Stella capitalises on Drift’s error to win Harold Dick Memorial

Smooth sailing: Tony Kuhn on Stella won the catamaran division in the Harold Dick Memorial marathon. Photo: supplied
Smooth sailing: Tony Kuhn on Stella won the catamaran division in the Harold Dick Memorial marathon. Photo: supplied

The Port Macquarie Sailing Club ran their Harold Dick Memorial marathon on Sunday under mostly overcast skies.

The forecast light north easter was lighter than anticipated and was very slow to even kick in.

The race started in the last of the run-in tide which was handy at the bottom mark off the town green, but by the time the fleet rounded the top mark which had been moved from the Dennis Bridge back to a position half way between the Hibbard ferry and the Maria River, the tide had turned and started to run out.

The catamaran division was won by Tony Kuhn on Stella.

After leading to the bottom mark, Stella made a small mistake that was heavily capitalised on by Rob Barwick on Drift.

It allowed Drift to stay ahead of Stella with some great light weather sailing until a tactical error by Drift at the top mark allowed Stella to regain her lead.

Dave Winter on Spica was third.

Simon and Elsa Gandy in Voyager sailed well to lead the monohulls home, just 69 seconds ahead of Terry Howard in Ratz once the yardsticks were applied.

Steve Bohlsen and Ed Molony in Splash Dance, Andrew Hurrell and Steve Couch in Big Bang, and Phil Lillehagen and Jane Cooper in Elmo all crossed the line next within 40 seconds of each other.

Once the yardsticks were applied, Tony Walker in Deep Purple and Stuart Symons in Britannia were ahead of the group.

Big Bang were next on yardstick followed by Elmo and Splash Dance. Alan Pogonowski and Sharon Carney in Jupiter failed to finish in the light conditions.

Next weekend is race seven of the summer series with a handicap start at 2pm.

Tony Kuhn is rostered on duty.

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