An Australian, who has been sailing for only four years, won the International Dragon-Class Yachting Championship at Corio Bay near Melbourne on Sunday (21 January).
An Australian, who has been sailing for only four years, won the International Dragon-Class Yachting Championship at Corio Bay near Melbourne on Sunday (21 January). Twenty-eight year-old Rob Porter from Sydney sailed his 16-year-old nine-metre yacht Kirribilli to first place, beating thirty-five other boats from twelve countries.
SYNOPSIS: The Royal G???elong Yacht Club was the host for the 1979 event, and Porter, together with his fellow crewmen -- brother Ian and friend Rob Antil -- had spent thousands of dollars preparing their vessel to be in near-perfect condition for the event. The action started at the first buoy, when number 107, Jock Robbie, struck the marker, and dropped from third place to seventh. Next came the West German yacht, Ranui, the eventual runner-up.
Another West German entry, Tsunami, passed the first windward mark neck-and-neck with Slaghoken 111, but Kirribilli -- number 86 -- looked good from the start.
Tsunami rounded the second win-ward mark early, but number 545, Orange Peel, with West German Peter Stuelcken at the helm, was cutting through his wake. The crews of the nine-metre yachts came from Australia, New Zealand, West Germany, Austria, denmark, Sweden, Britain, Ireland and the United States, but the West Germans and the Austrians predominated.
The race for the finish line with spinnakers flying.
Number 426, Tsunami, won the heat, Orange Peel crossed the finishing line second, but the crowds watching from small boats saw the third to finish...Kirribilli take the overall title.