By: Ian Smith
Secretary / Treasurer BRYC
It takes a while sometimes for things to become installed as a tradition, but the Brisbane IOM Challenge seems to have become such a thing.
There was some discussion on Sunday as to when it was first run, and after checking with Jeff Byerley, who initiated the event, it has been determined it was first run in 1998, so this is the 17th anniversary.
This year there was a two-fold purpose for the Brisbane Challenge. The first was the obvious one, and the second was to provide a venue to make a presentation to David Black, who recently resigned his position as QRYA Secretary after 37 years. David’s wife, Val, was presented with a bunch of flowers for being the tolerant and supportive wife.
It’s always difficult to get a situation where you are able to assemble enough people for such an occasion, and it was thought the Challenge was the best opportunity, and in this, it was successful. Ian Ashe mentioned that he believed it was the first occasion where most of the executive of the QRYA had all been assembled in one place, so we took a photo to prove it.
22 said they would enter, and 18 showed up on the day.
A quick look at the weather maps will show there was never going to be much breeze anywhere in S.E. Qld, or indeed over much of the State, and so it turned out to be the case.
Saturday was the better of the two days with some breeze which shifted quite dramatically during the day, and temperatures which seemed much higher than the 30 degrees forecast. Sunday was similar, only with less breeze and seemly a bit warmer.
Ian Ashe, PRO, had his work cut out trying to lay a course and keep everyone happy, and was moderately successful with the former, but less so with the latter. Quite a thankless task.
It seems that motion sensors are being incorporated into the transmitters. The more you lean, the more the boat turns. Geoff Morris (red three quarter shorts) seems to have mastered this technology better than most.
21 heats were run, however by lunch on Sunday the fleet was dwindling due to fatigue, illness, and gear failure, and was reduced to 13, then 12 yachts, so the last 4 races were all-in affairs.
Good behaviour, and a general willingness to accept penalties, made racing as pleasant as it could be under the circumstances.
Carbrook, as a venue, cops a fair amount of criticism, mainly due to the unpredictable breeze, and the comment is often made that it’s a bit of a lottery. I’m no statistician, but I think a quick look at the results will show that, far from being a lottery, it is down to good sailing, regardless of the conditions. They are what they are, so just deal with them.
Michael was never placed lower than 3rd, Sean was never placed lower than 4th, and Geoffrey was never placed lower than 6th. The variance increases as you go down the list, but this is as you would expect.
Last year Jeff Byerley donated a perpetual trophy, and then promptly disappeared to Tasmania, but the trophy lives on.
Congratulations to Michael, Sean, and Geoffrey,
Thank you to all who competed.
Thank you to those who attended David’s presentation on Sunday.
Thank you to Ian Ashe for performing the PRO duties.
Thank you to David (as usual) and Gordon for keeping the score
Thanks to BRYC members, Clive, Dennis, Graham, Richard, and Dale for assisting in the running of the event.
Thank you to Dale and Cathie for the photos – (there were over 600 in all, so I had a bit of culling to do to avoid crashing Eddie’s web site). I have tried to ensure that there is a close-up of every boat somewhere in the selection.