GETTING READY: Yachts mingle on the harbour before the race gets underway in earnest.
GETTING READY: Yachts mingle on the harbour before the race gets underway in earnest. Contributed

Owner-built craft speeds past PCSC rivals to claim win

IT IS often said that great effort equals great reward - no guts, no glory and the rest.

Local sailor turned boat builder Peter Leask has finally had his hard yards of preparation come to fruition with his owner-built and customised 30ft catamaran rocket ship Sonofabeach outpacing the fleet convincingly.

Leask, with crew David Taylor and Cameron Wright, lined up along with five other boats vying for bragging rights for Heat Four of the PCSC Championship series last weekend and quickly asserted their speed dominance around the course.

Leask's speed machine pulled off a solid victory, putting almost six minutes on trimarans Doctor's Orders and Intriigue to take line and handicap honours.

They weren't left disheartened though, with some superb racing, with the duo posing for a photo finish only three seconds apart.

Further back in the fleet Solitaire, Wistari and

Missbehaviour sailed well, but with the weather conditions favouring the multihull fleet, were well off the pace.

In the dinghy fleet competition was as hot as ever with Martin Cooper and Aimy Eiser asserting further dominance in the series with two nail-bitingly close wins over father-son team Chris and Peter Mann onboard 125 class dinghy SpinOut.

Cooper and Eiser scraped up victory by just 15 and 16 seconds on corrected time. It should make for excellent racing in the series as crews get more familiar with boats and their potential.

This weekend is the final race of the year to be held locally with Heat Three of the Head of the Harbour Series getting under way at 2pm.

For more information about local sailing see our website at gyc.com.au/ and for all the latest photos from local racing see Marina Hobb's entertaining and colourful blog at pcscsailing-marina.blogspot.com/.



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