Please select your home edition
Edition
Helly Hansen 2018 728x90

40th NSW State Championship at Speers Point Amateur Sailing Club

by Jenny Sorensen 25 Apr 2017 21:44 BST 14-16 April 2017
Tasar NSW State Championship © Beth Morley / www.sportsailingphotography.com

Congratulations goes to current National and former Tasar World Champions, Rob & Nic Douglass for an incredible and well deserved victory in this year's NSW Tasar State Championship held over Easter at Speers Point, Lake Macquarie. Not only did they score a perfect 7pts, from '7 heat wins' over the 9 race event (allowing for 2 drops), they did so amongst one of the most highly competitive fleets ever seen by the Class in any State Regatta.

In 2nd place, borrowing a boat to helm in his first ever Tasar Regatta, was Rio Olympics Laser Gold medallist Tom Burton with forward hand & NS14 sailor Emma Knighton. The closely contested 3rd position was awarded to 9 times National Ladies Helms Champion & current National Fireball Champions Heather Macfarlane sailing with Chris Payne both from Victoria, who led 2 pts from State & National multi-class Champion plus ex-World's Open Laser Radial runner up, James Burman with wife Tara (nee McCall).

Chasing the leaders over the 3 days of competition were Brad Stephens & Jen Overton finishing 5th on the podium (Brad himself winner of many offshore keelboat races including crewing on 4 winning Syd-Hobarts), and ex-Tasar World Champion Rick Longbottom & Darryl Bentley whom together are current defending Sail Sydney champions, sailing their boat 'Navy Sailing' into 6th. The next few positions included World University Championship Gold & Silver medallist in Match Racing & multiple NS14 & MG14 National Champion Hugh Tait (the majority sailing with Tara McCall), current World Tasar Champion Chris Dance, past Tasar European & Japan National Champion Martin Linsley, 2016 heat winner in 505 Worlds Michael Quirk as well as Women's former Laser Radial World Champion & twice Women's Hobie European and World Champion, Krystal Weir.

Thus with such an extraordinary field of top class boats positioned upfront, it was no wonder anyone finishing mid-fleet back had felt the pressure! However, as challenging as it was, it did not prevent all 39 competitors thoroughly enjoying the 3 day Regatta. Despite the breezes being light to occasionally moderate, they were steady and the skies could not have been bluer. Whilst some sailors discussed where winds and direction changes may have laid on the course, others were deciding how best to cast away without getting a drop of water in the boat! It had been a game of finely tuning the rig and trimming sails to the conditions, checking & rechecking transits and angles, and as Rob Douglass commented, a Regatta where your head needed to be 100% out of the boat.

So who were the Divisional and Handicap winners of this year's State Titles?

Divisional WinnersJunior HelmFemale HelmMasterGrand MasterSuper Grand Master
1stDan Bromelow (Manly 16SSC)Heather Macfarlane (BRYC)Rob & Nic Douglass (JBSC)Heather Macfarlane & Chris Payne (BRYC)Martin Linsley (RANSA/ CYC) & Jenny Sorensen (GRSC)
2ndSamantha Rose (DAC)Krystal Weir (SYC)Rick Longbottom & Darryl Bentley (RANSA/ CYC)Brad Stephens & Jenny Overton (BSC)Chris Parkinson & Laurie Hoffman  (SPASC)

Handicap Results:

PosHelm & Crew (Club)
1stSamantha Rose & David Evans (DAC)
2ndBoyd Newton & Kylie Symonds (BSC)
3rdAlex Cross & Andrew Crawford (ADFS)
4thRalph &  Imogen Stanford (WSC)
5thMichael O'Brien & Kerry Fyfe (NSC)

Check out Full Scratch, HCP & Divisional Results here. Congratulations must also go to all sailors that took part, making it both a competition and a 'good time off the water' for all!

Evidently, this Tasar Regatta was NSW's '40th' State Championship, which drew entries from 20 different Clubs in addition to several Australian Defence Force Services teams. It is a sign of the Class's growing popularity not only in this State, but throughout Australia. A record 33 boats will soon head to Japan for Tasar Worlds 2017 (28 July to 6 Aug). Again, the competition will be tough with ex-Tasar World & multiple National Champions to multi-class Olympians from 7 different countries attending, but Australian Tasars have trained solidly over the last 8 months, and they are ready!

Related Articles

PODD 2018 Preview
7th year of Paignton Sailing Club's flagship event for double-handed dinghies 2018 will be the 7th year of Paignton Sailing Club's flagship event for double-handed dinghies: PODD. This is the only BIG event in the south-west for all double-handed monohull dinghies with a PY of 1200 or lower. Posted on 16 May
Tasars and D-Zeros at Porthpean
Dolphins, dead runs & nigh-on dead heats Tasars whizzing around St Austell Bay has been a common sight in the area for over 30 years, it is where the current National Champions, Jeremy & Suzanne Hawkins call home. Posted on 14 May
Hillarys Easter Coaching Regatta
A resounding success with 64 boats sailing Hillarys Yacht Club has declared its inaugural Sail Easter coaching regatta a resounding success with 64 registered entries and eight classes hitting the water over the three day event. Posted on 10 Apr
Chelsea Williams: an Aussie sailor girl
High talent & big dreams! Chelsea Williams is one inspiring young sailor dedicated to her love & passion for the sport. At age 14, she is accomplishing what others only dream to achieve. Posted on 6 Apr
Boost for Hillarys Easter Coaching Regatta
With Olympic, World and Australian champion Belinda Stowell Sail Easter Coaching Regatta has been given an Olympic boost with the announcement that former 420 gold medallist and WA Institute of Sport Head Sailing Coach Belinda Stowell will coach at the club's inaugural Sail Easter Coaching Regatta. Posted on 28 Mar
Hillarys Yacht Club Sail Easter Regatta preview
Preparations well advanced with sponsorship signings Preparations for Hillarys Yacht Club's inaugural Sail Easter Coaching Regatta are well advanced with sponsorship signings, recognition by the Optimist Association of the event as a ranking regatta Posted on 1 Mar
Winners are grinners at Sail Sydney
Among the other winners was Jack Ferguson, who claimed the Laser 4.7 class Following a highly competitive Olympic Classes section, which ended on Thursday, nearly 400 intrepid sailors across 22 fleets and 15 countries pulled on their wetsuits and took to the spectacular waters of Sydney Harbour. Posted on 17 Dec 2017
Invited Classes shine at Sail Sydney 2017
Invited Classes at Sail Sydney 2017 Invited Classes at Sail Sydney 2017 were treated to some classic Sydney Harbour conditions on Saturday with 10 to 20 knots and clear skies. Posted on 16 Dec 2017
Two more entertaining reports win
In Henri Lloyd Report of the Month The Henri Lloyd Report of the Month has yet again seen over one hundred reports nominated and, aptly in championship season, two National Championship reports are our August and September winners of the Land Rover BAR caps. Posted on 9 Oct 2017
World Tasar Council Update
After an extremely successful world championship After an extremely successful world championship held in Gamagori, Japan, there have been a number of changes to the World Tasar Council (the International Class Association for the Tasar). Posted on 24 Sep 2017