Hervey Bay sailor Tony Richardson wins the race around Woody Island aboard Pocahontas.
Hervey Bay sailor Tony Richardson wins the race around Woody Island aboard Pocahontas.

Richardson wins sailing title

HE STARTED almost an hour later than the first yacht in the staggered race around Woody Island – but that didn't stop Tony Richardson from powering over the finishing line first in Pocahontas, a F33 Farrier trimaran.

The Hervey Bay Yacht Squadron hosted the 2010 Rob Batchelor around Woody Island. It was held in sunny conditions in medium strength northerly winds.

The staggered start meant the race would be a close-run affair and saw most of the boats having a close battle along the eastern side of Woody Island.

The fleet was overtaken by Pocahontas just north of the island and Richardson was unchallenged from that point onwards.

Red Ted, a Seawind 24 catamaran skippered by Gavin Patterson, was second while Knuckle 7 skiff Rip It Up came in third.

The winner of the Rob Batchelor Memorial Trophy for the RL24 class was Joka, skippered by John Dines.

The next sailing event for the Hervey Bay Yacht Squadron will be the WAGS race, which will start today at 3pm. The fifth race of the winter series will start on Sunday at 10am.

Briefings will be held at Hervey Bay Yacht Squadron Headquarters an hour before the start of each race.

The fleet at the Torquay Sailing Club House is also looking forward to kicking of their season, with their first race to be held on September 12 at 2pm.

A blessing of the fleet will be held at the clubhouse an hour before the race.

The Hervey Bay Sailing Club and Maryborough Sailing Club will be sailing together for the season this year and both clubs can't wait to kick-off the season.



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