Derwent boats to the fore in Opener
DERWENT Sailing Squadron boats Emotional Rescue and Wings Three clinched wins in their divisions of the Pipe Opener Series sailed over the weekend on the River Derwent, D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon River.
Emotional Rescue, Michael Hutchinson’s Hobie 33, won the AMS division and also PHS division 2 overall, while Wings Three, a Northshore 38 skippered by DSS vicecommodore Peter Haros, took out PHS division 1.
The Pipe Opener started with a night race on Friday followed by the Cock of Huon race on Saturday, ending yesterday with a race from Port Huon to Gordon on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
While DSS boats were successful overall, honours in the final race went to Rad, Brent McKay’s fast Radford 351 from Kettering Yacht Club, and Saturday’s Cock of the Huon winner was Michael Barlett’s sports boat Another Girl.
Rad led the fleet from Port Huon to Gordon and on corrected times won PHS division 1 and the AMS division. Another Girl also was first home in Division 2 and won on handicap.
Emotional Rescue’s two overall division wins were close.
The Hobie 33 won AMS by one point from Haros’s Northshore 38, Wings Three. Rad place third overall.
In PHS division 2, a countback gave Emotional Rescue first place from Jim Thorpe’s Beneteau First 33.7, Hydrotherapy, from Bellerive Yacht Club.
Third place went to anther French-built boat, Jeffrey Sharp’s new French Connection, representing the Huon Yacht Club.
Wings Three’s consistent score of 2-3-2 gave her overall first place in PHS division 1 from Force Eleven (T Gourlay & J Cooper, DSS) with Rad a close third.