Results State Championship Georges River 1st and 2nd February 2014
The States where held at Georges River Sailing Club on 1st and 2nd February. The series saw a high class fleet of 70 boats (17 4.7′s 33 Radials and 20 Standard) competing.
Saturday saw a fading southerly going to the east at around 8 to 12 knots. Sunday presented a nice 18 knot NNE breeze and sizable waves. The tide was mostly strong run out causing sailors to think a lot to avoid over (or under) laying the marks.
RO Col Chidgey set the course off Ramsgate a little (but not much) out of the Georges River tide. On the Sunday with a NNE breeze and a strong tide running from the opposite direction there were numerous general recalls. The black flag start following the first general usually tamed the fleet.
Blake Shelley from Double Bay SC and WoollahraSC won the 4.7′s in a close contest from Peter Charlton South Lake Macquarie and Jordan Makin Gosford SC.
In the Radials Finn Alexander also from Double Bay won with three bullets in the last three races and discarding a 12th in race one – a race I am sure he would be happy to forget. Second was Nicholas Connor from RPAYC and MHASC and third was World Grand Masters Champion Vanessa Dudley.
Sean Atherton from MHASC in a commanding display won every race in the Standard Rig with Marcus Whitley from DBSC second and visitor Brent Morris from Port Melbourne SC third.
Thanks very much to all competitors for the spirit of the racing and skill exhibited and to Georges River Sailing Club volunteers and RO Col Chidgey and assitant Leanne Narborough for their running a great series.