April 24, 2019

Sail Our Boats members Felipe Felippes and Matthew Dunstan took their sailing to another level this month, racing aboard Gerrit Veenemans’ FarEast 28R in the Commodores Cup in Port Stephens.

In a division of 20 boats, the FarEast 28R and her crew performed consistently well, winning the 2nd and 3rd races to take the overall series.

“I had no idea how competitive these boats were.  Everyday we seemed to be fending off much bigger boats.  They’re a lot of fun to race” said squadron member, Matthew Dunstan.

Success didn’t stop there however.  The crew went on to also win their division in the second series of the regatta: the Port Stephens Trophy. 

There were 4 FarEast 28Rs at the regatta which made for excellent class racing, with all boats and crews evenly matched.  FarEast Yachts (Australia) also announced they would be holding their nationals in Port Stephens next year.

The crew returns home to RQ with renewed energy for the Sail our Boats program and upcoming Division yacht races.  Sail our Boats ambassador, Matthew Dunstan is calling for members to express their interest in sailing both over winter and when the season resumes again in September. 

“We’re looking to build 4 different crews for the Far East: A competitive crew for performance racing, a crew for some friendly racing around the islands, a social sailing group and a ladies only crew”. If you’d like to express an interest in one or more of these, you can contact Matthew through the Sailing Academy office: sailingacademy@rqys.com.au

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