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EASTERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIPS, Ballina NSW

Eastern States Championships were held at Richmond River Sailing Club over the Anzac weekend 2014

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Riorden takes out 4th Eastern States Impulse Championship at Ballina

'Ollie Riorden in 'Zipfront' Cruising to Victory Eastern States Championships.'    David Harrison

The fourth Eastern States Impulse Championship was conducted at the Richmond River Sailing and Rowing Club, Ballina, on the Anzac Day long weekend. 

The event was sponsored by Doyle Sails Brisbane, and attracted a highly competitive fleet of 24 Impulse’s from Queensland and New South Wales. 

Start of Race 2 Impulse Eastern States Championships - 4th Impulse Eastern States Championship-Ballina -  David Harrison  
Under challenging conditions which included light winds and strong currents, the race committee did an excellent job in enabling five races to be completed over the three day event. 

Ollie Riorden sailing 'Zipfront' from the Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club (NSW), sailed extremely well in the conditions and took out the title. Second place went to Andrew Turnbull from Brisbane, sailing 'Imposter', who sailed a tactically sound regatta, which included two bullets on the final day of racing. Third place went to Brisbane based sail maker, Jon Wilson, who was sailing, 'Suicidal Chicken' in his first Impulse regatta. 

The women’s title was won by local Richmond River sailor Jenni Heuchmer sailing 'Rufenuf', the junior title was won by Jonathon Syme sailing 'Wild Fire' from Oxley Sailing Club and the handicap title was won by Bill Syme in 'River Rat' also from the Oxley Sailing Club. 

The Impulse class is continuing to show strong growth in both QLD and NSW and preparations are well under way for the 31st National Championship to be hosted by the Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Yeppoon, from the 29th of December 2014 to the fourth of January 2015. 

No wind- so time for an interview with local news crew- Eastern States Champonships - 4th Impulse Eastern States Championship-Ballina -  David Harrison  

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