Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic was raced in extreme heat

Following what was a challenging Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic in conditions that saw blistering heat and a lack of wind, the champions were crowned at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club on Saturday night.

MASTERING CONDITIONS: In division two of the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic Mike O’Reilly’s 'Oh Really' was the overall winner. Photo: Chris Caffin.

MASTERING CONDITIONS: In division two of the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic Mike O’Reilly’s 'Oh Really' was the overall winner. Photo: Chris Caffin.

In division one, Fraser Buchan’s Iole was the overall winner, followed by Randal Cooper’s Wylo XI in second and Paul Simmons’ Beth in third. In division two, Mike O’Reilly’s Oh Really was the overall winner, taking out the win in a close three-horse battle with Brian Doser’s High C in second and Simon Bath’s Kylie’s Carbon Race Bike in third.

Division three saw Phil Kelly’s Sand Castle take out a dominant victory both as the fastest boat, as well as on corrected time, ahead of David Barnes’ Windrunner in second.

Don Richardson’s Encore was the best performer in division four, taking out a close victory ahead of Carolyn Butcher’s Sea Eagle in third and Adrian Schilling’s Serendipity in third. In division five, the final racing division, Nicholas Steyn’s Blewbiu took out the win with a slender lead over Justin Stanbridge’s Mackie in second and Geoff Perry’s Anoqua in third.

The sports boat division was one of the faster divisions in the event and saw Todd Barlett’s Boatspeed 23 named Bohica achieve a solid win. Daniel Fidock’s Mainiac finished second, while Grant Smith’s The Spruce Moose was third.

In the trailable multihull division, Iain Macdougall’s Dux Nutts was the overall winner, finishing ahead of Rod Walter’s Shockwave in second and Robert Remilton’s Wilparina III in third. The off-the-beach monohulls was made up of a strong fleet of Tasars, however the eventual winner was Jonathan and Emily Ward in Tallulah, finishing ahead of Kym Widdows’ Fabulous Hornet in second.

The off-the-beach catamarans definitely put on a show with Marcus Towell’s Raketvapen finishing first ahead of Charlie Coombs’ The Green Machine in second. Towell was also dubbed Cock O’ the Lake with the fastest time from Milang to Goolwa out of all divisions.

The final division, the Restricted 21s, it was Chris Reiffel’s Dolphin taking out the overall win, with Lyndon Bartlett’s Endeavour in second.

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