Wild One shows class

Des BeeckAlbany Advertiser
Wild One, far right, at the start of the King George Sound event, in which Murray Deere scored a first and fastest.
Camera IconWild One, far right, at the start of the King George Sound event, in which Murray Deere scored a first and fastest. Credit: Des Beeck

Division 1 skipper Murray Deere made up for some disappointing races of late to show his real potential with a stunning first and fastest in a King George Sound event last Saturday.

A blistering spinnaker run down the harbour and out into the sound had him well in front where he stayed throughout.

On entering the harbour, Wild One was still showing the way, with Murray Howson, in Sitting Bull, working overtime trying to catch the speedy yacht but to no avail.

Anyone that can get ahead of Sitting Bull has done well but this was Deere’s race and nothing was going to stop him.

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Jack Spanderman was having a decent sail with Crunchtime and was up with the leaders for much of the race and was looking good for a place.

Both Marco Giuntoli, in Scapp-ata, and Harold Keay, in Shagabull, could not match the speed of the leaders and finished well back.

Wild One crossed the line for a splendid first and fastest, Spaanderman had done enough to score second place with Crunchtime and Howson sailed well to grab with Sitting Bull. In division 2, seven yachts competed in a King George Sound race and Geoff Oliver skipped away with Excitabull to lead throughout.

The bigger boat with a bigger handicap finished well ahead of the others and was rewarded with second place and fastest time.

Beating Oliver on corrected time was a tenacious Karen Timmins, skippering Grey Moose to her second win in a row.

Timmins was able to stay within touch throughout and improves with every outing.

She is now chasing a hat-trick of wins and this Saturday is the prestigious Dymes Cup, which is a handicap start for all fleets.

Bob Giles had a better day out with Footloose as the veteran displayed that he can still match it with the younger skippers by finishing in third place.

The Flying Fifteens sailed a harbour course race and Simon Lucas had FForever Young won the start and was never headed.

Aileen Lucas was still experimenting with extra weight in the boat but it failed to make any difference as FForever Young increased its lead on every mark and went on to score a first and fastest in a fine effort.

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