Ocean Clas­sic yachties race to city

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Justin Fris

The 49th Fre­man­tle to Ger­ald­ton Ocean Clas­sic Yacht Race kicks off this af­ter­noon at Leighton Beach and sev­eral Ger­ald­ton Yacht Club mem­bers will be par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Edrick and Jay­den Delfos, Lee Sice, Phil Green, Lau­rie Hatch and David Robinson will be aboard Shi­raz III, while Chantell Field will be a part of the Twitch crew and David von Fel­ten on Al Fresco.

Run in con­junc­tion be­tween the South Perth and Ger­ald­ton yacht clubs, the race re­quires team co­he­sion and an el­e­ment of luck with ocean con­di­tions.

Mr Delfos, who is no stranger to this race, said he was look­ing for­ward to work­ing with ev­ery­one on­board.

“I re­mem­ber dis­tinctly, un­for­tu­nately with a lit­tle bit of pain, that about 4am on the Mon­day morn­ing was when the last boat fin­ished one year,” he said.

“It can be a long race and as we know, the record fin­ish is around 17 hours. It can be vary­ing in time as it is wind de­pen­dent.”

With many of Delfos’ team­mates mak­ing their Fre­man­tle to Ger­ald­ton Ocean Clas­sic de­buts today, he is hope­ful they can take away some long-term ben­e­fits from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“There is some chal­lenges for a lot of them,” he said. “Not putting too fine of a point on it, but sea­sick­ness can be an is­sue.”

Delfos also gave an in­sight into the chal­lenges of nav­i­gat­ing through the dark, with the po­ten­tial ap­pear­ance of whales adding another vari­able to the list of el­e­ments the crew may en­counter.

Picture: Rose­marie Field

Edrick Delfos, Lee Sice, Phil Green, Lau­rie Hatch, David Robinson, Chantell Field and David von Fel­ten are tak­ing part in the 49th Fre­man­tle to Ger­ald­ton Ocean Clas­sic yacht race, which be­gins today.

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