March 23, 2009 - Optimum wins Farr 30 Australian Championships

Guy Stening and his Optimum crew have claimed the 2009 Farr 30 Australian Championship title for the second consecutive year.

The current world champion had the regatta won before the final race of the series and headed back to shore early to begin the celebration.                  

Optimum fast upwind at the Farr 30’s -2009 Australian titles'    Suellen Hurling ©


The regatta was held on the waters of Moreton and Waterloo Bays east of Brisbane at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) based at Manly.

'The standard of racing has been very competitive, close and fast which always makes for a great regatta,' said Stening.

'Thanks must go RQYS’s team of volunteers and Denis Thompson for running doing a sterling job out on the water.

'I’ve sailed all over the world and the facilities and infrastructure at RQYS are state-of-the-art. Having a motel on location certainly made logistics easy

and the regatta less stressful. We will definitely be back racing here again in the future,' continued Stening.

2009 Farr 30 Australian Champions - Guy Stening (NSW) and his Optimum Crew - Farr 30 Australian Championships Suellen Hurling ©


This was the first time the Australian Championship has been held outside of Victoria and New South Wales with the Queensland sailors securing third, forth and fifth overall.

2nd Overall - Bruce Eddington (VIC) and the crew of K2 - Farr 30 Australian Championships -  Suellen Hurling ©


3rd Overall - Colin Loel (QLD) and the crew of Asterix - Farr 30 Australian Championships -  Suellen Hurling ©


Three times Australian Champion Bruce Eddington (K2) finished second just one point behind Optimum due to the series having all 10 races count towards the overall result. This is the second year in a row Eddington has finished behind Stening and Optimum.

’This has been a fantastic regatta and the race committee need to be congratulated for hosting a great regatta. Like Guy, we certainly want to race on these waters again soon,’ said Eddington.

Today’s forecast was an increase on the previous days with gusts of 26 knots hitting the fleet. The crew work was at a premium for the short sharp courses the race committee set to finish off the regatta.

Over the three day regatta the conditions were considered ‘perfect’ by the sailors. Consistent wind angles and pressure ensured racing was about skill and determination and not cast by the hand of Hughie’s whim.

’There were dicing moves by some of the boats with plenty happening on board at each mark rounding. The wind and swell made for some great spectator highlights,’ said PRO Denis Thompson.

Third overall was RQYS sailor Colin Loel and his Asterix crew.

’I’m puffed!’ said Loel. ‘I’m stoked with our result, but am really glad it’s done.’

While Optimum, K2, Rumbo, Don’t Tell Mumm and GOA pack their boats, Asterix, Immigrant and Synergy are preparing for the Queensland IRC Championships which are being held at RQYS next weekend the 28/29 March.

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by Suellen Hurling

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