SB20, Dragon Champions decided in Crown Series
Tasmania’s champion sailors in the one-design SB20 and International Dragon classes were decided over the weekend on the River Derwent as part of the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta.
Tasmania’s largest regatta saw close to 150 boats, involving more than 600 sailors, young and old, contesting three days of close racing to decide to top boats in nine keelboat divisions and ten skiff and dinghy classes.
Tasmanian champion in the high performance SB20 sports boat class is Frazer Read, sailing Pinch, while the perennial Dragons, once an Olympic class, went to Wicked, skippered by Andrew Blackney. Both are members of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
Read is a former ‘gun’ sailor in the iconic Sharpie class while Blakney is also a regular SB20 helmsman.
Porco Rosso (Elliott Noye) held a point lead after day one of the SB20 States, starting the regatta with a convincing 1-1-4-2,
However, Noye placed 9-3-3 on day two while Pinch had two wins and a fourth, giving Read a net 11 points to Noye’s 14 points. Team Musto (George Peacock) finished third overall on 17 points, while Export Roo (Michael Cooper) was a close fourth on 19 points.
In the wake of the heavy campaigning for the words in January, only 14 boats entered the State championship.
First place under PHS scoring went to Power of Athena (Anna Reid) while Felicity Allison steered Cook Your Own Dinner to two fifth places, finishing eighth overall.
Wicked was unbeaten in the small fleet of Dragons, finishing with seven points. Second overall was Thorvalda (Stephen Henley) on 13 points, third Leander (Darryl Ridgeway) on 20 points.
RYCT Vice Commodore Stephen McCullum was unbeaten in the small fleet of 2.4m yachts.
The SB20s and Dragons, as did other classes, experienced some hard sailing on Saturday when the nor’wester gusted to 25 knots.
On Sunday, racing on most courses was delayed for an hour, but a south-easterly breeze filled in to 18 knots by midday before fading away mid-afternoon.
The entire fleet in Division 2, Sailing with Spinnakers, failed to finish their last race while the final race for the SB20s was abandoned.
Results and further articles are on the Bellerive Yacht Club website www.byc.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Jane Austin
19 February 2018