Revenge for the Ashes -Vectrix Australian SB3 Nats

SB3 Australian Championship Race start - Skandia Geelong Week 2008
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.

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.

SB3 Australian Championship - GBR2 - Skandia Geelong Week 2008
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.

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.
Series Results [Elapsed Time] up to Race 7 (Drops = 1)
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 7Race 6Race 5Race 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
1 3389PBR-Leigh McMillanMDSC10.50[12.00] 3.00 1.50G 1.00 3.00 1.00 1.00
2 3386HOME TEAMBrendan GarnerRGYC12.00[10.00] 1.00 1.00 2.00 2.00 4.00 2.00
3 3382GBR 1Jon ShelleyUYC14.501.00 2.00 2.00 6.00 1.00 2.50 [14.00O]
4 3380SAIL-MCRAEGuy BancroftMCCYC24.002.00 4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 [8.00]
5 3383GBR 2Andy HazellUYC26.503.00 6.00 7.00 4.00 4.00 2.50 [14.00F]
6 3384OCEAN BLUEMark DaggeRQYS33.008.00 [9.00] 6.00 3.00 6.00 6.00 4.00
7 3356OCEANBURO 11Kai TimmMDSC35.004.00 7.00 4.00 7.00 [8.00] 7.00 6.00
8 3387NOOSA RIVER FERRYPhil CrawfordNRYRC41.006.00 5.00 8.00 8.00 7.00 [8.00] 7.00
9 3364TASQUA YOUTHSean ORourkeMDSC46.005.00 8.00 10.00 [12.00] 9.00 9.00 5.00
10 3357WAGOPMike McLeanNQCYC49.007.00 12.00 5.00 [13.00] 11.00 11.00 3.00
11 3352DART VADERMark PrinceNCYC58.009.00 10.00 9.00 10.00 10.00 [12.00] 10.00
12 3385FLYING FISH ONLINEAndy FaircloughMHYC62.0011.00 11.00 12.00 9.00 [14.00O]10.00 9.00
13 SM3001SEABISCUITIan McLeodSYC71.0013.00 13.00 11.00 11.00 12.00 [13.00] 11.00

SB3 Australian Championship - GBR1 - Skandia Geelong Week 2008

Flying Fish - Skandia Geelong Week 2008