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IRB nationals report

Posted by Spencer Park Admin on Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Spencer Park returned to the IRB Nationals for the first time in three seasons, sending the team of Chris Parker (Driver), Jim Wellacott (Crew), Sam Newbold, Meghan Baker, Leah Temesvari (Patients) and Richard Newbold (Chief Boat Handler/Gatorade Fetcher)  to compete in the 23-strong Senior Men's Grade at Warrington and Waikouaiti Beaches.

Day One saw the team compete in the Tube Rescue Event with clean 2-3ft surf. Good starts and trim saw the crew build a good lead to the buoys in the heat, but ultimately coming in third to proceed to the semi-final. A similar theme played out in the semi. In the final, the team got off to yet another great start and were clearly first to the buoys; unfortunately Jim was unable to hold off the fish-like crewmen with the team coming in a very respectable 5th place.

Day Two started with Assembly Rescue. The incoming tide created a few problems for the heat, with a couple of sweepers coming through and disrupting all of the crew's setups. Spencer adapted with a solid assembly coming in 2nd to proceed to the semi-final. Here, the crew hit their straps with a very quick assembly which resulted in a 1st place victory over the SI Champs & eventual runners-up (St Kilda A) and eventual third place getters Papamoa to proceed to the next round. In the final, things didn't quite go to plan. A sweeper came through Spencer's lane altering the set-up. Jim got through his part quick but unfortunately Chris was a bit slower with the motor. The team were still in contention through the race coming in a close 4th place overall. At one stage Papamoa got disqualified, however a successful protest from them saw Spencer move from 3rd to 4th place. Conditions deteriorated rapidly (onshore winds and choppy seas) in time for the Mass Rescue event. Spencer had a fairly good start in tricky water, but struggled to maintain speed after getting slammed on the way out to the cans. A little bit of luck with the waves and we may have got though.

Day Three was the Single Rescue Event. The surf built overnight and went offshore resulting in mint waves resembling big heavy ramps. Prems ran first to see how they fared; a top crew flipped in the second race. This delayed the start of the first senior heat (which Spencer was in) while conditions were assessed. Eventually the race got under way and the crew started well and picked good lines through the surf to come in clear first place. Officials then made the call to move the entire event to Waikouaiti where it was more sheltered. In the semi-final, Chris somehow slipped over at the turn and the team was unable to fully recover in the small conditions, coming in 4th place and missing the top 3 required to advance. It was a very disappointing way to go out after doing so well in previous races and we would've backed ourselves to do well in the final.

Overall, the team had a great time, performed and represented Spencer Park very well and was unlucky not to bring home any medals. The team was also successful with its fishing expeditions; reeling in a few tasty blue cod, red cod and moki to cap off a great weekend. Big thanks to Meghan, Leah and Rich for helping out.

Race

Heat Position

Semi-Final

Final

Tube Rescue

3

3

5

Mass Rescue

5

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-

Assembly Rescue

2

1

4

Single Rescue

1

4

-

 Spirb

Photos taken from SLSNZ - Southern Region:

 

 

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