Malcom Smith and his crew Damien Payne sailed to victory in the 2018 Edward Cross Long Distance Race that finished off the West End Sailboat Club.
Smith who was clocked at 2:19:21 had to hold off a strong challenge from Heath Foggo and his crew Stephen Dickinson who finished six seconds back and Rudy Bailey and his crew George Bailey finished third clocking 2:19:37.
The race got underway with boats tacking feverously with Smith first out of the channel, with Foggo second and Bailey third. Smith still had a lead when the boats made their way around Fort St. Catherine, with the final boat making the turn 31 minutes into the race.
At the 45 minute mark of the race, Smith, Foggo and Bailey continued their battle, off the oil docks with the remaining fleet led by Gladwin Lambert and his crew Stefan Maybury several boat lengths back.
One hour and thirty minutes in and Bailey had taken the lead with Smith second and Foggo third, the difference in the race at that point was the wind shifts with Bailey and Smith getting the better of the wind closer to the shore, while Foggo made a straight line for the finish.
Two hours in and things were very interesting Foggo although trailing kept his line but was picking up speed, while Smith had made a move on Bailey and go on top of him and was able to sail through and take control.
In the end the experience of sailing by Smith was able to hold off a closing in fast Foggo and claim the 2018 title.
2018 Edward Cross Long Distance Race
2:19:21 Malcolm Smith & Damien Payne Summer 2:19:27 Heath Foggo & Stephen Dickinson Kitty Hawk 2:19:37 Rudy Bailey & George Bailey My New Mary 2:21:10 Gladwin Lambert & Stefan Maybury Melody 2:22:09 Maxwell Curtis & Wesley Tucker Rumor Has It 2:22:31 Rajae Woods & Cleveland Maybury Outlaw 2:24:37 Quinton Simons & Gregory Proctor Stir de Pot 2:25:20 Ross Smith & Ambyr Smith Punisher 2:28:27 Anthony Smith & Winston Paynter Rebel 2:28:52 George Hayward & Treshun Smith Mai-Lucy 2:31:59 Zaniko Hendrickson & Randolph Joynes - Radical