Three Humps Race

Wednesday 9th November, 2016
Mary Brown

Eleven boats carrying over 30 crew members and 26 runners set sail for the annual Newhaven Yacht Squadron’s Three Humps Race in perfect weather earlier this month. Although on a smaller scale, the local Three Humps Race is based on the 3 Peaks Race which has been held in Tasmania for 25 years, and other similar events in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The combined running and sailing event is held on Westernport and is a novel and enjoyable event of about 5 hours duration. There are 2 or 3 runners per boat, with two sailing stages on Westernport and three running stages around Newhaven, Rhyll and Cape Woolamai.

The race has been part of the Newhaven sailing calendar since 1998, when it was planned by member Henry Herbert Hammond. Henry was a keen sailor, runner and woodworker and sadly he passed away in 2000, aged 43. Henry was sculpting a wooden trophy for the race at the time of his death, and although never finished, it is a spectacular and unique trophy proudly presented to the overall winner of the Three Humps Race every year.

The inaugural winner in 1998 was Dean Carter on Happy Days, with this year’s winner the trimaran Hunter’s Moon, skippered by Tom Boschma. Hunter’s Moon was followed by Genie in second place, with Julini and Synergy equal third. Winners in the running categories were: Best Overall Runner (Male) Jason Rawlings; Best Overall Runner (Female) Helena Cairney; Best Junior (Male) Josh Allan; Best Junior (Female) Paige Thomas.

The Newhaven race has gone from strength to strength, with a record fleet and number of runners this year, with a sprinkling of locals and the majority of the runners coming from various Melbourne running clubs. The sailing legs were shortened as the wind dropped out, and with a falling tide all crews were happy to enter the marina just in time for refreshments at the clubhouse.

Everyone agreed it had been a successful day, with many keen runners already signed up for next year’s race!


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