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Nineteen crews enjoyed a perfect Sunday of winter keelboat racing in sunshine and a ten knot north easterly breeze although pretty constant still gusted and moved around to challenge skippers and crews.

No-one was happier than the handicapper with close finishes in all divisions (barring the outlier of Volant who had her bottom scrubbed clean and anti-fouled the week before).

Wayne Pitcher on Lithium scored a first and fastest in division one getting ahead of Deckchairs Overboard and Perle (no fairy-tale finish on Bastille Day) in the last few hundred metres; making it two in a row for Lithium. Pity he wasn’t there for the first race.

In division two, taking advantage of the early handicap start, clear air and a clean bottom, Volant ( Emille Janssen, Klaus Scheckel, Frank Hagemann and Kevin Meta) cleared out from the chasing pack to record a win by more than eleven minutes (obviously the Boatyard July special paid off) from Mark Taylor on Helga. The ladies on Xtreme are getting it together with Magdalena Urban at the helm finishing in third place.

There was a tussle in division three with Brett and Lynda Bailey on Sensei, although fastest, was second to Intuition (Marc and Jan Carpenter) with Louise Harvey on Rushmere in third place.

Great to see so many boats out there and hopefully just as many for the next race on Sunday July 28. Come down at 9 am for the briefing if you would like to crew on a boat.

John Bird

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