SB20 Australian Championships Day One – Port Stephens
Tom Rosoman got it right when he said of Day 1 of the SB3 Australian Championship at Sail Port Stephens: ‘Racing here today reminded me of being in Qingdao (sailing venue for the 2008 Olympics) it was all over the shop and light – it was one of those days where you didn’t need to take risks and you could still win.’
Rosoman, living in Victoria, is the business development manager of LaserPerformance, manufacturers of the SB3 Dart and is currently a good fourth overall in competition, surprising even himself.
What is not a surprise is that the current Australian champion, Jono Shelley, a British sailor who lives in Queensland, is leading the series on Day 1 following three races. ‘It’s just like sailing at home, except it’s sunny,’ said Shelley who sailed Club Marine White to a win in Race 2 and a third in Race 3. Shelley is already five points ahead of second placed Dennis Winstanley, a gun windsurfer representing Queensland, whose second and a win in Races 2 and 3 lifted him up the board.
Rod Jones, the SB3 distributor from Queensland and winner at the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta in March is in third place, just two points behind Winstanley. Jones said: ‘it was a day when one side of the course or the other was heavily favoured all day. Problem was, picking the right side- it was very unpredictable.
Apart from Jono (Shelley) nobody was consistent. ‘My tactician Sean (O’Rourke) needs to drink more – he wasn’t fluid enough today! Tom Rosoman is only one point behind Jones. ‘We were dolphin spotting – that’s my excuse anyway for moving around the course in the third race. We didn’t see one, but we had fun anyway. I only met my two crew two days ago – Ben (Calder) while I was out drinking and Ollie was introduced to by a mate.’ Calder is the husband of pilot Lauren who did not have the best of days and is currently at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Elsewhere on the course, the skipper of 3387 (we won’t name him, just shame him) had a massive dummy spit and dropped the tiller at one stage to give full vent to his anger. Aboard the start boat, while the mark boats were kept busy moving marks in the light and shifty breeze, a few fish were caught – some reward for a tough day out! Seventeen boats took to the start line for the first four of their windward/leeward races sailed on Salamander Bay. Racing continues from 11.30am tomorrow.