
Andrews up from Royal Brighton Yacht
Club in Victoria paid dividends when Tan g o
took out the series by a boat length in the
final race six.
“It takes two to tango” is the expression
and Peter Conde’s Encore team, runner-up
by the narrowest margin, plus others,
pushed the Victorians right up until the
“It was very close; we thought we’d
blown it in the last race and we had to
fight for every centimetre on the run to
the finish,” Hampton said.
“I’ve had 15 years in the class but this
team only came together for the Etchells
Worlds in Cowes in September where we
won race one and blew third spot overall
with a UFD (disqualification) in the last
race. After this series we know we have
some things to work on, mainly our starts.
We are only a young team and we feel we
are far off achieving our full potential.
“ The boat is a Pacesetter; we bought the
hull and fitted it out ourselves. We are very
happy with the speed, we found it much
more lively and responsive compared to
the older hull, which is still at Cowes. We
Past national champion, Graeme
Taylor’s Magpie sailing for Mornington
Yacht Club in Victoria, finished third on
a countback from Ray Smith’s The Cure,
the winning Grand Master crew with a
combined age of 150 plus years, all the
way from Royal Perth Yacht Club.
The first NSW boat in the rankings
was David Clark’s Fifteen+ (CYCA) in fifth,
and sixth was Iain Murray’s Northern Havoc
(RSYS) in what is also Murray’s comeback
Reflecting on the one design series,
race officer Kevin Wilson said, “ We had
three days and three different sets of
conditions; the first day light out of the
15 knots and Sunday it was back to the
SE. We had some comfortable seas and
some very rocky seas, and that’s all part
of ocean racing.
“It’s been fantastic watching. They are
all so close together and come around the
marks four, five and six deep. It’s been great
to sail out of the Alfreds, the hospitality
has been excellent.”
Australian class president David
Ritchard and RPAYC Commodore Ian
Audsley were delighted with a 38-boat
state title roll up and Ritchard thanked
sponsors Harken, Gill and North Sails
RPAYC will host the Etchells Australian
Championship from 11-15 January.
Resuls: http://ww w.etchells.org.au /
h Lisa Ratcliff
Hampton trips the Tango
to win Etchells NSW State
enjoy sailing against the best boats and
sailors in the world and we have a busy
program ahead including the Australian
title in January then the North American
circuit and the San Francisco worlds.”
Hampton’s boat is shiny new and the
state title was the latest Tango’s debut
regatta. Second placed Peter Conde’s
Etchells called Encore (Royal Queensland
Yacht Squadron) is a 1990 hull and he
was the boat’s first owner. Last year he
noticed it up for sale and bought it back.
Campaigning with the same crew he had
in the mid-1990s, Brian Hillier and Myles
Baron-Hay, Conde pushed the 26-year-old
hull to its limit in the NSW championship
to finish second overall on a countback
and first Corinthian boat.
“It always was a good boat,” agreed
Conde at the trophy presentation on
Sunday. “I just wanted to come back from
sailing admin (performance director at
Australian Sailing) and do my own sailing.
The racing was incredibly tight in this
series; I don’t think the fleet was as close
20 years ago.
“My ultimate aim is to have fun on the
boat with these guys [Brian and Myles].
The 2018 worlds are at our backdoor in
Brisbane and if the timing works out we’ll
do it. We are a bunch of old guys so we don’t
have super competitive expectations.”
Prior to this season Conde, Hillier and
Baron-Hay last sailed together at the 1996
world championship in Cowes, UK. Though
the bodies are older, over the weekend
the trio demonstrated less hair definitely
doesn’t equate to less flair.
Michael Stovin-Bradf – Touch Pause Engage.
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