The 2013 State Titles were held at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) on the 11/12/13th January. Many thanks to the following S80 supporters for their contributions to make this a great regatta!
The happy team from Intrusion with the trophies!
“INTRUSION” all class in the S80 One Class State Championship.
Luke Reineher and his crew showed consistent and dominant form to take out the S80 State
Championship. A fleet of 20, including two from Geelong, began the State Championship last
Friday in a honking northerly around the low to mid 20 knot mark.
The first race was a short 2 lap windward/leeward course, which got off to a good clean start
in testing conditions. Peter Stevens from Geelong in Redstick Revolution immediately showed
he would be a contender by taking out the first heat from Luke Reineher Intrusion and Gary
Mackinven Up ‘n Go in third place. Luke and Gary have duelled for the title over the last 6
years, with three wins each. This year it was very evident that there was a new player in Peter
Stevens and Redstick Revolution. This is the first time Peter has entered an S80 State
Championship, following the purchase of an S80 which has been restored to top condition.
Unfortunately, the other Geelong S80, Flying Circus, lost their rig just before finishing the first
race while in a competitive position. Terrible luck for Don Collins and crew but they will be
back as soon as possible.
The second heat was the long distance course, around a combination of fixed and laid marks.
The result was a win to Up ‘n Go followed by Redstick Revolution then Intrusion.
On Saturday the conditions were much lighter and at times frustrating due to the lack of wind
before the sea breeze kicked in. Three heats were sailed on windward/leeward courses that
required constant adjustment from the Race Committee. The black flag was also on display
as starts became more competitive. The leader board was like a revolving door as positions
changed from race to race. At the end of the day Redstick Revolution and Intrusion were tied
on 13 points.
At the Saturday night function attended by over 100 participants, Philip Martyn was inducted
into the S80 ‘Hall of Fame’ for his contributions to the class over the past 20 years. Owner of
Imaginer, Philip contested many State Championships and won twice. The crew off the 6
HBYC S80s in attendance kept the bar going, sharing stories from the first two days.
Sunday was to be the day Intrusion stamped their authority on the event with two bullets.
Redstick Revolution finished second overall and Up ‘n Go secured third place. The regatta
was by no means a three boat event; competition across the fleet was very tight, with places
being decided by margins as low as 1 second and positions on the leader board changing
constantly after each heat.
S80 Association of Victoria 2013 Victorian Championship Regatta Summary. 2 of 2
San Rafael, skippered by Peter Dee, was rewarded for their efforts by taking out the ‘Most
Improved’ trophy. It was great to see newcomers Imaginer and The Hunter making their mark
in the series and expect to see them almost the leaders in the future.
Visitors were very well looked after by the SYC staff and Bruce Humphries (Race Officer)
conducted an excellent series. There was only one protest, which was resolved by arbitration.
The Championship was supported by Ronstan, North Sails, Quantum Sails and wilderness
Wear. Their support provided an excellent prize pool for distribution to heat winners, both
outright and handicap together with prizes for notable acts/plays of the day or significant
S80’s are now a dominant one design, with 37 boats around Port Phillip Bay. The class is
very active, providing extremely competitive class racing in the State Championships, Festival
of Sails and Div. 3 of the Club Marine Series.
Congratulations to Luke Reineher and his crew of Michael Keusgen, Mick Reineher, Aaron
Cole and Anton Sasson for their consistent sailing in all conditions against formidable
opponents. Luke has now won this title 7 times over the last 15 years, but even he will admit
that it has never been easy.
Some photos from Steb Fisher who captured the action on Day 2. Plenty more to come!