2018 Nationals Last Day
Today was the last day of racing, with race 9 of the regatta in 10 knots of utterly sweet East sea breeze; the epitome of champagne sailing again. Couldn't have been sweeter.
Winner of race 9 was Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel (USA)
Final placing after 2 drops:
1. Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA – 11 points
2. Jan Saugmann/Marcus Cooper DEN – 22 points
3. Mick Babbage/James McAllister – 26 points
4. Mike Quirk/Joel Castle – 27 points
5. Mal Higgins/Nick (Camel) Johnston – 27 points
As the first 2 places were overseas competitors the Australian champion 2018 for the second time is Mick Babbage/James McAllister. Fantastic job and sort of anticipated as local sailors.
First female and first junior was 16 year old Christie Bowden/Ian Gregg at 17th with a close second Amy Lee/Justin Mulkearns 20th. Goes to show that with an experienced and heavy crew, even the lightest of skippers can handle a 505.
What a fantastic, high class racing regatta of 40 boats, the most in a National Championship in recent history that was not combined with a world championship.
We expect 50 Australian boats at the Nationals and World Championships next year. If you have a 505, this is your year to take part. There will be a Classic fleet, meaning that even the older boats can take part. Dust them off and bring them out to meet their family!! You have 12 months to prepare!!