Der­went boats to the fore in Opener

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - PETER CAMPBELL

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.

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