Myuna Bay Sprint Champs 2013 Results

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The Myuna Bay National Sprint Championships 2013 were run over the Saturday and Sunday of the NSW Labour Weekend 5-6 October from Wangi ASC on Lake Macquarie.

The weekend delivered a continuation of the unseasonably warm, sunny and mostly windless conditions we've experienced for much of the past several months. There were fifteen entries representing Wangi and Drummoyne - unfortunately no interstate entries this year.

Despite the conditions being a race officer's worst nightmare, Sandra O'Donnell was able to get away five races on Saturday and two on Sunday - to get close to the eight races scheduled was a great result. The winds were forecast to be light over the weekend and predominately from the north and west. We had a mixed bag with some races providing a reasonably steady 5-8kn and some with the wind switching between the westerly gradient and the competing north-easterly sea breeze and 0-6kn.

Race one was a portent for the final results with the first three finishing in the order that was ultimately their places for the regatta. However, nothing else about this championship was so simple. While several of the races were quick and conditions stable, several of the races were "challenging" and it was not uncommon to quickly go from first to last and possibly back to first again - all in the space of a 30 minute race.

Mark Skelton in his new OK - AUS 753 - showed early form finishing on Saturday with three wins and two thirds (9 points) from Tim Davies, AUS 739, (12 points) - both consistent. A gap to the remainder of the fleet with some variable results partly due to the coditions but also from a number of OCS and some just bad luck - being 50 metres too far in one direction was enough to lose (or gain) many places.

A BBQ and refreshments back at the club capped off a great day's sailing and we all enjoyed the refreshing, moderate sea breeze that then filled in to keep us cool.

Sunday's 10:00 scheduled start was delayed and the nice 8kn NW that eventuated and stayed while we got to the race area abandoned us prior to the first start. The race got away in a westerly but became a SW with a near-beat to the bottom mark. While tricky, and sometimes frustrating, they did make the racing a chance for everyone to shine - if only sometimes for a few minutes.

The final race took a a couple of attempts to get away as the wind died and changed direction. The first leg ("windward" and "leeward" became academic) was well picked by Peter Lynch (AUS 726) who rounded the top mark first with a group including Bill Tyler, Gareth Wells, Tim Davies and Peter Robinson. And then it all became interesting...

With the leading bunch only about 20m away from each other, those to the left found a breeze that carried them to the bottom mark (now a beat). Tim didn't and later found himself back in 2nd-last place along with new recruit Mick Brown (AUS 736).

With the wind only a faint patchwork on the water, the leading bunch headed right to chase the only viable breeze. Bill Tyler - first around the mark with a clear lead then "went to Belmont". By the time the majority of the fleet made it to that mark Bill, Gareth and Stumpy were half way up the next leg and, indeed, well on their way to Belmont.

As will often happen, some of the fleet picked up the new breeze - this time a southerly - and sailed past the early leaders who could do nothing but watch the passing parade. Tim and Brownie now found their places inverted with Tim finishing 3rd and Brownie 4th. Peter Robinson made the most of the conditions to cross first, seconds in front of Mark. The early leaders? Only consolation prizes after their early leads.

Although the conditions may have been frustrating in a normal regatta, the sprints format and the very short races meant that the pain of a bad decision or bad luck was only short-lived and there were plenty of opportunities to have another go. There was great racing and the regatta was a lot of fun.

Congratulations to Mark Skelton who had some great race results and Tim Davies - both of whom were very consistent over the series. Peter Robinson was third from Gareth Wells and Mick Brown who has joined the fleet after many successful years in Impulses.

Glenn Yates sailed an equally consistent regatta and won the Handicap trophy from Bill Tyler and Steve Schmidt. John Hickey, sailing an OK for the first time was also performing very well before prior commitments prevented him from completing the regatta on Sunday.

Thanks to Sandra and all the race committee who ran a great regatta and thanks to all who came and made this a continuing success - we're looking forward to next year's regatta.

Series Results [Class ET] for OkDinghy up to Race 7                  
                           
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 7 Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   AUS753 JAB 2 M Skelton WASC 15 2 4 1 3 3 1 1
2   AUS739 Don't Poke the Bear T Davies WASC 19 3 2 3 1 4 4 2
3   AUS750 Broken Arrow P Robinson DSC 29 1 5 12 4 1 3 3
4   AUS742 Mako G Wells WASC 44 11 1    16.0O 2 5 2 7
5   AUS736 Browny's Toy M Brown WASC 45 4 3 5 8 6 14 5
6   AUS726 Bundy P Lynch WASC 52 8 7 7 7 10 7 6
7   AUS684 Bilbo G Yates WASC 55 5 6 4 14 8 5 13
8 2.0S AUS764 Captain Crackers P Horne DSC 62    16.0S 8 2 5    16.0C 11 4
9   AUS745 Metisse S Schmidt WASC 62 9 12 6 6 9 8 12
10   AUS734 Cracked Pecker E O'Donnell WASC 69 10 9 10 11 7 12 10
11   AUS731 General Lee T Addis WASC 71 6 10 9 13 2 15    16.0S
12   AUS692 Dining with the Devi B Tyler DSC 75 12 11 8 9 14 10 11
13 7.0S AUS724 A Fine Line F Prater WASC 83 7 13 13 10 13 13 14
14   AUS695 The Wife J Hickey WASC 83    16.0S    16.0S 11 12 11 9 8
15   AUS693 Pale Rider J O'Donnell WASC 90    16.0S    16.0S    16.0C 15 12 6 9
                           
SERIES SCORES for Class HC up to Race 7 on 06/10/2013   Ties Breaking to Stage 1 & 2 Duty Score Average of 7 best scores    
                           
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP            
F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS          
T=TLE U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)              
                           
Series Results [Class HC] for OkDinghy up to Race 7                  
                           
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 7 Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   AUS684 Bilbo G Yates WASC 41 3 2 1 13 6 4 12
2   AUS692 Dining with the Devi B Tyler DSC 42 12 4 2 3 14 2 5
3   AUS745 Metisse S Schmidt WASC 44 4 11 4 4 5 5 11
4   AUS753 JAB 2 M Skelton WASC 47 10 12 6 5 4 6 4
5   AUS750 Broken Arrow P Robinson DSC 47.5 5 10 13 6 1 10 2.5
6   AUS695 The Wife J Hickey WASC 51    16.0S    16.0S 3 11 3 1 1
7   AUS739 Don't Poke the Bear T Davies WASC 52 9 6 10.5 1 12 11 2.5
8   AUS726 Bundy P Lynch WASC 55 6 8 8 8 10 9 6
9   AUS724 A Fine Line F Prater WASC 56.5 1 5 12 9 9 7.5 13
10   AUS742 Mako G Wells WASC 59.5 11 3    15.0O 2 11 7.5 10
11   AUS736 Browny's Toy M Brown WASC 60 8 1 5 10 13 14 9
12   AUS734 Cracked Pecker E O'Donnell WASC 68 7 7 9 12 7 12 14
13   AUS731 General Lee T Addis WASC 68.5 2 9 10.5 14 2 15    16.0S
14   AUS764 Captain Crackers P Horne DSC 79    16.0S 13 7 7    16.0C 13 7
15   AUS693 Pale Rider J O'Donnell WASC 82    16.0S    16.0S    16.0C 15 8 3 8



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