Derwent Sailing Squadron sailing manager Mike Denney and his wife Michelle yesterday scored their second successive win in Division A of Bellerive Yacht Club’s winter series on the Derwent.
The Denney’s and the crew of their powerful sloop Wild West again took line honours in the Hobart Jaguar Land Rover series, finishing well clear of the fleet to also win on corrected time.
Although the major yacht clubs are alternatively conducting winter racing each Sunday morning, Mike Denney’s racing days are limited to the BYC winter series because of his DSS commitments.
Wild West won Division 1 from two prominent BYC members, Gary Cripps with Ciao Baby II and Ian Steward helming Tas Paints.
“Race of the BYC Hobart Jaguar Land Rover Winter Series started under an ominous weather forecast, with 25-30 knots north-westerly winds predicted,” BYC sailing manager Peter Watson reported.
“Race officer Grant Sutton set a conservative course of windward-returns for all divisions, allowing the forecast strong winds.
“However, ‘Mother Nature’ smiled on the fleet and held off the strong wind until all yachts had completed the course.”
In Division 2, Richie Upton sailed Twitch to an outright win (line and handicap) from Trouble (Mark Millhouse) and Off-Piste (Paul Einoder).
VItaminSea (Wayne Pitt) won a closely fought Division 3 from Sundance (Don Bailey) and Skeme (Paul Rogerson). Magnum (C & J Gray) took fastest time.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
25 June 2017