Results - New South Wales
07 July 2017

NSW A Class GP Rd 2 - 25th Jun


A Class GP 2 Report 25 June 2017 - Hosted by Koonawarra Bay Sailing Club

This event was sailed at the Koonawarra Bay Sailing Club on Sunday 25 June 2017. The weather at this event was sunny but quite blustery from the westerly direction in the morning with gusts at 12 knots, and all 8 entrants opting for A rigs. After an hour the wind increased to 14 knots with gusts of 17 knots meaning most entrants downsized their rigs. Course was set as port hand windward / leeward and the 8 entrants sailed just 8 heats before lunch was taken. Unfortunately Glenn Kinsela retired early due to various problems with his “new” Stiletto which showed potential early in the series.

Sailing recommenced in the afternoon with a change in course direction to SW with the wind strengthening to a gusting 19 knots which made it a bit more interesting with a heavier chop than some sailors were used to. This heavier wind lead to more retirements with Allan Thompson have a winch mount failure, Ralph Hyman sailing a borrowed Gunboat having servo problems, (Ralph’s Venom is in dry dock having a new deck fitted) and Selwyn Holland having another important engagement to attend mid-afternoon.

Every sailor had problems and missed some of the races or failed to finish at least one race. Eventually 20 races were completed under the direction of first time PRO Brian Jackson capably assisted by Ralf Steyer as observer.

Jon Pinkerton sailing his Gunboat won the event with 29.4 points, Brian Dill sailing a Sword came second with 34 points and Barry Grant sailing a Gunboat third with 55 points. Martin Norfolk was rewarded for his persistence in sailing to the end of the day with a fifth place on 83 points one point behind fourth placed Selwyn Holland’s Gunboat on 82 points.

The racing was pleasing to watch with the sailors in the spirit of competiveness without aggression.
The was a lot of interaction between the sailors advising the others of their intentions early, and this lead to minimal intervention by the race committee with any indiscretions on the water being acknowledged and penalties performed in timely manner. Another feature was the minimal number of retirements due to equipment failures, testimony to good boat preparation and maintenance.

Thanks to the KoBSC team for making this a successful event, Brian Jackson for feeding the sailors, Jon Pinkerton for response boat duties, Ralf Steyer as observers Good sailing for the rest of this year’s A Class series.

Barry Grant
On behalf KoBSC
27 June 2017

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