The NSW fleet certainly has no cobwebs left amongst them after the opening day of the 2016 state titles saw breeze in the mid to high twenties (the highest gust being recorded at 37 knots), with a “bit on” most of the fleet battled through two races before the racing was abandoned for the day, with plenty of capsizes there was certainly a lot to talk about in the bar afterwards.
The second day saw a complete reversal in the wind strength, with light breezes forcing the race officials to move the race course not once but twice to find sufficient breeze to send the fleet round, “the lottery” was in full effect but the fleet managed the final 4 races in sunny conditions and smiles all round.
With the final results decided, on SMS the title goes to Peter Ray and his “Barely Legal” Shaw 650 team who managed to get two bullets on the first day with only capsizes between races (a deciding factor it turns out!). In second one of the Gosford Magic 25s and Neil McDonald, and third was Jim Dwyer and his Elliot 7, the ever graceful Emma Peel.
On PHS two of the Magic 25s claimed podium places, Phil Gribble in first, Neil McDonald claiming 3rd withDavid Brunsdon’d Slingshot, a Leech 650 getting 2nd. Great experience for the Magic25 sailors
We had the talented Beth Morely of Sport Sailing Photography, out on the water for the Saturday so theres plenty of hot pictures up on the gallery for you to check out all the action from the weekend.