New sail winner for Howson
Murray Howson’s decision to acquire a new square-topped mainsail for Sitting Bull paid handsomely when he eclipsed the division 1 fleet in Saturday’s harbour course event.
In the 20-knot easterly wind, he opted to put a reef in the new sail and it worked very well to windward, enabling him to pull away from Michael Cameron’s Easy Tiger, Jack Spaanderman’s Crunchtime and Murray Deere in Wild One.
Cameron was quick under spinnaker and a couple of wild broaches caused Easy Tiger to lose touch with Sitting Bull.
Crunchtime sailed smoothly with an almost faultless race to gain second place on handicap.
Spaanderman has shown outstanding form so far this season and is going to be a force to be reckoned with in coming races.
Third place was taken by Cameron, who had an interesting tussle with Howson for much of the race and is always a threat in this fleet.
Vipers began their harbour course race with three starters and it became evident early on Chris Lee aboard Snake Charmer was the one to beat.
Lee sailed brilliantly with blistering spinnaker runs to establish a handy lead which he never surrendered, and finished well ahead of Chris Oldham, who was also showing a lot of potential with Alice to take second place.
Colin Westerberg was forced to retire with a rudder problem but will be back with a vengeance.
The Flying Fifteens resumed their rivalry and Simon Lucas had FForever Young in front throughout the match race knowing he had to cross the line at least three minutes ahead of Aileen Lucas in Crazy.
With a different crew member on the day, FForever Young tried everything to increase the lead but Crazy kept up the pressure and was rewarded with a victory.
FForever Young was second and fastest in another fine effort.
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