PLAIN SAILING: Ray Hobbs said the winds picked up in the last two days.
PLAIN SAILING: Ray Hobbs said the winds picked up in the last two days. Marina Hobbs GLA050116HOBBS

Windy end to 33rd Impulse challenge

SAILING: Gladstone's largest contingent of sailors had mixed results at the 33rd Australian Impulse Sailing Championships at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales.

David Mann had the most success, finishing fourth on his boat called Gold Digger, while fellow Gladstone sailors Peter Mann was 19th on Pigs in Space.

Mann was first in the senior division and was a member of Queensland's victorious teams category where he, Andrew Turnbull and Dave Harrison led the way.

Ray Hobbs, who sailed Problem to 37th, said conditions suited all of the competitors who were classed in either light, middle or heavyweight.

"The first three days were good for lightweights, with not much wind, and then the south-easterlies picked up on days four and five which suited the heavyweight boats,” Hobbs said.

"We generally do a triangle, a sausage and then a triangle in the races.

"A sausage is where you do one direction into the wind and one direction downwind.”

Gladstone's John Ibell and Tim Williams finished 40th and 44th on their respective boats, Without a Paddle and Thumbs Up, while local Maria Mohrholz was 46th.

Ibell was third on handicap and his sailing skills were recognised through the Jaska Encouragement Award.

"It was similar to a game of golf and after one good day it makes you want to come back,” Ibell said.

"It was a very nice place to sail.”

Michael Brown from the South Lake Macquarie club won while Turnbull and Matthew Draper were second and third respectively.



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