Most of the team sailed up midweek to attend the Invitational event, on the Sunday prior, which provided 5 x quick races to give us a taste of the local conditions. If you were to study the numbers the Rainey Brothers from GLYC would be hard to beat with 3 x 1sts and a 3rd, followed by Trevor Williams and Ben Jones and then Dale Collings and Warren Slater. As it turned out the Rainey’s retired early before the last race and Sue and I with 3 x 2’s a 4 and a 5 won the invitational event. Invitational Results
With the long weekend forecast being 10-15 knots south south/east it was anyone’s game and the locals may have the advantage. David Williamson and long-time crew Craig Morton sailing “Cool Change” ff4023 jumped out of the blocks with two wins straight up holding the lead until Sue and I managed the next two wins in “Never Say Die” ff4007. The battle was on and in race 5 Peter Jackson and Les Kearney in “get your RRR’s over the side” broke away from the pack with a good win leaving “Cool Change” and “Never Say Die” in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. This meant that after 5 races “Cool Change” and “Never Say Die” were on an equal 10 points with the trailing boats all in their twenties and up.
Last years champions Peter Milne and Phil Dubbin “Lapse of Reality” ff3968 came through with the goods and put themselves closer to the podium with wins in races 6 & 7. Knowing the weather was looking heavier on Monday with the advantage of a couple of drops Pete and Phil were still in with a chance.
Monday had the two final races scheduled in a building breeze forecasted to reach 20 knots. Race 8 saw “Never Say Die” get away off a good start to lead around the top mark and the rest of the course with a solid win and a race up our sleeve. “Cool Change” headed back to the line after an individual recall clawing back to 5th position which would be their worst result and a drop. “Lapse of Reality” were still in with a chance to take 2nd spot when “Never Say Die” hit the last mark allowing a couple of boats to get through, “Cool Change” put on a super human performance over “Lapse of Reality” to tack on the finish line with the last win of the series.
The Winners of the 2016 FFI-V Championships were Sue Thompson and Cameron Taylor sailing “Never Say Die” ff 4007 with a valiant effort dropping 2 x 3rds to finish on 12 points. David Williamson and Craig Morton sailing “Cool Change” ff4023 dropped a 5 and a 4 to finish in second place on 15 points and Peter Milne and Phil Dubbin “Lapse of Reality” ff3968 dropped a 9 and an 8 to finish in third place on 20 points.
The Silver Division winners were Lewis Davies and John Radnell sailing “Fformidable” ff3244, they also took out the youngest combined age and individual age.
Shane Davies and Andrew Mason won the handicap trophy sailing “Ffidelity” ff3238 and Ed Brewis won the raffle.
There were 22 starters of which 6 qualified for the Silver. With only one Classic entry from Apollo Bay being “Affrodite” ff962 sailed by Tim Cobb and Anton Tibbits they were rewarded for their efforts with the Classic Trophy.
Ironically DBYC didn’t win the teams trophy this year but were fortunate enough to be re-presented the teams trophy from last year which was inadvertently awarded to MSC due to an oversight of club representation. MSC once again will hold the teams trophy after 3 of their boats were in the top six.
The MSC Race management were outstanding with the full quota of 9 races successfully completed in a variety of wind strengths and courses. The volunteers, club officials and FFI-V committee were accommodating in every aspect of the weekend, congratulations to all involved for a wonderful, action packed event.