33 boats greeted the starters gun on Day 1 of the WA State Flying Fifteen titles on Good Friday, April 3. Conditions were cool with moderate breezes from the South East, with the wind rotating to the East throughout the day. Race 1 started on time, with a slightly overanxious fleet leading to a general recall and the first U Flag of the regatta for the restart. Winds were about 8 knots and built throughout the race. The usual suspects were at the sharp end of the fleet, with Nick and Janet Jerwood greeting the gun in first place in Ineffable, and Grant Alderson and Dean MacAullay second in El Toro, both showing their former World Champion class. David Yu and Chris Nelson sailed a great race for third in Tuffen Up. In the Silver Fleet, Karen and Russell Dawes in Eagle Eye carried on their National Championship Silver title form to finish well clear of Stuart and Narelle Paisley in Vengeance with Phil Lammonby and Rita Nesdale in Ffoenix only just behind in third place. Race 2 was abandoned after a 20 degree windshift, but the restart saw the race sailed in a perfect 15 knots of breeze from a heading of 130 degrees. Once again, class came to the fore with the first two placings in Race 1 being repeated in Race 2 - Nick and Janet ahead of Grant and Dean. Peter Burtenshaw and Kevin Griffiths in No Bull made up for their 17th in Race 1 to come in an excellent third. Once again in the silver fleet, Karen and Russell Dawes finished first, with Phil and Rita in Ffoenix managing to edge out Stuart and Narelle in Vengeance for second. So after the first two races, the two ex-world champions lead the fleet - Nick and Janet in Ineffable ahead of Grant and Dean in El Toro. Behind them a number of boats are showing great consistency in finishing in the top 10 - David Swan and Matt Elliott in Changing Lanes showing that a little local knowledge doesn't do any harm with a 4th and 5th in the first two races putting them in 3rd place overall. Greg Tonnison and Steve Roberts in Spot the Difference and Greg Leaversuch and Peter Barblett in Glamour Boys are in 4th and 5th overall respectively, after consistently finishing in the top six in the first two races. Our hosts at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club put on a great fish BBQ in the evening, with entree of sashimi tuna and abalone followed by salad and BBQ snapper, ocean jacket and red emperor. The eskys flowing over with beer, and the sponsor's wine flowed throughout the night. An amazing tranquil candle lit dinner under the stars. Race officer John Taylor and his mark laying team headed up by Paul Bayliss did a great job today, and we look forward to more excellent racing tomorrow. ...more to come tomorrow.
- Written by FFIWA_webmaster
- Published: 04 Apr 2015