As presentations were taking place for the King Island Race, Grassy Harbour looked like a pane of glass glinting in the Sunday morning sun. The final results were in - finally. No thanks to the wind!
The Scarlet Runner crew celebrates at the King Island Boat Club - ORCV Melbourne to King Island
This year's race got off to a reasonably swift start, with crews reporting a quick trip out of past the heads.
That was where the winds pretty much gave way to a consistent wave of calm. Scarlet Runner had the speed to catch the initial wind, but the rest of the fleet missed out and had no chance of catching up.
The race committee had a long wait, but reported everyone safe and well, either in Grassy or motoring their way back to Melbourne, eXtasea the only boat to have any problems - what appears to be a seizing engine.
As for those docked at the King Island Boat Club, Mark Seager says the locals outdid themselves with the reception they have provided our crews.
'The King Island Boat Club Official have informed me that the crews/horses have been well watered and fed to the point of eating them out of house and home,' he said.
Congratulations to the placegetters for line honours:
The silverware, polished and ready - ORCV Melbourne to King Island
First place: Scarlet Runner - Emma Hardy, Brett Averay, Matt Fuller, Charles Hawes, Roert Date, Craig Evans, Samantha Chandler, Damian Knightsbridge, Tim Kenner and Kevan Pearce.
Second place: eXtasea - Tom Hasner, Damian Charlton, Jane Flowers, Fraser Rudland, John Richards, Simon Hunter, Paul Anderson, Stephane Howarth, Dale Laurie, Bill Marchbank, Grant Moore and James Anderson.
Third place: Primitive Cool - Robert Pollack, Terence Robertson, Tim Bardon, John Newbold, Tony Duckmanton, Matt Fahey and Fletcher Johnson.
Congratulations to the placegetters in AMS:
First place: Scarlet Runner crew as above
Second place: Addiction - David Gordon, Ian Lyall, Peter Davison, Richard McGarvie, Anthony Barbour, Stephen Smith, Belinda Callander, Jurgen Pfeiffer, Jeremy Spradbery and Christian Sandner.
Third place: Wicked - David Richardson, Lex O'Connor, Mark Welsh, Mike Welsh, Aaron Ghattas, Michah Shuwalow, Tim Bilham and Michael Reinehr.
Congratulations to the placegetters in IRC:
The crews and King Island locals watch on during the presentation - ORCV Melbourne to King Island
First place: Scarlet Runner, crew as above.
Second place: Wicked, crew as above.
Third place: Halcyon - Bowie Grayson, Ryan Epstein, Chris Tucker, Leeton Hulley, Robyn Curry, Blake Anderson and
Congratulations to our place getters in PHS:
First place: Addiction, crew as above.
Second place: Halcyon, crew as above.
Third place: Wicked, crew as above.
A huge congratulations to everyone who competed in the tough conditions.