Day six: Dash for Cash

The Kies Home Hardware Dash for Cash is a fixture of the Goolwa Regatta Week and for decades has been held on the Friday before the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic, providing skippers of yachts with a CBH (Class Based Handicap) equal to or greater than .740 the opportunity to test their boat in racing conditions before the big event – the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic.

The format for the event comprises 2 heats of a windward leeward windward leeward course with the top 4 yachts (on corrected) from each heat going through to the final. With a $750 winner takes all cash prize, there was plenty of pressure on skippers and crew.

With 15-18 knots from the South, the event was lining up to be fast with spectacular spinnaker sets, runs and drops. This year’s guest commentator was past Commodore Graham “Robbo” Roberts ensured the spectators who packed the yacht club marina knew exactly what was going on and why.

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Heat one (BOHICA, Nerana, Endeavour, Maniac and Seabomb) quickly got out on the water and did some practice runs to see how well their kites would set on the downwind legs before heading to the starting area.  Heat two (The Shed, Hammer, Dolphin, Karnagree and Wet Spot) followed 5 minutes later.

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Both starts were keenly contested and got away cleanly but not before The Shed and Maniac put in penalty turns for breaches on the start line in their heat. As yachts tacked within metres of the GRYC Marina, spectators were treated to fabulous viewing.

Going through to the final was Dolphin, Nerana, Endeavour, BOHICA, Seabomb, Hammer and The Shed. All boats sailed excellent races with tight tacking, smooth gybes and solid kite sets.

In first place by a significant margin of 1 minute and 4 seconds on corrected and collecting the winner takes all $750 cash prize was Nerana, skippered by Randal Cooper.

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