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G'day all,

The 2008 Koonawarra Bay 14ft Catamaran Regatta will be held on the weekend of 9th & 10th February.

Koonawarra Bay Sailing Club is located on Lake Illawarra, at the very eastern end of Kanahooka Road, Dapto, about 15 minutes south of Wollongong, NSW.

There is a flyer on the club's website at www.koonawarrabaysc.org.au , where you can also download a PDF version (or go to www.koonawarrabaysc.org.au/images/142008.pdf ).

Also on the website are directions to the club, a list of local accommodation, and the Koonawarra Bay Yardsticks for 14ft catamarans. The direct link to the accommodation information is www.koonawarrabaysc.org.au/accommodation.htm .

If anyone needs any further information about the event, you can contact me on the numbers listed on the flyer or you can post the questions here and I will reply.

This will be the 15th running of this regatta. We really hope you can be a part of this great event.


Dave Stumbles

Koonawarra Bay SC

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The 2008 Koonawarra Bay 14ft Catamaran Regatta was held over the weekend, at Koonawarra Bay Sailing Club on Lake Illawarra, near Wollongong, NSW.

Numbers for the event were down, no doubt due to the very heavy rain in the lead up and early part of the event, with the first day being very wet with light winds. Fortunately, the weather cleared and the Sunday saw moderate breezes and clear skies.

Racing was very close, despite the small fleet. The Paper Tigers often finished within seconds of each other, and usually had the Maricat Sloop amongst them. The shifty and sometimes patchy conditions meant they were often mixing it with the Windrush Super Sloops as well.

In the last race, the strongest and steadiest of the regatta (SE, 12-17kts), the Windrushes and Maricat Sloop revelled and looked like they would dominate, but went way beyond the top mark on the second beat and, by the time they realised, had put themselves out of contention.

In the end, the series was won by Ian Marcovitch on the Paper Tiger from Mannering Park YC, who sailed a brilliant regatta and handled the tricky conditions extremely well. In fact his performance against the other boats was so good that he would've won the event outright without handicaps being applied!

Runners up were Tony and Amie Zahra on the Maricat Sloop from Port Kembla SC, who showed excellent speed at times, especially when the breeze was up. They thrived on the close racing they had with the Paper Tigers during the event.

Third place went to Kim Marcovitch (Ian's son) also on a Paper Tiger. Kim sailed a great final race, crossing the line in first, just seven seconds in front of Neil Waterman (Paper Tiger, Koonawarra Bay SC). These two also finished first and second on yardstick for that race and tied for third place in the series, but Kim's win meant he beat Neil on count-back.

Despite the small fleet of just 11 boats (the smallest since the first regatta back in 1994), the racing and camaraderie was excellent.

Dave Stumbles

Koonawarra Bay SC

Overall Results – Yardstick Corrected Time


1. Ian Marcovitch (Paper Tiger) Mannering Park Y.C., 2-1-1-1-5, 5pts

2. Tony Zahra (Maricat Slp) Port Kembla S.C., 1-2-5-4-4, 11pts

3. Kim Marcovitch (Paper Tiger) Mannering Park Y.C., 6-4-2-6-1, 13pts

4. Neil Waterman (Paper Tiger) Koonawarra Bay S.C., 5-3-3-7-2, 13pts

5. Ralph Skea (Paper Tiger) Koonawarra Bay S.C., 4-5-4-5-3, 16pts

6. Darren Schmidt (Windrush S/S) Port Kembla S.C., 3-7-6-3-7, 19pts

7. Warren Pfeffer (Windrush S/S) Wangi R.S.L.A.S.C., 9-6-7-2-DNF, 24pts

8. Matthew Ryan (Paper Tiger) Koonawarra Bay S.C., 7-8-8-8-6, 29pts

9. Tony Sanderson (Windrush S/S) Port Kembla S.C., 8-9-9-9-8, 34pts

10. Chris Zahra (Maricat CR) Port Kembla S.C., DNS-DNC-DNC-DNC-DNC, 48pts

10. Paul Leaudais (Maricat CR) Port Kembla S.C., DNC-DNC-DNC-DNF-DNC, 48pts

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