Michael Brown, the Gladstone resident and former Port Curtis Sailing Club member, outclassed a world-class field to snatch his 6th Australian Impulse Championship Meet recently at the Gippsland Lakes in Victorian town of Paynesville.
Brown, who stays in Newcastle, used fast-start tricks, and they worked to ne plus ultra, on his boat named Z in the primary stages of the ten-day race. Speaking about his strategy, Brown told that it was very tight and he had the jump on Glenn quite early in the series where he won 4 of the first 4 races in the first 2 days.
He stated that this let him take control and he was able to stay ahead. He added that the wind dropped away during the mid-stage of the race that brought in new challenges. It was the toughest with the light winds in the middle and this was the toughest part, but he was at home when it got rough in the last 2 days.
It was his 2nd successive win after his victory in the series in Yeppoon previous year with a triple treats of victories in the 2000s.
David Mann of PCSC was the best-performed present Gladstone yachty, ending 6th (of 46) in his yacht, Tarfun, in the contest that began on 29th December and ended on Sunday. Three more Gladstone sailors, Ray Hobbs, John Ibell, and Maria Mohrholz, ended in thirty-fifth, thirty-ninth and fortieth spot respectively.
Ray Hobbs stated that it was a great variety and there were two heavy and two light races that cater for light winds as well as stronger winds. He stepped up from previous year and improved by about 5 boats.