Coast sailors eye podium finish at Hamilton Island Race Week
SEVERAL Coast sailors are at the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week which is hosting an outstanding 162 boats across seven divisions.
In the IRC Australian Championships being held as part of the regatta, Andrew and Samantha Scott are on Wild Rose in Division 2, which has a good chance of a podium finish.
Bob Robertson's Corrobboree is up against them, but looks unlikely to achieve a podium finish.
In Division 1 navigator David Turton is on Alive which has struggled to find form.
Graham Eaton is the tactician on the 24m Maxi Ragamuffin which he is preparing for this year's Sydney Hobart Race.
They are in Cruising Division 1. "We are doing that division as the boat is not set up as yet for IRC. It won't be rated until the new sails are made," Eaton said. They are seventh overall in the 27-boat fleet.
"Tuesday we had a good day. If we can get another one of those days we might be looking at a podium finish, maybe," Eaton said.
In Cruising Division 2, John Bankart's Sunshine Sailing Australia is in 16th place and Noosa's Wide Load team of Elaine William and Alan McClintoc are 17th.
Noosa's Brian Jones and Neil Hamilton are fighting it out in the Trailables division with Jones entering the last two days with a solid chance of a podium place. In Multihull Racing Noosa sailor Julian Griffiths is placed fifth overall.
Last weekend the Eddie Cowell Perpetual Trophy regatta was won by Victorian Craig Smith while Sheryl Hinds steered Jade Rose to victory in the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club's Lady Skipper race and series.
In overseas news, Mooloolaba's Casey Smith was on the Fastnet Race monohull line honours winner, the 100-foot Comanche.
Stacey Jackson was racing on the Volvo 65 Team SCA.
Noosa's Jason Rowed is at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championships.
He has rejoined the Estate Manager team for the 11-race series which started yesterday.
Australian Sailing Squad members Ryan Palk and Mitch Kennedy will spend next week training on Mooloolaba Bay with their Laser class coach Ash Brunning ahead of their departure in mid-September for the next ISAF Sailing World Cup in Qingdao, China.
Mooloolaba Yacht Club has space in its next Serve II Sail program for wounded, ill and injured veterans.