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Manly Junior Nationals: Shogun team take title

This year, the regatta had a variety of wind and wave conditions, causing many sailors to experience the infamous “choc top” when capsizing!

DAY 4
Sailors arrived at the club on the final day of racing and looked out over Lake Illawarra, once more calm and blue under clear skies. After the morning presentations the fleet set off from shore in a light but strengthening North East breeze, a spectacular line of boats spread across the water sailing towards the start line. Over the previous three days our sailors had shown incredible skill and adaptability in different winds and very different water conditions; several sailors had overcome the normal adversities that come with competitive racing and day 4 delivered near perfect conditions for them to show their skills.

Shotgun (Zac Barnabas and Oscar Triglone) storm to victory in the Manly Junior National Championship 2013/14. (Credit Genelle Aldred)

Shotgun (Zac Barnabas and Oscar Triglone) storm to victory in the Manly Junior National Championship 2013/14. (Credit Genelle Aldred)

And it was another clean start for Race 7 which again proved to be a masterclass from championship leader 2773 Shotgun (Zac Barnabas and Oscar Triglone); they lead from start to finish. Behind them, fickle wind conditions favoured the right hand side of the course and after the second work two boats 2770, Wet and Wild and 2782 Firepower both made big moves through the fleet as a result of boldly seeking the right side as they arrived at the top mark in second and third place. However they were eventually overtaken by championship contenders Wicked (Jesse and Tyler Dransfield) who finished second ahead of Black Jack (Jesse Lilley and Nicholas Bendall); Shotgun won the race by over three and a half minutes to put one hand on the national trophy.

Race 8 saw the first general recall of the regatta and the second start also had some excitement with Wet and Wild over the line and Stingray upside down! In a NE wind now consistently above 10 knots 2778 Special Ops (Boston and Logan Cortis) led Shotgun at the first top mark rounding and maintained the lead at the wing mark until Shotgun again powered ahead. Behind the 2 boats 2772 MWD (Sascha Heyworth and Zoe Dransfield) and 2776 Thin and Crispy (Liam and Owen Hazell) were each enjoying their best races and it was Thin and Crispy which chased down Special Ops in an exciting race for second place.

At the head of the fleet it was Shotgun, storming to Championship victory and they completed their 6th victory of the regatta by one and a half minutes from Special Ops and Thin and Crispy.

In the two novice races scratch honours were taken by 2722, Two Chances (Tom Mountstephens and Jamie Stodart) to make it three line wins out of six but the Novice Championship, based on handicap performance was taken out by 2701 The Flying Cuttlefish (John and Tom Cuttle) from BYRA – they also had a fairly impressive ‘choc top’ from earlier in the regatta!

All the competitors from this year's Manly Junior National Championship 2013/14 held at Port Kembla Sailing Club. (Credit Ally Bryant)

All the competitors from this year’s Manly Junior National Championship 2013/14 held at Port Kembla Sailing Club. (Credit Ally Bryant)

In the other main fleet classes, Manly 16’SSC crews swept the board with the Junior U12 division won by 2776 Thin and Crispy (Liam and Owen Hazell), the Handicap and All Girl divisions were won by 2772 MWD (Sascha Heyworth and Zoe Dransfield) and the Girl Skipper division was won by 2763 Chicken Invader (Grace Powers).

As ever full race and championship results are provided on the association website.

But full credit goes to M16’SSC’s Shotgun sailed by Zac Barnabas and Oscar Triglone for a consummate performance and they deservedly received their National Trophies at the presentation.

Finally the Manly Junior class enjoyed a fantastic four days and the regatta was a credit to all sailors. Port Kembla Sailing Club’s organization of the event was first class and sailors and their families will take away happy memories of a great competition on Lake Illawarra.

Visit here for more information, photos and results from the event

By Glenn Powers