Top Portuguese finish for Hobart SB20 sailors
Hobart sailors Elliott Noye, Paul McCartney and Edward Snowball have finished a close second overall in the Portuguese national championships for the SB20 sports boat class.
Sailing Porco Rosso, they won the final race yesterday to clinch the silver medal on a countback, sandwiched between two top Portuguese crews.
This was the second runner-up place by the crew from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, with helmsman Noye, Sam Brearey and Snowball competing in the Clube Naval De Cascais 80 Year Trophy Regatta last week.
Porco Rosso owner Paul McCartney joined Noye and Snowball for the Portuguese nationals contested by French, Russian, Ukraine and Swiss crews as well as Portuguese teams.
Racing in the open waters of the Atlantic off the historic port of Cascais, the Porco Rosso crew finished five points behind the local boat, Dom Pedro Hotels, skippered by Jose Paulo Ramada, which also won the Trophy 80 Years regatta.
In the Portuguese nationals, the Tasmanians notched up placings of (8)-2-3-8-8-2-1 for a net 24 points, with the winning crew on a net 24 points.
In the Trophy 80 Years regatta they place 3-(8)-1-2-5, beaten by four points for first place.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Jane Austin
4 July 2018