NSW Sate Championships 2015: Steve Brewin 1st , Report by Bob Griffits

As always complete & detailed by Bob Griffits & the Australian Assoc / www.a-cat.org.au:

"The NSW A Class Championships were held over the weekend of March 21st and 22nd, straddling the Southern Hemisphere's Autumn Equinox. 26 boats from New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, converged to the South Lake Macquarie Sailing Club to compete in a proposed 7 race series.

The fleet welcomed the addition of 5 new junior sailors whom ranged in age from 14 to 21 years of age. The concept of high performance foiling boats is definitely attracting the interest of the younger sailors.

The series was won by Steve Brewin, sailing an Exploder design, with Z shaped boards. Stevie has put many hours into perfecting his foiling technique, and recently competed in the World Moth Class Championships in order to enhance his skills.
Second place went to Scott Anderson, a fellow New South Welshman and former World A Cat Champion. Scott was sailing an Exploder with C shaped boards. Third place went to Hamish Sinclair, a Victorian, sailing a DNA with C shaped boards.
Once again the C shaped boards are proving that they are still competitive. The Z and J boards are faster downwind, provided the skill level has been established to keep the boat on it's legs for prolonged periods of time. The foilers have intrinsically more drag upwind, and the view seems established that the windward board must be raised when sailing upwind.
The series was shortened to 5 races, after the weather system which had provided good breezes, evaporated into the ether by midday on the Sunday.

Four races were held on the Saturday, under cloudy skies , with moderate to fresh winds in the realm of 16 to 20 knots blowing across the course from the south east. The wind formed a small chop which certainly tested the sea legs of the downwind trapezing sailors. Steve Brewin proved to be the master in that regard.

The four races, each of approximately 5 nautical miles really stressed the endurance and stamina of many of the competitors.
Sunday was much more kinder, with more docile wind in the 10 to 12 knot range, now blowing from the east. Towards the end of race 5 there was a significant wind shift which split up the fleet.
The wind then completely stopped, and that was the conclusion of the event.

The Championship doubled as a test event of the venue. The National Champsionships will return to Lake Macquarie in the first week of January , 2016. As the area is the hometown of both Jimmy Spithill, and Nathan Outteridge, we anticipate that the event will once again draw a crowd of some of the America Cupper's, perhaps recreating aspects of the wonderful atmosphere of the 2012 Nationals that were held at Wangi, just up the way on Lake Macquarie. Perhaps some of the Europeans and North Americans may like to escape their winter hibernation to sail against some of the world's best."

Bob Griffits.

Pos Sail Name Classification State Age Div Place R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts Drop Total
1 4 Steve Brewin Foil NSW
1 1 2 1 1 2 7 2 5
2 31 Scott Anderson C NSW
2 29 1 2 3 3 38 29 9
3 7 Hamish Sinclair C VIC
3 3 3 3 4 1 14 4 10
4 972 Dave Brewer Foil VIC
4 2 4 4 2 7 19 7 12
5 1017 Stuart Scott Foil VIC
5 4 7 5 7 5 28 7 21
6 969 Grant Pellew Foil NSW
6 7 6 14 8 6 41 14 27
7 21 Ben Geisker C NSW
7 8 9 8 9 13 47 13 34
8 37 Bruce McArthur Foil NSW
8 12 11 6 5 29 63 29 34
9 321 Andrew Williams Foil NSW
9 5 5 16 29 14 69 29 40
10 882 Dave Hart Straight NSW
10 9 14 17 13 8 61 17 44
11 914 Brad Wicht C NSW
11 16 18 9 14 9 66 18 48
12 30 Mark Davies C NSW
12 10 15 12 12 21 70 21 49
13 924 Shane Hatton Straight QLD Junior 13 19 29 11 11 10 80 29 51
14 41 Matt Homan Foil QLD
14 29 29 7 6 11 82 29 53
15 1010 Ian Michie C NSW
15 13 17 29 15 15 89 29 60
16 23 Chris Munro Foil QLD
16 15 13 10 29 18 85 20 65
17 955 Lachie White C NSW Junior 17 17 22 18 10 20 87 22 65
18 880 Zac Heuchmer C NSW Junior 18 29 12 13 29 12 95 29 66
19 131 Michael Anderson C NSW Junior 19 11 19 22 29 16 97 29 68
20 49 Matt Johnson C VIC
20 6 8 29 29 29 101 29 72
21 980 Chris Cairns Straight NSW
21 29 10 29 29 4 101 29 72
22 9 Johns Dowling Straight QLD
22 20 21 19 16 19 95 21 74
23 22 Mark Johnston Foil NSW
23 14 16 29 29 22 110 29 81
24 1020 Mark Symons Foil QLD
24 29 20 15 29 17 110 29 81
25 997 Robert Griffits Foil NSW
25 29 23 20 17 29 118 29 89
26 19 Chris Caldecoat Straight NSW
26 18 29 21 29 23 120 29 91
27 893 Richard Campbell C NSW
27 29 29 29 29 20 136 29 107
28 802 Konrad Schultz Straight NSW
28 29 29 29 29 29 145 29 116