Hobart’s winter yacht racing season opened today in predicable weather – on a rather bleak morning with light wind and a temperature of 10 degrees, with a chill factor of about 7 degrees.
“At least it did not rain,” commented Michelle Denney, co-owner of Division 1 yacht Wild West, after the two-plus hours of morning racing on the River Derwent.
Thirty hardy crews braved the late autumn chill to enjoy some close racing around harbour marks in Bellerive Yacht Club’s opening winter race.
Outstanding yacht of the day was Michael and Michelle Denney’s Wild West which led Division 1 throughout to also take first place on corrected time.
Wild West’s racing is somewhat limited because of Michael’s duties as sailing manager of the Derwent Sailing Squadron and next Sunday will be the DSS’ turn to run it winter series.
“Wild West led the way early and with outstanding boat speed for the conditions increased her lead at nearly every leg of the course,” BYC sailing manager Peter Watson said after the race.
“Another impressive effort was that of Mark Ballard’s 42 South in scoring an outright win in Division 2,” Watson added.
In Division 1 of the Tilford Auto Group Winter Series, Wild West won on corrected time for B&G Advantage (Jeff Cordell) and BYC Commodore Graham Mansfield’s T42 Bar and Food.
In Division 2, 42 South scored a close win from Rousabout (Derek Inglis) and Saga (Chris Sheehan).
Vitamin C (Wayne Pitt) sailed a consistent race to win Division 3 from Skeme (Paul Rogerson) and Magnum (C and J Gray).
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
28 May 2017