Hunter champs closely fought

2008-12-18 00:00

One of the closest fought Hunter Provincial Championships took place at Midmar at HMYC over the weekend. Sailed in variable weather with light to moderate winds, the competitors even had to contend with a violent hailstorm with thunder, lightning and rain, which struck Midmar on Sunday afternoon.

Race officer Rob Bell and crew, together with Dave Wagner on the Rescue Boat, took a hammering from large hailstones.

One of the yachts to take a severe pounding was Aquarius — skippered by Richard Patrick and crewed by his young daughter Vicky — which ended up ashore near Munro Bay and was holed on rocks on the shore line. Fortunately, neither of the crew was injured.

Monday saw a light wind initially but this picked up to a moderate breeze and three races were completed. At the end of the seventh race, there was a tie for first between Zackedy, skippered by Rob Samways from PYC, and Bad News, skippered by HMYC’s Luke and Stephen Wagner. It was an outstanding performance from the young crew. The final race saw a change of fortunes with Rob Samways running out the winner and taking first place overall with 19 points. Craig Millar and Mike Surgeson also scored 19 points, but Samways had two firsts to Millar’s one. The Wagners came third on 22 points, with Chris Frost from RNYC fourth on 24 points.

It was interesting to note that there were six different winners over the line in the eight races. This shows the highly competitive nature of the racing during the Regatta. This year’s event was voted one of the best so far.

HMYC are holding a Christmas hamper fun race on Sunday incorporating the recently postponed Partington Plate Race. A skippers’ briefing will be at 10.30 am and the race officer is Peter Metcalfe.

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