2020-2021 Taipan Catamaran State Titles run and won in Tanilba Bay

Tanilba Bay Sailing Club hosted the Australian Taipan Association's NSW state titles on Saturday, April 24.
Tanilba Bay Sailing Club hosted the Australian Taipan Association's NSW state titles on Saturday, April 24.

Tanilba Bay Sailing Club hosted the Australian Taipan Association's NSW state titles on Saturday, April 24.

Eighteen boats vied for the title with skippers from Kurnell, Mannering Park, Toukley, Lithgow, Wangi, South Coast and Orange joining locals on Tanilba Bay's waters.

Three classes of boats entered the 2020-2021 Taipan Catamaran State Titles: 4.9 metre cat rigged (single sail), 4.9m sloop rigged (two sails two people) and 5.7m.

Weather conditions on the day were clear and two races were run before lunch and two after.

"Running four races allows skippers to drop their worst result," Tanilba Bay Sailing Club publicity officer Mark Chapman said.

"The light winds at this time of year are a challenge and spotting the gusts was so important to keep momentum.

"The race committee spent some time ensuring the best possible course layout to provide an even playing field for all competitors."

Tanilba Bay Sailing Club hosted the Australian Taipan Association's NSW state titles on Saturday, April 24.

Tanilba Bay Sailing Club hosted the Australian Taipan Association's NSW state titles on Saturday, April 24.

Dave Young read the light conditions best and won the 4.9m Cat division. Tanilba Bay Sailing Club president Michael Colecliffe just edging out fellow club member Sam Breaden for second.

Daniel Van Kerckhof and his daughter Evie were the best of the sloop rigged boats and the Ash Johnson-Peter Goldie team won the 18 footers.

NSW state representative Steve Ramsden congratulated the winners and thanked all competitors for attending and displaying great sportsmanship.

Colecliffe also thanked sponsors Coastal Real Estate and bait and tackle shop Anglerz Marine (at Albatross Marina LTP) for their support.