Former Australian Sharpie champion Drew Latham should have been pleased with his first race on the helm of his newly acquired keelboat Whistler.
After just one practice sail on Saturday, Latham and his crew today finished second on corrected time in Division 1 AMS of the Bellerive Yacht Club’s Hobart Jaguar Land Rover Winter.
The boat that beat them was Tasmanian AMS champion B&G Advantage, Jeff Cordell’s Mumm 36. Third place went to Matthew Keal’s Mumm 36, Heat Wave.
A fleet of 36 keelboats raced today, the biggest individual club turnout this winter, with Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrant, Oskana, also have a good day on a chilly morning with a light northerly breeze blowing, just enough to shift the ‘Bridgewater Jerry’ fog from the eastern shore of the Derwen.
Oskana, Mike Pritchard’s canting keel Cookson 50 finished well clear of the fleet and won Division 1 PHS on corrected time from B&G Advantage and Heat Wave.
Graeme Wood’s newcomer to the Derwent, the Farr 40 Kirribilli, finished second in fleet after a close duel with another Farr 40, Hughie Lewis and Gary Cripps’ Guilty Pleasures VI, 32 seconds astern. Just two more seconds astern at the finish was Wild West (Michael and Michelle Denney).
Team Wildfire’s Farr 31 Wildfire had an outright victory in Division 2 PHS from Moonshadow (Anthony Ellis) and Just Jones (David Wyatt) while Division 3 PHS went to Sundance (Don Bailey) from Innovator (Ian Smith and Dean Aberle) and Southern Cross (Wayne Pitt).
Moonshadow followed up its Division 2 PHS second place with a win in Division 2 AMS. Footloose (Stewart Geeves) placed second, Southern Swordfish (Ian Stewart) third.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
7 July 2019