A little wrap up
2013 Qld State Titles
The 2013 Qld State Titles were held in conjunction with the Monomasters regatta hosted by the Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club in the national park hinterland behind Noosa Heads. All through the week before the forcast had remained constant, a stong northerly all week being replaced by a strong southerly 20 knots Saturday and Sunday - chance of some showers. The drive up to the lake on Saturday morning was atrocious with heavy rain and softer rain but rain the whole 2.5 hour drive (except for the bits when driving through the tunnel). But happily the rain mainly stopped just short of the lake. Still, it was a bit oppressive and showers came whipping through regularly all morning. A very good fleet of contenders. Matty out chasing his 14th state titles, Phill (who won back to back states to put a bit of a gap in Matty's dominance, Roger, Chris, Glen in his new plastic Bonezzi, Josh, Geoff, Ian and Scotty B all bright eyed and windswept.
Saturday was scheduled for 3 races back to back. The first 2 were old school olympic triangle, windward and return, triangle and short windward to the start-finish line positioned halfway up the beat. The last race we dropped the last triangle. The Monomasters is a mixed fleet regatta and we shared the course and start with Sabre's, Impulses, MG's NS14's, and various other boats. Happily the contender is fully sick and we generally only had to look out for other boats as we creamed around the course. What was good was the smattering of trailer sailers, skiffs, sharpies, moths, cherubs etc that meant that there were often boats around you, at mark roundings, all over the place which all adds to the spectacle and helps getting skills honed in preparation for the National and World titles at Belmont in January
So the breeze was a solid 12 knots from the south. Water depth - yes you can stand up in the lake. Skies - overcast and showery. Water - wet and warm (well it was in Phill's wetsuit). Some of this recount may have actually happened, some of it may have happened but in a different order with different people doing different things to other people who may have been there or could have been improvised. I bumped my head.
Great start all eagerly contested. Contenders to the front and leave the rest of the mixed fleet behind. Sumsy had a blinder got around first by good lead around 1st triangle and windward and return, but it is the lake and you don't get the points until you cross the line. Up the 3ed beat and we all bunched with Geoff and Matty just getting Chris at the top mark. But in last tack to the mark Geoff capsizes so Matty leads around with Geoff and Chris. Down the reaches and we open up the throttles with Matty in front around the bottom mark for the last time with short beat to windward. Geoff had caught up to be on his transom around the mark and in dirty air so tacked off hunting for a gift. Matty wins easily, Geoff 2nd, Chris 3rd.
Between races and Trev has a carton of beer on the duck. Trev could be seen across the course during racing steering the duck with one hand, having a beer with the other and holding up his camera and taking pictures with the other hand. I'm not sure how he did all that but some of the pictures of the duck insides, the lovely clouds above, the blurry gray water and some with boats in them pointed to the difficulty of doing all three.
Another good tight start with Geoff in a good position with Matt 2 boat lengths below, Geoff was feeling plucky and called out to Matty "c'mon fatboy" - bit of friendly on-water sledging. Matty "came on" as requested and totally blatted us to win in blistering style, daylight 2nd daylight 3rd. Actually, it was pretty closely fought up the first beat. Matty tacked off after Geoff's taunting over the right and came back looking good. Geoff just looked able to get around in front of him and tacked and capsized. Matty around first followed by the pack. As is often the case on the lake, he who gets around the top mark 1st enjoys better pressure down the first reach to open out a big lead. Matty was enjoying his lead opening up but then Phill found his mojo and started his comeback to rein in big Matty and to really pressure him. But the big fella stuck to his guns pulled out his 2nd first for the day. Phill in 2nd, Geoff in 3rd. There were lots of dices going on all around the course and winners and losers each leg. The fleet generally stayed nice and bunched and you always felt you had a chance "lady lake luck" would swing it your way.
Close up the first beat. The top mark rounding was always packed due to the short first beat - it really kept things nice and tight. Phill around 1st, Geoff 2nd good solid reach, close pack, tight at the front and a bit of duelling where Phill and Geoff kissed. Phill calls Geoff for a 720 but Geoff didn't hear properly so did 720 and a capsize. Phill pulls clear but then Matty is shifting through his gears, pulls back Phill and beats him to claim a perfect score for the day. In the 4 way duel behind Matt and Phill were Sumsy, Geoff, Roger and Josh. It was very tight around the top mark for the 2nd time heading down to the run (remembering this was a shorter course, finish upwind after the run). A decision needs to be made each run, which side of the start-finish line to go? The leaders went to the left of it and appeared in good pressure. So Josh, Roger and Geoff followed them but Somsy saw something we all missed and went solo to the right. It paid wonderfully to put him firmly into 3rd place. So then there were 3 for the battle for 4th. Around the bottom mark for the last time and it was Josh on the inside, Geoff in the middle and Roger on the outside, pretty much all overlapped going into the mark.
Josh is fine, Geoff is squeezed and Roger goes low and fast. Geoff at back is able (forced) to tack off and low and behold could just lay finish to sneak over in front of Josh and Roger.
Saturday night and we are all pretty sore and tired, but beer, wine, and spirits with mates always wins out. A great night was had at the club and I think we even had a very important Association meeting. The minutes will duly turn up. The club party was a good one, with Trev's youngest honing his pool playing skills by sleeping comatose on the pool table. A brilliant idea as it has the cushion all the way around to stop young sleepers falling off the table/bed. Ping pong was also very entertaining - the table was optional. Roger was renamed
Toger (Todger), Phill educated us about his gybing centre board trials and the issue of it flopping around like a "cock in a bucket" and Geoff described going the "deep vang".
At stumps and the tougher half of the fleet camped, the less tough but infinitely more comfortable were put up at Trev and Julie's place and we even got to sleep in beds, except for Phill who got to sleep with Banjo the dog on the sofa.
Sunday dawned bright, unfairly bright with a big shiny sun, very blue sky, birds who were way too loud and an overly friendly Banjo with sloppy tongue - I thought Matty was trying to teach him to pucker properly, not kiss like a dog. The breeze was in. Breaky was simply awesome with Trev making us fresh cafe quality coffee from his coffee machine he brought up especially, Somsy cooking bacon and eggs on the webber, Julie making toast and Matty whinging about a sore toe.
Steve came up especially for the Sunday to make 10 boats for the day. Awesome effort.
The start line is pretty biased to the pin so much congestion. Geoff bails early and sails out to re-round the pin (and attached boat), most of us heard the 2 guns for a general recall but the committee boat had put up the flag for the following start so we kind of kept on going. Josh had a blinder and led comfortably around the top mark for the first time. Matt, Phill and Geoff had all re-rounded and started again. After the triangle and up the second beat and Josh had a great lead, followed by Roger, Somsy, Phill, Matty and Geoff.
Matty and Geoff have a good tussle at the gybe mark that has a bit of traffic with Hartley 16's etc. Somehow Matty capsizes. ?? Up the 2nd beat Phill goes left on his lonesome and absolutely cleans up to have a huge lead at the top mark. Josh, Roger and Geoff had bunched up and remain close down the run with Roger rounding in 2nd, Josh right on his tail and Geoff overlapped out wide. Up 3rd beat and Roger,
Geoff and Josh were able to catch Phill right at the top mark but Geoff capsizes for the 2nd time this race. Phill gets a nice gap, Roger, Geoff and Josh have a tight fight on the reach but Josh falls out of the pressure and falls off. Around the bottom mark for last time and the short dash to the finish Phill under no pressure, Roger and Geoff going for it for the second place. Last tack and Geoff capsizes
again and lets Matty through only for Matty to capsize (probably because he was laughing so much) in the last tack letting Geoff back in to 3rd after Roger who had a very deserved 2nd.
Home for lunch.
After noon, the breeze had piped in to a solid 12 knots. Geoff goes for a sail anticipating that everyone would come. But they all had more sense. Committee had come in and blown off the arvo race. Still, on the water it was some of the best reaches Geoff had ever had in the boat...and no jelly fishes.
So final wrap-up. Matty wins his 14th Qld State title by one point from Phill. Congratulations to Matt for his awesomeness. Phill demonstrated that he remains all class and a weapon. Geoff in 3rd, Chris held out Toger for 4th and 5th, both having a really good regatta continuing their really solid performance so far this summer. Josh sailed really well for his 6th only half a point behind Toger. Ian, Glen, Scotty B and Steve rounding out the placings. Ian, Glen, Scotty B and Steve on Sunday all had really good races and it was really good they way as a fleet we stayed together. After his years of abstinence, Glen is coming on in his new boat and loving being back in the contender.
I think that nearly all of us had a moment of glory at the front of the fleet this very successful regatta. We all had great sailing, learning heaps in wind up towards the upper solid 12 knots region. Minimal breakages apart from a few heart strings and Matty's big toe.
It bodes well for the combined Qld fleet putting in a solid show at Belmont in a matter of weeks.
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