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Brisbane: The fleet known as ‘Is’ keeps growing

9 February 2016 Noel Paterson

Amazing what one man a saw can do. Waterloo Bay retired after breaking her back when dropped

"Amazing what one man a saw can do. Waterloo Bay retired after breaking her back when dropped"

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Kylie Wilson,

The Fleet is still progressing well, with Laser sailor Greg Kemp purchasing AUS866 from Rod Jones in Mooloolaba. Greg may find the extra few metres and one and a half tonne a little different. However I am sure he will adapt to the change.

Grant Hudson has moved on from chartering AUS756 and has purchased AUS1347 from Vaughan Prentice. Vaughan may find the decision a little harder once the Worlds get a little closer and we hope to see him back once the red mist descends. Rumour also has it that Mark Dagge is about to shake off the cobwebs and look for the bung if he can find it.

Racing is predictably hotting up, with the likes of Bill Cuneo and Peter Conde showing their prowess in their outings over the past half season. Racing has been very close, and this has had an effect on the mid-fleeters, such as Alister Cowen, Marty Sinclair, Jason Sinclair and Rod Caldwell, who have all improved out of sight and are making their presence felt.

Brisbane boats performed well in the Hong Kong Worlds with Matt Chew finishing a very creditable seventh, after showing podium potential until late into the regatta and then John Warlow in 19th place.

Once again Brisbane achieved great results in the Australian Championship, with Matt Chew and the Gen XY team in fifth place, a much improved Grant Hudson in seventh, John Warlow in 15th and Peter Conde in 17th. It must be mentioned that Peter Conde finished the regatta with two maximum points – once due to rig failure and then also a DNF.

Coming Regattas

We have tried to space out the Winter program, being both sympathetic to the Mooloolaba regatta and also with a five to six week gap between regattas. You will receive the usual Queensland laid-back hospitality, with great racing to boot. The Winter regattas will incorporate three series, including the Brisbane Fleet Championship, making a total of three regattas. You may compete in all three regattas or only one if you wish.

  • Brisbane Fleet Championships (Combined with Etchells Brisbane Winter Championship Regatta #1) on 30th April to 2nd May.
  • Etchells Brisbane Winter Championship # 2 over 16 – 17th July.
  • Etchells Brisbane Winter Championship # 3 over 27 – 28th August.
  • Queensland Championships at RQYS from 1 to 3 October.

We can’t wait to see you at RQ.

Noel Paterson

Brisbane Etchells Fleet Captain

Easier to tow, but Waterloo Bay is now outside Class rules

"Easier to tow, but Waterloo Bay is now outside Class rules"

Photo by:
Kylie Wilson,


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