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SYDNEY TO HOBART
Strong showing by ACT-based crew
Michael Martin (helm), Erik Adriaanse, Sam McDonald and Simon Dunlop battle the elements on deck in the
run down to Hobart on Pelagic Magic.
Mary Lynn Mather
During the 2015 Sydney to Hobart
yacht race, local eyes were on one of
the smaller boats in the fleet of more
than a hundred that set off from
Nielsen Park on Boxing Day.
Simon Dunlop's Pelagic Magic
boasted a crew of mainly Canberra-
based sailors, with just three of the 10
men on board not living in the capital.
Among the latter was the skipper's
son, Graeme Dunlop, who went to
school and university in the ACT
before moving to Melbourne.
When his parents watched him
participating in the event a few years
ago, they were inspired to start their
own campaign and bought the
Beneteau 40.7 in May last year.
The vessel needed major structural
repairs, which meant the crew could
only start training and preparing in
Nonetheless, they were more than
capable of holding their own against
the bigger craft and Pelagic Magic was
the 21st boat to pull in to Tasmania's
Constitution Dock, berthing at 5.05am
on Thursday, December 31.
We were pretty chuffed with
where we finished,'' Mr Dunlop said.
Seeing all the wives and partners
standing on the dock and cheering us
and clapping was very special.''
For first-timer Simon Chapple,
crossing the finish line was an
incredible achievement, a lifelong
dream fulfilled'' and something he
would do again, given the chance.
My wife had flown down and
surprised me,'' he said, adding it was
He rated Alison Chapple's
unexpected visit to Hobart as one of
the high points of his race.
Another was sailing across Bass
Strait, not long after the yacht had
battled extreme conditions, with
squalls of 40 knots.
We'd come out of the storm, the
full moon was shining on the water
and a few dolphins were swimming
alongside us,'' Mr Chapple said.
Pat Cotterill was the other newcomer
to the sporting event, with Michael
Martin, John Tracey, Sam McDonald
and Tony Sutton all having two or
three under their belts.
Seasoned sailors Erik Adriaanse
and Paul Jones notched up their 26th
and 11th Sydney to Hobart stints
It's a race that's got everything in
it,'' Mr Martin said.
run off with till
Masked men menaced terrified staff
with a gun during a hold-up at a
Canberra pizza shop last Tuesday
night, police say.
Two men with covered faces entered
Mills and Grills Pizzas on Kesteven
Street, Florey, through the back door
about 9.15pm, witnesses said.
One of the men pointed a firearm at
workers before the two men grabbed
the till and fled through the back door.
They were last seen running away
on John Cleland Crescent, heading
Investigators and forensics
examined the scene but are calling on
witnesses to the robbery to come
forward. Police are also seeking
CCTV footage from the area.
Both offenders were wearing black
Anyone with information should
contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000, or via
reference number 5905745.
CALL FOR HOLD ON SALE
OF WEST BASIN LAKE LAND
Canberra CBD has called on the ACT
government to delay selling land at
West Basin beside the lake until the
state of the declining city centre
Concerned about the government
opening yet another development front
while rents, tenancies and business
fortunes continue to decline in the
CBD, the business group also says the
tram should be delayed until the city
centre population at least doubles.
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