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Over 100 owners, crew and guests
enjoyed absolutely idyllic 21°C conditions
for the recent Beneteau Pittwater Cup
hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
on 9 May. A pleasant little Nor’wester of
5-15 knots and cloudless skies ensured a
delightful run up around Lion Island and
back was completed.
The skill was in picking the pockets.
There were many more of these to be found
on the Eastern shores, which is where
the non-spinnaker division winner, Still
Dangerous, blasted a happy and fast trail.
Others chose the centre and the remainder
the other side, but the unanimous decision
Skippers’ bags with everything from
Sailing Instructions to bottles of wine
started things off appropriately and then
later on, the plethora of lucky door prizes,
raffle draws and great gifts ensured a
smooth glide path for the whole day.
There is no doubt that the Queen
of celebration had to be Jane Hird from
Sirocco Blue. She was the winner of a bottle
of wine that was one of the door prizes
and based on her enthusiastic leap and
cheers, you were inclined to believe that
she had indeed won the Saturday night
lotto draw. Such fervour was not only a
delight to witness, it was also a fantastic
way to highlight and underline the spirit
of fun and friendship of this regatta.
“I never win, so hearing Orange E02
read out was simply delightful! We really
had a good time and will definitely be back
again,” Hird enthused.
David Boekman and his crew on
Bombolo won the Spinnaker Division.
“ This is our first win in the Beneteau
Pittwater Cup during the 10 years we
have been competing in it,” Boekman
said afterwards. “ Thank you to the crew
and everybody associated with this great
event. We’re coming back to defend this
win next year, I tell you.”
Graham Raspass, the new Principal
of Vicsail Beneteau, commented, “As the
importer for Beneteau yachts into NSW,
it was really fantastic to see 20 boats
come out for the Pittwater Cup. It is part
of the philosophy of Beneteau to get
our owners together and have a sense
of competiveness, amongst the closely
matched range of yachts.
“ We like to offer exclusive things for
our owners and the Beneteau Owners
Club is our latest initiative. Only such a
great collection of people can deliver a
sensational regatta like this.”
Ivor Burgess has done all 14 of this
classic event on the three Beneteaus he
has owned in that time. Asked what was the
secret of today’s win on his Oceanis 45 Still
Dangerous, a happy Burgess said, “ We had
a very good crew and managed to pick the
shifts correctly, having raced here earlier in
the week in similar conditions. For me, win,
lose or whatever I go out to have a great
day and that really is my mental attitude.”
The next Beneteau event is at the end
of the year on Sydney Harbour. h
Vicsail Beneteau Principal Graham
Raspass and Micah Lane with Still
Dangerous’s Ivor Burgess (centre) overall
winner of the non-spinnaker division.
Ocean Road heading back down Pittwater
Beneteau Pittwater Cup –
100 plus in the sun
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