34th Mosquito Catamaran Nationals
Jan 2006 at Loch Sport Boat Club, Vic
The 2005-06 National Titles were held at Loch Sport Boat Club, Gippsland Lakes, Vic from Sunday 1 Jan to Friday 6 Jan, 2006.
Reports from the ’06 Nationals, Loch Sport
Report published on the Sail Melbourne web site, 10 January 2006
Australian Mosquito Championships
The Sail Melbourne Australian Mosquito Championships came to a successful conclusion last Friday. The event was held over 5 days at Loch Sport on Lake Victoria, part of the Gippsland Lakes 200km East of Melbourne. Hosted by the Loch Sport Boat Club the 42 competitors on 29 boats enjoyed a range of wind conditions. The invitation race and first heat were sailed on Monday. Scheduled races were postponed Tuesday as strong winds swept the area. Racing recommenced on Wednesday morning in light and variable winds which disappeared altogether resulting in race 2 being abandoned. From then on another 7 races were held in excellent conditions ranging from 10 to 20+ knots.
In the MkI division (cat rigged – single handed) there were 16 entries. In a historic win the title was taken by Gary Maskiell (Gippsland Lakes YC) with a margin of 1 point from Bob Wilson (Port Melbourne YC), who has been the reigning champion for the past 10 years. Gary had not even entered the event until Peter Nikitin had to retire from the series after race 1 due to a pre existing knee injury. Peter then loaned his boat to Gary who entered with a DNC for race 1 so he could not drop another result. The racing was intense for the whole series with both competitors scoring four wins each. The result was only decided in the last race when Gary was able to shake Bob off on the last leg to take the race and the series. Third place was fought out between Neil Joiner and Tim Shepperd (both from Gippsland Lakes YC) with Neil prevailing by 1 point.
The MkII division (sloop rigged – double handed) also saw the reigning champion relegated to second place. Father and son team, Mick and Tom Floyd (Bendigo YC) took out the series with one race to spare from Warwick Kent and Kieran Latter (Adelaide SC). Again the racing was extremely tight throughout the series with many position changes and some very tight action on the finish line. Another father and son team from Bendigo, Peter and Tom Cobden (Cairn Curran SC) took out third place.
Other awards made were: Junior Skipper – Henry Shepperd, Best placed female (Skipper or crew) – Sarah Martin, Spirit of the Nationals – Peter Nikitin, Australian Sailing Magazine Encouragement Award – Matt Kirby and the State Teams Award was taken by Victoria.
Sponsors of the event were Ocean Wetsuits, Goodall Yacht Sails, Australian Sailing Magazine and Sail Melbourne. Sail Melbourne is made possible by the support of event sponsors: Sport & Recreation Victoria, Collex, Parks Victoria; associate sponsors Bayside City Council and Menere’s BMW Brighton and support sponsors Ronstan International, Schenker Australia, City of Kingston and the City of Port Philip.
Report from Jon Guymer
WHERE’S THE AEROGARD?
Mosquitoes, zillions of em, ants, all sorts and sizes, GIANT caterpillars, Leopard slugs, rabbits, wallabies, dolphins, jellyfish, parrots, pigeons, miners, magpies and more mosquitoes. What a great place to go camping! We all had a great week of sailing and socializing at Loch Sport. Believe it or not, we really did!
What a terrific venue Peter Nikitin dragged us to for the Mozzie Nationals, wonderful breezes, clement weather, once the HOT 40 plus weekend went by, great water and good launching and boat storing facilities. The Loch Sport Boat Club did us proud with their hospitality and race running for the whole week.We even had one afternoon of land sailing on the waterfront carpark which was great fun for all when it got a bit too windy for water sports.
Now a bit about the sailing itself. We all know the results and congratulations for all who came and won a trophy or simply raced are in order. The racing was fierce all the time between all yachts all of the time in hugely varied conditions and it was not until the very end of racing that we knew who had won the two divisions being contested.
Many thanks to all who came for a great week and made it a memorable occassion for all.
Yours Jon Guymer Prestissimo 1755. See you all next regatta.
Report from Gary Maskiell
Re Mosquito Australian Titles
To save you going to F16 Forum, I have copied it to this forum, please allow for it being written for non Mozzie people on F16 Forum.
have just returned from the Mossie Nat’s. After weeks of searching to find a competitive Mossie I could borrow and coming up empty handed, I had decided to go along anyway with Altered and Sailboard to enjoy the company and have a holiday without racing for a change. After all Peter a Mossie friend, had offered for my family to stay with them at thier holiday house.
Monday the Mossies started racing with about 30 boats mixing it on the course. The breeze increased as the day went on, I enjoyed blasting around on Altered reminding the Mossies what they where missing, as they sail without spinnakers for Nat. titles at present.
Tuesday dawned very windy, Peter Nikitin with whom I was staying told me he had injured his knee and would be unable to continue racing and asked if I would like to sail his less than 2 year old cat rigged Mossie. IS THE POPE CATHOLIC!!!!!!!!!!! I jumped at the chance. Luckily racing was cancelled for the day due to high winds, so I spent the day getting my entry organised and setting up Peter’s boat the way I like it. This didn’t take to much as Peter and I have shared set up ideas for years and many things where already the way I like them.
Wednesday dawned with a light flukey wind, the Mossie felt quite strange to sail after Altered, so light and narrow such a long boom, it took me all day to come to grips with it. I had 2 lucky breaks, the first race in which I had done as well as second but finished 5th. went over the time limit so was abandoned. The second race, 10 time Nat’s winner Bob Wilson who I had previously finished second to, while leading had a gear failure which caused his retirement from that race. This meant we both could not afford a bad race, as there was only one drop for the series of 8 races. I finished the day with a 1st. and a 2nd. Bob with 2 1st’s.
Thursday the wind was stronger more to my liking,incredibly fast flat out reaches in flat water with 25kt. bullets in the 3rd. race of the day where the highlight for me, I added another 2 1st’s and a 2nd. This put me one point ahead of Bob.
Friday we had two races to complete the series, Bob won the first with me second, putting us equal on points. It was down to the final race, I took the lead early enjoying the slightly fresher winds, allowing me to trapeze most of the windwards to use my 90 kg. to advantage. Finishing 1st. over the line to win the series by one point. Four 1st’s, three 2nd’s to Bob’s Four 1st’s, two 2nd’s and one 3rd.
Trying to keep it brief, this report may sound like it was a two horse race, but many others mixed it with us at times particuraly Tim and Neil, but rarely got in at the finish. Full results, pictures and story will no doubt be on the Mossie site soon and a write up in Australian Sailing Mag.
The sloop rigs where won by Mick Floyd and son Tom breaking the run of 4 Nat. titles for Wawick Kemp of South Aust. Great to see family crews winning titles.
I must thank Peter Nikitin for giving me this opportunity to win my first Nat. title. Lending a almost new boat is not something that just anybody would do. He certainly deserved the spirit of the Nationals Award, as he worked to make this title happen at his home club, as well as being so generous in lending his boat to me.
MkI (Cat rigged)
|1st||Gary Maskiell||1790||Bee Alert|
|Heavyweight (boat > 65Kg)|
|1st||Phil Bovis||832||Half Reddy|
|1st||Rob Lott||1786||Grey Area|
|2nd||Tim Shepperd||1775||Karma Cat|
|3rd||Greg Plum||1751||The P|
MkII (Sloop rigged)
|1st||Mick Floyd & Tom Floyd||1745||Two Obsessed|
|2nd||Warwick Kemp & Kieran Latter||1788||Atreus|
|3rd||Peter Cobden & Tom Cobden||1787||Try Again|
|Heavyweight (boat > 65Kg)|
|1st||Henry Shepperd & Tim Willersdorf||1659||Whiteside Express|
|1st||Andrew Copland & Craig Copland||1746||Hexham|
|2nd||Simon Hallsworth & Sarah Martin||185||The Ancient Mariner|
|3rd||Philip & Anthony Warren-Smith||1794||Loose Screws|
|Best placed female (Skipper or crew)|
|Junior Skipper||Henry Shepperd & Tim Willersdorf||1659||Whiteside Express|
|Encouragement Award||Matt Kirby||1740||Jurassic Karp|
|Spirit of the Nationals||Peter Nikitin|
|Best Presented Boat||Brett Rowe||766||The Langolier|
|State Teams Award||Victoria (Vic 190 pts – SA 270 pts)|
|1st MkI||Bob Wilson||1781||Voodoo|
|1st MkII||Warwick Kemp & Kieran Latter||1788||Atreus|
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RAF S=DNS U=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=No Data “(x.y)” Discarded)
|Place||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||From||Sers Score||R 9||R 8||R 7||R 6||R 5||R 4||R 3||R 2||R 1|
|1||1790||Bee Alert||Gary Maskiell||GLYC||10.0||1.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||1.0||ABN||[18.0C]|
|2||1781||Voo Doo||Bob Wilson||PMYC||11.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||1.0||3.0||1.0||[18.0F]||ABN||1.0|
|4||1775||Karma Cat||Tim Shepperd||GLYC||23.0||[5.0]||3.0||3.0||3.0||4.0||4.0||2.0||ABN||4.0|
|5||1786||Grey Area||Rob Lott||LMYC||40.0||4.0||4.0||8.0||5.0||7.0||[8.0]||6.0||ABN||6.0|
|6||1752||Nautical Nuts||Stuart Ridge||BeYC||49.0||8.0||5.0||[18.0F]||13.0||5.0||5.0||5.0||ABN||8.0|
|8||1751||The P||Greg Plum||MTYC||57.0||7.0||9.0||6.0||11.0||11.0||6.0||7.0||ABN||[14.0]|
|9||1704||Top Gun||Darryn Kopp||CSC||64.0||6.0||13.0||[13.0]||9.0||12.0||10.0||9.0||ABN||5.0|
|13||1769||First Try||Steve Cobden||CCSC||73.0||9.0||11.0||11.0||14.0||9.0||[14.0]||12.0||ABN||7.0|
|14||1720||Air Apparent||Gordon Hyde||LMYC||82.0||18.0F||12.0||10.0||10.0||[18.0F]||9.0||10.0||ABN||13.0|
|15||1740||Jurassic Karp||Matt Kirby||WYC||95.0||14.0||15.0||14.0||12.0||14.0||13.0||13.0||ABN||[18.0F]|
|16||832||Half Reddy||Phil Bovis||AYC||104.0||15.0||[18.0S]||15.0||15.0||15.0||15.0||14.0||ABN||15.0|
|17||1790||Bee Alert||Peter Nikitin||LSBC||111.0||18.0C||18.0C||18.0C||18.0C||18.0C||18.0C||[18.0C]||ABN||3.0|
|Place||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||Crew||From||Score||R 9||R 8||R 7||R 6||R 5||R 4||R 3||R 2||R 1|
|1||1745||Two Obsessed||Mick Floyd||Tom Floyd||BeYC||11.0||4.0||1.0||[4.0]||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||ABN||2.0|
|2||1788||Atreus||Warwick Kemp||Kieran Latter||ASC||14.0||2.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||3.0||3.0||[3.0]||ABN||1.0|
|3||1787||Try Again||Peter Cobden||Tom Cobden||CCSC||20.0||1.0||6.0||3.0||[14.0F]||2.0||2.0||2.0||ABN||4.0|
|4||185||The Ancient Mariner||Simon Hallsworth||Sarah Martin||ASC||24.0||[5.0]||3.0||2.0||4.0||4.0||4.0||4.0||ABN||3.0|
|5||1765||Aldebaran V||Phil Pearce||Brad Pearce||ASC||33.0||3.0||5.0||[6.0]||5.0||5.0||5.0||5.0||ABN||5.0|
|6||1746||Hexham II||Andrew Copland||Craig Copland||LVYC||45.0||7.0||7.0||5.0||3.0||8.0||[9.0]||7.0||ABN||8.0|
|7||1794||Loose Screws||Phil Warren-Smith||Anthony Warren-Smith||RYC||46.0||[9.0]||8.0||7.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||ABN||7.0|
|8||1723||Yellow Fever||Mark Stillman||Phil Flaherty||ASC||58.0||8.0||4.0||8.0||9.0||10.0||7.0||12.0||ABN||[14.0F]|
|9||1785||Bear Talk||Glenn Hansford||Callan Ridge||BeYC||58.0||10.0||9.0||10.0||8.0||7.0||[10.0]||8.0||ABN||6.0|
|10||1659||Whiteside Express||Henry Shepperd||Tim Willersdorf||GLYC||65.0||6.0||10.0||9.0||7.0||11.0||11.0||11.0||ABN||[11.0]|
|11||1658||Heart ‘n’ Soul||Peter Dunk||Beau Delaine||LBYC||77.0||14.0C||14.0S||14.0S||[14.0F]||9.0||8.0||9.0||ABN||9.0|
|12||766||Langolier||Brett Rowe||Diane Floyd||BeYC||80.0||12.0||12.0||11.0||10.0||13.0||[13.0]||10.0||ABN||12.0|
|13||1601||Sting||Sarah Lapthorne||Peter Lapthorne||AYC||80.0||11.0||11.0||[14.0S]||11.0||12.0||12.0||13.0||ABN||10.0|