Nick Rogers winner with brand new boat

  • March 12, 2017

Aeolus leading the fleet in a twilight Pennant race.

SB20 class founder in Tasmania Nick Rogers sailed his brand new boat, again named Karabos, to a first-up win in last Thursday’s twilight pennant series.

The win has given Rogers a commanding point score lead going into the final race (or two) of the summer pennant for the one-design, sports boat class next Thursday.

“If there is just one long race next week I will have won the summer pennant, but if there are two shorter races I will have to defend my lead,” Rogers explained yesterday.

The Royal Yacht Club Tasmania and the Derwent Sailing Squadron will run the 2018 world championship on the Derwent next summer with at least 80 boats expected to compete.

Wicked on the wind.

Roger’s win augers well for his prospects of regaining the SB20 Tasmanian State Championship next weekend, 18-19 March, and strengthens his campaign for the 2017 Worlds to be sailed out of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, England, in late August and beyond that, the worlds in Hobart.

Thursday’s win was the second of the summer series for Rogers, giving him a net 30 points after one discard; the second discard will apply after next Thursday’s final race.

Big Ted and Hypertronics duel downwind.

Second overall is Greg Prescott sailing 2Unlimited on a net 46 points, closely followed by Paul Burnell’s Honey Badger on 50 points with Rob Gough’s Difficult Woman on 67 points.

Karabos won Thursday’s race by 48 seconds from Pinch (Frazer Read) and Blue Gull (Rod Glanville).

Words:  Peter Campbell

Photos: Michelle Denney

12 March 2017