20 / 10 / 2014
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!