Sailors brave atrocious conditions in King George Sound

Des BeeckAlbany Advertiser
Michael Cameron wins the start with Bite Me over Murray Howson’s Chinese Moccasin in last Saturday’s windy weather.
Camera IconMichael Cameron wins the start with Bite Me over Murray Howson’s Chinese Moccasin in last Saturday’s windy weather. Credit: Des Beeck

Only a handful of adventurous skippers and crews decided to sail in atrocious conditions in last Saturday’s 24-knot easterly.

One division-1 yacht was ready to go but needed another boat to make a fleet and so went for a cruise around the harbour.

Two division-2 yachts started in their handicap start harbour-course race, which saw Stephen Brown in Mary Maitland getting a minute’s start over Stephen Lee’s Flasheart.

Lee, who had to lower his colours to Brown in their previous encounter, was out for revenge and quickly caught and passed Brown to go on to an easy victory, though it was exhausting work for both yachts.

Brown took Mary Maitland over the line in second place after a valiant effort in the smaller boat.

Flying Fifteens gave it a miss because of the gale-force wind and went home disappointed.

Three Vipers, fresh from the State championships in Perth, put on a dazzling display of fast and furious spinnaker runs and disastrous capsizes in a flying start short harbour course.

Michael Cameron in Bite Me was chasing the early leader, Murray Howson in Chinese Moccasin, and when Howson ditched, losing valuable time, Cameron strolled to an easy win. Howson recovered to finish second and Duncan Ray had a few mishaps and retired.

The Viper State Championships were conducted at the South of Perth Yacht Club earlier this month and five skippers and crews from Princess Royal Sailing Club competed in eight heats. The State champion was Rod Beurteaux skippering You Get In The Bowl.

He finished 2.5 points ahead of Albany’s Cameron in Bite Me in second place.

Third place went to Nick Jerwood in Steal de Breeze.

Albany’s Howson was fourth overall with Chinese Moccasin, Chris O’Keefe in Grey Nomad was seventh, Duncan Ray in Alice was ninth and Bruce Mattinson in Green Mamba was 10th.

When Mattinson brings Green Mamba back to PRSC, there will be a fleet of five Vipers to grace our waters in 2021.

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