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Tasmania’s champions in the one-design SB20 and the
International Dragon classes were decided as part of the 2018
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta, sailed on the River Derwent over
the weekend of 16-18 February.
Tasmania’s largest regatta saw close to 150 boats, involving
more than 600 sailors, young and old, contesting three days of
close racing to decide top boats in nine keelboat divisions and
ten skiff and dinghy classes.
The regatta is unique in that starts with a Friday evening
twilight race for keelboats, with the one-design and off-the-beach
classes joining in for the Saturday and Sunday racing.
New Tasmanian champion in the high performance SB20
sports boat class is Frazer Read, sailing Pinch. Read is a former
‘gun’ sailor in the iconic Sharpie class and is a regular competitor
in the SB20s.
Porco Rosso (Elliott Noye) held a point lead after day one of
the SB20 States. However, Pinch then had two wins and a fourth,
giving Read a net 11 points to Noye’s 14 points. Team Musto (George
Peacock) finished third, while Export Roo (Michael Cooper) was
a close fourth.
Andrew Blakney returned to the Dragon class after contesting
the SB20 Worlds and steered Wicked to seven straight wins, with
second place going to Thorvalda (Stephen Henley), third to Leander
Prominent Der went Sailing Squadron member Wayne Banks-
Smith had a great weekend, steering his Farr 40 War Games to
line honours in all seven Racing Division races and winning the
PHS and IRC categories on corrected time.
John Dryden’s Prior finished just half a point away in second
place in the PHS category with just one point to third placegetter,
Cromarty Magellan (Richard Grant).
War Games won IRC from David Aplin’s MBD36 Whistler and Jeff
Cordell’s Mumm 36 B &G Advantage. Whistler took out AMS from
B&G Advantage and War Games.
The Cruising with Spinnakers division attracted a big fleet,
split into three divisions with the former Sydney Hobart winner
and Admiral’s Cup team yacht Ultimate Challenge winning Division
1 for current owner Peter Jenkins.
Division 2 went to Footloose (Stewart Geeves) on a countback
from Young One (Nathan Mills and John Nibbs), while Craig Escott
won Division 3, sailing Commbank.
The annual Port Cygnet Regatta is the biggest sailing event
on the PCSC calendar. It’s run over the three day Eight Hour
long weekend from Friday 9 March, culminating in the Port
Cygnet Regatta signature race on Sunday.
The Regatta is a multi race event that draws yachts from the
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the Derwent Sailing Squadron
and the Bellerive Sailing Club from Hobart, and the Kettering
Yacht Club and Port Cygnet Sailing Club, with total entries
of 66 yachts.
The feeder races included an overnight race from Hobart to
Kettering on Friday, with Port Cygnet yachts racing around to
Kettering during the day. On Saturday, both fleets comprising
55 yachts raced back to Port Cygnet from Kettering.
Lead up events were conducted during Sunday morning,
comprising junior sailing with the club’s Pacer and Optimist
yachts, the two PCSC rowing skiffs and the club members’
radio controlled yacht demonstration.
Forty seven yachts competed in the main Regatta, held
in strong, gusty north westerly winds blowing up to 30 knots
at times. The many spectators who watched the race from
vantage points around the course witnessed both dramatic
and exciting yacht racing as big 49ft yachts such as the Marten
49, Tilt competed for rounding marks against smaller yachts
such as a 14ft Paper Tiger off the beach catamaran Tigger and
the much slower classic yacht April.
The winner of Division 1 was RAD a 35ft Graham Radford
design with Division 2 taken out by Sabre a 12sqm Sharpie.
Once across the finish line, sailors retired to the Port Cygnet
Sailing Club for the presentation of prizes by Commodore
h Jeff Rowe
Port Cygnet Regatta
The off-the-beach classes attracted close to 80 entries with
major class winners including William Wallis and Fynn Sprott
(29ers), Jack McConaghy and Sam Hooper (International Cadets),
Stephen McCullum (Interional 2.4m), Abbey Calvert (Laser 4.7),
Jack Allison (Laser Radial), Edward Broadby (Optimists), Daniel
Maree (Sabot), Chris Evans (Sabres) and Drew Latham (Sharpies).
h Peter Campbell
Wild West (Michael Denney) in hot pursuit of Whistler (David Aplin)
in the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta.
International Dragon class Wicked (Andew Blakney) leading
Thorvalda (Stephen Henley) in the Crown Series which was also
the State championship for the Dragons.
One-design champions decided
in Crown Series Bellerive Regatta
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