NSW Titles Done And Dusted

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

Full Results

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.

Next up on the ASBA calendar is the Victorian State Titles, enter now to get yourself a piece of the action!


2016 Victorian State Titles NOR available

2016 – ASBA Victorian State Titles

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The Victorian championships this year are taking a visit to Mornington Yacht Club, close to Melbourne and Geelong with a commanding view over the peninsula and sailing taking place on the flat but challenging waters of Port Phillip it promises to be a great regatta. Mornington is no stranger to holding top regattas and this years ASBA victorian championships is shaping up to be bigger than ever.

You can find the NOR here.


This week in ASBA

This week in ASBA…

The NOR and entry for the NSW state titles (taking place up at Gosford over the October long weekend (1st/2nd)) are up, get your leave pass in and get amongst it!  Entry NOR

Can’t wait for the 2017 Heaven Can Wait? Get a taste of what’s to come for the annual charity hit out with the NOR issued. It’s once again part of lake fest providing entertainment for all! Check it out.

Need a new boat? The might Conquistador is up for grabs at a bargin price, $30,000.  See here for details.

The sportsboat scene in Southport had it’s season opener and down in Sydney a 6 boat fleet contested the first mini regatta after their season opener was blown off.


NSW State Championships NOR available

ASBA Fleet 2015

The next ASBA regatta is the NSW state championships, taking place up at Gosford on Brisbane Water.

Gosford Sailing Club is keen to build a sports boat fleet on the back of their fleet of four Magic 25s, which they are entering into the state championships. This is our opportunity to not just participate in our championships but also to promote sports boat sailing at one of the premier sailing clubs on NSW’s Central Coast.

The NSW championships last year saw the largest sports boat fleet of the season with 19 boats. Get organised, chill the beers and get involved to see if we can beat that this year.

You can find the NOR over at http://www.asba.org.au/event/2016-asba-nsw-state-titles/


Need a fix?

Don’t want to wait until the next ASBA regatta to get out on the water, but want to face regular sport boat competition? We all know that urge to be out on the water and this year several clubs will be hosting sports boat dedicated series:

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Southport Yacht Club

Southport Yacht Club will be hosting an “offshore” series for any keen SMS rated boats. Racing will take place across the year on  the 17th September, 12th and 26th November, 10th of December and 11th of March.





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The RSYS is once again adding sports boats to it’s mini-b regatta series, hosting an SMS and PHS divisions (with possible one design sub divisions for J-70s / VX Ones etc with enough entries), 3 x windward leeward races on the 3rd and 17th of September, 8th and 29th of October, 19th November, 3rd of December, 14th and 28th of January, 25th of February, 4th, 5th and 25th of March and April 25th.

Is your club hosting a sports boat series (SMS or otherwise) let us know!


Airlie Beach & QLD States Wrapped Up


Another year, another Airlie Beach Race Week done and dusted. This year the famous tropical Queensland regatta also hosted the state titles for the northerners and the wind came out in spades to ensure all the crews worked as hard as they partied. 10 boats competed in the mostly warm tropical waters but several suffered damage over the regatta including one losing a rig but when the dust and the dusty heads had settled the winners were decided and this year the honours go to Graham Sherring with Retuned, with Andrew Wiklund’s Crank in second and Rees Howell’s Octopussy in third. See here for the full results.


  • 1st – Graham Sherring – Retuned
  • 2nd -Andrew Wiklund – Crank
  • 3rd – Rees Howell – Octopussy

Congratulations to all skippers and crew.

Next up on the ASBA calendar will be the NSW state titles over at Gosford Sailing Club. NOR and entry available soon.


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