SB20 Victorian Championship 2016 – Sandringham Yacht Club member and S80 keelboat class veteran Luke Reinehr achieved a remarkable 10th Victorian championship win over the weekend, sailing on Corio Bay.
Sailing Intrusion, a boat he has owned for 16 years, Reinehr won five of the seven races but was hard-pressed at times by his 16 opponents from clubs around Port Philip.
With a drop race score of five, Intrusion finished with a net seven points from, Merak (Bas Huibers) from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria on 24 points, one of the two boats to beat Instrusion across the line.
The other race winner was Up ‘n Go (SNA) from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, which finished fifth overall.
Third overall was Skipjack, skippered by Bill Feore from Hobsons Bay Yacht Club on 28 point, just one point ahead of Imaginer (Chris Byrne) from Sandringham Yacht Club on 29 points.
Although Intrusion came out a clear winner with five first places, nine different S80s finished in the top three in races over the regatta.
Recycled Recreation, skippered by Tim Campbell from HBSC, had a mixed series that included a disqualification for a racing rules infringement and person overboard and time-losing, but successful recovery.
“Jan Howard just slipped through the rails on the last tack, 20 metres from the finish,” Tim explained, “but we got her back on board quickly, thanks to quick reaction and a good throw by fellow crew member Peter Rechenberg.
“This was Jan’s first sail in Australia, having arrived from England only two weeks ago to take up a teaching role with Geelong Grammar…she was most embarrassed at her dunking in Corio Bay,” he added.
However, a close second to champion Intrusion in the final race did provide some compensation for Campbell and his crew, but Recycled Recreation still finished 11th overall.