Twenty Five dragons came together in Metung on the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria for the Ted Albert Trophy and Prince Philip Cup – Dragon Nationals. We rigged and launched in 40 degrees and packed up in pouring rain! And in between had some great racing. RFBYC was well represented with five boats –
- Linnea – Rob Hammond, Arthur Philips, Tony Yates
- Riga – Sandy Anderson, Stephan Eyssautier, John Moncrieff
- Wizardry – Ray Chatfield, Peter Massee, Karen Chatfield
- Shapes – Geoff Totterdell, Jennie Fitzhardinge, Jeremey Shellabear
- Penny Farthing – Rob Campbell (Freshie’s newest member!), Tim Cummins, Trish Ford
The racing was in the open waters of Lake King which had almost no other sailing traffic and conditions varied from below 10 knots to 18 knots plus. Some very close racing with finishers less than a second apart and a dead heat in one of the races! Penny Farthing prevailed in the Ted Albert Trophy beating Whimsical (Gordon Ingate, David Giles, Aimee Walsh) by 9 points with Matt Whitnall in Magic a further 2 points behind.
The Prince Philip Cup was sailed over the next 4 days with a lay day towards the end. Two races a day with one drop after 5 races. Varying conditions but mainly fairly fresh around 15 knots and above. Overcast skies made it difficult to spot the marks………………. It turned into a tussle between Penny Farthing and Whimsical! Mature heads fighting it out?? Going into the last race Whimsical had a 2 point lead which they increased by finishing 2nd and Penny Farthing 4th . A local boat – Ghost – won that race sailing with grandfather / son / grandson combination! This left Whimsical as the overall winner with Penny Farthing second and Adios III (a local Metung boat) third. The other Freshie boats finished 4th (Riga), 5th (Shapes), 6th (Linnea) and 7th (Wizzardry). An excellent result for RFBYC! And, as you can see from the photo, Penny Farthing has brought home a ‘share’ of the spoils!
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