FForever Young no match for Crazy
Flying Fifteen skippers and crews never miss an opportunity to get out on the water, even if it takes a great amount of time to get their speedy little boats ready to sail.
They are the most consistent sailors at Princess Royal Sailing Club and last Saturday the husband-and-wife rivalry continued.
Simon Lucas had FForever Young out in front early in their flying start harbour course race and he spent much of his time trying to shake off a just-as-determined Aileen Lucas in Crazy. FForever Young was the leader throughout but needed to be further in front to have any chance of a victory.
It was all to no avail, as Crazy kept on his tail for the duration and was always going to win on handicap.
The weather was a factor as the south-easterly, at around 12 knots, suited the diminutive skipper of Crazy.
Simon Lucas had to be content with his second placing and fastest time in yet another stirring encounter between these two fine sailors.
Division 1 sailed a King George Sound race, and at 26 nautical miles, it is one of the longest events on the sailing calendar. A fleet of four began at noon and the early leader was Murray Howson in Sitting Bull who, moving quickly, was followed not far behind by Murray Deere in Wild One.
Further back, Harold Keay in Shagabull and Mitchell Spaanderman in Crunchtime were having their own little match race, with nothing much separating them.
Sitting Bull was still leading as the fleet entered the harbour, with Wild Bull having closed the gap and looking good for a top placing.
Howson crossed the line first but didn’t feature in the major placings because of his large handicap and could only record fastest time in a fine effort. Wild One took the race on handicap after chasing Sitting Bull for more than four hours.
Keay was able to get through Crunchtime to record second place, which was a great performance considering he had only two crew, and Spaanderman was delighted to finish up in third placing. Division 2 also sailed in a KGS race and a fleet of three competed in a shorter event than division 1.
Joker, skippered by Josh Hughes, established an early lead, followed closely by Gary Eaton in Farr Star.
Zuri, sailed by Neil Worrell, began slowly and it was a case of catch-up all afternoon.
Zuri had won on the last two occasions and was on a hat-trick so this was an important race for Worrell.
He managed to make inroads on the leaders as the interest was focused on Eaton, who had moved right up on Hughes in Joker.
Hughes kept his cool and went on to cross the line first, but with a big handicap could only manage third and fastest.
Zuri had done enough on handicap to take top honours, giving Worrell the rare distinction of a hat-trick. Eaton, having sailed one of his better races, was second.
The mixed dinghies sailed a harbour course race and Robert Cronin in his Laser, The Italian Job, proved his sailing had improved immensely to win easily.
Second place went to a 125, Venom, skippered by Karen Timmins, who recovered well from a frustrating start and third place was a Mirror called Twixta skippered by the improving William Wise.
The winner, Crazy, skippered by Aileen Lucas stays close to Simon Lucas in FForever Young.