The 2022 ARYA DF95 National Championship has concluded, and what a last day. Some great, close racing , with some tight results in the end.
We started this morning with a dreary, overcast day, with a very slight ESE wind, that varied to the SE later on. Never exceedng 8 knots all day.
With such slight wind, it was nice that the weed experienced in previous days was mostly not on the course.
Given a good run over the first two days, we had an allotted maximum of 14 races for today, and got there with half an hour to spare (good timing).
The light conditions probably suited the local fleet, who had a bit of experience with the wind shifts and current flows at the point.
Six races were completed to lunch time, giving another 8 to go for the day. Peter Newman was in control, but not out of reach in first place, with Chris Wood and Rod Jackman 10 and 12 points adrift. Maybe the next drop at race 40 would have a say in the championship?
In the afternoon, the breeze lightened to just a few knots, and the drizzle set in, just for some extra for the competitors (and poor John, who did the rock wall ascent/descent for yacht handling to and from the water).
By the time the 40 were completed, there were some very weary competitors and volunteers, all too keen to get back to the bar for a dry off and social beverage before end results were announced.
In the end, the local experience combined with great sailing proved too valuable, with Rod Jackman (Tas) storming home late, to win the 2022 DF95 Championship on 156 points. Close behind in second, was Chris Wood (Tas), just 5 behind, on 161 points. Taking third place in the championship was Peter Newman (Vic) on 168 points, just 7 adrift from Chris. A very closely fought set of races for the championship places.
Congratulatons to all competitors for a great 6 day event (DF65 & DF95). It was sailed in great spirit, with the competitiveness expected at a national regatta. On behalf of Risdon Brook Radio Yacht Club, we hope you enjoyed your stay in Tasmania, and that you enjoyed your time, both socially and on the race course. Shortly, I will be sending a survey out to ask your opinions on how the regatta was run, how you felt about the facilities and courses, plus any comments you'd like to pass on to the committee about any of your experiences, for us to learn from, and to pass to the ADFRSA and Queensland, who I believe is hosting the DF65 and DF95 Championship next year.
No event can run without its support crew, and it was no exception here.
We have also had so many support volunteers - please accept my humble apologies if I missed any of you.
Our Race Officers - Michael Hickman (DF65) and Jeff Byerley (DF95). Thank you for your efforts in getting us to our 40 race limits as well as setting the courses in what has been some challenging conditions.
John Hall, Andrew Wardrop and Les Hanson. These men volunteered for the entire six days. A massive effort. Catering, scoring, boat lauching/retrieval.
John Short, Rod Marshall, Rod Jackman, Stuart Dawes all volunteered on the rescue boat, which was invaluable for weed checks and buoy movements - as well as observer duties.
Anne Cole Cook and Ken Dobbie for their shore based work with scoring, as well as protest co-ordinator.
Peter Germein and Ray Joyce with catering assistance and photographic dutes.
Phil Brooke, a member of MBYC, who donated a day of his time for the rescue boat duties.
Thank you so much for volunteering your services. The event would not happen without the type of generousity you have given to the club.
We do hope that all competitors and volunteers have enjoyed the 2022 National Championships and hope to see as many of you as possible again in the next installment of the DF Championships next year.
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