16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


2019 David Lukins Champions

The 2019 David Lukins Memorial regatta once again saw some of the RPAYC’s best sailors assemble for what has become one of the most sought-after trophies in the club, the David Lukins Memorial Trophy.

The regatta is run in memory of the late David Lukins, who was a tireless volunteer and well-respected member at the Alfred’s during his long association with the club.

The ages of the competitors competing this year ranged from 15 through to 60, where nine teams competed in this two-day match racing event run in the club’s fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats.

After the completion of the round robin, the points were tight, with the top 4 spots hotly contested.

Murray Gordon (TEAM FOMO), managed to only lose one race in the round robin, to finish as top placed competitor. He chose Pat Langley (TEAM VAIKOBI) to verse, which was a surprising choice as Langley had finished 2nd behind Gordon in the round robin.

Malcolm Parker (TEAM Better late then never) and Nick “Chewbacca” Garland (TEAM HARKEN) filled up the other two semi-final berths.

Langley managed to surprise Gordon, who was the regatta favourite going into this competition having won this event twice previously.

Garland also managed to do a great job with both boat handling and speed to proceed to the finals, defeating Parker in the process.

The finals saw Nick Garland take the first race with a convincing win over Pat Langley.

The second race saw an aggressive prestart with the umpires penalising Langley for not keeping clear.

Langley however managed to keep control off the start line to lead around the course. By the final downwind Langley had amassed enough of a lead to undertake his penalty turn prior to finishing...or so he thought!

Disaster struck for Langley when he was unable to complete the penalty turn due to the spinnaker not being lowered below the boom (a requirement when match racing). Frustration was evident on Langley’s team as Garland sailed on by to steal the win in Steven Bradbury style.

For what would be the final race, disaster struck for Langley, who was unaware the start sequence had started for the best race. Langley was changing the spinnaker over to the other side of the boat, when suddenly Garland came and started to attack. Langley copped a penalty for not entering, and to add further insult to injury, damage to the Elliott’s steering system saw Langley have to reluctantly throw in the towel.

As a formality, Nick Garland and his team of Julian Plante, Ian McKillop & Grant Pellew had to complete the course on their lonesome.

On the final leg for the finish, it was clear that this was a very important win for Garland and his team with both Nick and team principle Grant Pellew both visibly emotional.

The team crossed the line to take the finals 3-0 in front of a large spectator fleet, which included members of the Lukins Family.


Commodore Michael Lockley thanked the large contingent of volunteers of umpires and race management who made this event possible.

David’s daughter Kylie was then invited up to present the beautiful Trophy in honour of her Father.

On receiving the Trophy, a clearly overwhelmed Garland had the following things to say “Out of all the sailing achievements I have had, nothing means more to me than being able to get my name on this trophy. David Lukins, was a very special person. He selflessly did so much for the sport of sailing, this club and personally for myself and other young sailors, through the youth development program”

“My team describes me like a bad owner driver, and they are probably right” joked Garland.

“I can’t thank them (my team) enough. I’ve been bridesmaid so many times before, reaching the semis and not progressing any further. Now we have done it!”


Full placings below:

1st Place Nick Garland (TEAM HARKEN) Julian Plante, Ian McKillop, Grant Pellew

2nd Place Pat Langley (TEAM VAIKOBI) Trent Barnabas, Paul Gudmunson & Pete Winter

3rd Place Murray Gordon (TEAM FOMO) Shane Lukins, Billy Sykes & James Catts

4th Place Malcolm Parker (TEAM Better Late Than Never)

5th Place Alistair Read (TEAM YD BLUE)

6th Place James Farquharson (TEAM GRAND V)

7th Place Chris Way (TEAM EASY TIGER)

8th Place Craig Souter (TEAM COCO)

9th Place Juliet Costanzo (TEAM YD RED)



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