Bertie is perfect stand-in

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 May, 1993, 12:00am

YACHTING judge Bertie de Speville put aside his rule book to show he is still a class competitor on the water by scoring an upset win in the annual Champion of Champions match-racing series in Junk Bay yesterday, writes Bruce Macdonald.

The series brings together the champions of the various racing classes in Hongkong in a once-a-year round-robin clash in one-class craft.

De Speville, representing the Flying Fifteens class, beat Henk Stijweg of the Impala class in a gripping best-of-three final, two matches to one in perfect nine-knot conditions and flat seas.

A late stand-in for the Flying Fifteens because class champion Dave Smith was ill, De Speville gave himself ''no chance''.

To make the feat even more remarkable, he drafted a scratch crew of Steve Bourne and Brian Chow together for the event.

''It's a great thrill, I really didn't expect it,'' de Speville said.