Derwent Sailing Squadron yachtswoman Michelle Denney had good reason to celebrate events in Hobart over the weekend, although she and her husband Michael were on holiday in Broome
- Michelle was named a Volunteer of the Year at the Tasmanian Sailing Awards on Saturday evening.
- Their yacht Wild West scored its third win in four races in Division 1 of Bellerive Yacht Club’s Winter Series.
Michelle was named joint winner of the Volunteer of the Year award for her regular role in race management in events conducted by the DSS, especially club and championship events for the SB20 class.
A keen amateur photographer she updates social media with racing photos as well as supplying images for use in ‘The Mercury’.
With the Denneys on holiday Wild West was sailed by the regular crew. “An amazing crew…Royce Salter helmed and Julian, Andrew Davison, Heather, Kirsty, Frank, Anna, Rob and Karen did an awesome job….winners all round,” Michelle said in an email from Broome.
Wild West has a commanding points lead after five of the six race BYC Jaguar Land Rover Winter Series, 11 points to 17 by her nearest rival, BYC vice-commodore Ian Stewart’s Tas Paints. One point back are Juana (Jock Young) and B&G Advantage (Jeff Cordell).
Sunday was a “classic winter race day on the River Derwent with a 5-10 knot northerly and the ever-present down-river current,” according to BYC sailing manager Peter Watson.
“The two Mumm 36s, Madness (Gavin Adamson) and B&G Advantage (Jeff Cordell) had a great tussle all around the course while Wild West capitalised on the clear air in front of the pack and extended her lead enough each leg to take an outright victory.
“Jim Thorpe’s Hydrotherapy, sporting a new headsail, sailed well for a comfortable win in Division 2,” added Watson.
Hydrotherapy shares the leaderboard with Twitch (Richie Upton) in Division 2, both on 16 points with Chris Sheehan’s Saga on 17.5 points.
In Division 3, Vitaminsea (Wayne Pitt) extended her overall pointscore lead with her third win of the series. After four races VItaminsea has a score of 7 points, with Skeme (Paul Rogerson) on 10 points and Sundance (Don Bailey) on 12 points.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
7 August 2017