Joss wins in super-fast time

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Albany boat French Kiss V sails into Princess Royal Harbour.
Camera IconAlbany boat French Kiss V sails into Princess Royal Harbour. Credit: Hank Rosendal

The 2019 edition of the historic Fremantle to Albany Race has been won by Joss after crossing the finish line in Princess Royal Harbour in the early hours of Sunday morning.

In one of the fastest Fremantle to Albany races on record, Joss won both division 1 titles on handicap after being expertly skippered by Ian Clyne.

A fleet of 10 boats set out from Fremantle on Friday and line honours went to Dirty Deeds after they reached Albany in 40hr.4min. 12sec. and were followed over the line by Joss (42:40.54 elapsed time) and Kraken (42:46.16) more than two hours later.

Joss won division 1 handicap honours in the Fremantle to Albany Race.
Camera IconJoss won division 1 handicap honours in the Fremantle to Albany Race. Credit: Hank Rosendal

Albany skipper Clodagh Irwin and her boat French Kiss V completed the course in an elapsed time of 45:28.37.

French Kiss V finished second on handicap in YAH division 1, just under seven minutes behind Joss on corrected time.

The local boat was in front at Windy Harbour when a strong 28-knot wind gust blew out the masthead spinnaker.

French Kiss V, skippered by Clodagh Irwin, post-race.
Camera IconFrench Kiss V, skippered by Clodagh Irwin, post-race. Credit: Hank Rosendal

Joss not only won the YAH division 1 handicap honours but also claimed handicap honours in the IRC division 1 by more than three hours on corrected time over Dirty Deeds.

Crush took line honours and the handicap win in IRC division 2 but the same boat had to be content with second on handicap in the YAH division 2.

Fourth Dimension won on handicap with a corrected time of 33:22.07 to edge out Crush by more than 25 minutes.

Crush took both line and handicap honours in division 2.
Camera IconCrush took both line and handicap honours in division 2. Credit: Hank Rosendal

Kraken had only two crew members, Todd Giraudo and David White, but they sailed strongly to win both the IRC and YAH double-handed classes.

The race, organised by Royal Perth Yacht Club and assisted by Princess Royal Sailing Club, was again labelled a success, all 10 boats making it safely to the Albany Marina, with only a few minor mishaps in transit. The race is hoped to be run again in two years.

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