Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Close Racing in Dinghies; but It Was No Small Victory by Tom Moran in Tom Thumb

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Close Racing in Dinghies; but It Was No Small Victory by Tom Moran in Tom Thumb

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A FLEET of seven dinghies created a scenic picture on the waters off Spinnaker Park for Saturday's Handicap Series One event.

There was close racing between the four Impulse class dinghies; Victoria Pryce took the helm on her skiff, appropriately named, It's a Girly Thing, and Matthew Taylor, Sue Doyle and Wayne Taylor all enjoyed successful outings in Nitro and Free Spirit.

Tom Moran, sailing Tom Thumb, had been advised by dad, Lex Moran, to stick close to the more experienced John Ibell; advice Tom followed so well he beat the three other more experienced Impulse skippers to come first in Division 4 on the day.

A dusty, hazy sky, gusting 15 to 18 knots winds and a start at low tide, all contributed to reducing the yacht fleet size to only six competitors. No Problem, skippered by Ray Hobbs, committed to the start, crossing the line ahead of Jeff Paul's Immigrant and led the field for the rest of the day. Rick Everitt, owner and skipper of Liquidator said of his race, "the boat seemed sluggish on the windward leg to Q1, against the incoming tide and progress was very slow, however the crew enjoyed the relaxation of being on the water". …

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