Keelboat entries for the 2018 Banjo’s Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta have cracked the 80 mark since Monday’s entry deadline, with off-the-boat entries closing tomorrow, Wednesday, 14 February.
Among the keelboat entries are boats that fared well in the long weekend races, the long Bruny Island Island Race and the harbour Lipton Cup.
Lipton Cup winner, BYC member Chris Sheehan has not entered his Young 88 Saga in the Crown Series as he is sailing on Tas Paints with Vice Commodore Ian Stewart, but several of the top performers in that race have entered.
Jeff Cordell, also a prominent BYC member, won the Group 1AMS category of the Lipton Cup Race and will be racing against TasPaints, Heat Wave and Madness, all Mumm 36s, in the Racing Division.
Crusader, Scott Sharp’s Melges 32, had a good race around Bruny Island, finishing third in fleet.
The Sydney 38 Ciao Baby II will be racing for new owner Bill Batt while Matthew Denholm is agains skippering his fast Farr 30, Cleopatra.
Steward Geeves’ Young 88 Footloose, which finished second in both the AMS and PHS categories of the Bruny Island Race, is competing in the Cruising with Spinnakers division of the Crown Series. Prion, which placed third in PHS of the Maria Race, is another entrant for the Cruising with Spinnakers.
Twitch, the Eureka 30 which won Group 2 AMS of the Lipton Cup also among the 30 plus boats entered in the Cruising with Spinnakers division.
Although OTB entries don’t until tomorrow afternoon, Bellerive Yacht Club has already received entries of 29ers, International Cadets, Flying 11s, International 2.4s, Laser Radials, Optimists, Sabres, Sabots and Sharpies.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
13 February 2018