State sailing champs a hit

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Easter Sunday’s easterly winds brought the boats to within 100 metres of the foreshore and provided the town with a close view of the colourful spectacle.

Races were expertly managed by the EBYC volunteers who displayed professional skills with the experienced start team keeping everyone in the start line happy with consistent countdowns and efficient course changes, showing off their capacity to run national events.

The event started with a function on Thursday evening welcoming travellers and finished with award presentations on Sunday night. All visitors reported the event was a great success with local goodwill and catering a highlight.

The winner was decided from the results of six of the seven races sailed over the three days. And for six of the seven races local Rhys Nevin sailing with Jamie Thomson in Green Out were the winners which made them the National 125 WA State Champions for 2017. More than 50 years of combined experience in this class of boat showed with their astonishing upwind speed across the course; Rhys said, “Jamie can read the course like a road map and he just knows where to go”.

Second placed was Andrew Tailor with Chloe Back (One Too Many) while third were Esperance’s Ashley Hood and Hailey Cox whose performances improved as they got their recently acquired boat tuned in to their style.

Other notable performances from locals included junior skipper Merrick Coxall with Alex Thompson (Shake n Bake) gaining first place in Race 6; Ella Coxall and Darcy Cull (Blonde in Disguise) with second Race 7; and the young team of Lachlan Kerr and Harper Andrew (MMMad Cow) gaining a sixth place in Race 7.

JAM fleet winners: Andrew Tailor WA National 125 Association president, Ashley Reichstein vice commodore EBYC, Paul Galloway with his daughter Sammy. Photo: supplied.

JAM fleet winners: Andrew Tailor WA National 125 Association president, Ashley Reichstein vice commodore EBYC, Paul Galloway with his daughter Sammy. Photo: supplied.

Birdseye view: an aerial shot of the racing taken by drone. Photo: Jaime Hudson.

Birdseye view: an aerial shot of the racing taken by drone. Photo: Jaime Hudson.

Several less experienced local boats gained great experience from the busy starts, hectic reaching in strong winds and tense moments as boats converged to round marks. Penalty spins were not uncommon in this group.

JAM fleet winners were local sailors; Paul Galloway and his daughter Sammy who showed off their skills consistently outpacing several of the 125s around the course. Tim and Charlie Buckman sailed well and were close behind them.

EBYC would like to thank all the sponsors for their support and the many committed volunteers, on and off the water, without whom the event could not have taken place. The next big sailing regatta for the town will be in January 2018 when the 60th WA State Pelican Championships will be held at EBYC. 

Full results can be found by following the ‘Latest Results’ link on ebyc.com.au. 

All hands on deck: Reaching on 125. Photo: Scott Fisher.

All hands on deck: Reaching on 125. Photo: Scott Fisher.