Blue Runner conquers 12-mile banks and back

The conditions for the 12-Mile Banks and Back Cruiser race last Saturday were unusually mild, with light winds out of the South South East producing swell, but no real problems for even the smaller boats. 
Starting in the North Sound and returning via Hog Sty Bay to Seven Mile beach, just seven boats made the start, and it wasn't long before Blue Runner had broken out and led the fleet out through the main channel of the North Sound. 
Yahoo Yahoo was in pursuit of Blue Runner, closely followed by Pie Sees 3. Mark Rickman's Panacea sailed well in the first half of the race, as did the smallest boat in the fleet, Nigel Bates' Artemis, a Catalina 25-footer. 
After 32 miles of sailing, Blue Runner, skippered by Bruce Johnson, sailed well all day to take first place by a handsome 23 minutes on corrected time. Pie Sees 3, last year's winner, took second place by just over four minutes from Artemis, with Yahoo Yahoo just three minutes behind them. 
Johnson had high praise for his crew. "The key positions on board are filled by the people who have been with us some time. This means that all I have to do is drive!" he said.