by Teri Dodds
The GANT Portsea Cup, the Premier race of the season for Sorrento's renowned Couta Boat fleet, was supported by forty-nine entrants, from Sorrento and Queenscliff. The day commenced with breakfast in the Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club's marquee, with the always entertaining MC Past President of Yachting Australia, Andrew Plympton interviewing notable guests and crew members.
Salacia is the most recently launched Couta Boat in the fleet - GANT Portsea Cup 2012
Division 1 start - GANT Portsea Cup 2012
The race course proved to be challenging with a strong ebb tide and a fading breeze, often pushing the heavy Couta Boat's sideways, and frequently into rounding marks. With no sea breeze apparent, the water turned to glass towards the finals stages of the race, with only a few of the boats completing the race.
The ebbing tide caused havoc for many at the top mark. - GANT Portsea Cup 2012
Division 1 entrant Romy, skippered by Nigel Abbott - GANT Portsea Cup 2012
Peter Gale and his crew sailed a faultless race on Sorrento to win Division 1, with Rhapsody (Greg Chisholm) and Romy (Nigel Abbott) taking the minor placings.
Peter Gale's Sorrento went on to win Division 1, in lightening conditions - GANT Portsea Cup 2012
In Division 2, Morning Star (Robert Tucker) took the win with Joan (Roger Gordon) coming in second and Defiance (Tristan Cross) rounding out the top three.
Robert Tucker's Morning Star took the homours in Division 2 - GANT Portsea Cup 2012
Salacia was the most recent Couta Boat in the fleet - GANT Portsea Cup 2012
Mal Hart's Matilda - GANT Portsea Cup 2012
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds was on the water enjoying the Couta Boat racing and shares these images with you.
More images are online at www.teridodds.com