Congratulations to Squadron Members Iain Murray and Richie Allanson, with crew mate Colin Beashel who are this year's national champions. The regatta was hosted by the Brisbane Etchells Fleet and Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from 13-18 January and the fleet comprised 27 boats.
Allanson said afterwards, 'I am a buzzing a little right now as it all sinks in. This (result) was much needed after our Worlds campaign, where we had the potential to do well, but fell short, which is a tough thing to go through. So to bring it together this week was a big thing for the programme.
'The competition is hot in Etchells, and the bar has been raised, so you have to get cracking and think. There is lots of talent sailing around, and the class is in a good position', he added.
Also on the podium in third place was the crew of Lisa Rose, comprising Squadron Members Martin Hill and Julian Plante, crew team mates Mat Belcher and Sean O’Rourke. Jeanne-Claude Strong won the Female Helm award.
Hill, the reigning World Champion, commented, 'We won the first race, which was great. From then on we were pretty consistent, and in the top ten mainly. No UFDs either, which certainly hampered a lot of crews here this week. We came into this regatta knowing about a couple of weaknesses, downwind especially; so learning to sail through the fleet was another positive from it all. We had to earn it all, especially when coming back from being quite deep, so we are pretty happy.'
1st Havoc AUS 1461 Iain Murray, Colin Beashel, Richard Allanson RSYS
2nd Gen XY AUS 864 Matthew Chew, Brian Donovan, Ben Vercoe, Mitchell Kennedy RQYS
3rd Lisa Rose AUS 1449 Martin Hill, Julian Plante, Mat Belcher, Sean O'Rourke RSYS