Brass Monkey Trophy and winter series spoils go to Stephen Brown and Mary Maitland

Des BeeckAlbany Advertiser
Stephen Brown wins the start and the trophies with Mary Maitland.
Camera IconStephen Brown wins the start and the trophies with Mary Maitland. Credit: Des Beeck

Division 2 skipper Stephen Brown stormed home in last Saturday's final heat of the winter series to not only win the Brass Monkey Trophy for heat six but also the Winter Series Cup in a mighty effort.

Brown sailed in all six heats and had a good tally of points before the final race which was conducted over a harbour course in a steady 13 knots from the west.

Mark Paynter was away first with Serenita, followed 30 minutes later by division 2 and the Flying Fifteens.

Thirty minutes later a lone division 1 yacht was accompanied by three Vipers making a fleet of 11 yachts in the competition.

It didn't take long before Simon Lucas in FForever Young overhauled Serenita and went to the lead where he stayed for the rest of the race but on corrected time unfortunately didn't finish in the placings.

Michael Cameron in his Viper, Bite Me, was displaying just how fast these speedy yachts can go with blistering spinnaker runs.

Grant Tickell, Anne Sorensen and Stephen Brown with the series spoils.
Camera IconGrant Tickell, Anne Sorensen and Stephen Brown with the series spoils. Credit: Des Beeck

Rob Cridge was doing well with Noel Robbins and was able to stay close to the leaders without the use of a spinnaker. This may change in the new season when one may be employed.

Brown was sailing steadily and able to keep ahead of his arch rival, Stephen Lee in Flasheart.

On the last leg to the finish line there was a string of boats and it was exciting and close racing. Paynter had sailed well to his handicap to take third in probably his best sail for the series with Serenita.

Cameron was outstanding with Bite Me to take second but no one could do anything to beat Brown in his faithful Mary Maitland who took all before him.

Sailing now goes into winter recess before the 2021-22 season begins in October.

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