KAOTIC Tops NSW States

This year’s 2017 New South Wales State Championship was hosted by the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club and sponsored by Doyle MacDiarmid Sails. The racing took place on the Felix Bay, just off Point Piper on the southern shoreline of Sydney Harbour. Two cold, wet days and tricky weather conditions with shifty breezes was not the easiest for the RPEYC PRO duo of Terry Matthews and Adrian Broadbent and the race committee team, but their efforts were greatly appreciated by the 13 crews who participated. Performance is rated, and top boats are “scratch teams” while those in the mid-fleet get a higher handicap applied to their scores. Winning the “Open” division were long-time stalwarts of the Sydney fleet, the duo of Sean Kirkjian & Arthur Crothers on KAOTIC. Taking second was David West’s ACE. Rounding out the podium in the bronze position was CONVICTS REVENGE, skippered by Stephen Girdis. This year’s handicap division winners were Janette Syme’s WILDFIRE, and she also took the crown as Top Woman Skipper. Second was the trio of Brendan Lee and the Tromps on WATERBORNE AGAIN. Taking third was Clinton Hood’s VERTIGO. This year, the “Women on Water Trophy” was awarded to Amanda Williams for her efforts skippering JAGGED EDGE in club races, twilights and regattas, showing determination and relentless enthusiasm during her learning curve. For more Australian J/24 Class information, visit http://www.j24.com.au/.

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