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Neville Crichton’s Maserati, with the captain at the wheel for
day two of the MC38 Winter Series, scored 3,2,2 on Pittwater
which was just enough to triumph in the opening regatta hosted
by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club from 6-7 May of the class’s
four-part winter pointscore.
This comes on top of Maserati’s Autumn Regatta victory three
weekends previously on Sydney Harbour.
Leslie Green’s Ginger bounced back from Saturday and lodged
two bullets in the sou’west winds 8-15 knots, moving them into
second overall by a single point. John Bacon’s Dark Star had
one of those Pittwater days and finished third in the fleet, two
points off second.
Dark Star went close to being the catch of the day south off
Longnose Point on Pittwater’s western shore when they skimmed
past a small fishing boat at full stretch in the SW gusts piping
out of Morning Bay. It was one of the more epic downhill runs
in the best breeze of the regatta, the crew weight parked at the
aft quarter as the bow threw up jets of salt water.
“ We came second today and any of the top three boats – us,
Ginger or Dark Star – could have won it. It came down to the last
race,” the winning skipper Neville Crichton said.
“ We know what’s good for the boat but there’s still room for
big improvement. I’m sure if we trained ... you are never as sharp
as guys who go out regularly,” Crichton added.
“As the season goes on we hope to get more time on the
boat. We know we can win and if we can keep getting eight or
nine boats every regatta it’s good racing.”
Chris Hancock of Vino wishes for every full step his team
takes forward in terms of performance, the others were only
taking half steps.
“Every time we take a half step forward, so do the others.
We are back on the horse but we have some catching up to do
in terms of finesse. It’s the odd mistake and there’s four to six
lengths gone, then someone else controls the race,” Hancock
said. “ We have a nice group of people, which is really important,
and a good crew pool to call on. There’s enough going on to feel
encouraged, and we have a plan.”
On the one design class newcomers Hancock says, “Chris Way
is coming in, and fingers crossed Steve Barlow. They’ll refresh
the class, and now Assassin’s on the market. They are great boats;
Mighty Maserati does it again
highly specialised. They are not for Sunday picnics but I tell you
what, you learn how to sail which I’ve really appreciated.”
Moving forward Hancock also plans to support Australian
class president John Bacon: “I ’m at a stage now, personally and
with my career, I think I can play more of a role in the class. John’s
done a terrific job, and largely on his own.”
Steve Barlow’s Lightspeed rose above the tough crowd in
Race 5, tactician Seve Jarvin and the crew finding an edge and
scoring the race win. In the final Race 7 Barlow showed his quick
reflexes when he threaded Lightspeed, with a kite up, in between
two upwind boats screaming “starboard”.
For the June 17-18 regatta on Sydney Harbour out of the
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, the MC38 fleet will welcome new
owner Chris Way and Easy Tiger. The July 15-16 regatta will be
back on Pittwater.
h Lisa Ratcliff
Maserati crew Autum Regatta 2017 winners.
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