The Showdown - Testing conditions on the Derwent

International Cadet among Lasers and Optimists - The Showdown 2011
Rob Cruse
The Showdown annual spring regatta, hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, was held from 4th to 6th November on the River Derwent.

The young sailors in the Optimists, Sabots and International Cadets had testing conditions for their opening races day, with the NNW winds gusting to 25 knots. However, the breeze eased to 10-12 knots later in the morning, although freshening to 17 knots for the final race, giving a total of eight races over the days of intensive competition.

Sabots and Laser 4.7s rounding the leeward mark - The Showdown 2011
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Two Sabots from the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club at Beauty Point - The Showdown 2011
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Optimistic Optimists sailors waiting for the breeze - The Showdown 2011
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