Following the NSW State Championships the previous weekend, 13 A Cats descended onto the waters of Lake Macquarie for the 2016 Zhik Singlehanded Regatta.
The mix included Moths, OK Dinghies, Optimists, Lasers, and even one International canoe. Strong Westerly winds gusting up to 40 knots kept us entertained on the beach on the Saturday, as we watched the while water, and the occasional mini water spout cut up the lake.
The day was not entirely lost, as it was possible to utilise the time to make the never ending modifications and adjustments to gear under the tutorage of the likes of Darren Bundock whom is always obliging with helpful suggestions. With the temperatures in the low 30 Celsius, it was a tad hot sitting in the baking late Spring sunshine.
The following day was much more conducive for sailing, with the winds moderating. The hot westerly winds were still testing, with characteristic large shifts , and large variation in intensity. The flat waters were ideal for foiling, even if the fluctuation in the winds were not so obliging.
Steve Brewin won all four races, with Darren Bundock putting a consistent set of four second platings
Third overall was Scott Anderson (3-3-4-3), with Chris Cairns on his C boarded Tool, coming fourth (4-5.5-5-4). Andrew Williams was fifth (14-4-3-5).
The next major event will be the Australian Championships in early January, on Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Some of us are in need of a lot of foiling practice.
Report by Robert Griffits.