Final day of racing - Race 9
Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston clinch the title
Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston from Royal Queensland Yacht Club did enough to seal the 2020 Flying Fifteen Australian Championship with a 5th in the final race of the regatta. It was their worst result, the remainder being all firsts or seconds. It is the second time that the pair have won the famous Coweslip trophy, the last being when the regatta was sailed close by out of Sandgate YC on home waters IN 2015.
The forecast for the final day of racing matched yesterday’s forecast of 10 - 12 knot s from the NE. Overnight there was quite a lot rain, causing minor flooding in some areas. Rain threatened again throughout the day and the breeze was initially from the ESE. Only one race was scheduled for the final day of racing to decide the series.
The start got away cleanly and there seemed to be two themes - go left or go right. Regardless of the side of the course it was a tactical battle today, both upwind and downwind with substantial shifts and varying pressure on the course.
Race 9 of the series was won by John Wilson and Matt Summers (Ffast Lane 4) from Peter Rooke and Paul Dunbar (Fflashpoint), both from South of Perth YC in Western Australia. Third over the line was Sean Langman and Peter Inchbold sailing (Miss Moneypenny) from Sydney. In fourth an excellent performance by Ed Brewis and Sue Thompson from DBYC, their best result of the regatta by far.
Unfortunately for Stephen Fries and Richard Machin from Victoria, they appeared to be called OCS in the only race of the day but fortunately the crew had sailed a consistent series to hold on to second overall by a comfortable margin of 8 points.
By virtue of their final race performance the two boats from WA took out third and fourth, Peter Rooke and Paul Dunbar just edging their club mates John Wilson and Matt Summers by a single point. Also have sailed a solid regatta (The Flying Flamingo), Lewis Davies and John Radnell were pushed down into 5th place on countback.
Final top 3 places overall:
1. Sake - Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston - RQYS.
2. Surprise by GiverAUS - Stephen Fries and Richard Machin - Sandringham YC
3. Fflashpoint- Peter Rooke and Paul Dunbar - SoPYC.
Winner of the three boat Silver fleet was (Flying Fish) sailed by Peter Shaw and Nich Shaw from TCBYC.
Winner on the handicap system of scoring was John Wilson and Matt Summers (Ffast Lane 4) from SoPYC.
Thanks went to RQYS for hosting and running a great regatta. Thanks also to all the visitors from far and wide, as far as England, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. We wish you safe travel home and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Full results can be found on the regatta website:
With the 2021 Flying Fifteen World Championships to be held at Fremantle, WA in February next year the Australian fleet will be making the journey across the Nullarbor to Western Australia for the next Australian Nationals. For more details on the 2021 event visit the website: https://www.flying15worlds2021.com
by Chris Howell