standard Farr 30 Australian Championship 2011

Young Australian of the Year, Jessica Watson, was here to ring the bell signifying the launch of the Tourism Queensland campaign.

The Hon Wayne Swan MP Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and The Hon Anna Bligh MP Queensland Premier were also present to announce the joint purchase of the S&S (Sparkman and Stephens) 34 Ella’s Pink Lady which Jessica sailed around the world. The yacht will be on permanent display at the Queensland Maritime Museum at South Bank and will become a part of Queensland and Australian maritime history.

Then to the racing. Leon Thomas and his Guilty Pleasures III crew brought the rain and wind with from them from Townsville with racing for the first day of the conducted in overcast, windy and rainy conditions.

Although it was raining the breeze was in from the south east with plenty of thrills and spills for the first race of the regatta. GOA/Nova 106.9 (Chris Tyquin) had a great start in race one however Synergy (Alex Douglas) with two time Farr 30 World Champion Darren “Twirler” Jones on board slipped into the winning position after rounding the gate marks for the final time.

Psychologically Synergy had the upper hand going into the second race, however GOA/Nova 106.9 put the first race behind them and held their own to secure the win with Synergy finishing 22 seconds behind.

GOA/Nova 106.9 also won race three but only by a whisker with Guilty Pleasures III bringing it up the inside and providing the leading crew with some nail biting action on the finish line. Italian Job (Lew Perrin) was a thumb nail behind Guilty Pleasures III finishing just 3 seconds from their stern.

The fleet of seven Farr 30’s was happy to see the sun set on day one after close and intense scuffles. No breakages were reported however many did complain of bruises to their battered bodies.

Day two of racing was a long affair with the complete opposite conditions on the race track. Blue skies, humidity and just 3-4 knots of oscillating breeze are hindering racing untill the seabreeze finally kicked in to compleate the final 2 races of the day.

Synergy is back in the game after winning the first 3 racesand now sits a mere 1 point behind favourite GOA/Nova 106.9.

Tomorrow is the last day of racing for the championship with 3 races left to sail. 

Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 7 Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1 523 GOA/NOVA106.9 Chris Tyquin RQYS 9.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 [4.0] 1.0 1.0 2.0
2 AUS150 Synergy Alex Douglas RQYS 10.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 [4.0] 2.0 1.0
3 YC333 Loco Jon Drummond PCSC 21.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 [7.0]
4 AUS11 Guilty Pleasures III Leon Thomas TYC 22.0 5.0 3.0 5.0 3.0 2.0 [7.0] 4.0
5 87 Italian Job Lewis Perrin RQYS 23.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 [6.0] 3.0 3.0 5.0
6 3093 Asterix Colin Loel RQYS 32.0 [8.0Q] 6.0 6.0 7.0 6.0 4.0 3.0
7 PC6 RBSMorgans Immigrant Jeffrey Paul PCSC 37.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 5.0 [7.0] 6.0 6.