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Newburgh Cup Race

posted 18 Jun 2017, 15:52 by John Ferguson
Our annual Newburgh race took place on Sunday morning and with a good westerly breeze, it took the first boat about an hour and a quarter to complete the seven and a half miles to the finish off Newburgh SC. Eight boats set off from Lairwell, some a little late, but a good start is not always an advantage in these long races. The bend at Sleepless Inch is often a tricky spot where the leaders can get it badly wrong allowing someone to get through. It was John Ferguson who escaped first and was never caught but in the latter part of the course, Hunter Williamson closed the gap right up and when the handicap was applied, took the trophy.
A brief pit stop at NSC to take on some refreshment and it was off again with eight boats heading off into the ebbing tide to head for home. There was plenty wind so six boats sailed all the way back to Perth SC while the safety boats assisted the others. There will be some tired sailors tonight I suspect.
The Newburgh Race is our longest and most prestigious regular competition and has been sailed almost every year since 1958