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Sail Port Stephens 2011 Performance Divisions Champions crowned
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The final day of Sail Port Stephens 2011 dawned fine and clear and with good breeze. There was a collective smile on the Race Committee’s faces this morning as they briefed the Performance Racing skippers and competitors.

With the NSW IRC Fleet sailing an offshore course and the SB3's continuing their National Championship at Salamander Bay, the Performance Racing and Cruising fleets were assigned the inshore course 8, starting in Nelson Bay, then to Salamander Shores, Pindimar Mark, Corlette Mark and back, to the finish line in Nelson Bay.

The starts for all three divisions were clear, the breeze coming in at around 10-15 knots and with the sun shining, there were smiles everywhere. A great job by the Race Committee and officials to get the three divisions away in tide.

On the breakwater wall, which had a great start line view, the various teams had their supporters and as the starter's guns fired, the gathered crowd cheered as the yachts cleared their respective start lines.

In the Performance Racing Division Wasabi, (Bruce McKay) was first across the start line. Marta Jean, (Steve Rae), Iota (John McNamara), Menace (Niven James) and Series leader, Steven Ford’s modified Sydney 39CR Fathom were closely bunched as the group opened a gap back to the rest of the fleet.

The sun appeared as the fleet rounded their first mark at Salamander Shores. The breeze continues to build and the word from the race course is that ‘today’s a great day for sailing.’

The 2011 Performance Racing champion is Fathom, the modified Sydney 39CR, skippered by David Berryman.

Sydney Yachts Results:

Performance Racing - Fathom - Sydney 39CR - 1st place
Performance Cruising - Mainstay - Sydney 32OD - 4th place
Commodores Cup- Amante - Sydney 36CR - 3rd place

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