Melges 32 Australian Fleet Hit Hamilton Island For Event No. 1 In Australasia Series

21 August 2011

With a 15-20 knot Southeasterly breeze, the Melges 32 fleet had some tight racing at the prestigious Audi Hamilton Island Race Week event. The runs were fast and wet with top speeds of 20kts, making it a thrilling day.


Current Australian Champion Steve Girdis crew sailing Funnel Web finished the day with a impressive 1-1-1-5 to lead the regatta with 8 points followed by Angus Reid on Max Star Team with 2-4-2-2 on 10 points. Closely followed by Noel Leigh–Smith's Depserado in third.

The racing in this One Design class was close with boats flying down wind next to each other at speeds of 20 knots, making the bottom mark approaches very exciting with the huge spinnakers being bundled into the bow in record times.

Desperado followed the fleet around in race one until the  run where they sailed the perfect run planing all the way to a win.

Steve O'Rourke on Panther had his boat delivered from the the docks last week and had his first sail of the boat on his way to the start line. He sailed with his old skiff crew from Cronnalla Sailing Club and the boys had smiles from ear to when they hit the dock.


With sailing master Dave"Magoo"Mckay likening the class to the his old  skiffs days. "Good racing and a whole lot of fun."

Anthony Passmore sailing Planit had flashes of brilliance leading the fleet early in most races, before planting the bow into a big wave and spinning out a few times, his son Dylan soaked up most of the water before the guys at the back got wet... thanks Dylan!

With four races completed and a 25-30 knots predicted for the next couple of days it looks like the light jibs won’t be needed.