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Hat Trick for La Rousse at Dunsborough in 2010
Helm Bruce Quail with crew Steve Heywood sailing La Rousse achieved a notable third GP14 State title in a row in Dunsborough over the 2010 February Labour Day long weekend, winning four of the five races in the series. Barry Baudains/Colin Lovelady in Aeolus III took second place, Louis Proksch/Stephen Dickinson in Cocktail Cherry were third and a new teaming of Amanda Chrimes/Richard Rowell achieved a very creditable fourth. Barry and Colin in Aeolus III also took home a well deserved Natterjack Consistency trophy plus the Grey Trophy for top Dunsborough boat whilst the Tamzine team of Joan and Mark Embry once more received the Lorna Kemp Memorial Trophy for Top Family Boat.
Four boats from Mounts Bay Sailing Club in Perth made the trip down to the beautiful Quindalup Beach on Geographe Bay where they joined the Dunsborough Bay Yacht Club boats for the 45th GP14 WA State Championships. The forecast medium to strong easterly winds did not materialise and it was very light wind sailing for the most part.
The first heat on Saturday afternoon started in medium winds and saw a coming together of the two primary contenders, La Rousse and Cocktail Cherry, at the start. La Rousse stayed back for itís mandatory 720 penalty and Cocktail Cherry rapidly claimed the lead position, being chased closely by Aeolus III. Jim Major/Ralph Gelbke in Whizz Bang and Peter Ryall/Rob Archer in Green Leader were up amongst the top players for most of the race and as the wind started dropping, Aeolus III struck and seized the lead from Cocktail Cherry to win the first event.
The second heat saw continuing light winds resulting in a shortened race, Aeolus III chasing La Rousse across the line with Green Leader & Joan/Mark Embry in Tamzine well in the mix.
Heat three on Sunday morning saw the start postponed for an hour due to strong winds then getting under way in moderate conditions. La Rousse led most of the way but was chased hard by Cocktail Cherry who finished second, followed by Aeolus III and Linda Harris/Rob Spinks in Shallabe.
With winds dropping off before lunch, heat four was shortened from a long to a short race but this was still not enough. As La Rousse rounded the top mark the wind literally stopped and the current pushed all other competitors away from mark, some by up to 50m! As a result of this, La Rousse finished well ahead of the field with Aeolus III getting a second position some 20 minutes later. Grey Power snuck over the line soon after but Shallabe missed out on the thirty minute regulation time by 6 seconds! Consequently only three boats finished that heat with some having to accept a tow back to the beach afterwards.
A light wind returned for the final short race, again being won by La Rousse with Grey Power stepping up to the mark with a second, Cocktail Cherry third and Aeolus III fourth.
Our thanks go to the band of volunteers who contributed to the eventís success, Charles Jackson as Principle Race Officer, Lorraine Fogarty in the rescue boat, Gerry Herd in the race tent (perhaps the last time we see a race finished from the beach with the DBYC clubhouse nearing completion), Jim and Judy Major who hosted the prize giving and many others who gave so freely of their time.
Law firm Mackenzie Moncrieff sponsored accommodation for the Perth contingent resulting in the Perth sailors testing the localís resilience by donating some wine imported from the Swan Valley for the occasion.
The Flying Fish Teams Trophy was awarded to the DBYC as the Regatta was unable to be staged this year and MBSC and DBYC teams were picked from the contenders in the Championships. Well done to DBYC!
Final Result for GP14 Championship after 5 races with 4 races to count