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Local Sailors Performed well in the 61st Skate Class National Championships Sailed on Geographe Bay - WA

Ken and Lachlan on Skate Natural Juices 969

Local sailors Ken Davies and Lachlan Schroder were runners up in the 61st Skate class National Championships. Missing out by one point they are keen to remedy this at the 62nd Nationals to be held at Toronto Amateur Sailing Club later this year.

Other locals, Norm Ryan and Kevin Williams won the Veterans division while father and daughter team, Peter Scott and Tegan Scott took out 5th Place.

The title went down to the wire and was decided in the last heat.

Here are some extracts from the race report of that day.

"Well, today was a big day. We knew with our 10am start it was scheduled to be 20+ knots. Early down to the club and it was howling from the west. Every boat struggled to get off the shore, most having a swim before even getting the rudders on, but then got out into the chop and more wind."

"After a short postponement, we started the race with The Welshie (Peter & Tegan) and Getting Your End Wet (Brett & Laurie) taking a port hand start and sailing the opposite side of the course then everyone else. Natural Juices (Ken & Lachlan) rounded 1st, with The Welshie close behind, followed by Gobstopper (Silvio & Michele) in 3rd. The 2 sail reach to the wing was very tough, with no more rudder to pull on and the nose still going in. Natural Juices grannied and then flew the kite to the bottom, The Welshie gybed and set the kite, with Gobstopper setting and beating The Welshie to the bottom. Every Which Way withdrew with a broken jib luff. 2nd time up, Gobstopper and Natural Juices both had a swim where the waves got bigger at the top, which let The Welshie slip to the front, only to swim during their gybe, turtle it and the last hit on the bottom snapped the mast- BUGGER! This left Natural Juices and Gobstopper to fight it out."

With The Welshie II now out of the race Ken had to hope that Gobstopper finished worse than second. Unfortunately for Ken, Gobstopper finished 2nd and thus won the Title by one point.

For a full series report click here .

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