WINNER'S GRIN: David Mann won the State Title in the QLD Impulse Class.
WINNER'S GRIN: David Mann won the State Title in the QLD Impulse Class. Marina Hobbs GLA061216SAILINGMAN

Sailing David is the man of a state-winning impulse

SAILING: Experienced Port Curtis Sailing Club sailor David Mann took out the Queensland State Impulse Titles held at Lake Cootharba which is a shallow lake fed by the Noosa River.

Mann dominated on his boat named Gold Digger essentially from start to finish with three first places on the Saturday.

He was able to handle the gusty northerly winds which caused some breakages and damage to some of the 25-strong fleet that competed.

Mann maintained that form in more subtle conditions at the start of Sunday before conditions got challenging throughout the final three races with the return of strong winds.

It was his second state titles.

"Five of the six races were breezy and the breezy stuff makes racing a little easier,” Mann said.

"But it doesn't worry my what sort of conditions they are.”

He said his win was relatively comfortable, but he did face a couple challengers in the first day before the wind took its toll.

"A couple of the main contenders broke bits off their boats on Saturday,” Mann said of the windy conditions that caused some minor damage.

While some competitors experienced gear failure, which is common in windy conditions, they were able to repair and return to racing.

Mann gets out on the water as much as he can and when he can.

"I sail when I can and nothing is set in stone,” Mann said about whether he works to any schedule.

His next mission is the National Titles held at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales from December 28 to January 4.

His form and nous suggests he will be right up there again with the leaders and perhaps to even win it.

"This will be number three for me and I finished sixth in 2015 and fourth two years ago,” Mann said.

The event will have 12 races over a six-day period.

He was one of eight who represented the Port Curtis Sailing club with Morgan Lewis also competed in the Mono division in her laser.

Four from the club all finished in the top 10 with Stephen Lewis in fifth place on his craft named Going Grey while Peter Mann, on Tarfun and Sheldon Haines on Out of the Blue were ninth and 10th respectively

Maria Mohrholz also sailed consistently and achieved her best result in the competition with a 19th place, while Tim Williams achieved the Encouragement Award after he finished 20th.

"It was blowing pretty full-on most of the day on Saturday and they were very tricky conditions,” Williams said.

He only began racing in the Impulse class two years ago and he said the sport of sailing ticks all the boxes.

"It is challenging, the Impulse class, but it's social and competitive at the same time,” Williams said.

"Everyone are just so supportive of each other and I when raced two years ago in Yeppoon in the class for the first time, it was a learning experience in again what were tough conditions.”

Ray Hobbs (18th), John Ibell, in 15th, all finished with some strong individual results.

The Impulse State Titles will be held in Gladstone next year and it promises to be a colourful event that is likely to attract upwards of 25 competitors.


1st: David Mann - Gold Digger

5th: Stephen Lewis - Going Grey

9th: Peter Mann - Tarfun

10th: Sheldon Haines - Out of the Blue

15th: John Ibell - Without a Paddle

18th: Ray Hobbs - Problem

19th: Maria Mohrholz - Windspiel

20th: Tim Williams - Thumbs Up

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