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Dickinson out to build on winning momentum

Skipper Stevie Dickinson raises his hands in victory atfter winming the long distance comet race (photo by Glenn Tucker)

Stevie Dickinson and crew Pat Young will be keen to pick up where they left off from the last time they competed together in the Long Distance Comet Race.

The pair led the fleet across the finish line the last time they competed together in the prestigious race two years ago, earning Central American and Caribbean Games medal winner Dickinson a record 20th title.

“Pat and I are a good team so it should be quite nice actually,” Dickinson said. “I will approach the race the same way I always do, wanting to win sailing aggressively, and it’s all about boat speed.

“It would be nice to win it 21 times. We will definitely see on the day what is going on and take it from there.”

This year’s race will start from West End Sailboat Club at 11am and travel down the North Shore, ending in St George’s Harbour at East End Mini Yacht.

Last year produced one of the most dramatic finishes in recent memory, with Malcolm Smith holding off a charging Heath Foggo to clinch a maiden title.

Smith is back to defend his title among a competitive field which also includes 11-times winner Rudy Bailey and class president Gladwin Lambert, who has momentum going in having won last weekend’s Alton Millett Memorial Race in St George’s Harbour.

Hosted by the West End Sail Boat Club, the annual Long Distance Comet Race is traditionally regarded as the most prestigious race in the class.

“I just enjoy being out there sailing and competing in this race,” Dickinson said. “Once I am in that race I just turn on.”

The one-design Comet dinghy is a 16 foot, double-handed racing sloop.

“It’s a good-performing boat,” Dickinson said. “It can be a tactical boat and a plaining boat as well, depending on the weather and stuff like that.”