10 F18s headed down to Geographe Bay Yacht Club in Busselton over the long weekend for 7 races on Sunday and Monday morning.
6 metro boats joined the 4 boats based in the SW and enjoyed the hospitality offered by GBYC and the great sailing venue they have.
Race session 1 on Sunday morning saw some moderate, shifty easterlies before dying off towards the end of race 3. Windrush took an early lead with 2 race wins, but Bulletproof Civil came back with a win in race 3. The young... sailors in the fleet also showed some pace with the Phillips brothers on Moonbar picking up a 2nd and 3rd, and the Buchan brothers on AB Racing a 3rd and 4th in 2 of the 3 races.
The wind died out over the lunch break, so a small postponement was had until the seabreeze(however light) filled in from the North West. Goosemarine showed some excellent light wind pace and took the win in race 4 from Windrush and Bulletproof Civil. Race 5 saw BP Civil in 1st, Enzed Fremantle with a blinder finish in 2nd and Windrush 3rd.
Progressive results had Windrush with a 1 point advantage over Bulletproof Civil with 2 races to go, Goosemarine in 3rd and the young guns on AB Racing and Moonbar nipping at his heels.
Monday morning saw the wind from the east again at around 5-6knots for race session 3. Windrush took an early lead in race 6 and covered Bulletproof Civil throughout to protect 1st place, AB racing sailed well holding 2nd for most of the race until Bulletproof Civil got them back on the last lap.
The championship was still up for grabs going into the final race and it was going to be a one of the closest for the regatta. Windrush tried sailing Bulletproof Civil off the course on the first upwind. Goosemarine took the early lead, Windrush in 2nd , AB Racing 3rd, BP Civil in 4th on the first lap. BP Civil managed to split from Windrush at the bottom gate and overtook them upwind on lap 2 then slowly climbed back through to take 1st place. Goosemarine was 2nd, Windrush 3rd at the top mark the last time but Windrush managed to overtake Goose on the last spinnaker run to the finish 2nd and take the State Championships by 1 pt.
Congratulations to Brett and Ryan for the win, 2nd to Glenn and Keiran on Bulletproof Civil, 3rd to Gary and Grant(who made the trip from NSW to sail with Goose) on Goosemarine.
Also well done for winning the Rookie prize and also taking 4th place overall, Murray and Andrew Buchan on AB Racing.
Thanks to all the competitors for the great vibe they bring to the fleet not only on the water, but off the water aswell which makes for a very enjoyable racing regatta.
The biggest thanks must go to all the volunteers at Geographe Bay Yacht Club who take up their time on the longweekend to make the racing happen. The F18 fleet had a great time and we will be back for sure.
2017 Nicholas Lynch Australian Hobie Nationals
28th Dec 2017 to 3rd Jan 2018
This year the Nationals will be sailed at Somers Yacht Club. Somers is one of the most scenic towns along Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, a great spot for Hobie sailing, or for the non sailors in the family just to relax and enjoy the good life.
A holiday town on the bluffs overlooking the Western Passage to Western Port, Somers Beach is 3 km long, running between the eastern bluffs and rocks and the mouth of Merricks Creek. A foreshore reserve backs the entire beach. The beach faces south into the Western Passage of Western Port and receives mainly low, choppy wind waves and only rare ocean swell.
As with all great holiday destinations, accommodation in peak season is in high demand. Make sure you book your spot for the nationals as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
If you lived it up at Hervey Bay, we have a special budget option available that is unique to Somers. There is a sailors camping ground that will be available only for Hobie sailors competing at the 2017 Nationals at Somers. The camping ground is on a local Hobie sailor’s 2 acre private property, approximately 400 metres from Somers Yacht Club. The cost for camping is on a one off $50 donation per person. Donations will be used to provide basic facilities, such as port-a-loos, covered barbecue area and fridges to store food etc. Hot showers will be available at the sailing club. Camping area has nice soft grass and there is plenty of room for tent sites, camper vans and caravans
For those that are interested check out the Accomodation page on the Event web site
Nicholas Lynch Real Estate are proud to sponsor the 2017 Australian Hobie Cat Nationals. Nicholas Lynch are based on the Mornington Peninsular, and are expanding into a growing number of markets. The Hobie Class welcomes our new sponsor, and looks forward to a long relationship.
Of course Hobie Australasia and the local dealer, Scott Lovig Hobie continue to support Hobie racing in many ways. Without their commitment, our National and State Championships would not be the same.
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July 3, 2017David BrookesNews Archive