Austin Lakes Radio Sailing host DF Class State Championships

Austin Lakes in South Yunderup was the venue at the weekend for the DF65 and 95 class radio sailing state championships.

Attracting entries from as far away as Albany the racing was competitive and fun to watch as well as sail in.

Saturday's DF65 winner from Albany Radio Sailing Club was Geoffrey Oliver who was a class above the fleet winning 11 of the 16 races sailed.

He showed sailors just how to be in the right spot to win the starts and then how to let the boat glide away to be first at the top mark in most races. The next podium positions were swapped by the next five boats however credit for consistency went to Ron Viney who in the end took second place. Third went to Andrew Donkin.

On Sunday returning WA DF95 2020 champion Andrew Grist was superior all day. He won most of the starts and stayed clear of issues sweeping to the front in most races.

"Winning seven of the 18 races shows his true class," Austin Lakes club secretary Dave Woodcock said.

Chasing hard was local Austin Lake champion Ian Sherriff who set a great standard for the chasing pack. Adam Viney form the Wanders Club in Perth was third-place winner.

Little battles all over the course added to the fun of the day as did the humorous banter between sailors.

"They are all a great bunch of blokes, and we look forward to next year's event already," Mr Woodcock said.

For more information on the sport call Dave on 0403 063 148.