Local wins national sailing title

Harcourts Kiama Director Andy Wharton has narrowly won the National Championships for Melges 24 footers on his boat, Accrewedinterest, competing on Port Phillip Bay.

This is just the second year Andy has competed in the very competitive class of single hulled, keeled yachts.

“Two of my crew race big yachts around the world, and the other two race 18ft skiffs in Sydney,” he says. “Last year we came 9th, and this year we won by just one point.”

Andy has been sailing since he was nine, beginning on Lake Illawarra and progressing to Sydney Harbour. He has lived in Kiama for over 40 years.

While the win qualifies him for the world championships, he doubts he will be able to make it to Finland.


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