Results - Queensland Results
06 May 2016

QLD RM Championships

2016 QLD RM TITLES – HERVEY BAY QLD 30th April / 1st May

Saturday 30th April started with a couple of light showers but soon cleared and after the registration and setting up was complete, 11 starters were ready to do battle at the Uni Lake located in Hervey Bay City. The lake had recently been cleaned by the local council after years of lobbying from the Fraser Coast Club, and they were pleased with the result. We had 11 skippers register with a number of them travelling some extra-long distances to be at the event.

The wind was SSE swinging to the SE and did not get above 7 knots, so it was out with the A Rigs, and PRO Ian Ashe soon had everybody setup in a single fleet and racing commenced at 12:15 pm. It soon became apparent that the top 2 , Dave Turton  and Greg Torpy had not lost some of the speed they had at the nationals and were in a continual battle, however at times they were made to work with Col Cameron, Mark Beneke mixing it up with them and each other as they vied for third place. The other skippers all tried hard and it was worth noting that some of the boats were over 20 years old and with new sails were just as competitive as the latest skinny boats. By the end of Saturday racing, we had completed 13 races , Greg had a small lead from David, while Col & Mark were virtually tied in 3rd place.

Sunday started with FOG, not a good sign and it took to after lunch before the wind settled to a very light NE to SE depending on how the PRO set the course, with the extra light conditions, the RM’s sailing with their A Swing rigs, started to place pressure on the field, and it was pleasing to see John McIntosh and Dennis Crawley have some superb speed at times, but the top two, Thorpy & Turton, still were able to maintain their dominance of the fleet.  Jason Nasmith felt it was a good time to practice his Port tack starts and after letting him get away with 2, the fleet caught up to his tricks and promptly held him out, but hey he enjoyed it when it worked. His Dad, Ray battled through the weekend recovering from a recent sickness, and in one race his head cleared and the boat took off and he led all the way, only to be passed in the final leg, he was so chuffed, and great to catch up with him.

By the end of racing, somehow we had completed 30 races, and could not get the extra 2 in to get the next drop, but everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves with some excellent sailing and sportsmanship and camaraderie going on between everyone. Congratulations to Greg Torpy as the 2016 QLD RM Champion, with David Turton finishing 2nd, Mark Beneke securing 3rd place in the last race from Col Cameron 4th, and John McIntosh 5th.

A big thank you to the members of the Fraser Coast Club, you did a stunning job, especially as there had been a bit of stuffing around prior to the event, thank you to Ian Ashe as the PRO, and to David Black for the scoring. We all had a great competition and look forward to the next QLD RM Titles next year.

Col Cameron

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