Zhik Winter Regatta 2014 - Report and Results

by Glenn Williams

Once again we finish the Queen’s Birthday Long weekend on a good note. Six races held with good conditions and a fun bunch of sailors in the mix.

Rumour has it that this regatta started five years ago when it was announced that the NSW OK AGM would be held at Wangi on the long weekend. A certain Northern NSW OK sailor suggested bringing boats and having a training session to make the journey worthwhile. This catapulted into an 8 race sprint series held over two days for the OK fleet and was a lot of fun. So much so that it was held again the next year and this time we had a few of the local foiling moths attending (damn things are very fast and silent!). Again the regatta was a great success.

Now this year we have not only the OKs but we also have attending the regatta, 29’ers, ‘A’ class cats, Tasers and the Foiling Moths. No longer 8 races but a creditable 6 with nice short courses to keep everything moving along. Instead of one slow tender to run the event there is now a fleet of small boats and a nice large catamaran to act as start finish boat. All of this with the smooth running organisation of the Wangi Amateur Sailing Club makes for a fun weekend.

Saturday started off wet underfoot but with the forecast being for sunny conditions and a nice breeze of 10 – 15 knots making for an inviting day for racing. As always it paid to arrive early as the car park is limited and there is only one muddy entrance to the foreshore park land where boats can rig. With 59 boats it was soon a very busy and crowded place. Fortunately everyone was there with the right attitude and there were nothing but smiles and an easy going atmosphere about the place.

The OKs were the first fleet away each time starting with the Tasers, this did make starting interesting as the OKs as always were aggressive in getting up to the line but were no match for the Tasers with acceleration and so Tasers had to contend with OKs blocking the line and OKs had to contend with keeping clear air as the Tasers jumped ahead. Mostly this sorted out fine and a few quick and judicious tacks would enable a clear lane to be quickly found.

Day one found the fleet racing in winds of 10-15 knots with a sloppy sea and some interesting shifts and wind lines. Having headlands up near the top mark made for some thinking regarding strategy but with such short courses it was really down to good boat speed and hitting the major shifts.

Race one; Tim Davies showed us the way on the first race which lasted a quick 24:35 for him with Glenn Williams second and Michael Brown a close third, the last boat crossed a mere 8 seconds behind Tim.

Race two; Tim again one the race in 31:50 with slightly lighter air, less grunt work. Brownie took second with Glenn third. Again only 8 seconds separated the fleet. Mistakes were costly when made.

Race three; Tim had a brain fade on the last leg downwind to the finish allowing Brownie to make good a nice attack and cross the line for first, with Tim second and Glenn third. With another 8 seconds separating first from last.

Race four; Tim got his act back together and took out first with Brownie again second and Glenn again third. Once again 8 seconds from first to last.

Day two was forecasted to be 20 knots and increasing but fortunately the sun shined and the first race of the day was much the same as what was had on day one. Tim Davies had pulled out of the days sailing to spend time with the family, leaving the rest of us to haul on cold sailing gear and head out once more for some fun.

Race five; Glenn crossed first with Brownie in second with Chris Gidrewicz coming in a good third, watch this bloke, tall, young and motivated. Also Polish ;) The rest of the fleet crossed in good order with 7 seconds separating first from last.

Race six; this time we had the forecasted conditions with wind gusting up to 21 knots and mostly sitting around the 15 – 20. Glenn was first with Brownie again gaining a second and overall win, Gavin Wakefield, the lightest sailor in the fleet came a very creditable third, showing that staying upright pays. Glenn Yates had to retire as he muscled the mainsheet block out of the deck.

A fun weekend had by all and very welcome opportunity to loosen up sailing muscles from the end of season break. It certainly showed that other than Tim most of the sailors were a little rusty and could be a bit fitter but good on all of them to roll up and take part in each race to once again make this such a good event.

Thanks must be given to Wangi Amateur Sailing Club, their volunteers and of course the PRO Sandra O’Donnell for a well-run regatta.

Let’s see a few more roll up to the next event, we have a full calendar this coming season with the worlds being in Melbourne. So some extra effort will be called for to ensure we make a good effort.

 

Series Results [Class ET] for OkDinghy up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)

Place

Ties

Sail No

Boat Name

Skipper

Crew

From

Sers Score

Race 6

Race 5

Race 4

Race 3

Race 2

Race 1

1

 

736

Agent

M Brown

 

WASC

9.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

[3.0]

2

 

719

Dilligaf

G Williams

 

Big River Sailing Cl

10.0

1.0

1.0

3.0

3.0

[3.0]

2.0

3

 

AUS739

Don't Poke The Bear

T Davies

 

WASC

15.0

10.0C

[10.0C]

1.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

4

 

AUS692

Dining w/t Devil

B Tyler

 

Drummoyne SC

23.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

[7.0]

5.0

5

 

703

Space Monkey

G Wakefield

 

Drummoyne SC

24.0

3.0

7.0

[7.0]

4.0

4.0

6.0

6

3.0S

693

Pale Rider

C Gidrewicz

 

 

28.0

6.0

3.0

5.0

[9.0]

6.0

8.0

7

 

724

A Fine Line

F Prater

 

WASC

28.0

7.0

4.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

[9.0]

8

 

AUS655

The Phantom

M Walker

 

Drummoyne SC

32.0

5.0

6.0

9.0

8.0

[9.0]

4.0

9

 

AUS751

True Blue

G Yates

 

WASC

38.0

[9.0F]

8.0

8.0

7.0

8.0

7.0




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