DINGHY DOWN UNDER – Quicksilver Q Crew
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As the world hurtles toward driverless this and autonomous that, there is something wonderfully compelling about the simplicity of Dinghy Racing.  It’s boating and racing at its most pure, and doesn’t involve a huge outlay of cash to be competitive.  One really only needs a little bare boat, a little outboard engine, a little buddy, and a little off-kilter mindset to participate.  Ok, maybe a LOT of the latter.  The 2017 Redbull Dinghy Derby recently concluded in Renmark, South Australia and, once again, it was filled with excitement, adrenaline, and entertainment.


The 2017 Redbull Dinghy Derby comprised seven classes of bare aluminum hull dinghies with engines ranging from 15HP to just north of 30HP.  Of the record number of competitors this year, the winners in each class were as follows:

30HP Sports – A01 Matt THUR / Shane PALAT 1:14:03.3

300cc Modified – D05 Matt SPENCER / Richard MURRAY 1:35:03.6

30HP Standard – C03 Peter KARAYANNIS / Nick EFTHIMIOU 1:33:10.8

25HP Standard – E02 Mark WEBBER / Tanya WEBBER 1:35:10.0

15HP Standard – F04 Rodney STOECKEL / Rachael STOECKEL 1:35:06.4

30HP Rookies – R04 Ben PILGRIM / Jaiden WILKINSON 1:23:21.9

30HP Super Standard – B01 Thomas PILGRIM / Shane TAYLOR 1:27:24.0


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