Syd Corser Championship
The Croc win again
5 December 2016
The Syd Corser regatta is one of the two premier annual regattas organized by the Swan River Etchells Fleet. The team of Michael Manford, Dean McAullay and Nick Gray in The Croc (AUS 1402) kept their nose in front of Ben Durham, Andy Fethers and Sean Gregory in Cone of Silence (AUS 990), to take out the event this year. Third place went to Brad Sheridan, Simon Cunningham and Brett Shoebridge in Tusk (AUS 883). Although most boats had a wide range of results on their score cards, the first and second place getters commanded six out of the 7 bullets that were available.
RPYC hosted the event this year, with nineteen boats competing in a range of wind conditions between 5 and 25 knots, which provided varied conditions across the seven race program. The Swan River Etchells Fleet provides for some very competitive yachting with any of the front ten boats being more than capable of winnings the regatta. It was also noted that no other keel boat class on the Swan River had the numbers (20 to 25) sailing on a regular basis throughout the season.
Day 1 saw three morning races in light to medium westerly breezes, being dominated by The Croc, with places going to Ben Durham, Brad Sheridan, Bruce Maloney and Ray Smith. During the late afternoon, race 4 was in moderate to fresh south westerly winds, with race 5 following in some funky conditions providing up to 27 knot winds under a grey cloud carrying a burst of strong rain. The afternoon was dominated with both wins going to the Cone of Silence, and places to Peter Chappell, Ray Smith, Mark Crier and Dirk van der Struyf. The day was capped off with a few beverages sponsored by Gage Roads on the banks at RPYC past sunset.
Day 2 was back to typical morning conditions, with light winds from the south east and then turned to be quite difficult and variable, as the light winds transitioned through to the south. Bullets on day 2 going The Croc and Martin Webster in Highlander, and the places to Mark Lovelady, Peter Chappell, Grantham Kitto and Doug Kerr. The event was concluded with the presentation on Sunday afternoon with pizza’s and beverages on the lawns of RPYC. The first owner of an Etchells in WA, Chris Hardy, presented the Syd Corser Trophy and other prizes in place of Syd Corser who, for the first time, was not able to make it to the presentation due to health reasons. Past Commodore Chris Hardy also acknowledged the company of other several past and present Commodores from the two Royal clubs, being present and or sailing in the regatta.
Thanks and gratitude goes to event sponsors including: Receo Solutions, Gill Clothing, Gage Roads Brewery, Paul Nelson Wines and North Sails.