Jurra Gets Faster
One winter I proceeded to put a better
finish on the hull of the Heron, profile the centre-board and
rudder, plus shape the mast and gaff. In the two half
seasons we sailed competitively after that, I don't think we lost a race.
News, Page 19
Friday, November 22, 1974
"Rigging their Heron for Sunday's race
program are 18-year-old Dave Beaty,
at left, and Lloyd Borrett, also 18.
The boat is named Jurra."
Indeed the report in the Whyalla News that accompanied
the photo at left read, "In the Heron section, Lloyd
Borrett, sailing Jurra, had an easy four-minutes win over
Nell, sailed by Grant Beaty. Borrett gave a good display of
heavy weather sailing and did not come into any
Sure the work I'd done on Jurra helped, but I don't think it was
the main factor. Most of the other Herons we sailed against had all
of the u-beaut gadgets and adjustable "this and thats"
possible. When I got the chance to sail some of those
Herons, I found them to be much faster than Jurra. Not
having those gadgets meant we had to make a decision on the
beach as to what the conditions were going to be and set the
boat up accordingly. Once out sailing we couldn't really
adjust much. Thus all we could do was concentrate on racing
the boat. To this day I still think most of those wins were
simply the result of the other skippers being distracted
from racing as they wondered if their settings were correct.
You'd see them often making adjustments whilst missing an
important wind shift.
Monday, 01 April 2013