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On board with Iron Lotus (Tom King, Ivan Wheen, David Edwards and Greg O'Shea) during the 2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship in Brisbane - photo © Kylie Wilson / www.PositiveImage.com.au
On board with Iron Lotus (Tom King, Ivan Wheen, David Edwards and Greg O'Shea) during the 2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship in Brisbane - photo © Kylie Wilson / www.PositiveImage.com.au

Etchells Queensland State Championship 2018

Former World Champ secures Etchells Pre-Worlds

It has certainly been testing times in Brisbane for the 2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship. This regatta served as a warm up for the main event, the World Championship, which begins on October 21 for the 95-boat armada that has amassed to find out who is the best One Design crew on the planet.

Winning the five-race pre-Worlds (as the QLD State Championship is known this year) is Iron Lotus (AUS 1442). Olympic Gold Medallist, Tom King, skippers her with crew, Ivan Wheen, David Edwards and Greg O’Shea. They are no strangers to the podium either, having previously won the 2012 World Championship, which was staged off Sydney Heads. Owen McMahon was on board then, instead of O’Shea, and Iron Lotus has also won the prestigious Australasian Championship in Mooloolaba, as well as the fiercely contested Victorian State Championship on the testing waters of Port Phillip.

Iron Lotus (AUS 1442) is one of the new Pacesetter Etchells built by Australia II crewmember, Phil Smidmore. In this regatta they had two race wins, a tenth place and a third with an 18th as their discard, to secure a two point win over John Bertrand, Ben Lamb and Noel Drennan on board Triad2 (AUS 1440). In third place and a further six points astern was another boat, Havoc (AUS 1461) with another crew brandishing some real CV power. Namely, Iain Murray, Grant Simmer and Richie Allanson.

Anybody in the top 30 may well have won it had the racing unfolded their way, but King commented on it all, saying, “It was great to get a win (called bullets in sailing) early on in Day Two, and then we secured another in the middle of three today. It is always such a challenging place to sail, and we were fortunate enough to get out of gaol today in one of the races, and this certainly helped.”

“Anyone can certainly take out the big one, as there are a lot of wonderful boats out there and some are really heavily stacked with talent. The highlight for us was the run in Race Four yesterday, which was in about 25 knots. It was the wildest run (sailing with the breeze directly behind you), and worth the price of entry alone! We were in tenth at the top and ended up leading at the bottom. Really good stuff.”

“All credit has to go to Ross and Kevin Wilson and their Race Management Team for getting the racing in, despite the atrocious weather. They, the Brisbane Fleet and the host, Royal Queensland Yacht Club, have pit on a great regatta. We have been relaxed this regatta and enjoy ourselves and continue the theme”, said King of their plans for next weekend and beyond.

Triad2 with Magpie (Graeme Taylor, James Mayo and Steve Jarvin) in close behind during the 2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship in Brisbane - photo © Emily Scott Images

Triad2 with Magpie (Graeme Taylor, James Mayo and Steve Jarvin) in close behind during the 2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship in Brisbane – photo © Emily Scott Images

So of those conditions then, and by and large they were squally and from the Sou’east. Race One on Sunday was held in about 20-25 knots from 115 to 125 degrees, where Triad2 kept out in front, even extending it slightly on the last run to secure good win. Further back in the fleet it was not so good, however, with one huge squall causing a few wipeouts and several rigs were broken.

One race was also completed on the second day, and crews were held ashore for while before the Answering Pennant was dropped at around 1030hrs local. The wind ranged between 10-27 knots and from 110 to 130 degrees. The damage continued and the squalls were even more intense, yet overall things were more settled in between those.

Race Management was very keen to conduct three races on the final day, today, so as to secure a complete regatta and also allow for the drop. An early start was therefore arranged. The Chairman of the Organising Committee commented, “The Queensland weather finally arrived, and just got better and better. Stunning conditions and tight racing, right throughout then fleet was the highlight of the day for me. It really is what Etchells racing is all about; a great venue, early challenging weather, and a fantastic, tight finish.”

The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in the Brisbane suburb of Manly will host the 95-boat strong armada for the 2018 Etchells World Championship, as they tussle it out to see which crew reigns supreme. Racing begins in earnest on Sunday October 21, and concludes on Saturday October 27. Now to find out all you need to know about the boats, on the water, off the water, or to register to receive news, simply go to 2018etchellsworlds.organd click away!

Overall Results:

Pos Boat Name Nat Bow No Sail No Skipper Crew 1 Crew 2 Crew 3 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1st Iron Lotus AUS 4 1442 Tom King David Edwards Greg O’Shea Ivan Wheen ‑18 1 10 1 3 15
2nd Triad2 AUS 2 1440 John Bertrand Ben Lamb Noel Drennan 1 2 ‑38 5 9 17
3rd Havoc AUS 7 1461 Iain Murray Grant Simmer Richard Allanson 2 3 12 6 ‑36 23
4th Tango AUS 43 874 Chris Hampton Sam Haines Charlie Cumbley 3 4 3 15 ‑23 25
5th Stella Blue USA 1 1427 Stephen Benjamin Michael Menninger Ian Liberty Jonathan Goldsberry 15 (BFD) 4 10 4 33
6th War Canoe USA 33 1363 Michael Goldfarb Morten Henriksen Skip Dieball 6 (RET) 14 4 11 35
7th America Jane 11 USA 98 1198 Scott Kaufman Lucas Calabrese Jesse Kirkland Austen Anderson 14 11 ‑30 13 2 40
8th Gen XY AUS 64 864 Matthew Chew Brian Donovan Ben Vercoe Ashley Deeks 4 12 9 16 (UFD) 41
9th Triad AUS 83 1383 William Voerman Lucas Down Gary Van Lunteren 21 14 ‑53 2 5 42
10th Cruel Jane NZL 48 1348 Andrew Wills Simon Cooke Anatole Masfen 17 10 1 ‑35 15 43
11th Alfie GBR 34 1434 Lawrie Smith Richard Parslow Goncalo Ribeiro Pedro Andrade 9 (DNC) 26 8 1 44
12th Lisa Rose AUS 19 925 Martin Hill Sean O’Rourke Julian Plante Matt Belcher ‑37 15 7 17 7 46
13th Top 40 AUS 32 1332 Peter Merrington Ian McKillop Michael Coxon (BFD) 5 17 11 14 47
14th Skanky Gene USA 27 1464 Jay Cross Mike Buckley George Peet Erik Shampain 25 13 5 9 (UFD) 52
15th The Cure AUS 74 1445 David Clark Raymond Smith Alan Smith Angus Sherring 22 (RET) 13 18 6 59
16th Log AUS 18 1021 Mark Bradford Vaughan Prentice Darren Hutchison Carissa Bridge ‑31 8 21 23 10 62
17th Ciao AUS 79 1244 Douglas McGain Michael O’Brien Anthony Nossiter 10 16 15 ‑22 22 63
18th Les Freak Sont Chic HKG 28 1428 Martin Kaye Marco Pocci Ben Cornish (BFD) 9 18 29 8 64
19th Racer C HKG 84 1406 Mark Thornburrow Mike Huang Alexander Conway Will Ryan 8 7 25 37 (UFD) 77
20th The General HKG 53 1285 James Badenach Christian Thompson Martin Wrigley Nicholas Behrens 27 (BFD) 2 7 44 80
21st Thelastone AUS 42 1392 Steve Billingham Kevin Nixon Will Lewis 23 23 ‑46 27 16 89
22nd Flirtation AUS 62 1026 Matthew Crawford Robert Crawford Lucy Shephard Karl Bromfield 13 22 33 ‑36 25 93
23rd Dream On HKG 93 1269 Greg Farrell Daniel Belcher Nagisa Sakai Alex Gough 30 19 16 31 ‑45 96
24th Forte AUS 59 1433 Mark Crier Andrew Harry Andy Feathers 11 (DNC) 49 12 30 102
25th Wobbegong2 AUS 36 1436 Doug Flynn Steve McConaghy Henry Kernot 5 20 ‑48 38 43 106
26th Magpie AUS 47 947 Graeme Taylor Steve Jarvin James Mayo (BFD) 6 23 48 29 106
27th Bait N Switch AUS 15 1215 Jake Lilley Matt Wearn Lewis Brake 26 (RET) 47 3 32 108
28th Land Rat AUS 22 1422 John Warlow Todd Anderson/Grant Hudson Curtis Skinner 24 21 37 ‑50 26 108
29th Iris V AUS 6 853 Peter McNeill John Boyd Kane Sinclair 20 (DNC) 34 45 13 112
30th Roulette AUS 5 1377 Nick Burfoot Mark Johnson Andrew Smith 32 (BFD) 36 30 21 119
31st Our Thing AUS 85 885 David Turton Josh Torpy Klaus Lorenz 16 (BFD) 11 20 UFD 121
32nd The Hole Way AUS 37 1306 Grant Crowle James Mayjor Joe McMillan 12 (DNC) 43 39 27 121
33rd Mojo AUS 46 1146 Mark Kennedy Madi Kennedy Simon Ellis Indiabeau Laborie 28 24 40 (UFD) 31 123
34th Animal House AUS 20 832 Dirk van der Struyf Richard Rowell Luke Paterson 40 18 42 26 (UFD) 126
35th Encore AUS 70 870 Peter Conde Brian Hillier Myles Baron‑Hay (BFD) BFD 6 14 34 128
36th Trekka AUS 13 1275 Craig Coulsen Terry Ellis Carel Pretorious 45 25 ‑52 42 20 132
37th AUS1463 AUS 92 1292 Matthew Ramaley Will Thomson Adam Turk 38 17 32 ‑57 46 133
38th African Queen NGR 50 1450 Jan Muysken Laurence Mead Simon Smith (BFD) DNC 27 21 18 140
39th Fumanchu AUS 80 1444 Mark Roberts Chad Elsegood Matthew Johnston 35 (BFD) 24 44 37 140
40th Touch Pause Engage AUS 68 1186 Michael Stovin‑Bradford Andrew Gordon David Baker 36 (DNS) 45 43 17 141
41st The Martian USA 3 1232 Marvin Beckmann Jeff Eiber Wilson Stout Serena Vilage 48 (BFD) 22 32 40 142
42nd Whisper AUS 30 1457 Bruce Ferguson Cameron Miles David Sampson 7 (BFD) 29 40 DNF 150
43rd Barry AUS 90 924 Damien King Jeremy O’Connell Eliza Solly Ashley Stoddart (BFD) BFD 31 24 24 153
44th Should’a Gone Left AUS 95 1395 Peter Coleman Glenn Ferguson John Shallvey 29 (RET) 35 41 49 154
45th Stampede GBR 29 1329 Rob Goddard Jack Muldoon Sam Penhaul Smith Diana Kissane 53 (DNS) 19 56 28 156
46th Rapscallion AUS 65 1365 David Healey Ian Miller Kevin Molen 42 (DNC) 41 53 35 171
47th Madness HKG 39 1339 Charlie Manzoni Will Bridge Tiger Mok Stuart Kennedy 49 (BFD) 57 47 19 172
48th Phantom AUS 97 720 Scott McInally Scott Jones Tom Little 57 28 ‑58 49 38 172
49th Waterloo Too AUS 21 921 Noel Paterson Andrew Wiklund Brad Bell 47 (DNS) 59 55 12 173
50th War of the Roses AUS 60 1360 Jeff Rose Taylor Rose Richard Smith 43 (RET) 56 34 47 180
51st Goodvibes AUS 11 1288 Robert Holm Mark Leman Leroy McAvoy 52 27 51 51 (UFD) 181
52nd Grand V AUS 51 511 William Dargaville James Farquharson Sarah Parker Clare Costanzo (DNF) BFD 39 28 41 182
53rd Great White Hunter AUS 40 1401 David Dunn Andrew Howe Stuart Clark 19 (DNS) 20 DNF DNC 187
54th Perfect Balance AUS 8 1387 Brendan Garner Chris Manton Ben O’Brien Joshua Garner (DNC) DNC 28 19 DNC 195
55th Athena AUS 58 1258 Alistair Cowen Mike Allan Brad Warneke (RET) 26 50 54 DNC 204
56th Curved Air AUS 81 1118 George Johnstone Mark Thomson John Humphries 51 (DNS) 62 59 33 205
57th Miss Murphy USA 71 971 Kjeld Hestehave Dan Tooth Brian Pike 54 (DNS) 63 52 39 208
58th The Good The Bad and The Ugly AUS 16 1316 Jonathan Harris Peter Cush Ryan Cush (BFD) DNC 55 33 50 212
59th Fast Eddy AUS 73 1156 Damien Williams Peter Austin Tony Hight 56 (DNS) 61 60 42 219
60th Odyssey AUS 54 1254 Jill Connell Wade Morgan Gordon Maguire 50 (DNS) 44 58 UFD 226
61st Emotional Rescue AUS 38 1385 William Cuneo Stephen Girdis Victoria Pryce Greg Clarke (DNF) DNC 54 25 UFD 227
62nd Spandangles AUS 94 1294 Kerry Spencer Fraser Spencer Nicholas Spencer (BFD) DNC 60 46 48 228
63rd Oatmeal USA 26 926 Peter Duncan Andrew Palfrey Victor Diaz de Leon Sasha Ryan (DNC) DNC 8 DNF DNC 230
64th 1435 AUS 35 1435 Jeanne‑Claude Strong Seve Jarvin Marcus Burke Jeni Danks 33 (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 255
65th BGR AUS 17 1317 Bradley Ginnivan Scott Miller Stuart Lee 34 (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 256
66th Finesse AUS 75 875 Malcolm Parker Harry Hall Ruby Scholten Anneliese Scholten 39 (RET) DNC DNC DNC 261
67th Chad AUS 72 1318 Stephen Bradford Oliver Nicholas Elliot Noye 41 (RET) DNC DNC DNC 263
68th Crews Control AUS 99 994 Paul Minter John Minter Bruce Swane 44 (DNS) DNC DNC DNC 266
69th Panther AUS 23 1102 Steve O’Rourke Burke Melia Tim MacGillivray 46 (DNS) DNC DNC DNC 268
70th Just 2 Funny AUS 44 1144 Trevor Martin Angus Lane Brad Palmer 55 (BFD) DNC DNC DNC 277
71st Knot Easy AUS 76 876 Jason Hawkins Jim Snow Chris Nezmah (DNF) DNS DNC DNC DNC 296
71st Sea Legs AUS 87 1287 Matthew Madsen Laurence Wood Todd Hughes (DNF) DNC DNC DNC DNC 296
71st The Saint AUS 41 941 Martin Sinclair David Smith Liam Murray Jordan Barney (DNF) DNS DNC DNC DNC 296

by John Curnow

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