posted march 23, 09
Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club members
Paul Blundell, Chris Annear and 15 year old Ali Blundell travelled
to Southport last weekend with 4 other Noosa Yachts to contest
the 2009 Blazer 23 Sportsboat Queensland Class Championships.
Some of Queensland's best sportsboats
sailors were racing in the seventeen boat fleet and the conditions
kept the tacticians busy with inconsistent shifty breeze and
massive outgoing tidal currents.
With 'Crash Test Dummies' owner, Granville
Snowden, currently overseas the crew joined with Southport local
and renowned sailor, Neil Sheering, to sail Crash into the record
books with an amazing 1,2,4,1,3,4,3 score card over the seven
race two day regatta. Second was 'Still Crazy' skippered by Southport
local Peter 'Pedro' Lahey with 'Musto' in third skippered by
Southport Yacht Club's Sailing Manager Shane Smith. Noosa yacht
'Something Offensive' skippered by Phil Crawford sailed into
a very credible forth position.
This is only the second time a Noosa
yacht has won this prestigious event, the last time being Chris
Annear aboard 'Ferel' in 2007 and the only time that a yacht
leading after day one has gone onto win the regatta.
Paul Blundell commented that "the
teamwork on Crash was what kept us at the head of the fleet with
Neil's local knowledge of the course coupled with superb spinnaker
work on the foredeck by Ali Blundell and the sail trimming and
tactics of Chris Annear it meant that we had all the ammunition
to sail fast. The Blazer 23 Sportsboats are a great yacht but
you still need a great crew and faultless teamwork to win regattas
in a fleet like this with so many top notch sailors".