27 July 2018

WA IOM Perth Classic - 22th July


2018 IOM Perth Classic

Despite the forecast of winds in excess of 100 kph a fleet of 10 IOM’s sailed for the Perth Radio Sailing Club’s 2018 Perth Classic event which was held at the default venue waters at Champion Lakes in lieu of the club’s Jackadder Lake home waters which were unsuitable at the time. It was looking like being a V10 shootout with Seven V10’s lining up for the prizes.

The event commenced with all boats on B rig with close to C rig conditions at times. The impending arrival of rain and squally weather did not affect the enthusiasm of the sailors as boats lined up for a start of the first race which showed that Glenn Dawson was going to be a force to reckon with his first up win followed by Rosco Bennett with the new V10 (yes, it is also light blue) and Pres. Sean Wallis having to retire due to a gear failure.

Continued strong performances by Glenn and Rosco with more wins intermixed by some poor placings in the hard to pick shifting winds continued to were hurting their scores during the morning while Pres Sean was making the most and dominating the score sheet by keeping his numbers as low as possible after the first race retirement.

The nature of the wind shifts meant there was no surety of a win until the last tack to the finish in most races. Good podium places by Ian Sherriff and Rob Mews were putting a wedge in between Sean and the boats chasing his lead in the later morning races.

Simon Ellis in his newly launched V10 began to also shine in the afternoon after sorting out settings issues on his virgin B rig and he was enjoying pushing Sean and others to some nail biting finishes

Local sailors Roger Paul (AKA) was having electrical maladies and was forced to retire from the event. Edgar Vitte was having an unusual bad day with varied performances finally taking out a win in the final race. Justin Macaulay was also having a bad day after breakage of his B rig and resorting to C rig by default. It was good to see new RSAWA member Malcolm Pratt putting in some good starts with his aged Nous design which seemed not as comfortable in the higher wind range as the newer boats.

PRO Warren Rock kept the races rolling throughout the day after a welcome break for lunch. The wind kept teasing competitors with quick shifts and backshifts as well as strong line squalls. It has become a catch Sean effort in the afternoon but that posed a real difficulty for most with his string of wins or seconds.

The consistent low scoring Sean triumphed on the day with Rosco second after accumulating lower sores in the final races and Glenn third after suffering some high scores which hurt his final results.

It was V10’s in the first 7 places and winners of every race with that red boat number 71 taking most of the wins.  

Thanks to the much appreciated assistance of Ray Forsyth scoring and PRO Warren with Hub Bell assisting made the day more enjoyable.


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