PORTLAND’S reputation for producing elite level sailors was further enhanced over the long weekend when the Portland Yacht Club went within a count-back of taking the trifecta at the Taipan Victorian State Titles in Portland.
The series of races had to be shortened from seven races to five, with the final two rounds cancelled due to a lack of wind on Monday.
The opening five races on Saturday and Sunday provided competitors with the full spectrum of racing conditions, with Saturday’s racing testing many sailors’ nerves through a metre swell which was capped with an extra meter of slop through the 18 to 20 knot south easterly winds, while Sunday’s three races were contested in very light conditions.
Portland Yacht Club Commodore Leigh Hein capped off his outstanding season on the water by proving the most versatile on the water, scraping home to take the title by a single point.
The performance gave Hein the National and State double this year, an achievement he first produced in 2000 sailing A class catamarans.
Read the full story in Friday’s Portland Observer.