The final day of the Qantas 2013 Raceboard and Techno 293 Championship was abandoned due the extreme weather created by the ex-tropical cyclone Oswald. The effects of this weather system were felt in Queensland and Northern NSW causing extensive flooding and coastal damage. Most Queensland competitors are still awaiting roads to open to allow them to travel back home.
Hawks Nest was largely spared any destructive action however constant rain, large swells and high winds meant that racing in the Oceanic championship was not possible with any measure of safety. In the normally calm Nelson Bay where racing is conducted large swells were seen breaking at various locations.
The final placings in the Raceboard class are as follows;
• Oceanic Mens Champion : Leo Sharpe
• Oceanic Ladies Champion: Tara McCall
• Open Age Champion : James Grunfelder
• Masters Age Champion : Leo Sharpe
• Australian Lightweight Champion : Martin Thearle
• Australian Mediumweight Champion : Leo Sharpe
• Australian Heavyweight Champion : James Grunfelder
As overall champion, Leo Sharpe also received two domestic airfares, from major sponsor Qantas, presented by Marketing Manager (and windsurfer) Louis Pullen.
The final placings in the Techno 293 class are as follows;
• Oceanic U17 Boys Champion: Jacob Whitford
• Oceanic U17 Girls Champion: Emma Baillie
• Oceanic Open Girls Champion: Lara O’Brien, on countback from Samantha Sterling
The top Techno sailor at the event was Brazilian U17 Boy Brenno Francioli, recording 4 wins from 5 starts.
The top RSX sailor, winning the Downunder Pro RSX Championship was Luke Baillie, winning all races.
All in all the 2013 Oceanic regatta was very successful with a pleasing growth in the Raceboard fleet, particularly with the resurgence in Queensland. A great effort by the racecrew, ably lead by Principle Race Officer Nick Nelson, with all delighted by the courses and the general organisation.