Emotional Rescue makes it a double in harsh winds
THE only Hobie 33 class yacht in Australia, Michael Hutchinson’s Emotional Rescue, has scored a double win in the Pipe Opener Series being sailed on the River Derwent, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and the Huon River over the weekend.
Emotional Rescue won the AMS rating division of the Friday night race from Hobart to Gordon, down the Channel, sailed in cold, wet and windy weather, gusting to 30 knots.
Yesterday the Hobie 33 took corrected time honours in the AMS division of the Cock of Derwent, sailed from Ship- wright’s Point on the Huon River, again in wet and windy conditions
A fleet of 17 yachts set sail in the Friday night race but several, including line honours winner, Michael Pritchard’s Cookson 50, chose not to continue the series.
For the Cock of the Huon, the fleet was augmented by local Huon Yacht Club boats with the Adams 11.9, Force Eleven (T Gourlay and J Cooper) winning PHS division 1 from Rad (Brent McKay) and Wings Three (Peter Haros).
Local yacht Another Girl (Michael Bartlett) won PHS division 2 from Emotional Res- cue (Michael Hutchinson) and the new 349 Jenneau Sun Odyssey (Jeffrey Sharp).
In the AMS rating division Emotional Rescue won from Wings Three and Zephyr (Ian Johnston). Rad (Brent McKay) took line honours in the Cock of the Huon race from Wild West (Michael Denney).