Brothers from Belmont win NSW Cherub Championship

After traveling to Belmont 16s Skiff Club, Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club, Drummoyne Sailing Club, and Jervis Bay Sailing Club for the first three rounds of the NSW Cherub Championship, the fourth and final round of the Championship was held last weekend (April 2-3) at Abbotsford 12ft Sailing Club and Sydney Flying Squadron.

Cherub fleet on kite reach.
Cherub fleet at Abbotsford 12ft Sailing Club.

In keeping with the previous three rounds, overcast skies and southerly winds greeted boats for two short races at Abbotsford on Saturday. As PRO Robyn Tames put it, the conditions called for “tactical sailing”, with wind shifts and the narrow constraints of the Paramatta River keeping the sailors on their toes.

Belmont’s 3183 Huey and Dewey lead the fleet in the first race, with the newest boat in the fleet 3196 Motorboat sailed by Nathan McNamara and Peter Mcleod from Drummoyne taking out line honours in the second race. Sunday’s blue skies and westerly winds at Sydney Flying Squadron made for a welcome change, with Huey and Dewey yet again showing the fleet how it’s done, winning the last race of the series.

Henry and Jordan Makin holding trophy.
Overall winners – Henry and Jordan Makin (3183 Huey and Dewey).

After 11 heats, Henry and Jordan Makin in Huey and Dewey outsailed 36 competitors from six different clubs to be crowned the 2021/2022 NSW champions. A dominant 14.5 points separated the winners from Drummoyne daughter and father duo, Adele and Dan Philips in 3118 That Bad Girl in second place, with Luke Sullivan and James Walters in Belmont boat 3147 Camel Toe rounding out the podium.

NSW Championship Handicap winners were Will Beck and Tony Harrison in 3166 Nice Aft from Drummoyne. Notable performers were Queens Lake Sailing Club sailors Riley Armstrong and Ziggy Ewart who, competing in their first Cherub event, were runners up on handicap in 3101 Heart-A-Tack.

Will Beck and Tony Harrison.
Handicap winners – Will Beck and Tony Harrison (3166 Nice Aft).

Thank you to all of the Clubs who hosted the Cherub class over the four weekends, and all of the volunteers who made the sailing possible. An additional thank you goes to Henry St Hill who, after three years of filling the position, stepped down as NSW Cherub State President on the weekend.

Alba Boer Cueva and Robert Watson aboard Rack ‘M’ Up.
Alba Boer Cueva and Robert Watson (3119 Rack ‘M’ Up).

Looking forward, the NSW Cherub fleet is excited to be reuniting with its Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, and ACT counterparts for the 58th National Australian Championship in Wangi Wangi at Christmas time.

With a growing fleet of Cherubs in New Zealand, and an interdominion division will form part of the Championship with a number of Kiwi Cherub sailors planning a challenge – keep an eye on news at https://cherub.org.au/ or the Cherub National Council of Australia Facebook page.

For the overall placings for the series, follow this link.

By Gael Glassock/Cherub National Council of Australia 

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