Stevie Dickinson and Wesley Tucker cruise to Flagpole Comet Race glory
Stevie Dickinson and crew Wesley Tucker cruised to victory in the Warren D Mickey Foggo Flagpole to Flagpole Comet Race from Hamilton Harbour to St George’s Harbour at the weekend.
The East End Mini Yacht Club pair came from behind to clinch line honours in a time of 2 hrs 28 min.
Dickinson and Tucker came off the start line in third but managed to get their noses out front early on the beat out of Hamilton Harbour.
However, it proved to be short-lived as they were passed by rivals Gladwin Lambert and crew Zanikae Hendrickson.
The lead changed again as Maxwell Curtis and crew Stefan Furbert surged ahead of Lambert and Hendrickson before Dickinson and Tucker regained pole position near Two Rock Passage.
Dickinson and Tucker gradually extended their lead the rest of the way before crossing the finish line in St George’s Harbour with their rivals far behind in their wake.
“I had a fairly good start below everybody and started to look real good near Royal Bermuda Yacht Club,” Dickinson said.
“I was leading the race at that point and then I lost it to Gladwin first and then to Maxwell before I took back over again about 200-300 yards from Two Rock.
“Once I went through Two Rock I led the whole race from there.”
Dickinson added: “It was a very beautiful day. A good day for sailing, a good day for riding waves and really working the boat. Wesley did a fantastic job.”
Curtis and Furbert, also of East End Mini Yacht Club, came out on top of an intense duel with Lambert and Hendrickson to take second in 2:32:00.
“I'm pleased with second,” Curtis said. “Actually got a real bad start, I was almost last off the line.
“But I caught everybody up and actually led the race just before Two Rock and then Stevie got back in control.
“Stevie was gone and it was just Gladwin and I battling pretty much down the whole North Shore.
“I definitely can't complain with second place after our start.”
West End Sail Boat Club skipper Lambert finished third in 2:33:00 to deny race hosts East End Mini Yacht Club a clean sweep of the podium.
“I'm quite satisfied with third and you never know where you're going to end up,” he said. “You just go out there and do the best you can.
“My crew Zanikae sailed well and done a fine job with me. I really appreciate it.”
Sunday's race was not without incident as Dale Brangman and Lorenzo Lambert both capsized while Allan Frith was forced to retire after losing his rudder.