Wine-Dark Sea finally broke the second place barrier of previous years to score overall victory in Division 2 at Townsville Yacht Club’s SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.
Peter Lowndes with a mostly RSYS team said it was 'An awesome week's sailing at Magnetic Island Race Week with an awesome crew. A true champion team.
'There were tears when we crossed the final finish line and realised we had the win. Tears as we all remembered Sarah who would have loved to have been here sailing and celebrating the win.'
Despite being one of the smallest boats in division 2, Wine-Dark Sea sailed as the scratch boat for most of the week. The WDS crew took line honours in 3 of the 5 races and were on the podium for all but one race despite their handicap increasing by more than 10% over the regatta. Results of 1-3-3-(8)-2 won them the regatta by two points from Ian Edwards’ Wings (NSW), a relatively new Dehler 46 with carbon rig, and third placed Robbo Robertson's It’s Time.
Said Pete of his Lyons 49, 'Not too shabby for a 17 year old alloy rigged cruising boat! That's the first time we’ve been called a lightweight flyer.'
A fitting celebration for this wonderful crew
At the presentation event, the crew of Wine-Dark Sea were also awarded the inaugural 'Sarah Goddard-Jones' trophy. Nominated by the fleet, the award is for the team best representing the spirit of the regatta, the crew who most embodies Sarah's ethos for seamanship and sportsmanship above all else.
Magnetic Island Race Week was held from 29 August to 4 September with five days of racing on Cleveland Bay. This year the regatta attracted 76 boats from around Australia.
For all information and full results: www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au
Regatta dates for next year 27 August to 2 September 2020.