NSWRYA 2024 International Marblehead State Championships – Results & Report

The NSW Marblehead States were held on Lake Illawarra by IYC Sailings Radio Yacht Division (IRYC).

Saturday started off with a light west/southwest breeze just right for A Rigs, with very tight racing over the whole fleet. We had five races before a rain front moved in taking what breeze there was. It was decided by the PRO Warren Norrie to stop for an early lunch.

After about an hour the rain abated and a light southerly breeze, with swings to both east and west blew in. After constant course changes, Vince Zweers (Boat Operator) set enough buoys to allow racing to continue without many breaks.

Seven races were held before it was decided to call it a day, with everyone soaked and being it being after three, it was a popular decision.

Overnight the rain really picked up intensity and the forecast were for dangerous conditions on both the water and roads, but these reports are sometimes wrong.

On Sunday morning we assembled in the sailor’s room (Known as the Bower Room) to discuss the situation. After discussions with the PRO of the day (David Moll) and myself, it was decided to hold for a short while, to allow a check on the lake and monitor visibility. After much discussion and in consultation with the competitors it was decided safety for all must come first and racing was cancelled.

Congratulations go to Scott Condie (IRYC) First, Lincoln McDowall (APMYC) Second and David Mitchell (NM) Third. Congratulations and thanks to all competitors who travelled from interstate (Victoria and ACT) and Sydney.

Although some boats developed Gremlins, and hopefully even with trying conditions, you all enjoyed yourselves and will come back another time.

A huge thanks to all the support team Warren Norrie and David Moll (PROs), Scorers and Observers Andrew Payne, Allan Thompson, Selwyn Holland, Dennis Yarrow, along with and anyone else I have missed. My biggest thanks go to Vince Zweers for operating the boat in atrocious conditions – without his support the racing wouldn’t have happened.

Unfortunately, we had to make the call to stop racing, but safety has to come first.

Bruce Benoit

Race Officer for IYRC