33rd Mosquito Catamaran Nationals
Jan 2005 at Meningie YC, SA
The 2004-05 National Titles were held at Meningie YC, Lake Albert, SA from Sunday 1 Jan to Friday 6 Jan, 2006.
Report from the ’05 Nationals, Meningie
We arrived at the caravan park on Saturday afternoon after surviving an encounter with a ‘big’ lobster at Kingston on the way. There were a few âcabin dwellersâ in but no other campers as yet. We set up and watched a spectacular sunset across the lake while we ate lobster bought from Kingston (a smaller one than the ‘big’ version) and scoffed a bottle of bubbly. Itâs a tough life!
Sunday everyone else arrived at various times and all the boats were taken round to the school oval opposite the yacht club (which was 5 mins drive from the caravan park) for measuring and weighing. There was all the usual interest in new boats, old boats, light boats and heavy boats not to mention sails. It was a fairly hectic day particularly for those doing the work.
Monday the only race planned was the invitation race at about 2pm. We had a briefing and there was some discussion about the looming storm clouds complete with lightning that were rolling about. Most of it seemed to be missing us OK though and everyone fronted up out at the start line. There was a long delay while the race organiser organised and we were off about 3pm in good solid breeze.
About halfway through the race with a serious looking front coming across the lake the race was abandoned. We were on the way in when it hit. Iâm only guessing but for a couple of minutes I reckon we had 30+ knots. Luckily the initial blast moderated slightly and most made it in unscathed. Those that did go over discovered first hand how shallow the lake was (2-3m on average) and how muddy the bottom was. If you were lucky you came up with the top metre of your rig covered in black mud. If you were unlucky you didnât come up – until a rescue boat came over and dragged you to windward to get the mast out of the goo.
Monday night was the traditional camp flattening storm. Several tents bit the dust and most of us were up at about 2am securing tents and boats. Rob Lott decided that the boat needed his attention more than his flat tent and spent the rest of the night on his tramp deck under the stars.
Next day dawned cloudy, dull and slightly windier than it had been the night before so we spent the day looking at the lake covered in white caps as did the local pelicans. There was lots of fiddling going on particularly with the new boats.
Neil Joiner showed us how to sail a windsurfer and made it look so easy that Philip Warren-Smith and I became deluded and thought we might be able to. Give me a boat with stays to hold the mast up any day! Henry and Tim Shepperd proved that mere mortals could do it though and Henry spent most of the day on the water. Iâm sure his arms were longer than they had been that morning racing.
On Wednesday we finally got to do some sailing…..
MkI (Cat rigged)
|3rd||Tim Shepperd||1775||Karma Cat|
|Heavyweight (boat > 65Kg)|
|1st||Brett Rowe||766||The Langolier|
|1st||Darren Kopp||1704||Top Gun|
|2nd||Allan Pettman||1762||Anopheles 2|
|3rd||Peter Nikitin||1790||Bee Alert|
MkII (Sloop rigged)
|1st||Warwick Kemp & Will Rowe||1761||Atreus|
|2nd||Mick Floyd & Sarah Floyd||1745||Two Obsessed|
|3rd||Simon Hallsworth & Sarah Martin||185||The Ancient Mariner|
|Heavyweight (boat > 65Kg)|
|1st||David Bird & Christine Bird||888||Ichthus|
|1st||Steven Cobden & Dale McVicar||769||First Try|
|2nd||Peter Cobden & Kelly Cobden||1769||Try Again|
|3rd||Di Bichard & Bank Barwick||1747||Moggy Power|
|Best placed female (Skipper or crew)||Sarah Floyd||1745||Two Obsessed|
|Spirit of the Nationals||Roger Rowe|
|Best Presented Boat||Brett Rowe||766||The Langolier|
|Place||Sail Number||Boat Name||Skipper||Points||R7||R6||R5||R4||R3||R2||R 1|
|3||1775||Karma Cat||Tim Shepperd||18||||3||2||3||3||5||2|
|5||1704||Top Gun||Darren Kopp||31||3||5||6||5||5||7|||
|9||1762||Anopheles 2||Allan Pettman||59||9||[18C]||11||12||8||8||11|
|10||1786||Grey Area||Robert Lott||63||7||8||9||11||18F||[18C]||10|
|11||1740||Jurassic Karp||Matt Kirby||64||12||9||18C||9||7||[18C]||9|
|12||766||The Langolier||Brett Rowe||76||16||12||[18F]||13||12||9||14|
|16||1743||Bronzed Mozzie||Graeme Davies||93||15||18C||18F||15||9||18C||[18F]|
|17||832||Half Reddy||Phil Bovis||108||18F||18C||18F||18F||18F||18C||[18C]|
|Place||Sail #||Boat Name||Skipper||Crew||Points||R7||R6||R5||R4||R3||R2||R1|
|1||1788||Atreus||Warwick Kemp||Will Rowe||10||1||3||2||2||[13F]||1||1|
|2||1745||Two Obsessed||Mick Floyd||Sarah Floyd||18||3||4||1||3||[13F]||3||4|
|3||185||The Ancient Mariner||Simon Hallsworth||Sarah Martin||21||7||6||3||1||[13F]||2||2|
|4||1760||Pitchfork||Rex Bichard||Lisa Bichard||21||4||1||6||5||2||[13F]||3|
|5||1752||Nautical Nuts||Stuart Ridge||Ann Ridge||24||5||5||5||4||1||4|||
|6||1747||Moggie Power||Di Bichard||Bank Barwick||27||||2||4||7||3||5||6|
|7||769||First Try||Steven Cobden||Dale McVicar||40||2||7||7||8||[13F]||8||8|
|8||1769||Try Again||Peter Cobden||Kelly Cobden||44||[13C]||8||8||6||4||7||11|
|9||1728||To Be Sure||Phil Flaherty||Mark Stillman||46||||9||9||9||6||6||7|
|10||1744||Splashes of Brilliance||Phillip Warren-Smith||Anthony W-S||53||8||10||[13F]||10||5||10||10|
|11||1765||Aldebaran 5||Phillip Pearce||Bradley Pearce||60||6||11||10||11||13C||[13C]||9|
|12||888||Ichthus||David Bird||Christine Bird||70||13C||13F||11||12||[13F]||9||12|