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Matt Allen sailed his
recently purchased TP52, Ichi
Ban, to the overall win in IRC
Racing Division 1. Ichi Ban won
four out of six races. With the
same handicap as Ray Roberts’
Farr 55 OneSails Racing, Ichi Ban
had some great boat-on boat
competition and defeated his rival, by two points. OneSails won
the opening and closing races.
Gordon Ketelbey’s Farr 40 Zen finished third overall. Bob
Steel selected Airlie Beach Race Week to launch his new Mat
118 0 , Quest, which finished fourth.
Jason Close sailed his Archambault 31, More Noise, to first
overall in Division 2, beating the likes of champions Wild Rose
(Roger Hickman) and The Philosopher’s Club (Peter Sorensen).
Tony Horkings from
Southport Yacht Club skated
home to win IRC Passage by
one point with his Northshore
38, L ee-Way. Skippered to three
wins from six races, by 20 year-
old Sophie Lahey, Horkings
was proud of the four younger
crew on his yacht.
David Currie’s modified
Farr 40, Ponyo, was second and Stewart Lewis maintained third
overall with his Marten 49, Ocean Affinity.
By far the largest entry, the cruising boats were split into
Cruising Division 1 went to Paul Bunn and his Beneteau
First 44.7, Christine. Bunn, from Victoria, proved the theory that
you don’t need to win a race to win the series, you just need
to be consistent, edging out Charles Cupit’s Bedfordca Three Cs,
a Bavaria 45, by three points.
Doug Painter’s Belle was third.
“I’ve never been to a
northern regatta, and I’ll
definitely be back to this
one,” said Bunn. “ We sailed
1,600nms from Melbourne to
Cruising Division 2 went
to the Hanse 430, Huahine, owned and skippered by Nick Smail
from Whitsunday Sailing Club. Smail pipped Sandor Tornai’s Farr
30, Skeeter (NSW) by one point. Another local, Charlie and Betty
Preen’s Dehler 39, Dehler Magic, finished third.
Two yachts from North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club fought
it out for first place in Cruising Division 3 and finished on equal
points. Greg Hudson’s Catalina Capri, Salty Dog, was announced
the winner from Peter McKenzie’s modified Ross 7.8, Le Rossignol.
Cruising Non-Spinnaker winner was Dewi Hughes with his
Anthea from WSC. Hot on his heels was Victorian Geoff Adams’
True Colours. John Galloway’s Queensland Marine Services, also from
WSC, was third.
In the end, John Rae’s
Bethwaite 79er, Vivace, was too
good. Apart from claiming line
honours every race, the biggest
boat in the sports boat fleet
also claimed five overall wins
from nine races.
Graham Sherring stayed true to his word, and kept Stay Tuned
up in a podium place, finishing second, three points adrift with
three wins in the bag. The mostly Queensland fleet was bolstered
by Rees Howell’s Octopussy, which came all the way from Perth.
Peter Wilcox held on by the
skin of his teeth to claim the
Multihull Racing series with
from the Multihull Yacht Club
Queensland, defeated Tony
Considine’s Grainger 10, APC
Mad Max, skippered by George Owen and Andrew Stranksy’s
Seven Seas 50, Fantasia by a further point in this close series.
Hats off to those boats that travel the great distance by road
from Adelaide to compete each year: Carbon Credit (Peter Hawker);
Crosshair (Gerald Valk) and Dux Nutts (Peter Boyd) and to all others
who also journey so far to make this competition so good.
In Multihull Passage, John Williams was just too good with
his Tyee III. He finished four points clear of his nearest rivals,
second placed Mon Amie (Fiona Kermeen) and third placed Kestrel
Full results at: <http://www.abrw.com.au/>
AIRLIE BEACH RACE WEEK
Airlie Beach Race Week came to a close on 14 August in shifty 8-18 knot winds on the Pioneer Bay race
track, again keeping competitors on their toes.
Ichi Ban powering downwind.
Lee-Way - the ‘old boys’ enjoy a
beer on the way home while the
young crew work.
Cruising – spectacular downwind.
Multihulls line up to start.
Stay Tuned gets romping.
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