The classic Couta Boat is a magnificent site under full sail. Get 40 of them together and throw in some experts such as Nigel Abbott. Andrew Plymton, Nick Williams, Wayne “Moose” Johnstone, Peter Gale, Col Anderson and the like and you have some very close racing, almost too close sometimes. The Couta Boat Nationals were sailed from Sorrento Sailing & Couta Boat Club as they usually are (why don’t they just call it the worlds and be done with it?) and they were won convincingly by Nigel Abbott and his crew about “Romy” a Peter Gale design from 2003. While “Romy” carries a high handicap, excellent sailing and reading of the currents saw them win the passage race by some 30 minutes and clinch the series on line honours and handicap. A special bonus was for Sailing Shack’s Ben Hartnett and three of his Optimist sailing friends in Jack Abbot (Nigel’s son),Tom Trotman and Anna Philip was they got to ride the rail with Nigel and “Romy” and share the win!