Ginger on top

The MC38 Winter Regatta Act 4 hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club was dominated by the Ginger racing team, assisted by great conditions and cool easterlies.


Photography by David Staley

The Ginger team has been in control throughout the series, and again continued their success over the weekend of 9 and 10 september.

“We had a very successful regatta; seven races in two days and we won five and came second in two, which is not bad,” skipper Leslie Green said.

“This crew is fantastic; we recover quickly if we make a mistake, and we don’t make many, and everyone knows their job. And they are all really nice people.

“Having Col Beashel on board is a great honour, he’s sailed at six Olympics. When he gives me the tip to go up or down he waves his hand like the King. And Julian Plante and Chappo [David Chapman] work so well together as strategist and tactician.”

Having won three out of the four stages in the winter series, Ginger took out the pointscore crown.

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The Matt Allen helmed Maserati pulled into second overall thanks to tactician Joe Turner who managed to pull off some crucial manoeuvres over the weekend. This leaves them six points clear of third placed Easy Tiger.

As Easy Tiger is the newest MC38 crew, skipper Chris Way was happy with the effort.

“I think we are pretty comfortable where we are, we never thought we’d step in and win.

“Speed-wise we are getting there, we are happy with our starts and much happier with the main we used, plus we were at full weight having raced Saturday a man down.”

Some other crews were not so lucky. On the Saturday, Steve Barlow’s Lightspeed ended up at the boat doctor requiring structural repairs and on Sunday afternoon Chris Hancock’s Vino crew found cracking in the deck.

All boats taking part in the Winter Series enjoyed the competition, with most reaffirming their commitment to return for the Summer Series.

Vino Tactician Billy Merrington explained: “the other guys are sailing really well. Hopefully some of the regulars will return for the summer series, to strengthen the fleet again.”

The MC38’s will be back in a month to contest the 2017-18 summer pointscore at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 14 and 15 October in conjunction with the J70 nationals.

A big MC38 fleet turn-out is expected, including a Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club youth crew on the loaned MC38 Lazy Dog, which is available to buy.

Results can be viewed at mhyc.com.au

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