Offshore Yachting : February March 2009
R ace & Regatta Round Up John Bertrand, Andrew Palfry and Ben Ainslie en route to success at the Etchells Nationals. Bertrand wins Etchells Nationals with a day to spare John Bertrand and his all-star team of Andrew Palfrey and Ben Ainslie sailed Triadto victory in the 2009 Australian Etchells Championship for the fourth time – with a day to spare. after scoring third in heat 6 and a win in heat 7 handing him a seven point buffer over the Kiwi team led by Alastair Gair on Valsheda, who also secured second place overall in the event with a day to spare, winning heat 6 and placing third in heat 7. Heat 6 started in south to south-west winds building from 16 knots to S 23 knots at the finish of heat 7 with two-metre waves, which made for challenging upwind sailing and great surfing conditions downwind. Third overall went to Mark Bulka sailing Critical Balance. Victorian 46 | offshore ailing took place in generally boisterous seabreezes and lumpy seas on the Gulf of St Vincent off the coast of Adelaide, with 44 Etchells from all mainland states competing. John Bertrand and crew secured victory on the second last day The crew of the Moe Szyslak Experience making the most of the gusty conditions. Bananas in Pijamas (Ian Johnson) placed fourth, last race winner Roni (Mark Bradford) fifth and local yachtsman Chris Pratt sixth in La Vie Dansante. Among the fleet of 45 was Sir James Hardy, who finished second in the Grand Masters division sailing Foolhardy. He described conditions as “a bit too fresh although I do enjoy it…. I am the same age as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, though I think it will see me out.” He went on to say, “Etchells, clearly the most competitive senior class; Bertrand and Gair both class acts with Ainslie unquestionably the best small boat sailor in the world, and pushing the best of all time, Paul Elvstrom.” Best placed New South Wales boats were Steampacket 7, skippered by state champion Rob Brown, and Avalon, skippered by Peter McNeil. Steampacket 7 placed seventh overall, Avalon eighth overall.
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