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The Adams 10 Metre yachts battled out the National Titles on
Lake Macquarie from 26-28 January with a good representation of
clubs from Lake Macquarie, Manly Yacht Club, Middle Harbour
Yacht Club, Royal Prince Alfred yacht Club and Wangie Sailing
Under trying racing conditions, seven races provided six
different winners and not the local dominance as was expected.
Forty years on from their original drawings of April 1976,
these boats continue to show their incredible attributes of
speed, forgiveness and the ability to still be competitive after
all these years, while the large cockpit endears many to twilight
and casual sailing. The boat was designed by Joe Adams and it is
reputed that Graham Radford also had considerable input. Paul
Kelly made many of these 10s and later on Dave Dillon became
the builder at Taree. The ‘Class’ has its own moulds.
On the first day – Australia Day – Go Go shocked the fleet
in Race 1 and took off to the right in a flyer leaving the rest
floundering in his wake with a first. Lake boat Eat My Shorts was a
distant 2nd with Another Dilemma 3rd. Powderhulk took line honours
in Race 2 followed by Shorts and Dilemma.
Day two Race 3 saw Allan Stormon’s Gezzabelle from RPAYC
take the win. Eat My Shorts was gaining some consistency now
with another solid second and Mitch Miller’s Rock Solid in third.
In Race 4 it was Tim Gallego’s Another Dilemma which took the
podium finish followed by Kick & Chase and Shorts. Peter Johnson’s
Eat My Shorts won Race 5 with Tom Braidwood from the ‘Lake’ in
Backchat 2nd and Powderhulk 3rd.
After two days racing the consistency of Eat My Shorts was
showing with just seven points. Nearest boats were Gezzabell 11p t s ,
Powderhulk 13, Another Dilemma 14 and Kick & Chase 17.
Day three racing was greeted by an AP flag on shore with little
or no breeze. The start boat was eventually able to find suitable
conditions on the course with a steady ENE of about 12-13kts.
Race 6 saw Rob Clark’s Kick & Chase rocket up to the windward
mark with his kite first around the top mark and he was never
headed to take out the gun for first. Rock Solid was second and
old Mad Max from Wangie sailed like a demon to take out third.
The final race 7 again saw Rob Clark in Kick & Chase lead the
fleet and take out the final race with Gezzabelle second and Eat
My Shorts third.
With the presentations back on shore, the competitors were
welcomed by LMYC Commodore. There was much celebrations
for Peter Johnson and the crew of Eat My Shorts who deserved
their series win on 14 points.
It was a family affair with Peter’s son and son-in-law with
their mates in the crew and icon Chris Vella. Rob Clark who was
lying fourth at the start of the day rocked home to take second
place with his last two wins in a count back on 21 points from
Allen Storman’s Gezzabelle from RPAYC.
Allen recently identified that Gezzabelle which he bought
from Victoria was originally his dad’s boat which won the
championships in 1988. Nice touch to see the boat sail so well
after all these years and back in the family.
The next Championships will be held in Sydney in 2018 on
Australia Day weekend and the Adams 10s will have their own
division in the Sydney Harbour Regatta (4-5th March 17).
h Lindsay Rose
Eat My Shorts wins Adams 10 Nationals
Adams 10 National Champion – Peter Johnson’s Eat My Shorts.
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