The Yachtsman 2017-2018 RPAYC Yachtsman 2016-2017 - Page 47

MC38 L eslie Green and his Ginger crew pulled off the ultimate class feat when they sailed to a fourth successive MC38 Australian Championship on Pittwater on Sunday February 19, 2017. A fickle last day closed up the final point score. Ginger (CYCA) laid the foundations in the first two days and went out to race defensively, putting a target on Dark Star’s (RPAYC) back, and Neville Crichton’s Maserati (RNZYS/CYCA) crew cleverly read what breeze there was to move into second overall. The day opened with a patchy 5-7 knot sou’west wind for race eight and finished with a second race, on the Mackerel Beach to Stokes Point course in a light ESEer up to 8kts with a mid-section full of holes. A weather system to the north-west did Pittwater sailors no favours and forced a postponement between races as the committee monitored the radar for thunderstorm activity. “It was a hard day today. We had to cover Dark Star and that can lead you into trouble,” Green said. “All the boys are so good. The reason we win is we have an excellent team. I loved every minute of it and I’ll be back next year,” the smiling skipper promised. As the newest crew member, strategist Julian Plante commented that the guys on the Ginger team are inspired by Leslie’s attitude and the effort he puts in. “The inspiration pushes everyone to do their best and find a little extra. Leslie sets a nice tone and the team want for nothing. Joining them was a no-brainer for me. They’ve been a successful team for so long.” Cameron Miles, tactician on Dark Star, rued yet another final series day when their good fortune ran out, similar to the final day and race of the 2016 Australian Championship. “The last day seems to not be our day. RPAYC HOSTS MC38 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP We are s