RBYC member Neil Sargeant (Mersea B455) had some extra celebrating to do over the new year period after he and his crew clinched the Bass Strait series and the coveted Rudder Cup. With a clean sweep of the Cock of the Bay, the Melbourne to Devonport race and the Top of the Island race the result looked easy on paper, however the light and testing conditions in the first two races meant that everything needed to work in Mersea’s favour. The race to Devonport was decided by only 4 minutes after 38 hours of intense racing.
Neil said “The result must go to the crew. We had a very tight knit crew and they had plenty of experience and just kept the boat moving. It was a great thrill to win the oldest yacht race in Australia and the 5th oldest in the world. The hospitality at the Mersey Yacht club was unbelievable”.
The Rudder Cup has been won by some of the legends of sailing for over 100 years and the trophy is insured for $150,000.
Under Capricorn sailed by Bruno Carreto and Brian Patterson took out the two handed division in the regatta.
Congratulations to Neil, Bruno and their crews