Aussie Lar­rikin best of mixed dinghies

Albany Extra - - Sport - Susette Evans

Princess Royal Sail­ing Club’s open­ing day dawned with typ­i­cal mid-spring blue skies and al­ter­nat­ing white and grey clouds blown by 15-20 knot north­west­erly winds.

Although a good day for sail­ing, the low spring tides kept many of the larger yachts in their pens or up on the hard­stands.

Although not a club points rac­ing day, yachts in three di­vi­sions pro­vided plenty of ac­tion for guests, vis­i­tors and fam­i­lies.

Af­ter­noon rac­ing be­gan at 2.30pm, with Sail-a-Way giv­ing spec­ta­tors an af­ter­noon of com­fort­able race view­ing.

In their sec­ond week of af­ter­noon rac­ing, the mixed dinghy fleet pro­vided plenty of ac­tion, in­clud­ing their skip­per’s agility to quickly re­cover from fre­quent cap­sizes af­ter sud­den gusts.

Fin­ish­ing their course with flair, the lead­ing three Lasers were Luke Pas­coe in The Kraker, Robert Cronin in The Ital­ian Job and Jack O’Far­rell in Big Rig.

Ex­pect to see more names here as the Laser skip­pers prac­tise rac­ing skills learnt dur­ing re­cent week­end coach­ing.

Mixed dinghies in­clude the grow­ing Mir­ror fleet with their bright red sails.

First across the line were To­mas O’Far­rell and Max Har­ris in Aussie Lar­rikin, fol­lowed by Wil­liam Wise and Arlen Pens in Twix­ter, then Henri and Justin Bel­langer in Magic Hap­pens.

With morn­ing train­ing and af­ter­noon rac­ing, the grow­ing com­pe­tence of this dinghy fleet con­tin­ues to pro­vide plenty of ac­tion for spec­ta­tors on the club bal­cony.

Although only three di­vi­sion 2 yachts com­peted. They had plenty of prac­tice for the sea­son ahead with the strength­en­ing, gusty north-west­erly winds.

With full crew, Stephen Lee in Flas­heart took an early lead and eas­ily gained first place.

In only his sec­ond race in Joker, Josh Hughes and crew de­feated the more ex­pe­ri­enced Neil Wor­rell in Zuri to take sec­ond place. Although there were only two starters in di­vi­sion 1 on Satur­day, not much time sep­a­rated them all day.

Mur­ray Deere in Wild One even­tu­ally took first place, 31sec. ahead of Harold Keay’s Shagab­ull.

Af­ter last week’s chal­leng­ing race, Mitchell Spaan­der­man skip­pered the safety boat on Satur­day, along with Me­gan and Court­ney.

The trio pro­vided on-wa­ter sup­port for the af­ter­noon, with cap­siz­ing dinghies keep­ing them ever alert.

Pic­ture: Rod Hed­der­wick

Lead­ers head to­wards the fin­ish.

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