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Success at Sail Port Stephens for Making Waves

Making Waves boat Joy racing during Sail Port Stephens

The Newcastle Making Waves Foundation yacht, Joy was entered into the Newcastle to Port Stephens off-shore race and Sail Port Stephens non-spinnaker division of the Commodores Cup.

Crewed by regular volunteers from Newcastle and supplemented by a few Sydney volunteers, the crew represented the foundation in spectacular fashion.

With a light, but building breeze, Joy led the fleet out of the harbour on the lead-in race, beating the professional racing yachts and managed a very respectful sixth place overall, out of a fleet of 42.

Port Stephens turned it on with excellent weather for all but the last day, with three offshore passages and two bay courses. Will Broad, one of the students who participated in our Winds of Change program last year and also for the Twilight racing season, joined the crew for the Tuesday. Will threw his weight behind the sail trimming and general crewing and thoroughly enjoyed his first offshore race in a regatta. Mum Amanda said ‘his confidence is growing as is his love of sailing’. The weather was varied and often light, but excellent sail trimming and advice from Bridget Canham and co-skipper Greg Pugh saw Joy sail well in all conditions.

Taking the gun in all five of the non-spinnaker division races, the handicap soon started to catch up with Joy and the crew ended up level pegging with a Pittwater yacht in the final race however, we took out the first prize on countback with two firsts to Leeward Sails one. The Commodores Cup Perpetual trophy is now proudly on show in the NCYC trophy cabinet. Joy also won the Pantaenius team cup, with a clear lead established with their team partner, Neverland.

We would like to thank all our supporters, in particular the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and D’Albora Marina for the opportunity to participate in the racing.

Ian Murray
Co-skipper, Joy

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