Overnight rush to Paynesville

Cameron Lloyd, Paul Wedding and Glen Wilson from the St Leonards Yacht Club.

Cameron Lloyd, Paul Wedding and Glen Wilson from the St Leonards Yacht Club.

NEW South Wales boat Rush added to its recent wins in the Marlay Point Overnight Race.

The Thompson 8 boat, skippered by Graham Coffey, was the first entrant to finish at Paynesville, arriving at 4.29am.

The result was good enough to give Rush line and handicap honours in division D.

Also on board Rush was Stuart Loft, who was taking part in his 25th Overnight.

Such was the decisiveness of the victory, the next boat to complete the course, including a lap of Raymond Island, was division M line honours winner Shockwave (Farrier F82R boat), which arrived at 5.29am.

Shockwave, captained by Rod Walter, was just a minute ahead of handicap winner Triple Expresso (Corsair 28 Tri) for Andrew McColl.

Garry Williams, Daniel McDonell. Mark Hillis, Danny Fitzgerald and Cameron Fitzgerald from the Wagga Wagga Sailing Club.

Garry Williams, Daniel McDonell. Mark Hillis, Danny Fitzgerald and Cameron Fitzgerald from the Wagga Wagga Sailing Club.

Results in division C were under protest, as of publication deadline.

In the provisional results, Pathfinder (Adams 21), skippered by Peter Taylor won the handicap, ahead of The Other Woman (Ross 830) for Stephen Edmunds, which won line honours after arriving at 6am.

In division A, which didn’t require entrants to go around Raymond Island, Kim Russell skippered Roobarb (Careel 22L) to line honours, arriving at 5.18am. Swallow (Explorer 16), skippered by Trevor Burke, won handicap.

Of the 109 boats which left the Lake Wellington Yacht Club at Marlay Point at 7.45pm on Saturday, 104 finished while another entry was disqualified.

The last of the boats arrived at 11.12am.

It was the 49th staging of the race, one of Australia’s biggest for trailerable yachts.

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