Snatch grabs crown in close-run se­ries

Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - WHEEL DEALS -

THE re­cent B14 Na­tion­als at Mid­way Point Yacht Club was a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of high­per­for­mance skiff-style sail­ing and the world ti­tles will be held on the same patch of wa­ter be­tween Hobart Air­port and Pittwa­ter.

There was close com­pe­ti­tion be­tween B14 sailors from Vic­to­ria, NSW, Can­berra and Tas­ma­nia.

The flat wa­ter of Pittwa­ter proved ideal for th­ese skiff-style boats and the winds were rel­a­tively sta­ble in strength and di­rec­tion.

Com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the fleet of 23 crews went down to the fi­nal day and there were seven dif­fer­ent race win­ners and only seven points be­tween the first four boats.

The crew of Snatch, Craig Garmston and Paul New­man, from McRae Yacht Club, Vic­to­ria, won the ti­tle with a net score of 19 points af­ter two dis­cards from the nine-race se­ries. Snatch won only race one race but con­sis­tency was the key — not once fin­ish­ing worse than fifth.

Se­cond, on 24 points, was the Tas­ma­nian crew of The Hitcher (Rob­bie Hunt and Ben Price), from Kingston Sail­ing Club, one point ahead of an­other McRae Yacht Club en­try, Bonus, crewed by de­fend­ing (and past world) world cham­pion Guy Ban­croft and David Grace.

On a net 25 points, fourth over­all, was the NSW en­try The Nude (Richie Reynolds and Lissa McMil­lan) from Wool­lahra Sail­ing Club, with the se­cond-placed Tas­ma­nia boat, Cro­marty En­gi­neer­ing (Col Dabner and Clare Cro­marty), from the Port Dal­rym­ple Yacht Club at Beauty Point, in the Ta­mar River, fifth.

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