Crews gearing up for big season

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The official opening of the 2017-2018 Princess Royal Sailing Club sailing season will take place on the lower deck at the club house with activities beginning about noon this Saturday.

The club is one of the oldest in Albany, and indeed in WA, and has a proud history that has endured since 1907.

There has been an influx of junior sailors who will compete in three divisions on Saturday mornings.

These youngsters will be strutting their stuff during the opening activities.

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Seniors will have five fleets competing on Saturday afternoons when competition is fierce.

The Viper fleet is expanding and these fast and dynamic yachts are spectacular to watch.

A contingent of Viper skippers and crews from PRSC will head for the US in November for the World titles. For the next nine months or so yachts will grace our local waters and a lot of hard work has gone on during the winter to ensure smooth sailing over the coming season.

On Saturday, which had been scheduled as the first points event, only two boats from division 2 and two from the Flying Fifteens made it to the start line.

Many boats are yet to get into the water and many skippers are still chasing crew.

In division 2, Stephen Lee had a brilliant start with Flasheart and was never troubled throughout to win handsomely over Neil Worrell’s Zuri.

Simon Lucas had his Flying Fifteen, FForever Young moving very quickly and established a commanding lead which was never seriously challenged by Aileen Lucas in Crazy.

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