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The second day of the 2015 Musto Worlds in Perth WA
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Written by Perth Sailing Photography   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015

 The ACO Musto High Performance Skiff World Championships 2015 Perth WA

 Tuesday the 6th of January.

 A discussion about the weather and a good day for an all rounder.


Thor Schoenfield ramping it up

Predict Wind said one thing and the BOM site said another. Both of them were right. Three races were held on Melville Water West with a variation of wind strengths in the first two races ranging from 20 + knots down to 9 knots with a third race that experienced a booming comeback from the wind gods. This took the left hand side of the course up to 20 knots and started bowling the tailenders over.


Grand Master Ian Renilson in flight

 The clue is in the last sentence. We didn't have the normal sea breeze on the river and the wind spectrum worked between a west sou westerly to start, that shifted into the south and then came back into the south west over the day. The winners were in the south if they could read the shifts on the water. RO Andy Cowan had the crew shifting the marks as required and maintained a good length and race time for the whole day, though AP's were required occasionally.


Not a good day for Robin Dayes 

 With a three race schedule, the race was started on time and the high winds had every one working hard to get the top end with some having to retire with equipment failure.

As the wind dropped out, the second lap was easier but the breeze started to move around and John Newman had to worked his way to first, followed by Ian Renilson and Marcus Hamilton.


Grand Master Chris Sutherland on the upwind beat 

Race two had the breeze kicking in a little with the left hand side favoured. A single recall on the start was ignored and after the top mark, John Reekie gybed into pressure and the lead with John Newman grabbing second, On the upward beat, a right hand shift gave John Newman the lead that was not relinquished. Thor Schoenhoff took second and sadly, due to John Reekie being OCS, Ian Renlison took third.  


Last one home pays for the beers! Nicholas Duchoud 33 & John Archer 40 

The third race saw a general recall that saved face for Paul Dijkstra, as he'd hit the pin end boat on the way through while pushing his luck. On the next start, a pod of dolphins joined the start line and had a clear advantage over the fleet as they were not subject to Hughie's demands. Sergei  Samus needs to be remembered for a port crossing that covered the fleet, but he was so enamoured with the stunt that he went too far to the right as the left hand fleet took advantage of the pressure that was on the water and stormed home at the top. The breeze dropped out on the final leg and had the pack split up chasing the shifts. Jon Newman took a couple of gybes that took him past a strong group of Brett, Schoenhoff and Dave Postern but Renlison had managed to get to the front in the mean time and had Thor Schoenhoff, Jon Newman and Paul Dijkstra follow him home.


Catch me if you can. Tim Conway leading Tim Chapman 

The full results are available at  

 Keep watching for more great Musto news

Thanks to Perth Sailing Photography for the images. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 January 2015 )
ACO Musto High Performance Skiff World Championships 2015 Perth WA
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Written by Perth Sailing Photography   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015

 The ACO Musto High Performance Skiff World Championships 2015 Perth WA


Mad Moments.... 

Thirty eight boats came to Perth to compete for the Nationals and World Championships and they were entranced by the laid back atmosphere offered by their host club, the Mounts Bay Sailing Club. Internationally recognised Race Officer Andy Curnow assembled a great team to look after both the nationals and worlds and by the time that the nationals were finished, the entrants had learnt some of the Swan river's ways and were ready for the worlds.


Dave Postern hiking

The first day of the Musto Worlds started as a scorcher with the temperature climbing into the 40’s. Unfortunately this meant that the weather was not going to cooperate and an early AP had the sailors looking for the start of the sea breeze.


Darryl Stone under kite 

And Hughie came to the rescue with a breeze of about ten to fifteen knots and flat water for all. Following the big winds of the Nationals on Melville Water, it was a pleasant change to go out in a moderate breeze.

 Jason Brownie chasing Alex Greil

After a general recall, the RO hung out a “soft” black flag and the restart was clean. Paul Dijkstra of the Netherlands went left with the fleet in tow and as the sea breeze tracked left, he overlaid the mark, giving Australians Tim Hill and Jon Newman to round the top mark in front. The leaders took the right hand side of the course enjoying the gusts coming down under kites and the lead swapped several times before they swung back up to the top mark again. Tim Hill managed to stay in front of a determined challenge by Jon Newman down the centre under the gusts rolling through the course. Tim took line honours with Jon Newman 2nd and Dave Poston 3rd.


Nicholas Duchard 

The next race had no challenges at the start line and the best of the fleet took off to the left with Paul Dijkstra in the lead again. With the gusts moving down the centre of the course the fleet began to work their way up to the top utilizing the shifts as they came through. As the race progressed the wind began to drop and despite a great finish by Jon Newman, Paul Dijkstra managed to waft his way past at the finish with brothers Jon and Paul Newman finishing 2 and 3 while holding out a fast finishing Arthur Brett.

 The racing will continue over the next week... stay tuned.

Thanks to Perth Sailing Photography for the images. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 January 2015 )
Tasar 2015 World Championship race 3 report
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Written by GBYC   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015

 A light north westerly “sea breeze” started to fade late in Monday’s first race of the Tasar 2015 World Championships, which had a re-start due to a lot of boats being a bit too keen to get going.  Although it was light conditions, the flat water allowed for some good boat speed with some big gaps between the leading boats.  The big fleet ensures there is congestion at most marks and resulted in quite a few protests.  First place went to Chris Dance and Peter Hackett from Victoria, Australia, on “Doppio”.  In second place were Rob and Nicole Douglass from New South Wales, Australia, on “Coolit”.  Third place went to Philip Gordon and Nick Hubbard from the USA on “Radicchio”.  The second race of the day was postponed to another day, due to the breeze fading out to calm hot conditions.  The series leader after the three races that have been sailed, is Chris Dance and Peter Hackett from Australia.




The Japanese sailors provided a presentation about the next Tasar World Championships which will be in Gamagori, Japan in July/August 2017.  It should be a great venue and a great place to visit.  More information at   Put this event on your must do list.

 The photo is of the race winners and family support crew.  The next races of the ten race series are scheduled for Tuesday 6 January.  Information and results can be found on the event web site .  The event is being hosted by Geographe Bay Yacht Club.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 January 2015 )
Time for a Change at the 2015 Laser Nationals
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Written by Perth Sailing Photography   
Monday, 05 January 2015


The sea breeze was a lot kinder on Sunday at the 2015 Open Laser Nationals in Mandurah. Instead of bolting in as it did on Saturday, it eased its way in and by 1 pm, the RO Ross Wilson had the Gold Radials in sequence and racing had commenced



 It’s all action in the radial fleet on the last day

In an all Western Australian affair twice radial world champion Tristan Brown has relinquished his hold on the Australian National championship with rising youth star Alistair Young sealing the regatta on the second last race. Conor Nicholas sailed very well to take third for the series.


 Ashley Stoddart preparing to gybe

In the radial silver fleet Harmon McAullay of WA took first followed by fellow West Australians (and Grand Masters) Andrew Whittell and Bruce Utting. Ashley Stoddart had two good races lifting her to 5th over all and is the leading female in radials.  The top masters in the radial fleet are Mark Kennedy at 10th, followed by Jeff Loosemore at 18th and Craig Hughes at 20th.   


 Top three 4.7 sailors Left, Caelin Winchcombe; centre Brody Riley; right Jordan Makin

With the Standards locked away for ISAF World Champion gold medalist Tom Burton, he took a rest day to prepare for the Moth Worlds in Sorrento, Melbourne. This left the door open for young WA gun Matt Wearne to take the last two races, clearly identifying himself as the prince in waiting for the top chair. Third was up for grabs and Ryan Palk of Queensland snatched it out of West Australian Luke Elliott’s hands by scoring a second while Luke scored a fourth giving them equal points to finish with. On count back Ryan took third. The Masters were led by Gavin Dagley at 13th, Grant Lovelady at 15th and David Whait at 17th


 Top female radial sailors Left,  Manami Doi; centre Ashley Stoddart; right Haddon Hughes

The 4.7’s have succumbed to the attack of Brody Riley of Victoria scoring a relentless five bullets in the last five races ensuring that he was never in doubt. Caelin Winchcombe of WA sailed well over the series to finish with the same score as Jordan Makin of NSW and the count back gave the nod to Caelin. Zoe Thomson sailed well in the final two races and took 8th over all and first female 4.7 sailor.    


 Smiles all round on the radial podium. Left Tristan Brown; Centre Alistair Young; right Conor Nicholas.

 The overall list of winners and their standings may be found at 

Race Officer Ross Wilson of Victoria was very complimentary about the consistent sea breeze that was enjoyed throughout the regatta and paid tribute to the race management team that had been assembled for the event.  He also praised the efforts of the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, the volunteers and staff who put together a magnificent event.


 The top Standard Laser Sailors. Left Matt Wearne; Centre Tom Burton, right Ryan Palk

 Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, wishes to thank their main partners the City of Mandurah and the Department of Sport and Recreation along with the regatta sponsors, for their ongoing support for the regatta and all activities at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club.

Big thanks to Perth Sailing Photography for all the images. 




Last Updated ( Monday, 05 January 2015 )
Tasar Race 1 & 2
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Written by GBYC   
Sunday, 04 January 2015

 Race one and two of the Tasar 2015 World Championships were held on the afternoon of Sunday 4 January on the waters Geographe Bay, Busselton.


A good start with clear air, and keeping away from trouble at the top mark of the course, appears to be the popular comments from both races.  The wind for both races was a lightish north westerly with less chop than the previous day’s race.



Race one was won by Jay and Lisa Renehan on “Fast & Thorough & Sharp as a Tack” from the USA.  Second place went to James sly and Chelsea Haynes from Victoria, Australia, on “Indecisive”.  In third place was Chris Dance and Peter Hackett from Victoria, Australia, on “Doppio”.  There were 114 finishers from the fleet of 123 boats.     

Race two saw James Sly and Chelsea Haynes on “Indecisive” get a good fast start at the port end of the start line which helped them to go on and win the race.  Second place went to Aaron Linton and Jamie Jochheim from Queensland, Australia, on “A Team”.  In third place was Rob and Nicole Douglass from New South Wales, Australia, on “Coolit”.  There were 118 completing this race. 




The post race presentations and “Ronstan half hour” with humorous incidents and comments was well received by the big crowd.

The photos are of the race winners.  The next two races of the ten race series are scheduled for Monday 5 January.  Information and results can be found on the event web site .  The event is being hosted by Geographe Bay Yacht Club.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 January 2015 )
Saturday Tasers
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Written by GBYC   
Sunday, 04 January 2015

 Saturday afternoon was the Practice Race for the Tasar 2015 World Championships which is being sailed on Geographe Bay, Busselton.  Some of the 114 boats were a bit too keen to start and caused a re-start of the race.  It was initially a light north westerly breeze with sloppy chop which later changed to a strong south westerly with some big gusts and an occasional lull to really test the reactions of the crews.  Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne, from Victoria, Australia, sailed SMAC into clear air to establish an early lead and built on it to take first place, with second place going to Pete Ellis and Charlotte Birbeck on Positively Undecided who are also from Victoria, and in third Place were Scott Olsen and Niko Striega sailing on Escape Boat from Western Australia.  The next two places were Australian boats, then in sixth were Taro Yamamura on Miyako from Japan.  The current World Champions Anthony Boscolo and Haley Lane on Cohete Azul were further back in the fleet and will be hoping for better results from Sunday’s Heats of the regatta.

Information and results can be found on the event web site .  The event is being hosted by Geographe Bay Yacht Club. 


Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 January 2015 )
Going for Gold at the 2015 Laser Nationals
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Written by Perth Sailing Photography   
Saturday, 03 January 2015



Elise Ainsworth and Jackson Rees to the down wind mark

The sea breeze came booming in and RO Ross Wilson was taking full advantage of it. With the luxury of all six races under his belt he indicated that the next four would be even better in the lead up to the final day. The breeze on both days started in the south and worked around to the south west with the first day finishing with 20 knots and the Saturday with better than 20 knots and a big sea running.



 Wearne, Elliot and Burton battle it out.

 On the penultimate day, Matt Wearne has grabbed two bullets after picking one up on the Friday. It won’t change things as the Burton grip is too strong, but the pleasure of a few late wins in the booming sea breeze has clearly set Matt’s mind at ease. He’s more comfortable with the upwinds and said so this afternoon. And at the same time, he’s not let his downwind speed drop. A winning package that will allow him to look at two more on Sunday. In the Masters, the racing continues to fascinate as the lighter weather on Friday brought the elder statesmen of the Laser community out for a sail and Saturday had the prudent promptly diving back into shelter. The leaders are Gavin Dagley of Victoria and Grant Loveday of WA and David Whait of WA.


The Radials split into Gold and Silver fleets and the promised meeting between Western Australians Tristan Brown and Alistair Young happened with Alistair enjoying a clear advantage in the strong winds on the day.  At this time with drops, Alistair is 2 points clear of Tristan and the fleet itself worked hard over the two days with Conor Nicholas of WA sitting third on 18 points and Finnian Alexander of NSW fourth on 26 points. Top female is Ashley Stoddart who has handled the conditions remarkably well to sail to sixth place and the top master in radials is Mark Kennedy from Queensland in tenth spot.. 


 John Roberson leads a group of Masters to the mark

In Silver Fleet, West Australian Harmon McCaullay leads with Andrew Whittell of WA second and Bruce Utting of WA third. Incidentally, both Andrew and Bruce are both Grand Masters and have carried themselves well for the series, each scoring at least one bullet. 

Victorian Brody Riley of the 4.7’s must have been studying the Burton model as he has very rarely strayed outside the top three placings in all the strengths of the breeze available. He has watched the movement of the competitors below him and is playing a game from the front. A comfortable spot to be in.  Caelin Winchcombe of WA has moved up to second with some fine boat handling and Jordan Makin of NSW lies third. There are a number of people, who could have a crack at third spot, but it’s a matter of consistency now and with a good breeze forecast, it’s not the time to put a foot wrong. In the female 4.7’s, Zoe Thomson of WA continues to punch above her weight as she is consistently putting in good (top ten) performances. Her nearest rival sits at 21 and Zoe clearly is capable of sailing in these big winds, although speaking to her today, she did admit to being tired after the day on the water and said the term survival came to mind. 


Jordan Makin on a reach 

The medal races kick off tomorrow with the breezes forecast to be as good as they’ve been all week. A brilliant day on the water for everyone to enjoy. The question put two days ago will answered. Who are the best in Australia?


Tristan Brown, Ashley Stoddart and Angus Barker off the radial start 

Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, wishes to thank their main partners the City of Mandurah and the Department of Sport and Recreation along with the regatta sponsors, for their ongoing support for the regatta and all activities at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club. 

And a big thanks to Perth Sailing Photography for providing all the images. 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 January 2015 )
Rumble in the Reach 2015
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Written by EFYC   
Saturday, 03 January 2015

 The “Reach” or Blackwall Reach is a narrowing of the Swan River, a gorge if you like. The reach is 1.2 km long and .33 km wide It is affectionately known as the "Drainpipe" The prevailing southwesterly wind funnels down the reach. It is notoriously difficult to sail with currents and a swirling wind.


Each year, East Fremantle Yacht Club, which is at the head of the reach, holds the Rumble In The Reach. In the morning the juniors hold their races in the O’pen Bic class and in the afternoon The Rumble is open to all sports boats. It is a handicap start with boats off at 30 sec intervals. There are three races and if you place in a race, you are further handicapped for the subsequent race.

The course is a normal windward and then a downwind slalom around four marks, 600 metres from top mark to bottom. The midway point of the course is set 100metres in front of the East Fremantle Yacht Club balcony.

Being the only racing for the day, the club’s upstairs verandah bar that is packed full of well primed spectators There is a commentator on hand to entertain and explain the event to the spectators.

With good sea breezes this year, hopefully we will replicate the first Rumble which had perfect conditions – 20 knots and have some thrills and spills to entertain the crowd. East Fremantle opens its doors to the General Public so they can enjoy all the thrills and spills of the close quarter racing.

 Date : 10th January 2015

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 January 2015 )
Tasar 2015 Worlds
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Written by GBYC   
Saturday, 03 January 2015

 Tasar 2015 World Championships


Competitors for the 2015 Tasar World Championships were busy today preparing for tomorrow (Saturday 3rd) afternoon’s Practice Race which will be sailed in an area close to the west side of Busselton Jetty, within good viewing distance for spectators on the jetty and foreshore.  Current and past World and National Champions are among the many sailors who have been out on the waters of Geographe Bay during recent days, enjoying the variety of conditions of wind and water.

On Sunday afternoon the 123 boats will contest the first two of ten heats, with the remaining eight heats sailed during the weekday afternoons, with the last heat raced on Friday morning.  Information and results can be found on the event web site .  The event is being hosted by Geographe Bay Yacht Club.   

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 January 2015 )
The SEabreeze is in at the 2015 Laser Nationals!
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Written by Perth Sailing Photography   
Friday, 02 January 2015





Radial Start Line 

The battle continues unabated.

 Tuesday dawned as an easier day on the water with 10 knots forecast out of the south west and it was so for the first race with the lighter sailors and the Masters reveling in the soft stuff. Despite that, there was very little change in the leader board as the race wore on. Just as the finish line loomed for the 4.7’s in the first race, the sea breeze came booming in, as if to say, “I haven’t finished with you yet.”  With the racing notched up a few levels, it was a new day on the water.


Tristan Brown upwind on Tuesday 

In a consistent 20 knot sea breeze that you could only wish for and race officers dream about; the blazing battle between Tom Burton of New South Wales and Matt Wearne of Western Australia continued. Despite all Burton’s intentions of a straight run of bullets, on the last race on New Years Eve, Wearne broke back with a hard fought win. He stayed ahead in the down wind section including the fearsome reaches on the trapezoids and had enough in the tank to stay in front of Burton despite an enervating tacking duel as they fought to the finish line. This was a big win for Wearne, but afterwards he indicated that it was just a step on the way and the gold medal racing was still to be had.


# 238 Brody Riley 4.7 leader off the start line 

In the Radials, WA reigns for the moment as Alistair Young continues to dominate yellow fleet with 6 wins and Tristan Brown in blue fleet had one race stolen from him by Conor Nicholas in the 5th race. These three hold the top positions in the radial division with Queenslander Ashley Stoddart at 6th holding top female position.


Burton and Wearne a screaming reach 

In the 4.7’s Victorian Brody Riley continues to hold the top spot with Caelin Winchcombe of WA moving up to second following consistent thirds on the Wednesday. Jordan Makin of New South Wales sits in third place comfortably ahead of Nicholas Bezy of Hong Kong. Zoe Thomson of WA holds the top female spot at 6th, no mean feat considering the strong breezes that have graced the course. 


4.7’s Grace Hughes, Max Quan and Tyrone Gowans 

In the Masters and higher Gavin Dagley of Victoria holds top spot from WA’s Grant Lovelady both sitting in the top 20 in Standards; Mark Kennedy of Queensland improved his position from 12th to 10th in the radials and has WA’s Craig Hughes 16 points behind with a very pleased Dave Luketina of WA sitting another 9 points behind him. Not bad for these Masters, all three in the top twenty so far. 


Wearne – a hard fought win. 6th race Wednesday 

New Years Day is the lay day for the fleet and the radials will be sorted out into gold and silver fleets shortly. It’s a welcome break from the racing and speaking to the sailors in general, the feeling was to use the day as a rest and restore period.

 However, the mood of the Nationals is excellent and the consistently good breeze and superb weather is making this a memorable event. The next three days will bring an answer to the question…. Who are the best in the nation? 

 Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, wishes to thank their main partners the City of Mandurah and the Department of Sport and Recreation along with the regatta sponsors, for their ongoing support for the regatta and all activities at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 January 2015 )
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