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The 11th running of the Sydney Harbour Regatta,
hosted by Middle Harbour YC, finished on a high
note for the over 170 entries on 6th March, when
north-easterly winds peaked at 18-20 knots, with
some short sharp gusts thrown in to give sailors
and officials a wonderful end to Sydney’s racing
VX-ONE NSW CHAMPIONSHIP
Andrew York rose to the occasion with Speedwagon in his
defence of the VX-One NSW Championship, winning all six
races. York said: “We got the boat up to 19 knots today – that
was a lot of fun. It was tricky on the Harbour, but it was another
good day’s sail.
“ The Sydney Harbour Regatta was great training for the crew
for the two Caribbean Regattas we are going to. They are in good
shape now,” York, from a well-known sailing family, added.
Fred Kasparek’s Weapon of Choice from the ACT, finished runner-
up for the second year running. Damien Widdy’s Finger Jam, from
Southport in Queensland, was third.
YNGLING NSW CHAMPIONSHIP
Reigning champion Hamish Jarrett sailed Miss Pibb to five wins
from six races to reclaim his title. He kept the Evie crew skippered
by triple Olympian Karen Gojnich at bay. She threw everything in
her armoury at Miss Pibb, even splitting tacks at mark roundings,
to no avail. The two cleared out on the rest with Evie finishing
runner-up as she did last year.
CAVALIER 28 NSW CHAMPIONSHIP
Craig Mitchell and his Centaur ius crew were too good,
successfully defending the title won at this regatta last year.
Centaurius won three of four races, extending in the honking
north-easterly. Behind, a battle took place, but in the end David
Brow n’s Quattro maintained second place overall, with Greg
Purcell’s Scuttlebutt holding on to third place.
“ We sailed well, but there was a bit of luck involved too,”
Mitchell conceded. “ The quality is good in the fleet, but I’ve a
good crew who have been with me for around 15 years. It makes
a difference. Today we made gains in the kite drops and set ups.
There is no secret sauce!”
Although racing was as tight as it could get in the Adams
10s, one was a cut above the rest. Jim Vaughan sailed Another
Dilemma to a resounding 11pt victory over Contentious (Brian Lees),
KickNChase (Rob Clarke) and Gogo (Matthew Watt) on 20pts each.
JAMES WINS J70 CLASS
With six straight wins, Tim Ryan’s
James topped the fleet. Ryan insists
the others were progressively getting
faster as the event wore on, and it
was Brent Lawson’s Jester that gave
him the best run for his money. Jester
finished second overall, nine points
behind James. Eight J70s hit the start
line and it is hoped we will see 10 on the start line next year.
Matthew Crawford’s Big Booty was the boat to beat, but
nobody could, although Scott Lawson’s Numero Uno came close
at times, it scored six second places for the Numero Two result.
This fast and fun boat made its Australian debut at this regatta.
In a nor’easter that got rid of all the cobwebs, the Melges were
Adrian Walters’ 11 Metre Rob Shaw designed, Little Nico, was
just too good, even though Chris Way closed the gap with his
Melges 32, Easy Tiger III to finish on equal points, but dropped
to second on countback. Jonathan Green’s Melges 32, Crusader
held on to third place, two points behind. Way and Green were
also top two within the Melges 32 class.
new Fareast 28R design
of the same name
took out the Super 30
division by nine points
from Marco Tapier’s
Flying Tiger named
Flying Brandy and Guy
Ir win’s Clewless? – the
two finishing on equal points in a hard fought series.
Tim Ryan’s James in the
J70 fast lane.
Speedwagon could not be beaten.
Ultimate racing as 2016 Sydney Harbour
Regatta finishes on a high note
Super 30s under kite.
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