Protest end to Dragon match racing Derwent

Peter Campell

Peter Campell, Thursday, 3 January 2008

The Tasmanian yacht Kirribilli II has won the Martin Graney Memorial match racing series sailed on Hobart’s Derwent River today, but only after a long on the water protest hearing.

Three round-robins were sailed to decide the series and going into the final round robin, Kirribilli II, skippered by Andrew Crisp,  and Sydney yacht Whim, skippered by veteran Gordon Ingate, each had scored three wins.

After Kirribilli II won the final and deciding match race, Ingate lodged a protest, asking the jury for redress by sailing a further race.  He claimed that Whim has been impeded by the jury boat.

After a long deliberation aboard the race committee vessel, Whim’s claim for redress was rejected and Kirribilli II confirmed as the winner of the Martin Graney Memorial, which Gordon Ingate had won in Perth last year.

The win by Kirribilli II was an appropriate result in that the late Martin Graney sailed on the Dragon for many years with his brother David, including winning the Prince Philip Cup, the Australian championship for the International Dragon class.

David recently sold the boat to Andrew Crisp but continues to sail aboard as mainsheet hand.

The Dragon regatta will continue tomorrow with the Ted Albert Memorial fleet racing series as a lead-up to the prestigious Prince Philip Cup starting on Monday.

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania is conducting the series with entries from Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania competing.

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