Cracking finish for Tasmanian women’s crew

  • June 12, 2017

Tasmania’s crew of talented  sailors today finished the 27th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta with flare, winning both the IRC and AMS handicap divisions of the sixth and final race on corrected time.

Sailing the borrowed Archambault 35 Absolut, skipper Colleen Darcey and her crew of mostly SB20 sports boat sailors, took out the IRC rating division by a comfortable five points.

They also  came within two points of winning the AMS division.

Women from all States and Territories contested the event, Australia’s only all-women keelboat regatta, with 26 boats racing on Melbourne’s Port Phillip.

In another good result for Tasmanian sailors, Townsville based Judi Marshal won IRC division 2 in the borrowed S80 yacht Recycled Reputation.

Recycled Reputation clinched victory after being placed first in the final race following the penalising of local yacht Mood Indigo.  The S80 also won the final race for AMS Division 2.

Just one race remained to be sailed today, with the start being delayed because of light northerly winds and official results also held up because of mediation (protest) hearings.

The IRC overall win for Colleen Darcey was her second at the AWKR, winning her division in 2012 and then placing a close second last year.

Darcey, a prominent member of the Derwent Sailing Squadron,  and Claire Cunningham,  Rear Commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania,  headed the team of 11 sailors, with 10 sailing as crew.

The  crew’s skill in the light and variable winds (always under 10 knots) was outstanding, in contrast to their usual strong wind sailing on the River Derwent.

Absolut won seven division races on corrected time over the long weekend:  five wins and one second under IRC scoring and two wins and four seconds under AMS scoring.

Hard as they tried,  the Tasmanian crew could not catch the fast Melges 3 Envys (Kat Wotherspoon) from Sydney’s Cruising Yacht Club of Australia which won the AMS division by just two points.

They twice won the rating handicap double, IRC and AMS, in one race, but fell just two points short of an outstanding double victory at the AWKR.

Next weekend, most of the crew will be back to the SB20s, helming or crewing in the SB20 mid-winter championship on the River Derwent.


Peter Campbell – 0419 385 028