By Bellerive Yacht Club
THE Tilford Auto Group Bellerive Yacht Club 2015 Winter Series ended on Sunday 30 August with the completion of Race 5.
The overall series results went “down to the wire” in two of the three divisions, with five yachts in Division 1 and four yachts in Division 3 capable of winning the series with a good placing in this last race.
Division 2 was already decided with Dave Willans’ “Trouble” holding a comfortable points lead.
Race 5 started in misty, cold conditions with an unusual south to southwesterly wind blowing straight up from Antarctica and a lumpy, confused seaway.
Racing was fast and furious with the lead swapping in all divisions frequently, but eventually, the overall winners were decided.
The close racing of the Sunday event typified the hard-fought competition that was a hallmark of the five-race series.
There were many “close calls” as yachts and crew were pushed to the limit in the confined waters of the River Derwent – the most serious of which was a collision in Race 2 which left vessels severely damaged and a number of crewmen injured.
The Bellerive Yacht Club greatly appreciates the sponsorship and support of Tilford’s Auto Group for this 2015 Winter Series and we look forward to next year’s winter competition.
Tilford Auto Group 2015 Winter Series score (after five races):
First place: “Juana” (Nine points) Jock Young and crew.
Second place: “Taspaints” (12 points) Ian Stewart and crew.
Third place: “Planet X”(14 points) Mick Rowley and crew.
First place: “Trouble” (8.5 points) Dave Willans and crew.
Second place: “Footloose”(13 points) Stewart Geeves and crew (on countback).
Third place:“Pyxis” (13 points) Chris Hadrill and crew.
First place: “Quebrada” (10 points) Tim Maddock and crew.
Second place: Y Nacht ” (11 points) P Wilkinson and G Frame (on countback).
Third place: “Ragtime” (11 points) Tom Kirkland and crew.