Jump-ing for joy af­ter race week on Hamo

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

SB20 sports boat Jump, which com­peted in the SB20 world cham­pi­onship on Hamil­ton Is­land in De­cem­ber 2012, was en­tered into Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week by owner and Hamil­ton Is­land res­i­dent Dennis Win­stan­ley on the chance that it may at­tract other smaller trailer sail­ers.

Jump was classed to­gether with a mixed bag of 20-44ft sized boats in the Per­for­mance Hand­i­cap Di­vi­sion 2 group, which in­cluded the first fleeters, an El­liot 7, Syd­ney 32 Hamil­ton Men­tor, and a Melges 24.

Dennis put to­gether a crew of wind­surf­ing friends: Mark Long of Lake Mac­quarie, Jo­hanna Gard­ner of Hamil­ton Is­land, with Greg Hyde of Syd­ney on the helm.

Over­com­ing the chal­lenge of mo­bil­ity in the boat, Par­a­lympian hope­ful Greg Hyde set­tled in to a rou­tine and steered the boat, lit­er­ally sin­gle handed with the use of his mo­bile arm, to vic­tory.

Years of ex­pe­ri­ence rac­ing in large fleets on var­i­ous types of ves­sels paid off with su­perb tac­ti­cal de­ci­sions made through­out the week.

Even though Jump was the small­est boat to par­tic­i­pate this year, it kept up with many larger boats, mak­ing the most of the light breezes and tidal ad­van­tages around the is­lands.

At one stage head­ing around Dent Is­land, Hyde top­pled back­wards over­board, was dragged back in by his crew mates, and car­ried on to win the day’s race.

“It was great to see Greg’s old con­fi­dence in sail­ing re­turn as the week pro­gressed and he got used to com­pet­ing among able- bod­ied sailors once again, like he did in the 80s and 90s be­fore his ill­ness,” Win­stan­ley said of his long time sail­ing idol and lat­est SB20 crew mem­ber.

“All in all it was a great week, su­perbly put to­gether by Hamil­ton Is­land. I hope that Jump’s achieve­ment is an eye-opener to other boat own­ers to give sailors with dis­abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ents in com­pe­ti­tions in this sport. I can’t wait to do it all again next year.”

ICON: Hamil­ton Is­land boat Jump sail­ing be­side the iconic yacht club dur­ing last week’s 30th an­niver­sary re­gatta. Photo Hamil­ton Is­land Pho­tog­ra­phy

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