Time Trialling is supposed to be one of those laid-back activities where nobody gets over-excited but drivers and navigators combine their talents in an effort to arrive at every mark at precisely the right time or risk losing a point per second for early or late arrivals.
State Championship Heat 1 put all those preconceptions to rest. Winds during the morning averaged at 20 to 22 knots but gusts rose as high as 39 knots. The Swan River was a mass of whitecaps. Kwinana Freeway was showered with spray. Stand-in Regatta Control Officer Brian Smith (regular Garry Morrison was enjoying a holiday in Scotland) was really put to the test, frequently checking weather conditions and forecasts and deciding to run with the forecast, which promised easing winds during the afternoon.
Twenty-six intrepid crews decided to take on the conditions and recorded some excellent performances in spite of them – none better than Troy Dalglish and Dee Kelly, who finished the day with the loss of only three points. John and Lynne Cooper were second with five points and The Royal Perth pair of Ray and Gary Smith rounded out the podium, with a score of 6 points in an open Southwind 23. What a sensational effort by these two!
When boats returned to their respective clubs at the conclusion of the event, the wind had dropped, the clouds started to scatter and the sun came out to welcome the battlers home. A tough day, but very rewarding for those who made the effort.
Top South of Perth boats:
1st Dalusional 3 points
2nd Purrfect 5 points
4th M&M’s 7 points
5th When Two Become One 8 points
6th Sunhunter 9 points