The Pommes took a giant step towards revenging their Ashes Cricket drubbing, with Britain’s Leigh McMillan and his UK bowman Chris Kerrison carting Australia’s Brendan Garner off the race course to take the inaugural Vectrix SB3 Australian National titles at the 2008 Skandia Geelong Week.
SB3 Australian Championship Race start - Skandia Geelong Week 2008
McMillan is a top British Tornado sailor, he will be sailing for Britain in Qingdao, Garner, a former Australian Fireball champion, sails out of Royal Geelong Yacht Club. The Brits took the Vectrix SB3 Class Australian Championship by just 1.5 points.
Third was another Britisher, John Shelley has twice sailed into second place at Cowes Week and fourth was Guy Bancroft who was second at the B14 Worlds in Falmouth in the UK last year.
“Despite the excellent hospitality, we didn’t want to leave the silverware in its home town,” admitted Kerrison this afternoon.
With two new female crewmembers who were picked up amidst the post-race festivities at Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) last night and who were “excellent at applying sun cream”, McMillan and Kerrison enjoyed toying with the local favourites in today’s final races.
“We had calculated that as long as Home Team finished below fourth place, we’d win the series so on the final upwind leg we took them right out wide. The two of us rounded the final top mark around three minutes behind the lead boats,” Kerrison said this afternoon.
As well as high profile McMillan, a number of other ‘name sailors’ featured in the top placings including British world class sailor Andy Hazell and two-time Hong Kong Yachtsman of the Year, Mark Dagge.
SB3 Australian Championship - GBR2 - Skandia Geelong Week 2008
This new one design class has rejuvenated Kerrison’s passion for yacht racing while Kai Timm from Oceanburo, the Australia-wide importer of the class, heralded the inaugural Australian regatta a major success.
Built in Germany and the fastest growing one design class in the world according to Tim, the SB3s are well established in Europe and so far a fleet of 24 has been imported into Australia with six sold and the majority of the remaining SB3’s chartered out for this regatta.
A well known Queensland Sunshine Coast company, Tasqua, bought one and loaned it to an up and coming youth crew, skippered by Sean O’Rourke, and Kimm lent an SB3 to some crew from his local yacht club, narrowly beating them by just one place.
Provisional Results and images here.
|Place||Ties||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||From||Sers Score||Race 7||Race 6||Race 5||Race 4||Race 3||Race 2||Race 1|
|2||3386||HOME TEAM||Brendan Garner||RGYC||12.00||[10.00]||1.00||1.00||2.00||2.00||4.00||2.00|
|3||3382||GBR 1||Jon Shelley||UYC||14.50||1.00||2.00||2.00||6.00||1.00||2.50||[14.00O]|
|5||3383||GBR 2||Andy Hazell||UYC||26.50||3.00||6.00||7.00||4.00||4.00||2.50||[14.00F]|
|6||3384||OCEAN BLUE||Mark Dagge||RQYS||33.00||8.00||[9.00]||6.00||3.00||6.00||6.00||4.00|
|7||3356||OCEANBURO 11||Kai Timm||MDSC||35.00||4.00||7.00||4.00||7.00||[8.00]||7.00||6.00|
|8||3387||NOOSA RIVER FERRY||Phil Crawford||NRYRC||41.00||6.00||5.00||8.00||8.00||7.00||[8.00]||7.00|
|9||3364||TASQUA YOUTH||Sean ORourke||MDSC||46.00||5.00||8.00||10.00||[12.00]||9.00||9.00||5.00|
|11||3352||DART VADER||Mark Prince||NCYC||58.00||9.00||10.00||9.00||10.00||10.00||[12.00]||10.00|
|12||3385||FLYING FISH ONLINE||Andy Fairclough||MHYC||62.00||11.00||11.00||12.00||9.00||[14.00O]||10.00||9.00|
SB3 Australian Championship - GBR1 - Skandia Geelong Week 2008
Flying Fish - Skandia Geelong Week 2008