(Pictured left: Hamilton Island Crescendo Crew 2nd place – Richard Gilhome, Ray McKenna, Bru Jones, Russ Gloster, Ian Boyle, Adrian & Joan Macquarrie, Rick Thiele, Chris Younger / Support crew Rainee Gilhome, Jan Thiele & Jill Marino)
(Pictured below: Back row left to right – Peter Taylor, Kenny Douglas, Alastair Sinclair, Roger Johnston, Greg Rowland, Greg Cooper, Rick Thiele, Michael Versteegen, Grant Cathro, Russ Gloster, Adrian MacQuarrie, Joan MacQuarrie.
Front row left to right – Christine Younger, Danny Trainor, Jan Thiele, Rainee Gilhome, Richard Gilhome, Ray McKenna, Bru Jones, Ian Boyle)
BYS club member Ian Mellett, recently returned from a 5 year cruise of Asia on his Buizen 48, China Grove, to compete in this year’s Hamilton Island race week. There was a strong showing of Buizen 48’s with 5 entered this year. The wind conditions were boisterous, averaging 25 knots and gusting to 30 knots but determination and skill prevailed and the crew sailed China Grove to first place in the final race of the Regatta.
After the race Ian commented that there are few boats that can win first place with the washing machine onboard!
(Crew pictured: back row left to right – Steve Richards, Mal Billings (skipper), Ian Mellett, Martin Bridgeman.
Front row left to right – Doug Mulray, Nick Truswell)