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Dickinson and Foggo join forces

Fresh start: Stevie Dickinson will not helm Kitty Hawk

Stevie Dickinson and Heath Foggo will compete together in the Edward Cross Long Distance Comet Race this year for the first time in over a decade.

Dickinson has confirmed that he will crew for helmsman Foggo in Monday’s race, taking the one-design Comet fleet from the start in St George’s Harbour to the finish line in the Great Sound off the shores of regatta hosts West End Sail Boat Club.

“I decided last year that I was going to do that but with who I didn’t know,” Dickinson said of his decision not to helm his famed boat, Kitty Hawk, this time around.

“This is sort of a reunion for Heath and I as we haven’t sailed together in this race for a long time.”

Dickinson and Foggo have swapped roles in the boat all season and have momentum going into the race having won last month’s Flagpole to Flagpole Race from Hamilton Harbour to St George’s Harbour after withstanding a fierce battle with East End Mini Yacht Club stablemates Dale Brangman and crew Keyan Webb.

Dickinson feels good about his team’s chances for success but admits they have their work cut out.

“It’s going to be tough and I think everybody has a chance,” he said. “Everyone is sailing pretty good now and the competition has picked up.

“Dale Brangman is sailing really well, Maxwell Curtis is sailing very good and Gladwin Lambert, of course, is always in contention and is also sailing well.”

Dickinson and Foggo have already savoured victory competing together in the biggest race of the season for the Comet class.

“We seem to handle the boat quite well together,” Dickinson added. “I’m not a sharp crew but I can make it and we communicate well together in the boat so his chances are very good of winning this thing for sure just like anybody else.”

Along with crew Pat Young, Dickinson landed a fifth straight Long Distance Comet Race title and 20th overall last year.

The race on Monday starts 11am.