Today dawned cloudy with some early-morning drizzle, and very little wind. The schedule was quite tight, with the marathon scheduled to start at midday in front of the crowds, so freestyle was held at 9 am, with the top sailors starting first, rather to the alarm of Robbie Treharne who only woke up at 9. Chris dragged me out of bed at 7am and was down at the club by 8, anxiously tuning the board and practising his tricks. The decision to hold the top performers’ freestyle heats in such light winds was somewhat controversial, but Dennis Winstanley was a standout performer as usual, in spite of the early hour, with his usual Everoll. He even managed to pull off a pirouette on the rail, and then had to do another to achieve the aim of falling off for his dismount! But the most amazing trick of the day had to be Robbbie Treharne’s back somersault through the boom, which he managed to complete by landing on the board without dropping the sail. So much for waking up 15 minutes before hitting the water. Stay tuned for a freestyle montage on YouTube, as soon as I get some bandwidth and someone to do the editing.
Freestyle heats were not complete by 11am, when the marathon briefing was due, so some competitors faced disappointment at the postponement. By this time, though, the crowds were building up, promising a big audience for the spectacular Le Mans marathon start. If you haven’t seen one of these, it’s a sight not to be missed, so check out my YouTube video when it uploads. The shallow water and crowded beach proved challenging for some competitors, but luckily in a marathon there’s plenty of time to catch up.
The course this year featured a long and gruelling two laps of the bay, round South Channel marker and in to Rye Pier, past Blairgowie, back to Sorrento and round again. Even one lap for the youth competitors was challenging. The wind was light for most of the race, with strong tides in some areas leading to a very spaced-out fleet. The race was very much a lightweights’ race, with 8 out of the top 10 sailors being lightweights or women. Annalise Gilbert again stood out, overtaking her father Stewie (I have photographic evidence) to place 12th overall - a fantastic effort. Sheena McKinnon also showed great form to finish ahead of her at 7th position overall, with Tonia Lloyd in third place. Among the juniors, first round was Annalise Gilbert, followed by Chris Stenta and Angus Williams; in the youth, Matt Ivshenko placed first (second overall in the entire fleet), followed by Sam Treharne (6th overall) and Ashley Heyworth (15th overall). Full results below.
Plans for more freestyle heats in the afternoon had to be shelved, with the last competitor only arriving at the finish at 4pm, to great cheers and accolades. Well done to Jeremy Trotman for making it round in such tough conditions, in his first ever Windsurfer regatta.
I was lucky enough to be invited out on a friend's yacht, and so managed to get some good photos of mark roundings etc. Check them out at this link to Picasa.
|Paul Ivshenko||17||Ancient Mariner||Male||5|
|Steve Newman||1977||Ancient Mariner||Male||9|
|Andrew Divola||AUS968||Grand Master||Male||12|
|Darren Garner||AUS 96||Master||Male||13|
|Stuart Gilbert||10||Grand Master||Male||14|
|Mark Lloyd||AUS 476||Grand Master||Male||16|
|Greg Johns||1||Grand Master||Male||18|
|Stephen Walsh||40||Grand Master||Male||19|
|Stephen Barton||520||Grand Master||Male||20|
|Warren Holder||1KT||Ancient Mariner||Male||21|
|Christopher Thompson||249||Grand Master||Male||22|
|Daniel Bainbridge||7||Grand Master||Male||23|
|Timothy Forster||108||Ancient Mariner||Male||24|
|Robert Stenta||2776||Grand Master||Male||25|
|Gerald Nailon||27||Grand Master||Male||26|
|Jim Kariotis||33||Ancient Mariner||Male||27|
|Jorn Krohnke||AUS60||Ancient Mariner||Male||28|
|Tonia Grimshaw-Lloyd||303||Grand Master||Female||29|
|Paul Grimshaw||307||Grand Master||Male||30|
|Jeremy Trotman||1218||Grand Master||Male||31|
|Tonia Grimshaw-Lloyd||303||Grand Master||Female||30|
|Jack Lloyd||229||Junior||Male||1 LAP|
|Will Divola||Sub Jnr||Male||DNS|
|A bit of help on the Le Mans start|
|The fleet heads out to sea|
|Ashley Heyworh had a great race|
|Annalise overtakes her dad on the run!|
|Robbie fights to get ahead|
|Marty Stone rounds the last top mark|
|Mark roundings were pretty close!|