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Tasar NSW State Championship at Georges River 16ft Skiff Sailing Club

by Jenny Sorensen 24 Apr 08:59 BST 19-21 April 2019
James & Tara Burman, Heather MacFarlane & Chris Payne, Hugh & Anna Tait during the NSW Tasar State Championship © Rob Owe-Young

A competitive fleet of 38 boats of world class standard from around Australia took part in NSW's 42nd Tasar State titles, hosted by Georges River 16ft Skiff Sailing Club in Sydney over the Easter long weekend.

In almost summer like conditions which generated breeze in the sails and smiles on all faces, there were no bigger smiles than from our 2019 Title winners, father & daughter team (of 20yrs+) Rob & Nicole Douglass!

With Rob lucky to have replacement crew & accomplished Elliot 7 junior match racer, Charlotte Griffin on board for day 1, #TeamCoollit set up an early domination & maintained it to finish 6pts ahead of multi nationals Lady Helm & current nationals Fireball Champion/s, Heather MacFarlane & Chris Payne from VIC. Aboard their freshly christened Tasar 'WAC' (aka for wine & coffee), Heather & Chris had in fact narrowly held day two's lead after achieving three bullets in four consecutive races.

With just 7 points separating 2nd to 6th, it's without saying the next 4 positions were extremely close. Pulling into 3rd securing a very handy win in Race 7, were RANSA/CYC's (ex Tasar World Champion, UK 1986) Rick Longbottom & Darryl Bentley, then climbing into 4th embracing the extra strength breeze on day 3, was 'Little Miss Magic's' James & Tara Burman from GRSC, blitzing Races 7-9 with a 2,1,1 (James an ex runner up in Laser Radial Worlds).

Filing in next on 5th was 'Galah' who succumbed to a OCS Race 8, but (otherwise!) expertly helmed by Manly 16'Skiff Club's (& multi World Class Champ in Mirrors, Fireballs & 505s) John Dransfield with son Jesse. They led by a point from ex NS14 NAT & Tasar of NSW's current Travellers' Trophy Champs, Hugh & Anna Tait from Northbridge SC, in overall 6th.

Thus it was a top field of National & World elite sailors who made it challenging for all competitors out on Botany Bay last weekend, inevitably promoting higher skills & standards across the Class. Competitors also saw this Event as a chance to train up for Tasar Worlds in the UK from 26th July to 3rd August 2019 where Australia expects to send three container loads (22+ boats) next month.

Out on the sparkling & breezy Bay, no-one could dispute the great offshore work by the GRSC Racing Committee, running three back-to-back races each day with good length start lines and timely courses. If pressure was felt over the Regatta, it was probably on day 3, which started with trying to locate an AP flag before a strengthening breeze filled in to provide more energetic race starts, resulting in 'general recalls' in all 3 races. Yes, everyone decided they needed good starts!

Excluding a couple of unintentional capsizes, other minor concerns included 'self-fix maintenance' between races, and several short distance rescues as more 'swims' were had getting off the boat at day end, than elsewhere. Visitors quickly learnt about the sudden river 'drop off zone' at low tide.

As noted, this State Titles event attracted interest across the nation. The fleet included five boats from VIC, two from QLD & one from WA. We also had the company (and late entries) of four sets of enthusiastic ADF (Aust Defence Force) crews all aged 19-21yrs. With awesome boat names such as Boaty McBoat Face, This Way Up & Sidewinder, they provided plenty of entertaining energy and potential out on the Bay.

Finally, what would be a Tasar Regatta without some fun & activities 'off the water'? Competitors were well catered & entertained with Friday's champagne/beers & platters of nibbles leading into the daily presentation; Saturday's Trivia Night where plenty of thought went into posing questions from Olympic stars & weather facts, to recognising faces of famous sailing icons, & finishing with a flying competition of origami built Tasars; concluding with Sunday's Presentation Evening bathed in music by the Ben Walker Sound, & later MC'd by TANSW Race Secretary Jimmy Burman for prize winnings, giveaways & trophy awards.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubStateR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
12848CoollitRob DouglassNIcole DouglassJBSCNSW212411042214
22883WAC (Hull ‑ 2969)Heather MacfarlaneChris PayneSYCVic19113466420
32813Cheeky ElementRick LongbottomDarryl BentleyCYC / RANSANSW471352314322
42942Little Miss MagicJames BurmanTara BurmanGRSCNSW5811212521124
52619GalahJohn DransfieldJesse DransfieldManly 16'SSCNSW32564118OCS526
62925SerendipityHugh TaitAnna TaitNorthbridgeNSW86335253627
72911Another RoadyPeter DaviesPia Lehtonen‑DaviesGRSC/BSCNSW10361361339845
82903VivaceBrad StephensJennifer OvertonBSCNSW7107810875951
92964Ratz 3Gary RatcliffeRobyn RatcliffeGRSCNSW61192397914758
1028532SheepStationsKelsey OrmsbyAlison OrmsbyTinaroo SC / Cairns YCQld161547111410121673
112938Critical PathDavid MeehanRhyss EdwardsMBSCWA191914101498111177
122965IndefensibleBern StreaterSarah RatcliffeGRSCNSW175109151613211482
132906Sea Major and MinorImogen StanfordRalph StanfordWoollahra SCNSW1312172286BFD231391
142114Blew'nBruce HilleardTina HilleardGRSCNSW1221814201923101295
152780Faking CleverKerry FyfeMichael OBrienWoollahra Sailing ClubNSW152619177172181598
162776Rastafarian RocketGareth EvansLaura‑Jane EvansSandringham Yacht ClubVic9132120161519161098
172192Sweet PotaytoIan TaylorWilliam TaylorHampton Sailing CLubVic20424151311311921103
182769The AntzPantzTony CreakJulie CreakRoyal Geelong Y. C.Vic142016161712172523112
192967XJake GuntherMilly GuntherHampton sailing clubVic25162727212112717119
202349Like LightningChris JohnsonMatt SmythGRSCNSW232412122518251726131
212939ShenanigansKillian SargentYvonne MurrayBalmoral Sailing ClubNSW271718192420201327131
222953Boogie TimeBen WalkerCath WalkerBSCNSW241422252634141524138
232300RecycledGraham GriffinCaroline GriffinBSCNSW181829112227152928139
242968AgamemnonChris ParkinsonMatthew FitzgeraldSpeers Point ASCNSW11232026192327OCS22144
252952Tasared TwiceGavin BrownClare WoodsBalmoral Sailing ClubNSW323115213028161819147
262734Something CoolMalcolm HandelJenny SorensenNorthbridge Sailing ClubNSW263525242333113029168
271912Cruz'nMark HooperPip HooperGRSCNSW292223291826262430168
282874Shaw ThingCameron shawEva ShawGRSCNSW353326182825222725171
292578Southern StarsRichard ShawLaurie HoffmanBSCNSW303232312738292020189
302895SidewinderMarcus LivingstoneRichard PorterADFACT282534363724242232189
312962RastasarmouseBoyd NewtonKylie SymondsBalmoral Sailing ClubNSW312733323131282618192
322532LilacJohn StannardAnne ThackerSouth Brisbane SCQld213730283222343234199
332897Boaty McBoat FaceDaniel HughesToby WilsonADFACT332831343330303333218
342894This Way UpMatt SnoeksJack BarberADFACT383828332929352837219
351685Miss RubyJason WilsonJack WilsonRMYSVic223035353535333135221
362944Salmon 3Richard SalmonPhillip HsuWoollahra Sailing clubNSW373438383432323431234
372710ChukkelKate DouglassLaurence WilsonJBSCNSW343636303637363536243
382896Flying Fozzies ReturnsMadison HallHayden SkiparisADFACT36293737383637DNFDNC250
392763More EdgeJohn BalassHeather FortonBalmoral Sailing CLubNSWDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC280
  • Junior Helm - Imogen Stanford (WSC)
  • Female Helm - Imogen Stanford (WSC), courtesy of Heather Macfarlane
  • Masters (age 80+) Bernard Streater & Sarah Ratcliffe (GRSC), courtesy Rob & Nic Douglass
  • GM (age 100+) Heather MacFarlane & Chris Payne (SYC- VIC)
  • SGM (age 120+) Tony & Julie Creak (RGYC - VIC)

Wrap Up

What a beautiful Easter weekend of sailing it has been. Congratulations to all winners and to every competitor who took part and made the Regatta what it was & our Class what it is ~ a whole lot of Tasar family fun!

Here's a couple of Notes to finish on:

  • Rob Douglass - as Rob steps down from his Presidency on the NSW Committee, what a brilliant way to finish his two rewarding decades with the Association whilst tallying up now his 8th States Titles in Tasars, 8 National Titles & 2 Worlds, all with daughter and 'Adventures of a Sailor Girl' Nic. He assures us that we're not going to lose him from the class... of course not!

  • Sponsors and Volunteers no sailing event can be run without the support, advice, & prize giving's from our sponsors (NB Sail Sports, Boatropes, Sail Equipment Aust (SEA), Shoreline Apparel) & the work of volunteers (our on & offshore GRSC Race Committee, GRSC & other Club & Class members, & families)

  • Photos a host of high pic photos from days 1 to 3 of racing plus the Presentation Night can be found on Rob Owe-Young's website here. Rob, who is widely known at Balmoral SC for his brilliant camera work, had very generously lent his time over Easter to capture our State Titles in action. We thank him tremendously! Downloading from Rob's website galleries is free.

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