Here is a bit of news handed to me on Wednesday night during our meal inside the club just prior to our prizegiving.  It is about a boat that used to race with GFS.  Thompson 8 Sports Boat “Rush” in the 45 mile Marley Point Race on 7/8 March 2015 on Gippsland Lakes, Victoria.

A copy of a letter sent to Darren Spence Digital Director Australian Sports Boat Association.

By RV (sorry no photographs-it was an overnight race-I could have put up a black photograph).

“Hi Darren

Sorry not able to report Sunday, finished at 5 AM some celebratory beers and some sleep before I’m reading getting a declaration in and breakfast at the club 12:30 PM will stop by this time we are all looking for some more sleep.  Least that’s my excuse.

The race.  Most difficult part was getting to the start from Paynesville if you are elected to motor down into a stiff breeze and nasty chop, we achieved 3 kn with 5 hp going hard, 12 L gone before the end will stop sailed the bottom lake, wet trip lots of water in the boat no time for the crew to go ashore and to attend the briefing and get back.  Sent one member to do the formalities (our female lawyer).

Start 7:45 PM.  One line 120 boats in the dark.  Tight reach with masthead chute across Lake Wellington, 1st into the river with a group of tri’s on our tail.  Breeze was up and down in the river the gap ever-changing.  Managed to get out of the river in front of 2 tri’s hanging on.  Fickle breeze in the top lake, down  to 2 tri’s and us.  The Corsair 28 got through, we read took the lead again before the club finish 1st time.  Only the lap of Raymond Island to go.  Had a nice break into Lake King, only to see him catch us up at the back of the island.  Held on for line honours by 50 metres.  Big thanks to the great crew Peter Antill, Jill & Steve Brajkovich, Tim Ellis and Dirk Hoogland,

Graham Coffey RUSH”

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