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Classics set sail on Melbourne's Port Phillip

by Alex McKinnon on 4 Nov 2017
Windward II, skippered by Jim Woods. - Classic Yacht Association Cup Regatta Alex McKinnon Photography
Alex McKinnon was out on the water to capture the action as the Classic Yacht Association of Australia held their 11th Cup Regatta on Melbourne's Port Phillip. Hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, 19 boats, and close to 200 crew enjoyed the conditions. Scattered through out the fleet were 14 sailors from New Zealand who came across for the event.

There were two races held on Saturday, with the first stating on time at 1000hrs in around 10 knots from the Sou'West. Race Officer, David LeRoy, selected Course Four with a distance of just under eight nautical miles around fixed marks. Mercedes II skippered by Martin Ryan won this on corrected time.

The wind had increased to 15 knots for the second race and shifted more southerly. Course Two was selected, and racing got underway at 105hrs. Bungoona, skippered by Cameron Dorrough, enjoyed the increase in pressure, winning this on corrected time. Two races are scheduled for today with light breezes in the morning increasing to 20 knots in the afternoon, so something for everyone....

The association's website is here

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