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Gosford: Look out for amorous mammals!

1 March 2015 Don Wilson

Pointless at the start line, NSW Sstates 2014

"Pointless at the start line, NSW Sstates 2014"

Photo by:
Kylie Wilson,

Gosford Etchells sailors have had a novel hazard to deal with of late. It comes in the form of a lone dolphin that insists on getting up close and personal with Etchells keels and rudders, often latching onto an Etchells for a lap or two of the race, which subsequently causes turbulence and vibrations when it slaps the rudder. The dolphin will even catch fish and return to the Etchells to parade its catch. The fastest way around the course is to slide past another Etchells and see if you can get the dolphin to change ships. Applications for redress have been mooted.

The season has been dominated by John McDougall, Mark Robson and David Slingsby on Pointless, with 14 wins out of 20 races on scratch. Next best is Greg Humphries, Zac Molin and Paul Turner in their new boat, Valsheda, with four wins.

However Greg Humphries leads in the Club Championship with two firsts and two seconds for 6 points from Michael Law, Roy Leslie and Graeme Sheldon on Greenback with 11 points, and then John Denton, David Poole and Andrew McDougall on Ivy with 12 points. John Denton has yet to unveil his recently purchased, new boat from John Warlow of Brisbane. This means there are now two boats available on the hardstand for prospective new Etchells sailors.

The season pointscore (handicap) is again dominated by John McDougall with Don Wilson, Chris Radford and Graeme Murray on The Don in second place and then, Ivy, in third.


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