Aussie Larrikin best of mixed dinghies
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.
Leaders head towards the finish.