Port Lincoln plays host to Tasar nationals

TASAR: Port Lincoln team of Jack Ramsey and Rachael Stone on 'Strategy' sail in their final race for the championship. Photo: Richard Davison

TASAR: Port Lincoln team of Jack Ramsey and Rachael Stone on 'Strategy' sail in their final race for the championship. Photo: Richard Davison

After three years of waiting the 47th Australian National Tasar Championship finally took place with Port Lincoln playing host.

The city hosted the championships between January 1-7 which saw 23 competitors from across Australia, including from New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania, with two boats representing Port Lincoln.

The championships were first planned for Mandurah in Western Australia in April 2020 and then in Paynesville, Victoria in 2021, with these events called off due to border closures.

Australian Tasar Council president Nicole Kidman said everyone was excited to see the event take place.

"We were very thankful for this to go ahead and everyone was thrilled to get the championships in," she said.

It was a very windy championship series throughout the week which provided some exciting racing.

The team of Chris Dance and Peter Hackett from Mordialloc Sailing Club in Aspendale, Victoria dominated the week, never once finishing outside the top three in any of their races to take out the championship with a score of 12.0.

Second placed Hugh and Anna Tait from Northbridge Sailing Club in NSW in 'Serendipity' had plenty of top two finishes but in the eighth race capsized and lost their whisker pole which went overboard, however in the next race they managed a second placing without it.

FIRST: Artist Tim O'Shea (far left) and Australian Tasar Council president Nicole Kidman present champions Peter Hackett and Chris Dance with their prizes for finishing first. Photo: Stuart Templeton

FIRST: Artist Tim O'Shea (far left) and Australian Tasar Council president Nicole Kidman present champions Peter Hackett and Chris Dance with their prizes for finishing first. Photo: Stuart Templeton

Third was Mark and Oliver Bulka from McRae Yacht Club in Victoria in 'Balance' with a score of 18.0. The Port Lincoln teams of Jack Ramsey and Rachael Stone in 'Strategy' finished 14th with 104.0 while Brett Wiseman and Murray Cordell in 'Krap Karate' were 22nd with 168.00.

Ms Kidman said thanks went to Port Lincoln Yacht Club for hosting and Priceline Pharmacy Port Lincoln for sponsorship.

The championships were organised by Tasar Association of South Australia and Tasar Association of Western Australia, who was unfortunately could not attend due to border closures.