The 2018 Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) Queensland Championships are being held this weekend at Southport Yacht Club, as part of their biggest offshore annual event, the Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta.
The regatta hosts not only the ASBA Qld Champs, but also the 2018 Australian Sailing Queensland Yachting Championships, and the 2018 Australian Measurement System (AMS) Queensland Championships.
“The facilities at SYC and the Gold Coast weather conditions are perfect for this class of event, having trained off the coasts shoreline for many state and national’s championships in previous years, myself and my fellow crewmen are extremely excited to represent SYC at the event,” said 2016 Australian Sports Boats Queensland State Champion, Graham Sherring.
New to the sports boat community, and looking forward to racing offshore with other sports boats in this event, is Chris Noyes who has just recently bought a Melges 24. Chris grew up competing in dinghies including the Sabot, Moth, Cherub, NS14 and Lasers. Since 2012 he has been racing mostly catamarans including the Nacra F16, F18 and 5.8, and has won both the NSW and QLD Nacra state titles. With this history, I asked Chris why he changed divisions and got into sports boats?
“I saw great close racing amongst a group of people who sail to enjoy their racing.” He said, “We can sail the Melges with kids in twilight racing, and then on weekends go racing with a decent measurement based fleet where results are based on teamwork and skill rather than performance handicapping. Racing looks to be fast, exciting, close and most of all fun, so it ticks all of the boxes! This is all in a boat which is cost effective and easy to transport, realistically for where we sail this is the perfect kind of boat.”
Chris’s mum Kerry Noyes, is Southport Yacht Clubs Commodore, and she says “Bringing these high calibre championships to our premier regatta increases the significance of our annual event and allows us to showcase our Club’s on water activity and the Gold Coast’s perfect weather conditions.”
For further information, go to: www.sailparadise.com.au
Written By: Helen James