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Sydney: Sydney lights up for the Goblets!

9 February 2016 Richard Hammond

Scenic Goblets

"Scenic Goblets"

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Kylie Wilson,

Run by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, this prestigious event attracted 34 entries from four NSW Fleets.

Racing was intense and close, with three races completed on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, and then two of the three scheduled races completed on Saturday afternoon, January 30. The third race was cancelled, as a major thunderstorm rolled across Sydney once again this Summer.

Individual Race winners included Doug McGain, Mick O’Brien and Stu Clark in ‘Ciao, Michael Coxon, Iain Murray with Michael’s son Will in ‘Northern Havoc’, Jeanne-Claude Strong, Nev Wittey, Marcus Burke and Tiana Witty (defending Champions) in ‘Yandoo XX’, and then Tom King, Ivan Wheen, Dave Edwards and Greg O’Shea sailing, ‘Lisa’.

After a solid fourth place at the recent Australian Championship, Peter (Billy) Merrington, Geoff Bonouvrie and Ian McKillop, sailed ‘Top 40’ consistently to post a 2,7,2,5,2 scorecard and lead the points table. However, a protest saw them receive a DSQ for Race Three. This meant ‘Lisa’, who were one point astern, would get the win, with ‘Shindig’ next and then ‘Northern Havoc’ in third place.

Amongst the leaders there were many ups and downs as the challenges of Sydney Harbour confused some of the best. Tom King showed great form once again with a 6,4,4,4 and a bullet, ahead of the team on ‘Shindig’, which is Rob Weir, Mike Tyquin and Paul Thackray with an 8,3,8,2,10 effort. An indication of the spread in results was Michael Coxon’s 4,1,27,1 and 3. Despite carrying the 27th place, they were just behind ‘Shindig’ on points.

All agreed it was great sailing, and the Squadron put on its usual hospitality. The Pond hasn’t looked so good – i.e. full of Etchells - since the 2012 Worlds.

Richard Hammond

Sydney Etchells

Prep in the pond

"Prep in the pond"

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Kylie Wilson,


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