Bandits Hold Up to Win the SLAM NSW Melges 24 State Titles
Twenty knots and gusty wind for the final days racing at the Melges 24 SLAM NSW State Titles on Lake Macquarie.
The Melges 24’s were lit up and smokin’ in the final two races. Exciting racing ensued with downwind bowl outs, the action for spectators were awesome and the exhausted crews landed on the dock with big grins and plenty of club banta.
The Melges 24’s lifted and planed downwind, crews were backed up and hiking hard riding gusts at seventeen knots, with occasional whoops and hollers.
Consistent crew work by the team on Warwick Rooklyn’s Bandit Dave O’Connor, Sean O’Rourke, Tim Austin and Jay Griffin closed out the regatta winning both races convincingly.
The Dargaville Family (Jim, James and Will) and Shane Nairn on board Matilda, AUS 19 got off to an impressive port tack start in the first race of the day and sailed well to get a second place before losing one son out the back in the following race, the Nixon Family third over the line helping to cement their regatta place of second.
In the final race after flashes of brilliance throughout the event Murray Walters and his team No Comment screamed downwind following Bandit over the line in second and the South Australian Dave Alexander and crew on Foxtrot in third place.
Trophies and SLAM prizes were presented by Australian Association President Warwick Rooklyn back at the club. Kevin Nixon has us tearing up as he praised the awesome efforts in often challenging conditions of his crew, wife Glenda, daughter Bonnie and son Daniel.
Final standing Warwick Rooklyn Bandit AUS 814, First place on eight points, Second Place Kevin Nixon Accru AUS 679 on sixteen points, Third place Dave Alexander Foxtrot AUS 133 on seventeen points.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club turned on a very enjoyable weekend of racing, thanks to Russel Cummings, PRO and his team and SLAM for providing prizes.
Girdis RQ Crew are Grinners winning Melges 32 NSW States
Day three of the 2011 SLAM Melges 32 States on Lake Macquarie and crews awoke to a blustery North Westerly wind.
Racing started earlier at 11am in about 15-20 knot winds. It was all to play for heading into the final two races.
The Melges 32’s spent the day delighting in spectacular downwind 18 knot rides, crews backed up on the rail as these impressive boats provided some exciting thrills and spills for spectators.
The team aboard Brad Sewell Breezin was off to an impressive start in the first race and lead for the majority of the race. Tactician Adam Beashel picked the shifts and placed Breezin in front until a small tear in the kite on a hoist turned ugly shredding the spinnaker. Quick crew work and a spinnaker change meant they only dropped two places giving Steve Girdis Funnel Web the win and Kim Williams Rock and Roll a second.
The wind had built for the final race and was gusty; Breezin went port off the start line over to the eastern shore and crossed the fleet with a shift off the point putting in a strong faultless performance for their second win of the series, followed by Steve Girdis Funnel Web and Angus Reid Maxstar.
A day of ideal Melges conditions and carnage meant the club was abuzz while crews packed up. Three boats on equal points for a podium place kept teams guessing until the presentation when Australian Fleet President Kim Williams announced the placegetters.
The RQ crew aboard skipper Steve Girdis’s Funnel Web; Stephen Girdis, Ray Pearson, Mark Long, Jimmy Chilman, Gary Van Lunteren and Richard Machin put in a quality performance the entire regatta with consistent racing, minimal errors and capitalising when possible to receive the First Place Silver Platter, three boats finished on sixteen points Angus Reid a well-deserved second overall, local Lake Macquarie boat Brad Sewell Breezin third place.
Thanks to Russell Cummings and team from the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club and sponsor SLAM