The two new MC31s got their first opportunity to stretch their legs in today’s (Sunday’s) three windward leeward races on Corio Bay.
John Taylor’s Vindaloo got the best of the second start in the first race after a general recall at the first gun, leading Rohan Veal’s 38 South Racing to the top mark, both boats not far behind Adrian Walter’s Little Nico.
The breeze built during the afternoon and the two boats enjoyed fast downwind legs in the later races.
John Taylor – elder brother of Chutzpah skipper Bruce Taylor – was a happy man when Vindaloo arrived back at the dock in Geelong,
“The boat went really well today, they’re a lot of fun to sail, and we’re learning lots as we go” he said.
Although 38 South Racing pulled out of the third race to sort out a couple of minor glitches in preparation for tomorrow’s racing, Rohan Veal was also happy with the day’s racing,
“We’re really pleased with the boat and its performance” he said this afternoon.
Andrew Parkes – who is sailing with Rohan Veale – is the MC31 agent in NSW and is looking forward to taking delivery of his own boat in mid February.
“It’s been great to have been involved in the commissioning of the boat down here and I’m really looking forward to having two boats racing in Sydney; and hopefully more from there!”
Interest in the MC31 has been high here in Geelong with plenty of yacht owners coming to look over the boats and talk to the crews.