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Ampol Tasman Sea Trophy

Ampol Tasman Sea Trophy

1973

From MHYC Log - November 1973

Geoff Foster, winner of the 1973 Ampol Tasman Sea Trophy in Senyah, has staked a claim for the trophy again in 1974.

Senyah has been sold to Melbourne, and Geoff has acquired Harmony, a Swanson 32, from Peter Hopwood.

In their last long ocean race of the season, Geoff and crew showed that Harmony, in tune, can step it out with the best of them.

Through blustery weather conditions which occasionally fell to drifts. Harmony managed to outsail many larger yachts, even across the line, and finish first on handicap.

Second place went to Warren Anderson in Granny Smith, the apple-green Currawong class which races with our Half Ton Cup Division.

Third place was taken, not surprisingly, by Geoff Perks in Tampico 11 from our No. 2 Offshore Division.

Tampico 11 was the smallest yacht in the race. According to Geoff, they felt quite lonely on the first day out. There was not another yacht in sight. It was quite a different story by the time they reached the island. They had a clear view of eleven yachts - behind them.

Now the yachts are preparing for the second race in the series for the Ampol Tasman Sea Trophy - the Solitary Island race which this year will start on Boxing Day after the Hobart yachts have cleared the Heads.

At least 20 starters are forecast for this excellent race, organised in conjunction with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Ron Youngman's magnificent offshore cruiser. South Pacific, will again act as radio relay vessel for the race.

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