After a short wait for the breeze to build, the final races to determine this years Asean Regatta champion got away in fine style on Sunday.
Bill BREMNER'S Foxy Lady made a late charge in race 6 to add another win to his tally by beating Peter Ahern's Yo! for the second time in the series, this time by a little over a minute.
Bob HOWIESON'S Teko MDBS took 3rd place by a whisker or 9 seconds from Glen Omeroyd's Don Quixote to maintain his 3rd place overall and build on his lead in the hotly contested Sportsboat class where the lead changed several times throughout the race.
For the first time in the 5 year history of the Asean regatta all 7 races have been completed. The uncharacteristic low pressure weather system passing across the peninsula over the last few days has bought flash flooding to the northern regions and produced exceptional sailing conditions along the coastal areas.
The smile on Bill BREMNER'S face got even bigger when he heard that Foxy Lady beat Yo! for the third time in the final race 7. Unfortunately Bill's late charge was not quite enough to earn him the overall title from Peter Ahern whose four early wins and three second places is just enough to earn the title for the second year in succession. Bob Howieson's Teko MDBS once again held onto 3rd place overall and won the sportsboat class.
Although it may seem to be a bit of a mismatch pitting sportsboats against large keelboats the finish times have shown differently. Only minutes and sometimes seconds separate the leading boats on corrected time. With a little more wind to induce planning the sportsboats may well have saved their time and toppled the bigger boats.
All in all, they had very close and exciting racing amongst themselves where the lead changed several times throughout each race and have been also classified as a separate class. As it maybe a sign of the times the sportsboats must be further encouraged and this hotly contested class may well become the racing class of the future.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.