Over the long weekend 39 of the best Etchells teams congregated in Mooloolaba for the highly competitive 2017 Line 7 Etchells Australasian Championship. Representing RSYS were: Iron Lotus, Yandoo XX, Great White Hunter and Shindig, with several more Members crewing aboard other boats. Congratulations to James Mayo aboard the winning boat Magpie (pictured below) and to Tom King, David Edwards, Owen McMahon and Ivan Wheen on Iron Lotus (above) who finished 2nd overall.
Ivan Wheen commented: “The Etchells Australasian Championship has had a history of either balmy or very inclement weather. The 2017 regatta was forecast to be wild and woolly, so we took every bit of gear we owned including the kitchen sink - but it ended up mild and sunny with breezes under 20 knots. The Mooloolaba Yacht Club put on a great show on the water with the Wilson brothers giving us seven solid races, and each evening the club hosted some great get togethers.
"The competition in this class is definitely not getting any easier, and it was clear that the crew of Magpie, Graham Taylor (G.T), Steve Jarvin (Mothy) and James Mayo (Nugget), had been training and were in a league above all the other crews. They won the regatta with a great display of boat speed and boat handling which was especially evident during the last race when they started very deep and relentlessly chipped away at the fleet and claimed second place in that race and a win for the regatta. Hats off the the Magpie crew, it was a well deserved win," he added.
The 2018 Worlds will be held in Brisbane from 17-27 October, and the Iron Lotus crew, along with many of our RSYS Etchells competitors, are looking forward to crossing swords with all the usual suspects between now and then.
2nd – IRON LOTUS (1442) – Tom King, Ivan Wheen, Owen McMahon and David Edwards
12th – YANDOO XX (868) – Jeanne-Claude Strong, Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke, Tiana Wittey
15th – GREAT WHITE HUNTER (1401) – David Dunn, Andrew Howe, Michael Coxon
21st – SHINDIG (1268) – Robert Weir, Mike Tyquin, Paul Thackray
By Angus Olding
Photography by Alex McKinnon