Neville Crichton back on the race course

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New Maserati to compete in eight boat line-up at the Blackmores MC38 Open regatta
A three year absence from competitive sailing will come to an end for fast car and boat aficionado Neville Crichton when he debuts with his new MC38 at the Blackmores 2014 MC38 Open regatta the weekend of 28-30 November. Hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport on Sydney’s northern beaches, the one design event is the penultimate for the Australian MC38 Association’s 2014 season. Eight of the one design racers (read more about the MC38 here) contesting an inshore series to the north of Scotland Island are going to add another dimension to the usual sights and sounds of a busy spring weekend on the popular waterway. Prior to buying Maserati, which was delivered to Crichton by McConaghy Boats in early October, the high profile car distributor successfully crossed the ocean racing, one design and superyacht genres and amassed an impressive 174 victories. The lead time to Maserati’s first competitive appearance might be short, but there’s enough know-how between the mixed age crew to preempt a respectable opening bout against the practiced fleet. “We are the new boys on the block and it will be a steep learning curve,” Crichton realises. “We’ve only sailed one weekend, but it felt pretty good. They are certainly exciting boats. We’ll probably go for the odd swim in Pittwater during the Blackmores regatta. We’ll learn very quickly. I have missed the competition and am looking forward to my first race with the class and the full MC38 program next year.” Maserati’s tactician, North Sails’ Michael Coxon, has re-joined his former boss from the days when Crichton’s series of Alfa Romeo boats reigned over the oceans. A bunch of young hot shots being groomed for Maserati’s MC38 campaign will add fresh talent. Maserati’s boat manager Wade Morgan says: “The MC38 is a tricky boat to sail first-up. We are working