Battle on the Bay
HERVEY Bay's waters came alive at the weekend as more than 30 A-class catamarans and taipans hit the water at Torquay for the Queensland championships.
Competition was fierce across the eight-race series with competitors revelling in the ideal conditions.
Paul Neeskens, publicity officer of host club Hervey Bay Sailing Club, said the feedback from all sailors was positive.
"We had some excellent sailing conditions - some of the best we've seen for some years," he said.
"A lot of the competitors have only ever sailed when the northerlies are here.
"Everyone had a great time and there were some good close races."
It was pre-championship favourite Steve Brewin who claimed the honours in the A-class series.
But it wasn't all smooth sailing for the current world A-class champion.
Sydney's Andrew Williams gave Brewin a run for his money, winning the final race to finish equal first.
It meant the championship was decided on a countback, with Brewin ruled the overall champion.
Brewin, who used the regatta as a test event before the European championships in June, said he was impressed by the quality of racing.
"It's good to be able to race at a different venue and against some of the best competitors in the world," the 36-year-old said.
Redcliffe's Chris Homan took out the Taipan 4.9 sloop division while Bundaberg's Bruce Woodward reigned supreme in the Taipan 4.9 catamaran division.