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2011 NSW PT State Championships


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Huge thanks to the guys from Port Kembla sailing club for getting on the power boats and running the races. This allowed all of the Koonawarra guys to compete, and a fleet totaling 24 boats.

The weather gave us everything;

- shifty light winds in race 1

- solid 15 knot seabreeze in race 2, increasing a bit in race 3

- tricky, shifting drifter in race 4

- full blast 20+ knots in race 5

Congrats to winner Greg Williams! He sailed very well, consistently going the right way and finding the breeze, keeping up good speed in all conditions. End result: 2 wins, a 3rd and 2 4ths (9points).

2nd place went to Garry Williams, who also sailed brilliantly and deserves special mention for his extra effort in assisting all boats on the slippery launching ramps. He won race 1, 2 2nds, a 6th and 9th (11 points).

3rd place to the deserving NSW State Secretary and APTCA Publicity Officer, taking a rare break from organising to be on the water racing; Dave Stumbles. 3 3rds, a 7th and a 9th (16 points).

Races also won by Wayne Eager and Victorian Alex Craig.

With a best race of 4th, 31 points and 9th NSW entrant, I won a trophy as "B Grade" winner. Thanks for that! This average seeming result may sound more credible if I mention that International Champ Ian Marcovitch came 8th, only 1 point ahead of me. yes, the fleet was that good!

Upcoming Paper Tiger State Pointscore events:

- Koonawarra Bay 14' Cat Regatta, February 12-13, 2011. See: http://www.koonawarrabaysc.org.au/

- Batemans Bay Sailing Club Anzac Regatta, April 9-10, 2011. See: http://www.bbsc.org.au/

The next NSW State Titles, October 1,2, Wagga. See: http://www.waggawaggasailingclub.com.au/

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While the KBSC 14' cat regatta is one of the year's best, I'll be training crew on my NS14 "the Power and the Passion" in preparation for the Twofold Bay Regatta, Feb 19-20, Eden; http://www.twofoldbayyc.sailing.org.au/?ID=44132

On the way home from the Gong, I dropped by Batemans Bay Beach Resort to book accom for the Anzac Regatta. Deanna at the front desk says "we have heaps of stuff available, at this stage". They offer:

- unpowered camp sites ($32/night) adjacent to the dunes of Corrigans Beach (where we rig up),

- Studios with single bed over double (bunk) $75/night

- Delux cabin with queen bed, single over double bunk, $155/night

- other more expensive options, see: http://www.beachresort.com.au

With 90 boats usually there, and this year featuring Maricat Nationals + Paper Tiger traveller series, it might be the go to book soon. There's also the Clyde View Caravan Park, where the sailors of big cats usually stay as tehy can have their boat right in front of their cabin: http://www.clydeview.com.au/

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On behalf of all the competitors at the States and especially the Koonawarra Bay sailors, I also want to thank the guys from Port Kembla SC. What a tremendous spirit of cooperation between clubs to have them come across and run all the racing, using Koonawarra Bay's boats. And they did a great job!

As Tony metioned, this enable 7 Koonawarra Bay boats to compete, instead of maybe 3 if PKSC hadn't assisted.

The States, as always, were a great event, with a friendly yet very competitive atmosphere. Congratulations to Greg Williams on his win.

This was the 40th NSW PT States to be held. Second-placed Garry Williams has actually won 20 of those 40! A tribute was paid to Garry with the issuing of a celebratory "stubby holder" featuring a photo of him in action. It also had a photo of the defending champ, Kim Marcovitch, and the State President, Wayne Eager.

Thanks again to all involved for a great weekend.




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Hey Mick,

Dave posted explanation of Grading System at: http://www.papertigercatamaran.org/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=69&func=view&catid=11&id=194#195

Guessing you & I will be battling for B-Grade at next Nats! Confusing yet; the idea that winning B-Grade promotes one to A-grade not true; need to finish in top 25% (6th / 25). I was only NSW rep & came 9th at Nats, then came 9th at NSW States. Suggests I'd come 17th if everyone turns up.... tough competition! Hopefully a bit more boat tuning, a few less mistakes, and fingers crossed for light winds and could be OK

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It is pretty tough competition everywhere in PT's.. One of the things i am most proud of with my sailing is making it to 'A' grade at national level. (only lasted a couple of years mind you). That is some serious competition you guys have there in NSW. Methinks us SA skippers spend too much time on the social aspect ?

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