Australia. Lahey and his Still Crazy crew wins John McNamara Memorial trophy Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2006
Ian Grant:


Australian Blazer 23 champion Chris Annear gained a valuable insight into the form of his major championship rivals when he contested the John McNamara Memorial series on the Southport Broadwater last weekend.

Annear accepted the important opportunity to crew with the former class champions Peter Lahey and Neil Sherring while he waits patently for his new Blazer to be delivered from the Yandina boat builder.

His new sloop replaces the high performance Oz Roamer National champion Feral which skipper Annear and crew consistently sailed to win a close match race over the Peter Lahey helmed Still Crazy on his favoured Noosa River course in August.

The racing in the strict one-design class is very much a thinking game and if you’re not thinking straight then it becomes difficult to feature in the results.

All of the crews are even at the start with the applied technique and strategy playing the deciding role in the race result.

“Peter (Lahey) and Neil (Sherring) have both won open Australian championships and are recognized as the pace setters in the class”.

“We are all good mates and share the knowledge to make the class stronger but that ‘brotherhood’ element changes when our respective reputations are challenged on the race course.” Annear said.

Skipper Lahey and his Still Crazy crew won the John McNamara Memorial trophy boosting their confidence for when they enter the match race against the new Feral and Neil Sherring’s Urgent for the 2007 National title.

Meanwhile Chris Annear will continue to tune his new sloop with some important information gained from his crew stint last weekend.

He has the National Trophy and aims on achieving a successful defence which is the main reason why he accepted the crew invitation to gain hands on experience on what makes his rivals so hard to beat.
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