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Nationals warm-up regatta attracts top sailors

1 December 2009 Mark Philliips

Spring Regatta

"Spring Regatta"

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The pursuit of a second and consecutive national title is potentially on the books for John Bertrand and his team as they prepare for the Murphy&NYE Australian Etchells Championship 2010.

Bertrand along with several other teams have been visiting Lake Macquarie, the venue for the 2010 National Championship from 11 to 17 January, competing in the Springs and then the warm-up regattas, all part of researching what will be the key ingredients to achieving a podium national championship result.

With a successful Spring Regatta completed, the Lake Macquarie Fleet's focus is now on co-ordinating the final preparations for the Australian Championships. Major regatta sponsors Murphy&NYE and the National Australia Bank are onboard along with additional support from local sponsors and Sail World.com which will be promoting the event. It all bodes well for an event that all competitors can look forward to and enjoy.

The Notice of Race and Entry Form are available on the Etchells Australian Championship website. The Sailing Instructions will be available very soon. Early indications are that a strong number of entrants, between 55 and 60 boats, are expected for the regatta.

On the weekend of the 28 and 29 of November four races were conducted for anyone who was keen to get in some more time sailing on the waters of Lake Macquarie in preparation for the national championship. On the start line was 2008/09 national champion John Bertrand along with Tom King and Julian Plant.

Several crews made the most of this opportunity with visiting boats attending from Victoria and Sydney fleets. The sky was clear with scorching hot temperatures in the mid to high 30s on both days. This made for some very testing conditions on the Saturday with the nor-east sea breeze trying to overcome the westerly winds.

The hot conditions experienced meant that copious amounts of fluids were being consumed both on the water (non-alcohol of course) and in the bar at the end of the day's racing. Concern was expressed by the competitors at the end of Saturday's racing, as on returning to the dock a voice from the club was heard to declare 'sorry lads, but there is no beer'. This was due to a power failure. After a hard day of racing this news was not greeted with much enthusiasm by the competitors. Fortunately, by the time most of the crews had tidied up their boats, the power was restored and so were the smiles on the faces of competitors who could now enjoy a cooling beverage from the bar.

Trying conditions were also the order of the day for the two races held on Sunday with unseasonable westerly winds averaging 25 knots and at times gusting well over 30 knots. With temperatures also in the high 30s and for those who chose to brave the testing conditions, some exciting and tiring racing was had.

The top five results of the weekend regatta were - 1. John Bertrand (Triad AUS 1383), 2. Peter McNeil (Absolute Pearler AUS 832), 3. Rodger Perrot (Steampacket AUS1374), 4. Tom King (Iron Lotus AUS 925), 5. Tom Woods (Echo Beach AUS 1192).

On another regatta front; planning is progressing well with the inaugural Etchells Easter Regatta to be conducted by the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and hosted by the Lake Macquarie Etchells Fleet. There is a lot of keen interest being expressed by people looking at sailing in the regatta as well as discussions with potential sponsors.

The event will be sailed offshore, in the area just south of the Newcastle Harbour entrance and opposite the famous Nobbies and Newcastle Beaches with elevated viewing of the race course from beautiful King Edward Park.
The pursuit of a second and consecutive national title is potentially on the books for John Bertrand and his team as they prepare for the Murphy&NYE Australian Etchells Championship 2010.

Bertrand along with several other teams have been visiting Lake Macquarie, the venue for the 2010 National Championship from 11 to 17 January, competing in the Springs and then the warm-up regattas, all part of researching what will be the key ingredients to achieving a podium national championship result.

With a successful Spring Regatta completed, the Lake Macquarie Fleet's focus is now on co-ordinating the final preparations for the Australian Championships. Major regatta sponsors Murphy&NYE and the National Australia Bank are onboard along with additional support from local sponsors and Sail World.com which will be promoting the event. It all bodes well for an event that all competitors can look forward to and enjoy.

The Notice of Race and Entry Form are available on the Etchells Australian Championship website. The Sailing Instructions will be available very soon. Early indications are that a strong number of entrants, between 55 and 60 boats, are expected for the regatta.

On the weekend of the 28 and 29 of November four races were conducted for anyone who was keen to get in some more time sailing on the waters of Lake Macquarie in preparation for the national championship. On the start line was 2008/09 national champion John Bertrand along with Tom King and Julian Plant.

Several crews made the most of this opportunity with visiting boats attending from Victoria and Sydney fleets. The sky was clear with scorching hot temperatures in the mid to high 30s on both days. This made for some very testing conditions on the Saturday with the nor-east sea breeze trying to overcome the westerly winds.

The hot conditions experienced meant that copious amounts of fluids were being consumed both on the water (non-alcohol of course) and in the bar at the end of the day's racing. Concern was expressed by the competitors at the end of Saturday's racing, as on returning to the dock a voice from the club was heard to declare 'sorry lads, but there is no beer'. This was due to a power failure. After a hard day of racing this news was not greeted with much enthusiasm by the competitors. Fortunately, by the time most of the crews had tidied up their boats, the power was restored and so were the smiles on the faces of competitors who could now enjoy a cooling beverage from the bar.

Trying conditions were also the order of the day for the two races held on Sunday with unseasonable westerly winds averaging 25 knots and at times gusting well over 30 knots. With temperatures also in the high 30s and for those who chose to brave the testing conditions, some exciting and tiring racing was had.

The top five results of the weekend regatta were - 1. John Bertrand (Triad AUS 1383), 2. Peter McNeil (Absolute Pearler AUS 832), 3. Rodger Perrot (Steampacket AUS1374), 4. Tom King (Iron Lotus AUS 925), 5. Tom Woods (Echo Beach AUS 1192).

On another regatta front; planning is progressing well with the inaugural Etchells Easter Regatta to be conducted by the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and hosted by the Lake Macquarie Etchells Fleet. There is a lot of keen interest being expressed by people looking at sailing in the regatta as well as discussions with potential sponsors.

The event will be sailed offshore, in the area just south of the Newcastle Harbour entrance and opposite the famous Nobbies and Newcastle Beaches with elevated viewing of the race course from beautiful King Edward Park.









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