July 30, 2020

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron was the host club for the International Finn 2020 State Championships which attracted a record 37 entries which included 9 interstate visitors from NSW. Unfortunately with the Covid 19 restrictions in place our friends from Victoria were unable to attend.

The old sailing expression “its never usually like this” was in full force with cold conditions and lots of rain, unusual for Queensland at this time of the year. Likewise the wind was not the usual early morning westerlies instead anything from SSW to Easterly….to nothing!

The Saturday 0830hrs start was testing in the conditions and despite numerous efforts by the PRO, Guy Moreton, the wind dropped to calm we called it a day.

The traditional famous Finn lunch commenced at 1300hrs with family and friends of participants together with volunteers. Around 80 people attended….again a record. In fact we needed to use the Girdis room to cater for us all and given the weather conditions it was the right place to be.

Sunday morning was wet and despite a few sore heads, the first of four races got away at 0830hrs. Fortunately there was a little more wind gusting 10 to12 knots from W -WNW which was challenging and shifty.

The fleet was ashore around midday, the rain had stopped and there was a hint of sun….

Prizes were supplied by our major sponsor Muir Marine, Jimmys Sails & Canvas, NB Sailsports, Sail Equipment Australia, Rope Solutions and Moreton Bay Signs. Thank you for your support.

Presentation took place in the Girdis Room and prizes were awarded for overall, Open (up to 39), Masters (40 – 49), Grand Masters (50 – 59), Grand Grand Masters (60 – 69) and Legends (70+)

This year we introduced a new Perpetual Trophy to honour our Life Member John Shalvey. John has been a stalwart of the Finn for numerous years and served as President for 10 years. The trophy is presented to the mid fleet winner and known as “John Shalvey The Heart of the Fleet Award”. The inaugural winner was Tristan Perez from the Brisbane Fleet and was presented by Anthony “Nocca” Nossiter, a long time friend of John’s. The mid Fleet prize of a boat cover was supplied by Jimmy Chilman of Jimmys Sails & Canvas. We look forward to John presenting this Trophy next year. Special thanks to Bradley Ginnivan of Moreton Bay Signs who designed and built the trophy.

Although the weather was disappointing, the facilities at RQ are tremendous and together with the hospitality, everyone enjoyed the on water and off water activities.

None of this would have been possible without our wonderful volunteers. Thank you to Guy, our PRO and his many assistants on the Starting Boat, our rescue team, course layers and many others who made this a must attend regatta. Thank you very much.

Cheers, Bully


2020 Queensland State Championships Results

1st – Jake Lilly
2nd – Anthony Nossiter
3rd – Rob McMillan

Open up to 40
1st – Jake Lilley
2nd – Rockall Evans
3rd – Marcus Whitley

Masters 40-49
1st – Anthony Nossiter
2nd – James Bevis
3rd – Mick Patrick

Grand Masters 50 -59
1st – Rob McMillam
2nd – Matt Visser
3rd – Phil Chadwick

Grand Grand Masters 60 – 69
1st – Jay Harrison
2nd – Stuart Watson
3rd – Craig Padman

Legends 70+
1st – Bob Buchanan
2nd – David Bull

Mid Fleet – John Shalvey -The Heart of the Finn Award
1st – Tristan Perez
2nd – Jason Passey
3rd – Josh Torpy

Full results can be found here

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