Long race double to Don Calvert’s Intrigue
Octogenarian yachtsman Don Calvert obviously has lost none of his tactical sailing skills on the River Derwent and Storm Bay with his 33-year-old Castro 40 Intrigue.
Calvert steered Intrigue to a double handicap victory in Group 1 of today’s Combined Clubs long day pennant race, winning both IRC and AMS scoring categories of the 29 nautical mile race to Betsey Island and return.
Calvert showed initiative at the start, in just two knots of breeze, electing to start to leeward of the fleet in clear air.
After two-sail reach down the river, Intrigue was thus among the first boats to pick up the freshening seabreeze between Blackman’s Bay and the Irion Pot, then enjoying a fast spinnaker run back from Betsey Island in a 15-20 knots seabreeze
Under IRC scoring Intrigue won from Doctor Who (Rod Jackman) and Gavin Adamson’s Madness. On AMS, Intrigue placed first on corrected time From Zephyr (Ian Johnston) and Wild West (Michael and Michelle Denney).
Wayne Banks-Smith’s Farr 40 War Games led the 46-boat fleet home, clear ahead of The Fork in the Road (Gary Smith). Group 1 PHS first place went to Filepro (Tim Gadsby) from Doctor Who and Madness.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Michelle Denney/Peter Campbell
28 October 2017