QUEENSLAND PAPER TIGER STATE TITLES, LAKE COOTHARABA
On the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of November, the Queensland Paper Tiger State Titles were hosted by Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club in conjunction with their annual Cat Challenge.
Eight Paper Tigers voyaged north from Southport Yacht Club on Friday, met with one local boat and claimed their place on the beach amongst the A classes, Nacras and F18s. Saturday morning saw an early start with plenty of beach tinkering and anxious wait for the breeze to fill in. Racing began at 12:30pm with consistent 12 – 15 knots of breeze from the.
Three races on day one saw Ben Downey take a solid lead with three bullets followed by Emma Hutcheson and Rod Bonner to round out the top three. An earlier start and threatening rain on Sunday meant less time for the breeze to fill in and racing started in a fluky 8-10 knots. The lighter conditions brought the fleet closer together and the top spot was highly contested with Ben, Addison – the only junior in the fleet, and Emma all receiving race wins. After 3 races on Sunday, a drop came into place leaving a tie for first place and only 4 points separating first and forth. But it wasn’t over yet! The race committee surprised the fleet with a 4th race on Sunday resulting in a seven-race regatta.
With a win in the seventh and final race, Emma secured first place overall and Paper Tiger QLD state champion. 2nd place went to Rod Bonner and 3rd to Ben Downey. Addison Newlan, the only junior gave us all a run for our money and took out 4th place overall after some very competitive racing on Sunday.
A great regatta was had by all with plenty of fun on and off the water!
**Submitted by Emma Hutcheson
**Photo courtesy Russell Witt Photography
SAIL BRISBANE 2023
Wishing all our Junior and Senior sailors ‘fair winds’ at ‘Sail Brisbane’ 2023 this coming weekend at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron – https://www.rqys.com.au/sailbrisbane23/. Results and pics to follow 😊
THIS WEEK @ OXENFORD WATERSPORT CENTRE AND SQUAD UPDATE
By: Amber Hudson
Sailors of the Week
A huge shout out to Alistair, Max, Stirling and Nate for coming every Saturday to help with our Tackers Learn to Sail program. Here they are cooking the BBQ to celebrate the last day of Term 4, it was a cracker of a day and we couldn’t have managed without your help guys! Can’t wait to do it all again in 2024.
By Challenge Wells
Saturday Out There Fleet – Saturday was our last session for the year, 11 kids arrived at Hollywell not knowing what our Instructors Sam and Mick had for them this week. The kids were super stoked to find out the two SYC Keelboats Melges and Blazer were in the water and ready to go. It was a fun sail as they sent the boats down to the Seaway and then playing in the deep hole. A huge day and a great time, apart of the OutThere experience.
By Mick Scharf
Sunday Greenfleet – Sunday provided something different for the kids on their last session of the year. Three of our Tackers kids, who have now completed their training at Oxenford, and their parents were invited to Hollywell for the first time. This provides them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the venue and to introduce the young sailors to how the sessions are structured. As it was the final session for 2023 with light winds, all sailors jumped onto Hobie catamarans for some fun sailing, beach games and swimming.
By Mick Scharf and Mike Latter
You can find out more about all our learn to sail programs on the SYC website. Click this LINK
LAST SHE SAILS EVENT FOR 2023
Saturday 16th December Noon-3pm (ages 7yrs+)
This will be Caela’s last She Sails session at SYC Oxenford and will be our Christmas-themed session. Wear something Christmassy, bring some nibbles to share if you want to and Join us for some festive fun on the lake sailing Catamarans or (if you have tried previously) windsurfing.
We look forward to seeing you back at the lake soon! – SYC She Sails Team
UPCOMING SAILING EVENTS
Cook Island Yacht Race 2023- Sunday 10th Dec Entry Link Here
Cock of the Broadwater 2023- Sunday 17th Dec Entry Link Here
CLUB RACING UPDATE
Summer RTC Series – Current Results Link Here
JaM Series – Current Results Link Here
Twilight Series (RTC) – Current Results Link Here
Summer Series (Passage) – Current Results Link Here
Summer Series (RTC) – Current Results Link Here
THURSDAY TWILIGHT DIVISION
Spring Twilight Series – Current Results Link Here
Spring Twilight Offshore Series – Current Results Link Here
Spring Twilight Offshore Series (inside Pursuit) – Current Results Link Here
OFF THE BEACH CATAMARAN DIVISION
Championship Series – Current Results Link Here
Passage Series – Current Results Link Here
OFF THE BEACH DINGHY DIVISION
Championship Series – Current Results Link Here
Sprint Series – Current Results Link Here
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS – WITH BEN DOWNEY
EPISODES BELOW – “your stories make our club”
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 12 Drew Jones
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 11 Joshua Green
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 10 Andy Lamont
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 9 Ben Noonan
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 8 Dr. Lisa Beecham
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 7 Neil Rowsthorn
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 6 – Greg Forgan-Smith
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 5 – Ross Manning
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 4 – Emma Hutcheson
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 3 – Xavier Doerr
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS Episode 2 – Mike McGehan
SIP N SAIL CATCH UPS – Episode 1 – Addison Newlan