Team Girdis Too Fast In Melges 32 Hamilton Island Race Series

23 August 2011

With 30 knot winds shutting out the days racing yesterday there was a real buzz of enthusiasm around the dock as the crews got to the boats this morning.

After tuning the rigs to their heavy air settings, the crews ready to go were slowed by the PRO Dennis Thompson hoisting the AP and holding the fleet on shore as the breeze strength continued to climb.

Kym Williams and his crew set out at noon for a “EXPESSION SEASON”. Running past the Hamilton Island Yacht Club a number of times without a problem. To the disappointment of the spectators who were hoping for a crash or two .

This encouraged the committee to start the racing in the Dent Passage.

With some close tactical racing up the first beat to keep out of the tide and Gus Ried Max Star rounded in front and set off for the bottom mark in a ball of spray and sail. Second was Steve Girdis' Funnel Web followed by Desperado. Half way down the run Reid tipped it in letting the lead go. And finished with a third .

The following races were won by the unstoppable Team Girdis who has won this first leg of the Australasia Cup Series.

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