Skip­per Lee off to flyer in Flas­heart

Albany Extra - - Classifieds - Des Beeck

Sailors at Prince Royal Sail­ing Club com­peted in hand­i­cap starts in all fleets over har­bour cour­ses last Satur­day.

Usu­ally yachts which have been record­ing slower times are away first in stag­gered starts, with the quicker boats the last to get go­ing.

This is quite a chal­lenge for the scratch boats be­cause they seem too far be­hind at their start to make any im­pres­sion.

Stephen Lee in di­vi­sion 2 de­cided to change all that when he be­gan mak­ing in­roads on the lead­ers with Flas­heart.

Gary Ea­ton in Farr Star was the early leader and was do­ing well for half the jour­ney, but was passed even­tu­ally by the rest of the fleet be­cause he had opted not to use a spin­naker.

Bob Giles, who had won the pre­vi­ous week with Foot­loose, was mov­ing ex­tremely well, as was Stephen Brown skip­per­ing Mary Mait­land.

Josh Hughes was strug­gling a lit­tle with Joker and not mak­ing much progress, but in the mean­time Lee had not only closed the gap but forged to the lead in spec­tac­u­lar style to steal the race.

Giles main­tained his speed over the rest to take sec­ond place in a great ef­fort, while Brown, with a novice crew, sailed well to his hand­i­cap to snare third place.

In di­vi­sion 1, Harold Keay was away first with Shagab­ull, and what a race the vet­eran sailed.

In the early stages, he was in­creas­ing his lead on ev­ery leg and was so far ahead he was lonely.

He was never se­ri­ously chal­lenged and went on to record an em­phatic vic­tory by more than three min­utes. The scratch boat, Sit­ting Bull, skip­pered by Mur­ray How­son, per­formed well again and al­though he caught and passed two oth­ers in the fleet, he could not get close to Shagab­ull to fin­ish sec­ond.

Mur­ray Deere was ly­ing well in sec­ond place when dis­as­ter struck.

As he tried to round club stake, Wild One hit the mud and stopped dead.

How­ever, Sit­ting Bull and Brett Hawker’s Jessie James man­aged to get through.

Deere man­aged to ex­tri­cate him­self from the mud and con­tin­ued, but was too far be­hind and Hawker luck­ily snared third place.

In Fly­ing Fif­teens, Aileen Lu­cas in Crazy was given a two-minute start over Si­mon Lu­cas in FFor­ever Young.

Rac­ing was in the kind of windy con­di­tions that favoured FFor­ever Young, with a steady south-westerly wind blow­ing at around 14 knots.

How­ever, it took al­most the en­tire race for Si­mon Lu­cas to fi­nally get past Crazy, with the skip­per prov­ing that she could han­dle the tricky winds.

FFor­ever Young was first and fastest af­ter a great duel with Crazy and it was sweet re­venge for Si­mon Lu­cas, who had not en­joyed too many vic­to­ries of late.

Pic­ture: Des Beeck

Stephen Lee, right, en­joys the mo­ment with his hard­work­ing crew on Flas­heart.

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