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Brisbane: Fleet Championships finally get sailed

5 April 2011 Noel Patersoon

Winner Vaughan Prentice, Funky Cold Medina (photo: QLD States)

"Winner Vaughan Prentice, Funky Cold Medina (photo: QLD States)"

Photo by:
Kylie Wilson,

After a torrid week of light and shifty weather predictions, the Race Committee was more than grateful to wake up on Saturday morning to at least see we had a developing breeze from the East Sou'east to Sou'east. However, the downside was the accompanying rain, but we did have a breeze and could put up with the rain (mostly).

The program called for three races on the Saturday, starting at 1300hrs on the inside course, which is to the West of Green Island. The three races on the Sunday, starting at 1100hrs would then be on the outside course, to the East of Green Island. The Fleet consisted of ten Etchells, with visitors from both the Southport and Mooloolaba Fleets, as well.

Racing started with a nice 9 to 13 knot Sou'easterly breeze and continued through the light droplets of rain, which became the norm for the day. The wind lightened slightly as racing progressed, however all crews were on the gunwale for the three races on Saturday and despite the precipitation, the sailing conditions were very enjoyable, if not a little chilly. By the end of Race One, Vaughan Prentice in Funky Cold Medina had shown he was the boat to beat, with a win over Waterloo Bay (Noel Paterson) and This Will Make Her Scream (TWMHS - David Rose).

Race Two saw similar conditions to Race One, however Funky proved too good once more, with TWMHS and Just Relax (Mark Sanders) filling the minor places. Race Three saw Waterloo Bay take the honours, with Funky and the Just Relax both close behind. The Fleet went to the bar on Saturday night with Funky on four points, Waterloo Bay on seven and TWMHS on nine.

Sunday was a better day, with overcast skies, however the light showers had ceased. For those who had frozen on the Saturday, this meant they were bound for a better day. David Rose came out of the blocks in Race Four and made the best of a right hand shift, which together with the considerable outgoing tide, afforded him an unbeatable lead at the windward mark. He was followed home by Just Relax and then Funky. Stung into action once more, Funky took out both Race Five and Six, with the other podium places filled by TWMHS, a fast-finishing Rapscallion (David Healey) and Waterloo Bay.

Vaughan Prentice, along with crew of Darren Hutchison, Chris Anderson and Stacey Jackson deservedly won the regatta with their four wins for a total of six points. In second place was TWMHS on twelve points, with Waterloo Bay getting third place with their thirteen points.

It is significant fact that four teenage girls; Elle Brake, Shelley White, Ali Blundell and Taylor Rose all sailed in this regatta and on four different boats. Together they represent just a portion of the young sailors aboard Etchells in this part of the world.

On to the next regatta...

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