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J/133 Patriot wins Melbourne - Devonport Race

by J-Boats 11 Nov 2023 17:27 PST
J/133 Patriot Wins the Rudder Cup © Steb Fisher

Jason Close's J/133 Patriot won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's (ORCV) Melbourne to Devonport Yacht Race for the Rudder Cup in which J/Teams were successful across the board.

The 195.0nm race, which started off Queenscliff at the mouth of Bass Strait on Friday night at 1800 hrs, provided tactical and navigation challenges for all.

Close agreed, "It was a challenging race mentally and tactically. The start was fine, but we fell into a hole around Wilsons Promontory for around four hours and had to battle from there. We didn't fully stop, but waiting for the breeze to fill in from the east was hard... There were lots of transition zones, especially leading into Devonport, with light patches thrown it. We sailed well though and we all enjoyed it. We have a good crew of dinghy sailors who kept their heads out of the boat."

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