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Report for Tasar 2015 W.A. State Championships
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Written by The Doctor   
Thursday, 26 March 2015

 Tasar 2015 W.A. State Championships were the biggest ever.


The 2015 Tasar W.A. State Championships had the most entries of any previous W.A. States, with 22 boats entered it was twice the number in previous years .  This increase in boat numbers has resulted from recently conducting the World Championships in W.A. which caused more boats to be brought into the State.  Both parts 1 and 2 of the race series had big fleets, but the weather for Part 2 at Hillarys Yacht Club provided breakages and an injury, to reduce the number of boats completing the series, which was unfortunate for those involved.


Scott Olsen and Niko Striega on 2937 "Escape Boat" continued their consistent good form to win the last four races to make it five first places in the nine race series, to win the State Championships.  Second place went to David Meehan and Peter Brown on 2938 "Critical Path", with third place going to Matt and Leanne Hoffman on 2782 "Fusion".


The bigger fleets have resulted in more competitive events which has continued to improve the standard of racing skills.

 The Club Team trophy was won by Hillarys Yacht Club, and was accepted by their Rear Commodore Sailing Neil Harrison who sails on 2919 "A Day at the Races".

 The first place on Handicap went to Greg Jennings and Berenice Jamieson on 1042 "Wave".  Second place went to Dean and Zoe Dixon on 1651 "Straight Jacket".  Third place went to Trevor Date and Zale Horne on 2915 "Zailing".


There were lots of humorous stories and some not so funny, about what was happening at each event, and helped to make it a relaxed event off the water.  It was good to see everyone interacting well and helping each other when needed with such things as launching and retrieving boats.


Thank you to the many volunteers who helped make the event a success at both venues, especially to Robin Olsen for being Race Officer at Busselton and assisting & mentoring at Hillarys' Race Officer John Porter.  Also a special thank you to Sue Olsen for processing the race results at both venues.  The prizes and trophies provided by TAWA for the event were well received.

 Due to the event being held in two parts, the first in November 2014 in Busselton as part of the 2015 World Championships Test Event, and the second part on 21 & 22 March 2015, not everyone was available for both parts.  So the biggest number of boats on the water at one time was 19, which was great to see and also great to sail with.  Also there were other boats who were unavailable for the event, so next year we can expect more entries and more fun.

Complete results are available on the Tasar web site at and also photos in the Gallery section of the W.A. part of the web site. 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 )
Just keeping it real
Written by The Doctor   
Sunday, 22 March 2015

 Oh dear  

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 March 2015 )
Algal Bloom Race Cancelled
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Written by The Doctor   
Friday, 13 March 2015


Due to the forecast heavy weather tomorow morning from Severe TC Olwyn off the NW WA Coast, the Algal Bloom Race has been cancelled.

But some sailors can still have fun fun fun!  Freshie will be running some special river courses in lieu of AB Race, subject to weather clerance in the morning! 


Last Updated ( Friday, 13 March 2015 )
The Etchells Rap
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015


A nervous start to the final day program left points leader Michael Manford seemingly vulnerable in his quest for another State title in the Etchells class. In breeze which has just turned from east to west and was still settling, Manford took the option to go north while the majority of the fleet took to the south side.  At the first rounding of the top mark, Manford had just four boats behind him.  He recovered a little to finish thirteenth, but it meant that he would now have to carry an eleventh placing from race 2.

Brad Sheridan (883) leads the pack chasing down Michael Manford who has already passed the camera boat

Dirk Vander Struyf came to the rescue with a win in that race, followed by Raymond Smith, while Peter Chappell was forced to sit the race out due to a black flag disqualification. Manford’s other main rival, Martin Webster, scored a fifth so his position remained relatively secure.

Manford rounds the top mark with only daylight behind him. He won the last race easily.

To underline his superiority, Manford jumped out of the blocks smartly in the final race and with the breeze now settled and blowing at a steady 12 – 15 knots, rounded the top mark a few boat lengths clear and as he had done several times earlier in the regatta, pulled right away for another comfortable win. 

A delighted Martin Webster took second place.  Some clever recruiting resulted in international match racer Keith Swinton, sail maker Nick Davis and Chris Smith on the team.  They returned remarkably consistent results throughout without winning a race, dropping a seventh place for their nett total points.

Port tackers found it tough to join the starboard tack parade

There was a log jam of three boats tied for third place. Peter Chappell, who was black flagged in race 5 and finished a disappointing tenth in the final race, eventually placed third on a countback. With Simon Sutherland, young gun Chris Charlwood and match racer Peter Nicholas on the crew, Chappell loomed as the one skipper who might challenge Manford for the title after the first day and he was clearly gutted by his disqualification.

Losing out in the countback calculations were Brad Sheridan, who finished the regatta with a hard fought second in the last race, and the super reliable Alistair McMichael.

Michael Manford, Dean McAullay and Nick Gray celebrate their win.

There was some disquiet about sailing a State Championship on the Swan River at this time of year but Michael Manford put it into perspective well in his acceptance speech.  “It was hard work out there” he said. “One minor mistake can punish you in these conditions as we found out this morning.  But that’s the attraction of sailing on the Swan River.  You get a mix of conditions and you have to work hard for a result.”

It was also pretty tough on the race officer Kim Laurence. He was patient in the shifty conditions and at the end of the day, his judgment proved to be spot on.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 March 2015 )
OP heads South
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Written by The Doctor   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015

Some footage on board Optimus Prime heading south to Hobart last December...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 March 2015 )
Algal Bloom Race 2015
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015

 Its on again!  Get your nominations in!!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 )
Go Mandurah
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Written by FSC   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015

 Entries are now open for the 2015 Halls Head Ocean Race & Point Robert Return down to Mandurah.

Follow this linky:


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 )
Tuesday Sailing Vid
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Some fast & high action from Calm Racing at GBRW...

Calm Racing Geographe bay 2015 from Calm Racing on Vimeo.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 )
Win a Rolex Watch!
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Well sort of, its actually a very fine Gill Regatta Master Watch if you get your entry in by this Friday 6th March.

Everything you need to know is right here.....







Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 )
Drive her like you stole her!
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Written by The Doctor   
Monday, 23 February 2015

Commdom & Johno giving Alfie a good caning. She loves a whipping!

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 February 2015 )
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