Ann Sea wins sum­mer se­ries

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

SIX yachts came to the start for the final race of the Po­sei­don Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship Sum­mer Se­ries un­der heavy skies and the threat of rain.

De­fend­ing Club Cham­pion Port FM Mais Oui made a wel­come re­turn in her first race of the year un­der the new cap­taincy of Mike Gar­rett and was im­me­di­ately into the ac­tion fol­low­ing a great start.

Magic rounded the top mark first ahead of Ann Sea but the decision to fly the spin­naker with a less ex­pe­ri­enced crew and a fresh­en­ing breeze on the down­wind run proved costly.

Ann Sea took the lead and held on to take line hon­ours in 01:07:38 two min­utes ahead of Magic.

Third place chopped and changed hands as a clas­sic test of strat­egy and games­man­ship was played out be­tween Ice and Port FM Mais Oui with Miriama close be­hind and Tau Ceti forced to re­tire with a dam­aged head­sail.

Cor­rected times kept Ann Sea on top with Magic 2nd and Ice 3rd ahead of Port FM Mais Oui and Miriama.

The win sealed the over­all Sum­mer Se­ries vic­tory for Ann Sea (9) ahead of Magic (13) and Tau Ceti (16) for skip­per Tim Preuss to record his sec­ond suc­ces­sive win of the Sum­mer Se­ries tro­phy.

The Po­sei­don Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship re­sumes in June with the eight race Win­ter Se­ries. In the mean­time the Close­haven Ma­rina Tro­phy Se­ries kicks off with the Close­haven Cup on March 31st and the Keith Quinn Me­mo­rial Tro­phy on April 21st fol­lowed by the clubs flag­ship event the Ex­em­plar Clip­per Cup in May.

Win­ning crew from Ann Sea: Bob White, Dave Inkster with Ann and Tim Preuss

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