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Ray Roberts’s OneSails Racing turned the tables on Victorian
yachtsman Rob Hanna’s Shogun V to claim Division 1 honours in
the CYCA Trophy-Passage Series on 13-14 December.
Meanwhile Khaleesi did the same to her sistership Nine Dragons
in Division 2, Andrew and Pauline Dally basking in their first
major win since buying the former Exile.
national founder Roberts
purchased the former
Living Doll three months
ago and is preparing
her for his first Rolex
Sydney Hobart in five
years. Finishing second
to Hanna’s TP52 on Day1,
he sailed a brilliant
race to take almost four
minutes out of Shogun V
on corrected time. Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban took line honours and
finished third overall again, to finish the CYCA hosted series
“ This was an important win for us ahead of the Sydney Hobart,”
Roberts said. “ We are still testing sails and learning to use them.”
Named 2006 Ocean
Racer of the Year,
from the Australian
yachting scene in 2010
and concentrated his
efforts in Asia with great
“I needed a rest from
Australia. I needed to do
something different – different boats and different races. I’m back
fresh and looking forward to the 70th Hobart and to racing here
again,” said the 18 Hobart race veteran.
In Division 2, Andrew and Pauline Dally’s DK46 Khaleesi turned
the tables on sistership and Day1 winner, Nine Dragons (Bob Cox).
The Middle Harbour YC pair regularly face-off. Nine Dragons did not
have a good day, finishing 12th overall, to drop out of contention.
Ron Forster/Phil Damp’s Beneteau 40 Ariel popped up in second
place with St George Midnight Rambler third.
Those placings translated to a Division 2 series win for Khaleesi,
with St George Midnight Rambler, the Ker 40 owned by Ed Psaltis/
Bencsik second overall,
and Ariel, third.
“ We’re ecstatic with
our win – it’s our first one
and with the Hobart
coming up, it’s good
news,” Andrew Dally
commented. “ We have
great friendly rivalry with
Nine Dragons and they
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Roberts and Dally close out CYCA
usually beat us, but we’ve been taking baby steps and sometimes
we thought we’d never get there, but we did.”
The two divisions are combined for the ORCi result, with
Ariel taking the prize overall from St George Midnight Rambler, and
Shogun V third.
Warwick Sherman’s Occasional Coarse Language 2, a Ker Gts 43,
claimed PHS overall, adding a second place to his Day1 win. Ariel
was second overall, three points adrift, with Les Goodridge’s
X-50, Wax Lyrical third overall after winning Day2.
The CYCA Trophy-Passage Series, combined with the Bird
Island Race sailed earlier in the month, and the non-droppable
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will decide the Southern Cross
Cup. Held every odd year from 1967 to 2001, it was reintroduced
last year as an annual event.
h Di Pearson
OneSails Racing claimed Division 1 honours.
Bob Cox’s Nine Dragons.
St George Midnight Rambler –
third in Division 2.
This is Khaleesi’s first major win for new
owners Andrew and Pauline Dally.
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