Northshore Yachts Australian Championships 2018

Photos from top: Wild Cherry, Barney Cools and Enchantress neck and neck;
Northshore Australian Champion Excapade in the centre flanked by second placed Wild Cherry (left) and third placed Barney Cools (right).

The Northshore Yachts Australian Championships was contested at Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto on the weekend of 18 - 19 August. Boats made the journey from Port Stephens and Broken Bay to attend as well as other Lake Macquarie yacht clubs.

With a fleet ranging from 31 to 38 foot, the event was based on performance handicapping. The two divisions sailed were for spinnaker and non-spinnaker boats. The regatta began with an invitation race on the Friday afternoon.

Saturdays race was a long course around Pulbah Island and back to Toronto in a blustery northwesterly. Three windward/leeward races were completed on the Sunday in extreme but exciting wind conditions.

In the spinnaker division, Noel Gough’s NSX 38 Excapade (RMYCT) emerged as overall victor on a count back from Alan Laverick”s Northshore 33 Wild Cherry (RMYCT). Adam Boslem’s Northshore 33 Barney Cools (RMYCT) was a close third place and piped Bob Mitchell’s Northshore 33 Sapphire Lady (RMYCT) by half a point. A regular to the event, Richard Hopkins’ Northshore 33 Enchantress (RMYC Broken Bay) was fifth.

In the non-spinnaker division, Phil Darby’s Northshore 340 Millewa (RMYCT) also won on a count back from Brian Varnam’s Northshore 340 Pentangle (Lake Macquarie YC). Third was last year winner, Rod Dean’s Northshore 33 Going Grey (RMYCT). Unfortunately the wind got the better of the mainsail on Ian Ireland’s Northshore 31 Fast Lane (Port Stephens YC) in the last race and he finished forth.

RMYC Toronto Sailing Section could not run this annual event without its generous sponsors, R & M Insurance Brokers, Laughlan Building Services, Bob Fussell Marine and Sail Centre and RMYC Toronto.

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