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84th Australian 12ft Skiff Championship at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron

by Richard Billett 24 Apr 2019 10:06 BST 19-22 April 2019
Race 1 start - 2019 Australian 12ft Skiff Championships © Beryll Roberts

Waterloo Bay turned up the volume for the 12ft skiffs, who enjoyed epic wind conditions at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for the 4-day event, despite the odd rain squall.

Eventual winners, Nick Press and Andrew Hay on Sydney Sailmakers showed consistency throughout the 6-race series to post no worse than a 2nd place across the line. Each podium skiff enjoyed a race win, with Brett Hobson and Jeremy Jones on Geotherm taking the squall-ridden Race 2 and defending champion Richard Billett and Cameron McDonald on Carbon Chandlery taking Races 1 and 5.

The invitation sprint race saw some tight racing with only 6 seconds separating the first 4 boats. Most races saw these top 4 exchanging the lead numerous times before the winner made a move to take the flag.

The small but competitive fleet reveled in the 15-20 knot winds with the trademark Waterloo Bay chop making for lots of air time and sketchy gybes for many through the downwind gate. The strong southerly wind took a few casualties with it, but most held together and race times were close.

The handicap champion, taking home the Colin Clark Memorial Trophy north to Gladstone, was Mitch Brown and Damien Van Deudekom on Chaos & Anarchy after a consistent and improving weekend.

The Underall champion was posthumously given to Paul O'Malley-Jones and Stephen Tapsall on Giddy Up, after their large first lap lead died as a result of some deep mine shaft work in Race 6.

The event prize sponsors, and Carbon Chandlery provided their wares for the winners and the regatta merchandise of towels was remarkably suitable for the rainy weather.

Next year's event will be back in Sydney and possibly around the New Year period due to the Interdominions in Wellington, NZ being scheduled for 23-29 February 2020.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSkipperCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Sydney SailmakersNick PressAndrew Hay2211217
2GeothermBrett HobsonJeremy Jones41233211
3Carbon ChandleryRichard BillettCameron McDonald14421812
4Giddy UpPaul OMalley‑JonesSteve Tapsall333DNF6318
5LCC Asia PacificJono TempleRichard JonesDNS5565526
6Tank GirlBen GuymerShaun Thompson108654DNS33
7The BirdJamie McCruddenGlenn Farquhar76898736
8The WingmanJames FlemingJono Andersen6DNFDNS49638
9Chaos & AnarchyMitch BrownDamien Van Deudekom891077940
10Southport SailsMurray PressScott Hobson979810DNS43
11GizmoJames BirdsallEwan Duckworth5107DNSDNSDNS48
12SkollBen AustinRobbie PolecDNSDNSDNSDNSDNS456

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