01 October 2018

SA RM State Championships - 22/23rd October


Winners are grinners; SA Marblehead 2018 State Championship
L to R Brett Osborne, Scott Condie and Ray Joyce

Wow; what a great weekend of Marblehead competition; best fleet size in the Country for many years for the Marblehead’s.

Twenty five entries with only one non-starter. Due to the number of competitors the Heat Management System was used which was a new experience to some who had never sailed in an event with so many competitors.

Hart’s Mill was the scheduled venue which provides a great vantage point for competitors and is the venue that has been used in Adelaide to conduct major events and the 2016 Nationals. Dry launching from a large pontoon which is accessed by a long gently sloping ramp makes for easy launching and retrieval.

Day one saw racing commence at near the scheduled starting time after registration and Measurement Certificates were sighted and the breeze settled so that a course could be set. Race Officer “Johno” Johnson kept the racing organised and smoothly organised throughout the day. Lunch was provided; great Hamburgers and steak sandwiches, a cut above Subway fare.

A rigs were the order of the day with a couple sporting B rigs for the final race. Scott Condie held the lead at the close of day one with Brett Osborn and Ray Joyce keeping him aware of the competition. Lincoln Mc Dowall, Scott Mitchell and Scott Flemming made up the top six. The Western Australian’s were in the top ten.

Day two required a change of venue as Hart’s Mill was to be the site for the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. A new venue adjacent the Birkenhead Hotel was selected however the wind was not kind and failed to settle in one direction resulting in no sailing until after lunch. Chicken and chips were the order of the day, a good serving with no one looking for more.

Race Officer David Lane tried desperately to set a course and on a number of occasions had to abandon the race due to large wind shifts. Later on in the afternoon (the last hour of sailing) the wind strengthened and settled in to a steady direction.

The final results saw Scott Condie continue where he left off from Saturday first, Brett Osborne gained second place from Ray Joyce on a count back.

Thank you to all of the interstate competitors; five from Victoria, two from Western Australia (where Marblehead’s are making a comeback), Ray Joyce from Tasmania and Scott Condie from Sydney. We hope to see these competitors return next year together with extras to share a great event. The latest hull designs were well represented with eight Indie’s, and eight Fuzzy’s being the dominate choice. Grunge and Nioutram were the next most popular.

The rescue boat crew for the two days were Norman Wallis and Ross Eldridge. They were made to earn their keep; trying to outsmart the wind on occasions to no avail. Thanks to them for a job well done.

Assisting the ROs with accounting for the finish positions, scoring and managing the fleet boards were Graham Ingerson and Frank Brooks, thank you guys for your efforts.

A special thank you to Brett Osborn and the ARCYRC for organising the event and making sure that all the unseen things are attended to, a great job, well done.

sarm 2018

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