Pornstar, ably helmed by the mighty Chris Bland has been putting a bit of pressure on the big boys in Melbourne, this time winning on line and handicap against a variety of 'graders' (sportsboat term for anything that weighs more than 800kg and looks like it has a toilet on it) in the recent Wednesday night race. Putting 4.5 mins + over a J111 in an hour, and more than a leg on most of the fleet, with 2+ mins on corrected, Pornstar really is flying.
Now about that Brazilian. Pornstar was sailing this race with a new Brazilian on board. Now there is a joke there somewhere, nope sorry all gone, and all that is left is a sting where something used to be. But I digress. In fact, Pornstar (as those eagle eyed will see) was racing with an extra body on board, and she's apparently Brazilian, she's fairly new to sailing, and now has a completely winning record to boast to all her friends about! Hope to see you out on the water again, our new Brazilian friend!
Well done, and as always, if you don't own a Shaw, buy one. Buy one now.
Making it very much a habit, once again David Ellis and the boys on Shaw 650 Stig's Audi Cousin continued their 'won it like we stole it' approach to the trophy cabinets of the ASBA, winning yet another regatta and continuing to make them the form boat in Australia.
Held in the balmy subtropical climate of Victoria in beginning November, the area is well known to be weather that is akin to Fiji or Bali, except minus the sun, heat with a hint of rain and hail from time to time. A slightly smaller than average fleet contested the state champs. Victoria, for those not from Australia, is basically the bit of Australia on the bottom right corner. I think.
Sailed over 5 races, David Ellis strung together 3 wins and a 2nd (the drop was a 4th) making it enough to take home yet another trophy. In the other Shaw 650 called Pornstar, Chris Bland was actually able to prove that David Ellis may be the champ, but even the champ can be beaten, finishing ahead of Audi in 1 race....way to go Chris!
And to prove we weren't joking that even the champ gets knocked down from time to time, we have PROOF, courtesy of the fantastic, the charming,the supadupa Terri Dodds and her eagle eyed lens!
Once again Captain David Ellis showed he not only can captain the big boats, but also the Shaws, winning the Queensland State Championship ASBA Regatta in October 2014 for a 2nd year in a row with his Shaw 650 The Stig's Audi Cousin, supported by Audi Penfold.
Sadly, only joined by one other Shaw 650, Peow Peow, the 650s put on a pretty decent showing, finishing 1st and 2nd in a mixed fleet including Viper 640s, M24, Leech and a couple of bigger boats. Quickest on the water and picking the right side of the course throughout the regatta, David Ellis said, "the pressure was on because there were no drops. We finished the first race in 2nd to Peow Peow, and realised there was some improvements we could make, refocused and then started to really sail well in the upwind legs, and the Shaw 650s are pretty dominant downwind already, so it really was key to nail our upwind speed where we were hitting 6.5 knots consistently, and that meant we had a good clear lane downwind to sail our own race."
Results of the regatta can be found here:
And for those of you wanting to see what driving a race in the light in a Shaw 650 looks like, look no further than here!