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505 Nationals: here they come, the Outteridge family

Racing in the Ronstan 505 Australian Championship 2014 on Lake Macquarie. (Credit Jan Cummings)

Racing in the Ronstan 505 Australian Championship 2014 on Lake Macquarie. (Credit Jan Cummings)

The Ronstan 505 Australian Championship 2014 is being conducted by Lake Macquarie Yacht Club from 5th to 11 January.

Twenty five boats have entered from Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and West Australia.

Invitation Race – Jan 5
Fresh NE 20-25 knots
First Alvin Rides Again Skipper Michael Babbage following his recent comfortable win in the NSW 505 Champs also at LMYC and crew member James McAllister

Races 1 and 2 – Jan 6
Moderate easterly 10-14 knots
Race 1 Alvin Rides Again skipper Michael Babbage crew James McAllister finish just ahead of Alarm Innovations skippered by Kevin Cameron with crew member Sam Herrtiage
Race 2 Yeah Buddy skipper Ryan Menzies crew Nathan Quirk, just beats Strife – skipper Michael Quirk and crew member Shane Guanaria
A very good days racing, very competitive amongst leaders, tight results

Haylee and Nathan Outteridge back on the Lake and putting pressure on the leaderboard in the Ronstan 505 Australian Championship 2014 on Lake Macquarie. (Credit Jan Cummings)

Haylee and Nathan Outteridge back on the Lake and putting pressure on the leaderboard in the Ronstan 505 Australian Championship 2014 on Lake Macquarie. (Credit Jan Cummings)

Race 3 and 4 – Jan 7
Moderate easterly 8-12 knots
Race 3 Alvin Rides Again Skipper Michael Babbage crew James McAllister with a close finish by Strife skipper Michael Quirk crew Shane Guanaria
Race 4 Strife –skipper Michael Quirk closely followed by Alarm Innovations Kevin Cameron and crew member Sam Herriatage
A good day for class veteran Michael Quirk and crew Shane Guanaria (the new owner of Sydney sailmaking firm Mc Diarmid Sails)

Race 5 and 6 – Jan 8
Light –Mod easterly 8-10 knots
Race 5 1st Swing Steer and Swear Haylee Outteridge & crew Nathan Outteridge
Race 6 1st Swing Steer and Swear Haylee Outteridge & crew Nathan Outteridge

Here they come – the Outteridge family!  Steering a borrowed boat and with big brother Nathan doing the swinging (and perhaps the swearing) Haylee has emerged as a distinct threat to the 505 class establishment- particularly if the breezes remain light and shifting (after all LM is the Outteridges’ own backyard and the local knowledge will be helping)

Overall results, go here.

Of interest – the 505 class is one of the few remaining classes to regularly use “gate “starts. This is an interesting starting system with many benefits –worth a try for any one design fleet

An excellent regatta, keen but friendly competitors – a good class to be involved with!

By Russell Cummings, LMYC


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