Wet Tech Rigging Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta – Report

Dave West sailing ACE ppowers to windward on the saturday
Dave West sailing ‘Ace’ powers to windward on the Saturday

The Mexicans are coming!!!!!

Will this be the cry from the border as we prepare for the up-coming NSW States in November and Australian Titles in January 2017. We’ll see…

The Wet Tech Rigging Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta, started under the watchful eye of Cronulla Sailing Club Principle Race Officer Dave McLachlan. A stalwart at Cronulla who can remember when the Club last hosted a J24 State and Australian Titles back in the mid 1980’s, just like yesterday.

With a solid 18 plus knots from the west and a course set inside the confines of the Port Hacking Estuary, all boats set a jib on the first day. The first race was taken out by the visitor from Sandringham Yacht Club Ron Thomson driving his sister’s boat Wildfire, by 7 seconds to J24 stalwart Hugo Ottaway in Bruschetta IV from Sandringham Yacht Club and a further 30 seconds back to Dave West in Ace from Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The Short Course format with legs of no more than 800 metres ensures close fast racing with the field complete within 4 minutes first to fifteenth.

The second race saw Bruschetta IV again perform taking first followed closely by Wildfire and then to John Crawford our NSW J24 Class President from MHYC in Innamincka taking third. The Third race started soon after in a steady westerly with 20 plus knot bullets hurtling down port Hacking. The third saw Mr Consistency Hugo first with Cronulla contender Barry Ryan in Pinot second and Ace again third. A pattern was emerging…

Downwinds are getting fresh to exhilarating in the short course format
Downwinds are getting fresh to exhilarating in the short course format

Racing continued with Wildfire returning to the podium followed by Ace then Bruschetta IV, at this stage the Cronulla locals were getting restless. Race PRO made the call to conduct a fifth race for the day knowing the forecast for Sunday wasn’t the most pleasant. And here Team Cronulla showed its tenacity,  Pinot first over the line to Wildfire and then Bruschetta IV.

The next day, 3 races were planned to achieve the series as dictated. With the wind abating all decided the Genoa was on. Race 6 saw Barry Ryan return with first, Innamincka and the ‘always there’ Bruschetta IV. Race 7 and again Hugo Ottaway rose to the top with Cronulla local Dave McKay in Stockcar second and Ace in third.

The penultimate race of the series and the PRO calls for three laps, Ace completed the series on a high followed again by Bruschetta IV and Pinot in third.

Sunsday's racing is glamour Cronulla
Sunday’s racing is glamour Cronulla

The presentation was conducted back at the sailing club, taking in the fantastic views from the head of Gunnamatta Bay as all the competitors enjoyed the fruits of the BBQ provided by the always present CSC Volunteers lead by Dennis Mclaren and Ken Mackay.

As you can guess Mr J24 Hugo Ottaway finished in first, followed by Wildfire and Ace in third.

The Cronulla Sailing Club would like to thank its primary Sponsor Wet Tech Rigging and its supporting sponsors Macquart Marine, Quantum Sails, Cronulla Marina, AUSSEA Sailing School, Spot-A-Yacht and Afloat Magazine. Without this support the event would not have been possible.

The Club would also like to thank its volunteers, the Cronulla Sailing Club is run by sailors not employees, and the leader of those volunteers in organising the J24 regatta is Fiona Campbell, without her drive and attention to detail this event simply would not be the success it is.

The next event for the club is the NSW State Titles over the weekend of 6-7 Nov. This is shaping up to arguably be one of the best and most closely contested titles in recent years, with an expected field of 20 plus boats, State, National and World Champions all competing on the waters of Bate Bay.

Just look out for those Mexicans….

Story by Mick Reynolds – (Great work on the whole regatta and story Mick – without you this would not have happened at all, you and your team deserve a huge vote of thanks – Ed)

And the OD results are …

Series Results [Class ET] up to Race 8 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score
1 AUS5400 Bruschetta IV Hugo Ottaway SYC 13.0
2 AUS5058 Wildfire Ron Thomson MYC 22.0
3 AUS4801 Ace D West MHYC 23.0
4 AUS4793 Innamincka John Crawford MHYC 29.0
5 AUS4430 PINOT Barry Ryan CSC 30.0
6 AUS4791 Team CiniO’Byan Stephen O’Rourke CSC 44.0
7 AUS1636 Renaissance Stephen Wright CSC 48.0
8 2.0S AUS4433 Stockcar David McKay CSC 50.0
9 6.0S AUS4436 Vertigo C Hood CSC 50.0
10 AUS1317 MCKAY MARINE Julie Castle GLSC 50.0
11 AUS1314 In the Mood Marc van Dinther BBYC 76.0
12 AUS1642 JARGON Tony Landers CSC 84.0
13 11.0S AUS4439 Jagged Edge A Williams CYCA 85.0
14 AUS1635 Seas the J Jared Macquart CSC 85.0
15 AUS1646 SLIPPERY FISH Michael Reynolds CSC 96.0