Sail Mooloolaba: Raptor wins inaugural Sports Boat Winter Nationals

Raptor - 2013 ASBA Winter Nationals Champion
Teri Dodds
Mark Buchbach's Stealth Raptor took out the inaugural Sports Boat Winter Nationals at this weekend's Sail Mooloolaba. Around him raced other fleets - SB20s, multihulls and monhulls, but the star of the weekend was clearly the powerful Raptor.
Sailing, Sail Mooloolaba 2013, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (AUS). 23/6/12. Photo; Teri Dodds.
Teri Dodds

Mooloolaba was back to its absolute best winter conditions - full sun, 10 to 15 southerly and gentle swell as over 40 boats took to Mooloolaba Bay to contest Sail Mooloolaba 2013 in Monohull Performance, Multihull Performance, SB20s and Sports Boats divisions.
Sailing, Sail Mooloolaba 2013, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (AUS). 23/6/12. Photo; Teri Dodds.
Teri Dodds

Photographer Teri Dodds was the on water to capture the best moments of the superb weekend.
Sailing, Sail Mooloolaba 2013, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (AUS). 23/6/12. Photo; Teri Dodds.
Teri Dodds

The Multihull Division winner was John Stark's trimaran, New Tricks. John and his team of Peter Hope and Graham Gillies had so much fun on the water they just didn't want to stop racing.
Sailing, Sail Mooloolaba 2013, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (AUS). 23/6/12. Photo; Teri Dodds.
Teri Dodds

It's the quiet ones you want to watch. Under 'staffed' the biggest boat of the monohull fleet, Dean and Kylee Corbett's Beneteau 54 footer (sail number 1027), just quietly powered around the course and into handicap honours.
Sailing, Sail Mooloolaba 2013, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (AUS). 23/6/12. Photo; Teri Dodds.
Teri Dodds

The SB20s were having a ball out on the course. The winner was Port Douglas's Peter Jones.
Sailing, Sail Mooloolaba 2013, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (AUS). 23/6/12. Photo; Teri Dodds.
Teri Dodds

Winner of Division 2 of the Sports Boat Winter Nationals was Jason Ruckert's Mister Magoo.
Sailing, Sail Mooloolaba 2013, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (AUS). 23/6/12. Photo; Teri Dodds.
Teri Dodds

And the overall winner of the inaugural Sports Boat Winter Nationals is....... Raptor !

For more news and information on Sail Mooloolaba, go to www.sailmooloolaba.yachting.org.au or like us on facebook.

Teri Dodds images can be found at www.teridodds.com