A Dominant Display

From our correspondent in Western Victoria comes the following, but be warned, the name at the end might surprise a few . . . .

Comment: Victorian and national championships were an annual occurrence. The Nationals were contested over seven heats plus one practice race. The States were contested over five heats. That’s 13 races a year associated with the championships. Over a five year period that equates to 65 races. In the period of 1977 to 1982, one race stands out from the rest because it was dominated by one skipper. The second place getter was a good 30 minutes astern. That’s a championship race, not a club race.

The venue was Cairn Curran. It was a Victorian Championship. The wind was absolutely howling. Well above the recommended limit for the class. There is something to remember about the recommended limit. It was just a recommendation. This was a championship. A championship is meant to be a test of boat and skipper. The race officials let the race go on.

Out we all went. Sailing in survival mode. Well, most of us were in survival mode. Craig Ginnivan was in race mode. He conquered the conditions and not only led the race from start to finish but won by a good half an hour.

It was a dominant performance. There was a high retirement rate, but credit to the race officials for allowing the fleet to be tested in this way. Picture how far a Sailfish will travel in half an hour in a stiff breeze. In 65 championship races over those years, nobody dominated a race like this.