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Post Christmas has been regatta time in southern Tasmania
for more than 175 years. While some of the traditional sailing
and rowing regattas have disappeared from the calendar, the
Royal Hobart Regatta held its 177th annual event in early February
followed a week later by revived Bellerive Regatta, now called
the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta.
The Bellerive Regatta is now the biggest combined event for
keelboats and off-the-beach classes with 150 entries, ranging
from Optimists to ocean racers, and run over a weekend, starting
with a twilight race on the Friday evening.
Nick Rogers, a past world champion in Dragons and Tasmanian
champion in the SB20 one-design sports boat class, won the
SB20s at the regatta, steering Karabos to four wins, two seconds
and a third in a highly competitive fleet of 14 boats. He also
was awarded the Don Rust Memorial Trophy for the best overall
performance of the three-day regatta.
Rogers’ performance in the SB20s augers well for his prospects
in the Tasmanian and Australian championships to be held on the
Derwent from March 4-9, although he faced strong competition
from Cunic Homes (Brett Cooper), Ronald Young Builders (Scott
Brain) and Balios (Matthew Pilkington).
London Paralympic Games sailor and likely Rio 2016
representative Matt Bugg won the International 2.4mR class, by
just one point from Lisa Blackwood.
Former Australian champion Mark Latham sailed his Sharpie,
One Hump or Two, to win his class with four wins out of six races.
There is a revival of interest in the iconic senior centreboard
class with the nationals on the Derwent in 2016.
Another past national champion Bruce Rose dominated the
Paper Tiger catamarans with five wins. Rose finished second in
the 2015 Australian championships held at Lauderdale early in
In the youth sailing, Tasmanian champion Sam King won
five out of six races in the Laser 4.7 class while Australian youth
team member Jock Calvert won four races in the sailboard class.
International Cadet sailors Angus Price and Archer Ibbott,
who have been chosen in the Australian team for the world
championship on Lake Garda, Italy, later in the year, won their
class with a consistent score that included two wins, two seconds,
a third and a fourth.
Another outstanding result came from Rupert Hamilton who
won five of the six races in the Optimist class.
In the big keelboats, War Games, Wayne Banks-Smith’s Farr
40, had a great day on the Sunday with four straight wins under
PHS scoring. Sailing with ‘Banger’ was international yachtsman
Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones. War Games also won the IRC category,
but by only two points from Tony Lyall’s TP52 Cougar II. Invincible,
Darren Clark’s Farr 1104, took out the AMS category.
Racing Group 2 series saw four different winners, L’ E t o i l e (John
Dawson), Just in Time (Mick Sheehan), Alibi II (Rod Williams) and
Trouble (Dave Willans) whose two wins gave it the overall trophy
from Alibi II and Just in Time.
Overall winners in the Performance Cruising divisions
included It Happens (Mick Souter), Prion (Rod Viney), Smooth
Cha Cha (Piers and Sarah Findlay), Michelle (David Creese) and
Breakaway (Victoria Logan). It Happens, skippered by Mick Souter
from Kettering Yacht Club, sailed a most consistent series to win
Performance Cruising 1 PHS, while under AMS scoring victory
went to Prion (Rod Viney).
Gary Cripps, the major sponsor of the Banjos Shoreline Crown
Series Bellerive Regatta, won the last race under PHS scoring with
his Sydney 38 Ciao Baby II, a win which received great applause
at the prize giving.
h Peter Campbell
Champions show their
skills in Crown Series
TP52 Cougar II powers to windward.
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