Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Betsey Island Race - Versatile David Graney leads the fleet home

by Peter Campbell on 19 Jan 2014
David Graney at the helm of his SB20 Wedgewood. Peter Campbell
In the Betsey Island Race, David Graney, one of Tasmania’s most versatile yachtsmen, today outsailed the fleet of offshore racing keelboats with his little 8.2m trimaran Rocket Alice, taking line honours and losing first place in the PHS category by just eight seconds on corrected time.

Graney, a prominent member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, is a former champion sailor in International Mirror dinghies and International Dragons. He currently races the SB20 sportsboat Wedgewood weekly on the Derwent as well as his trimaran in the Hobart Combined Club Long Races.

Rocket Alice’s close second on corrected time to Graham Adamson’s Mumm 36 Madness has placed the trimaran (the only multihull in the fleet) at the top of the Group A PHS leader board, with a series score so far of 8-5-2-2.

In fact, it’s been a good sailing week for Graney. In another close result he sailed Wedgewood into equal second place in race two of the SB20 Thursday twilight racing, just three seconds astern to the winning boat in a blanket finish between five SB20s.

His crew of Rocket Alice today included several SB20 sailors, also enjoying a change of boats and racing in the 29 nautical mile race down the Derwent to round Betsey Island in Storm Bay and then dash home before a building sea breeze.

Derwent Sailing Squadron sailing secretary Mike Denny took time off to skipper his own yacht, Wild West, in Group A, finishing fourth on AMS corrected time. 'It was a very pleasant race, with a good southerly breezing building up after a few holes heading down the river the this morning,' Denny said after the race.


'We had closes reaches from the Iron Pot across to and back from Betsey (where it was 20 knots and lumpy seas) and then a fast spinnaker run back up the river in a building sea breeze.'

Gavin Adamson, also an RYCT member, sailed an excellent race with Madness, finishing third across the line and taking first place in Group A PHS category from Rocket Alice and Tony Harman’s Masquerade, from Bellerive Yacht Club. Madness also finished second in the AMS rated division.

Bellerive boat, Harold Clark’s Farr 1104 Invincible again dominated the rated categories, AMS and IRC, with substantial winning margins on corrected time.


In Group A, AMS, Invincible won from Madness and Masquerade and under IRC scoring won from Whistler, skippered by Jory Linscott, from the RYCT, and Tony Williams’ Martela, from BYC. Invincible now has a clear overall points lead in both AMS and IRC categories after four of the seven race Long Race Series.

Group B saw Storm Dragon (Tom Pilkington, RYCT) lead the fleet home but first place on corrected time went to Stewart Geeves’ Young 88 Footloose, with a much quicker time at sea than in Geeves’ previous long race, the gale swept Launceston to Hobart late last month.

Today Footloose, which sails under the burgees both Geilston Bay Boat Club and RYCT, won the PHS category of Group B from BYC’s Just in Time (Mick Sheehan) and Clive Anning’s Twitch. Footloose now holds a comfortable overall lead in Group B from Twitch and Storm Dragon.

In Division C, the winner was Steve Mannering’s Camlet Way from Peter Alcock’s Kindred Spirit and Ian Gannon’s Take 5. Kindred Spirit leads the Group C Long Race Series from Epoxy Warrior (Ross Mannering) and N-Yacht (Phil and Glen Wilkinson) which retired from today’s race.

X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 2Musto 2016 660x82 4Jeanneau Sunfast 660x82

Related Articles

International Viper 640 Class becomes the newest World Sailing Class
In November 2016, World Sailing approved Intl Viper 640 Class’s application to become a recognized World Sailing class. In November 2016, World Sailing approved the International Viper 640 Class’s application to become a recognized World Sailing class. The International Viper 640 Class Association, at the same time, adopted an international constitution and signed a contract with World Sailing confirming the Class’s international status.
Posted today at 6:38 am
UK Flying 15 celebrates 70th anniversary at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
To kick start their 70th Anniversary year the UK Flying Fifteen Association are asking everyone to join them To kick start their 70th Anniversary year the UK Flying Fifteen Association are asking everyone who sails an International Flying Fifteen or keelboat, to join them at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 04-05 March (Alexandra Palace, London), to get the celebrations under way.
Posted on 20 Feb
Brisbane Etchells – Chocolates over boiled lollies anytime
So the original Bert Bryant saying, ‘Gone from Chocolates to Boiled Lollies’, came out of horse racing in the 60s. So the original Bert Bryant saying, ‘Gone from Chocolates to Boiled Lollies’, came out of horse racing in the 60s. It refers to looking good, then ultimately not doing so well. Now in sailing, when you talk about those ever-so-easy-to-eat, chocolate covered, little and skinny liquorice sticks, it means wins. Yep. They’re bullets.
Posted on 19 Feb
Australian Etchells Championships images by Dinghy Fever Photography
Dinghy Fever Photography provided this gallery of images from 2017 Australian Etchells Championships RPAYC. Dinghy Fever Photography provided this gallery of images from 2017 Australian Etchells Championships RPAYC.
Posted on 18 Feb
MC38 Australian Champs - Record MC38 fleet vie for national supremacy
A record nine MC38s fling open the door to another year of dynamic one design racing with the class’ national title A record nine MC38s fling open the door to another year of dynamic one design racing with the class’ national title on Pittwater hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club February 17-19, 2017.
Posted on 16 Feb
Class championships to feature at Sydney Harbour Regatta
Battle lines will be drawn when a variety of classes hold their championships at NSW’s largest keelboat event Battle lines will be drawn when a variety of classes hold their championships at NSW’s largest keelboat event, the Sydney Harbour Regatta, to be hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club over the weekend of 4-5 March.
Posted on 14 Feb
Treasures of the sailing scene united in 'hidden class connection'
Joining the hidden class connection means getting connected with a Magic Marine store nearby the home base of the class. Joining the hidden class connection means getting connected with a Magic Marine store nearby the home base of the class.
Posted on 8 Feb
Andrea Francolini was at the RSYS Milson Silver Goblets for Etchells
Andrea Francolini at the RSYS Milson Goblets for Etchells The magnificent work of Andrea Francolini continues. He was at the last day of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Milson Silver Goblets regatta for Etchells. It is sailed over the course of the week as a twilight regatta and then has multiple races on the final day, Saturday. It usually attracts a fleet of 30+ Etchells from NSW and also Interstate.
Posted on 4 Feb
Record SB20 fleet expected for Banjo’s Crown Series Bellerive Regatta
A fleet of more than 40 SB20 one-design sports boats, including several mainland crews, is expected to contest The Crown Series will be sailed over the weekend of 18-19 February with the keelboat divisions also contesting a twilight race on the evening of Friday,17 February, joined on Saturday and Sunday by SB20s, trailable yachts and off-the-beach dinghies and catamarans.
Posted on 2 Feb
Etchells Championships at Brighton in March
The 2017 Victorian Etchells Championships will be hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club over the Labour Day weekend The 2017 Victorian Etchells Championships will be hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club over the Labour Day weekend, March 11-13. Some close racing for a very competitive fleet is anticipated.
Posted on 2 Feb