Derwent Winter Series: Temptation best from the far south

Steve Harrison and his crew are members of Australia’s southernmost sailing club, Port Esperence Sailing Club at Dover in southern Tasmania and for five weekends during Tasmania’s chilly winter they have driven from Dover to Hobart to sail Temptation in the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s Winter Series. And four times they have gone home winners of Division 2, including today.

In winning its fourth race of the Battery World Winter Series, Temptation, a Thomson 7, clinched overall victory with a mere nine seconds on corrected time to from Young Magic (Peter Farley). In its maiden race, Mark Ballard’s latest 42 South, placed third.

After discarding its race two result, a second, Temptation finished with a net 4 points in Division 2. Second overall went to Neil Snare’s Winstead Wines on 10 points, third to the team- owned Wildfire on 17 points.

“We had sublime conditions for the final race of the Winter Series, sunny skies, a relatively warm day with light and variable winds before the start giving way to a sparkling west-north-westerly breeze of 12-15 knots,” DSS sailing manager Peter Watson said.

The five Farr 40s in Division 1 enjoyed “champagne sailing”, according to Watson, with Rolex 75th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrant 2Unlimited (Greg Prescott) clinching the Division 1 trophy with a second place to Wargames (Wayne Banks-Smith) with an overall net score of 7 points.

Hughie Lewis and Gary Cripps’ Guilty Pleasures VI came in third in the final race to take second overall on 9 points, with Peregrine (David Stephenson) third on 12 points.

A final race win clinched Division 3 for Motley (Stephan Lubach) by two points from Groove, skippered by recently elected DSS Rear Commodore Will Justo) with Serenity (Graham Hall) third overall on a countback..

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