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26 January 2005, 01:03 pm
Geelong Advertiser Trophy to 'Royals'
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Skandia Geelong Week 2005
Geelong, Australia

The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria has successfully defended the Geelong Advertiser Trophy at Skandia Geelong Week in Victoria.
The 'Royals' teams won the Snap Printing IRC Division 1 Trophy, finished second in the Skilled AMS Division 1 and won the Telstra AMS Division 2 trophy to win the major teams prize from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club teams who had to be contended with a second place.

The latter won the major trophy in 2003, but has found it difficult to overcome the powers of the teams from the RYCV. Sandringham Yacht Club finished third.

Empara (Peter ABRAHAMS), Toecutter (Robert HICK), Remedy (Greg TOBIN) and Top Gun (Max PETERS) made up the winning IRC Division 1 team, Laurelle (Ray BORRETT), Downunder (Tim OLDING), Wake (Athol LIDGETT) ad Fuzzy Logic (Bill LEMON) the AMS Division 1 team and Scarlet Runner (Robert DATE), Surprise (Jan KLASTADT), Western Morning (Justin BRENAN) and Speculation (Douglas LITHGOW) the winning AMS Division 2 team.

Robert HICK's Toecutter was the best performed boat of the Royals team, winning AMS Division 1 of the seven race Scotchmans Hill Series and finishing fifth in the IRC Division 1.

The series comprised races from the Scotchmans Hill Series including the Melbourne-Geelong Passage Race, two windward/leeward courses and a fixed mark course, the latter two taking part on Corio Bay in Geelong.

Racing was conducted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club in mixed conditions throughout, some days very shifty and tactically challenging, particularly the Passage race in which many yachts were caught on the wrong side of the course, whilst others had to wait overtime for the expected sea breeze which did not fill in until late.

Apart from the Scotchmans Hill Series, the Geelong Advertiser Trophy is the most hotly contested event at Skandia Geelong Week, which finishes this afternoon.

At the presentation this afternoon, Graeme RITCHIE, the Regatta Chairman, paid tribute to the many sponsors and supporters of Skandia Geelong Week, the volunteers, whom he said were the most professional he had worked with, other clubs involved in the event, particularly the RYCV, which looks after the start of the series and the competitors.

Andre OSZMANN, Chief Marketing Officer for the Skandia Group U.K. was clearly delighted with the success of the event, now in its second year under Skandia's sponsorship.

'Everyone here has done such a fantastic job and made huge improvements. This is well on the way to becoming a world class regatta,' he said.

'The competitors make this event, it's the spirit within which you compete and party,' Oszmann told the assembled crews.

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