Sydney 38 Nationals - The Goat skippered by Bruce Foye dominants
by Rowan Simpson
Only four points separated the first four boats in the 2011 Sydney 38 National Championships hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club during Audi Victoria Week. The championship attracted 13 entries, three of which were from interstate.
'The crew of The Goat execute some neat work on the foredeck' Andrea Francolini / Audi ©
Eight races were sailed in a variety of conditions ranging from very light shifting breezes to a gusty southerly reaching 25 knots at times. With four heat wins it was 'The Goat', skippered by Bruce Foye from NSW which dominated the championship.
'The Goat's' only blemish was a DNF in heat 4 after an altercation with 'Sierra Chainsaw' (Andrew Mollison) in a start line altercation. However, the team including Bobby Wilmot on mainsheet were good enough to carry that penalty to win the eight race series by three points.'Zen' (Gordon Ketelbey), also from NSW, was placed second on a count back from 'Challenge' (Lou Abrahams) from Victoria. Close racing was the feature of the series.
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