Barry Cuneo’s Envy Scooters Crowned Melges 32 Pusser’s Rum Australian National Champion
2 March 2015
Lake Macquarie, Australia - Lake Macquarie once again proved why it’s a favourite location for sailing the Melges 32 last weekend for the 2015 Pusser’s Rum Melges 32 Australian Championships, the fifth National Titles held in Australia. Lake Macquarie Yacht Club is the ultimate host; nothing is ever too much trouble and PRO Andrew Miller and his team of volunteers who provided fantastic on water racing, over the three day regatta.
This event was the first opportunity for Barry Cuneo Envy Scooters and his 50% youth crew from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to measure themselves against Australia’s best after competing in the Melges 32 World Championships in Miami last November. Cuneo is a trailblazer in providing opportunities for youth sailors, his admirable efforts provide to encouragement and support to youth sailors in the sport and what better boat to sail than the Melges 32, where teamwork, consistency and on water performance combined with awesome rides and super close racing keeps them hungry for more.
Cuneo commented in his victory speech that there was a team behind this win and thanked all his crew and fellow competitors, namely Chris Way’s Easy Tiger who provided a tuning partner and shared his Melges 32 knowledge prior to their worlds campaign. Cuneo also commented that "the Worlds was an invaluable experience for his team." He also returns to Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with the Melges Asia Pacific Cup, after the culmination of results throughout the season’s regattas. The Cup was filled with sponsors prize Pusser’s Rum and coke by the crew during the celebrations.
Envy Scooters led the regatta into day three ten points ahead of Jon Green’s Crusader on equal points with Angus Reid’s Maxstar both one point ahead of Chris Way’s Easy Tiger. Cuneo and team took their foot off the pedal on day three, allowing Reid a win in race seven and Green won the final race of the series. On the third and final day the PRO found it difficult to find consistency on the course and ran two shorter races, before the boats returned to the dock to watch the view of the Southerly front building overhead as they packed up.
The camaraderie and teamwork was evident on board Envy Scooters as the crew enjoyed their win with congratulations from fellow competitors and the Melges 24 fleet before being thrown in the water.