National Titles 2003-04

32nd Mosquito Catamaran Nationals
Jan 2004 at Rosebud YC, Vic

The 2003-04 National Titles were held at Rosebud YC, Victoria from 29 Dec to 2 Jan.

Report from the '04 Nationals, Rosebud

Race 1 - Wind N, 8 knots, big lumpy sea
Port tack was difficult in this race. We were headed straight into a large chop with very little wind to drive through it. From the start the right hand side was right. Those who went left lost out badly. In the MkIIs Atreus (Warwick Kemp) was in the losing group but immediately started to climb through the fleet. By the final lap he was 3rd and the other South Australian boats Ancient Mariner (Simon Hallsworth) and To Be Sure (Phil Flaherty) were in 1st and 2nd . In the MkI division it was Voodoo (Bob Wilson) from Twice Bitten (Gary Maskiell) and Obsession (Mick Floyd).

Race 2 - Wind N, 8 knots, slightly less lumpy sea
The tide carried boats over the line at the start. In the MkIs Catmando (Aaron Slight) capsized just after the start so was lucky a general recall was called. The second start was better with only Twice Bitten over although Obsession also went back. Catmando had a great race finishing 2nd (in his first Nationals), Twice Bitten got back up to 3rd and Voodoo won. The MkIIs got away to a better start but still had a few individual recalls. Atreus was the last to return but again clawed his way back to 3rd. The Ancient Mariner and To Be Sure sailed well to take 1st and 2nd.

Race 3 - Wind N, 12 knots
More recalls at the start of this race. Voodoo had to go back which gave Obsession the break he needed to take 1st place once he got past The P (Greg Plum) who led the way round the first lap. Voodoo and Twice Bitten also passed him for 2nd and 3rd positions. In the MkIIs Nautical Nuts and To Be Sure went back and Atreus and Ancient Mariner reached the 1st mark in 1st & 2nd with First Try (Peter Cobden) and Karma Chris (Tim Shepperd) fighting for 3rd. After many place changes between these two Karma Chris lost a diamond wire on the last lap and had to pull out making it Atreus, The Ancient Mariner and First Try with Air Apparent (Gordon Hyde) close behind.

Race 4 - Wind N, 8-12 knots
Voodoo made no mistake this time and led the race from start to finish. Obsession was 2nd with Twice Bitten 3rd. The P was next, closely followed by 5 boats that finished within 50 secs of each other. Nebuchadnezzar (Mark Pfenning) was in the lead of this bunch.
Atreus and The Ancient Mariner once again were away from the start followed by Nautical Nuts and Karma Chris. Nautical Nuts powered away on the first reach leaving Karma Chris and First Try fighting for 4th. Meanwhile Atreus and The Ancient Mariner had a very close race. On the final windward leg they split tacks with The Ancient Mariner going right. At the finish The Ancient Mariner clinched it by seconds.

Race 5 - Wind SW, 80 knots
Race abandoned just before the start with reports of 80 knot squalls coming down the bay.

Race 6 - Very little wind
A truly awful race. The less said the better! (So much for Tim's race). In the MkIs Twice Bitten finally got a win with Voodoo just behind followed by Catmando with another impressive light air race. Atreus won the MkIIs convincingly with an 8 min margin. The Ancient Mariner and Nautical Nuts came in next with Lemon Peel (Wayne Thorn) sailing his best race of the series only just behind.

Race 7 - Wind SW, 15 knots
Our first good strong breeze. Atreus and Karma Chris were in 1st and 2nd at the first mark. Nautical Nuts once again showed speed on the reach and quickly went through to 2nd. First Try then broke through Karma Chris on the run and finished 3rd. The Ancient Mariner ripped his jib on the diamond stays and rushed ashore to change sails before the next back-to-back race. The MkI race was led by Voodoo, Twice Bitten and Obsession who finished in that order with The P and Prestissimo (Jon Guymer) battling it out behind them. Gump (Cam Lawrence) had to be towed in with a broken bridle.

Race 8 - Wind SW, 18 knots
Again Voodoo, Twice Bitten and Obsession showed the rest of the fleet a clean pair of heels. This time it was Twice Bitten that got away to win while Obsession was 2nd and Voodoo 3rd. The P, Prestissimo and Red Alert (Peter Nikitin) followed. In the MkIIs Atreus and Karma Chris led at the first mark closely followed by Nautical Nuts and The Ancient Mariner who proceeded to pass Karma Chris. Soon after, Karma Chris dropped his stand-in crew, Kelly Cobden, over the side and decided to return for her. During the run Nautical Nuts and First Try sailed well and caught up with Atreus. Atreus got away again on the next windward leg and re-established his lead over Nautical Nuts while The Ancient Mariner fought back to finish 3rd. Air Apparent broke a mast in this race.

Race 9 - Wind very light but steady
Voodoo and Twice Bitten fought this race out with Voodoo prevailing. Simply Red (Steve Cobden) fired up and took out 3rd ahead of Obsession, Prestissimo and Natural Progression (Andrew Neeson). In the MkII division at the first mark it was Atreus, The Ancient Mariner, To Be Sure and Karma Chris. The order stayed that way until the run when Karma Chris passed To Be Sure to move into 3rd.

Race 10 - Failing wind. Race shortened after the run.
Again Voodoo and Twice Bitten led but this time Twice Bitten was the clear winner by over 2 minutes. Simply Red sailed another excellent race for 3rd while Obsession who was close behind him at the last mark misjudged the tide, hit the mark and dropped back to 7th place. Atreus and The Ancient Mariner again followed by Nautical Nuts this time. Karma Chris only just managed to stay in front of First Try to hang on to 4th.

Awards

MkI (Cat rigged)

Outright

1st Bob Wilson 1781

Voodoo

2nd Gary Maskiell 1768 Twice Bitten
3rd Mick Floyd 1745 Obsession
Heavyweight (boat > 65Kg)
1st Steven Cobden 769 Simply Red
Handicap
1st Jon Guymer 1755 Prestissimo
2nd Andrew Neeson 1707 Natural Progression
3rd Peter Nikitin 1741 Red Alert

MkII (Sloop rigged)

Outright

1st Warwick Kemp & Will Rowe 1761 Atreus
2nd Simon Hallsworth and Sarah Martin 185 The Ancient Mariner
3rd Stuart & Ann Ridge 1752 Nautical Nuts
Heavyweight (boat > 65Kg)
1st Wayne & Marnie Thorn 1655 Lemon Peel
Handicap
1st Philip & Brenden Warren-Smith 1744 Splashes of Brilliance
2nd Peter Cobden & Judith Henschke-Reid 1769 First try
3rd Peter & Sarah Lapthorne 1601 Sting

Other Awards

Best placed female (Skipper or crew) Sarah Martin 185 The Ancient Mariner
Junior Skipper Steven Cobden 769 Simply Red
Encouragement Award Aaron Slight 1717 Catmando
Spirit of the Nationals Cam Lawrence 1259 Gump
Best Presented Boat Peter Nikitin 1741 Red Alert
Invitation Race
1st MkI Gary Maskiell (using spinnaker) 1768 Twice Bitten
1st MkII Warwick Kemp & Will Rowe 1761 Atreus

Series Results

[ Race results can be viewed on the separate Race Results page. ]

Series Results [Mixed Class YS] for Division 1 up to Race 10 (Drops = 2)
PlaceSail NoBoat NameSkipperAgg ScoreRace
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1 1781 Voodoo B Wilson 9 2 1 [3] 1 2 ABN 1 [2] 1 1
2 1768 Twice Bitten G Maskiell 12 1 2 1 2 1 ABN 3 [3] [3] 2
3 1745 Obsession M Floyd 19 [7] 4 2 3 4 ABN 2 1 [5] 3
4 1755 Prestissimo J Guymer 33 4 5 5 5 5 ABN [9] [7] 4 5
5 1751 The P G Plum 36 5 8 4 4 [9] ABN 4 4 7 [8]
6 769 Simply Red S Cobden 39 3 3 [9] 8 6 ABN 8 5 [8] 6
7 1741 Red Alert P Nikitin 41 6 [9] 6 6 [10] ABN 7 6 6 4
8 1717 Catmando A Slight 45 8 7 [13S] 10 3 ABN [10] 8 2 7
9 1707 Natural Progression A Neeson 51 [11] 6 7 7 7 ABN 6 [10] 9 9
10 1763 Nebuchadnezzar M Pfennig 59 10 10 8 9 8 ABN 5 9 [11] [10]
11 1132 Wreckless R Lott 74 9 11 [13F] 11 11 ABN 11 11 10 [11]
12 1259 Gump C Lawrence 84 12 12 [13S] [13F] 12 ABN 12 12 12 12
Series Results [Mixed Class YS] for Division 2 up to Race 10 (Drops = 2)
PlaceSail NoBoat NameSkipperAgg ScoreRace
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1 1761 Atreus W Kemp 7 1 1 1 1 1 ABN [2] 1 [3] 1
2 185 The Ancient Mariner S Hallsworth 12 2 2 [3] [12F] 2 ABN 1 2 1 2
3 1752 Nautical Nuts S Ridge 23 3 5 2 2 3 ABN 3 5 [6] [6]
4 1775 Karma Chris T Shepperd 30 4 3 6 4 5 ABN 4 [12F] [7] 4
4 1769 First Try P Cobden 30 5 [6] 4 3 [6] ABN 5 3 5 5
6 1728 To Be Sure P Flaherty 31 [8] 4 5 5 [9] ABN 6 6 2 3
7 1744 Splashes Of Brilliance P Warren-Smith 48 6 [10] 7 6 [10] ABN 9 8 4 8
8 1655 Lemon Peel W Thorn 53 9 8 8 9 4 ABN 7 [9] 8 [10]
9 1756 Air Apparent G Hyde 55 [12F] 11 [12F] 7 7 ABN 8 4 9 9
10 1650 Slow Poke G Lane 64 7 7 12S 12S 8 ABN 11 7 [12F] [12F]
10 1601 Sting P Lapthorne 64 10 9 [12S] 8 [11] ABN 10 10 10 7