In the Launceston to Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart West Coaster yacht race series two veteran Victorian yachtsmen, Angus Fletcher and Lou Irving, have been named the winners.
The Derwent Sailing Squadron’s National Launceston to Hobart series comprised the Beauty Point to Low Head Dash, the Launceston to Hobart offshore race and, as originally planned, the Lexus of Hobart King of the Derwent. Unfortunately, galeforce winds caused the race to be abandoned.
The Lexus King of the Derwent also was to have been the final race in the Sovereign Series, so it was decided on two races, the Cock of the Bay on Port Phillip and the M2H West Coaster.
Nevertheless, the winning yachts well deserved their trophies after surviving gales off the west coast and the east coast of Tasmania last weekend. Cavarlo was one of only seven yachts to finish the L2H race,
Royal Brighton Yacht Club member Lou Irving won the Beauty Point to Low Head Dash with his Cavalier 39 Cavarlo and finished sixth in the National Launceston to Hobart Race.
Lou Irving - Melbourne to Hobart 2013 - Peter Campbell
Angus Fletcher, a senior member of Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club, skippered Tevake II to victory in the AMS and PHS divisions of the West Coaster race, his 12th. Coupled with a good result in the Cock of the Bay, Tevake II won the premier AMS division of the Sovereign Series.
'Last year we won AMS and PHS, and we did it again this year with the added bonus of taking out the Sovereign Series,' said the 68-year-old veteran of a dozen WestCoasters and other long ocean races.
In the Launceston to Hobart Series, the Bruce Watson Memorial Trophy (PHS results) has been won by Bellandean (Andrew Scott) from Huon Yacht Club, which also won the PHS division of the National Launceston to Hobart.
Carvarlo (Lou Irving) from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria won the DSS Trophy (AMS), winning the Beauty Point to Low Dash and placing sixth in the AMS division of the Launceston to Hobart. The Fork in the Road (Gary Smith) from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania received the Tasports Trophy (IRC).
by Peter Campbell
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