Hughie Lewis and a team from Bellerive Yacht Club have finished the Magnetic Island Race Week with a second race win to place second overall in the Sealink Spinnaker Division 4.
Lewis and Garry Cripps chartered the Farr 40 Ponyo for the regatta, sailing against a mixed but competitive fleet in the six race regatta.
While they were the fastest boat in the fleet, corrected time results saw five different winners, the BYC crew winning two.
Ponyo’s placings were 5-1-8-8-2-1 for an overall total of 25 points, but not good enough to beat local yacht Calypso Magic’s more consistent performance.
Among the BYC crew joining Lewis and Cripps were BYC Commodore Graham Mansfield, Combined Clubs pennant winner Ian ‘Seaweed’ Stewart and his wife, and Chris Sheehan.
Hughie was loaned David Currie’s Farr 40, Ponyo. “It all started with us offering David our spare main when his was torn at Magnetic Island last year. Now he’s kindly loaned us the boat,” Lewis explained.
He and the crew opted out of IRC Racing and instead are in Spinnaker Division 4. “We want to have fun here – and using David’s boat we don’t want to put ourselves in any situation where we might damage it by sailing in the cut-and-thrust of IRC,” the Tasmanian admitted.
“We have a group that doesn’t always sail together, including some friends. We’re ‘Gerry and the Atrics’; we’ve got to get our Zimmer frames on the boat somehow,” he says amid laughter from the crew.
Words: Di Pearson/Peter Campbell
Photos: Andrea Francolini
5 September 2018