Richard Franklin writes. ‘The NSW Dragon State Titles were held last weekend. Unfortunately Saturday was blown out with strong winds. The race committee very kindly agreed to run four races on Sunday with an earlier start. Sunday’s weather was perfect with a 15 to 20 knot SE wind that persistently shifted to the south during racing. Some variability in the direction and strength kept everyone’s heads out of the boats.
Defending NSW Champion, Fred Haes from Metung, again traveled to Sydney. There were not many boats on the start line but the quality of the crews was definitely there and the racing was very competitive.
On Liquidity, with crew Clive Jones and Geoff Findlay, we came out of the blocks quickly with 2 wins in the first two races. It wasn’t all our way however, with the lead changing hands a few times; Nick Howe sailing Ascalon and Fred Haes sailing Wicked always being in the mix. While all the boats were very well matched in terms of speed, the difference was just a couple of tactical decisions, some local knowledge and a bit of luck.
Race 3 was easily won by Ascalon from Liquidity after some astute covering, leaving an interesting scenario for race 4. If Ascalon won race 4 she would win the Titles and if she didn’t win, Liquidity would win. As it turned out, Liquidity won race 4 and the NSW Title scoring three bullets, with Ascalon second and Wicked, unable to repeat last years performance, third. Peter Crane, sailing Tom Thumb put in a very creditable performance to place fourth. Unfortunately John Marty in Abracadabra broke gear and had to retire early in the racing.
Our many thanks to the race committee who did a fantastic job getting in 4 races in under 3 hours including 2 course changes. The quality of the communication to the competitors was exceptional and they are a credit to RSYS.’