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International Dragons in Hobart - Nick Rogers in winning form

by Peter Campbell on 15 Jan 2012
Hobart yachtsman David Graney presents the Martin Graney Memorial Trophy to Karabos IX crew, skippere Nick Rogers (right) and Leigh Behrens (left) - Internatio?nal Dragon class regatta in Hobart © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
Nick Rogers wound up a winning week yesterday in the International Dragon class by taking out the Martin Graney Memorial match racing trophy on the Derwent.

The Hobart yachtman's win follows his decisive victory in the Prince Philip Cup.


Four crews contested the match racing, a traditional finish to the Prince Philip Cup regatta, with Rogers helming Karabos IX to top place in the round-robin and then beating the runner-up Ridgeway, skippered by Nick Jones, in the final, with three straight wins.

'In the flukey conditions we elected to sail to shifts rather than use match racing tactics and this gave us three straight wins in the final,' Rogers said, complimenting the young crew of Ridgeway, Nick Jones, Elliott Noye and George Jones, on their match racing skills after they won their way into the finals.

Noye and George Jones sailed with Steven Shield as skipper in the Prince Philip Cup but George’s brother Nick joining them as helmsman of a youthful crew for the match racing series – the first time he has helmed a Dragon in a race.

The sail-off for third place in the Martin Graney Memorial went to Andrew Merrett, the outgoing Australian president of the International Dragon Association, sailing Amazing Grace, after West Australian boat Linnea, skippered by Sandy Anderson, was forced to withdrew with gear damage.

Rogers has now won 11 Prince Philip Cups, 10 as a helmsman and one as a crew. Outgoing International Dragon class world president Robert Campbell, helming Indulgence, won the lead-up Ted Albert Memorial Series.

The weeklong regatta for the International Dragon class ended with a prizegiving dinner at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, with His Excellency Mr Peter Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania, presenting the major trophies.

In his usual whimsical speech, His Excellency said he had never sailed a Dragon but recalled a close encounter with the class when his motor boat William K broke down in the middle of the fleet during the 1978 Prince Philip Cup 'won, if my memory is correct, by Don Calvert.'

'I was hailed by many competitors as they hurtled towards me in an hysterical manner...using language, notably adjectives… that I could not repeat at this function.' The Governor felt, however, that he had been forgiven for his intrusion on the race course by being invited to make the presentation of the Prince Philip Cup 34 years on.

Newly elected Australian president of the International Dragon Association, Wolf Breit, announced that the next Prince Philip Cup in 2013 would be held in New South Wales, adding that the venue had not yet been finalised.


Martin Graney Memorial Match Racing results:

Match Round Robin
1 205: Karabos IX def. 176: Amazing Grace
2 215: Ridgeway def. 210: Linnea
3 210: Linnea def. 176: Amazing Grace
4 205: Karabos IX def. 215: Ridgeway
5 215: Ridgeway def. 176: Amazing Grace
6 205: Karabos IX def. 210: Linnea


Finals
For third and fourth place (best of 3)
Match 1 Amazing Grace def. Linnea*
* Retired with gear damage
For first and second place (best of 5)
Match 1 Karabos IX def. Ridgeway
Match 2 Karabos IX def. Ridgeway
Match 3 Karabos IX def. Ridgeway

Overall Results for the Martin Graney Memorial Match Racing Trophy
Winner: Karabos IX (RYCT) Nick Rogers, Leigh Behrens and Simon Burrows
Second: Ridgeway (RYCT) Nick Jones, Elliot Noye and Chris Jones
Third: Amazing Grace (RBYC) Andrew Merret, Chris Keil and Charles Stanton
Fourth: Linnea (RBYC) Sandy Anderson, John Moncrieff, John Lowe and Ethan Prieto-Low

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