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Third in division 1 by two points off the tied first and second
placed boats was Michael Kirby’s local Nsx38 She’s the One (PSYC).
In division 2 Dennis Cooper’s always well-sailed Sydney 36cr
Amante (CYCA) created a comfortable six point break, too good
for Dave Griffin’s Titan 36 Al Fresco (RMYC) and David Ashton’s
Radford 10.6, TenSixty (MYC).
An average age of 60-something only helped Barry Jackson
and his Beneteau First 40 crew on Alibi (RPAYC) achieve the
division win, their best result in six Sail Port Stephens.
Alibi’s last time at Sail Port Stephens was two years ago and
they lost the series by one point. This time they beat Peter Mayo’s
Sydney 38 Austral from Lake Macquarie by a single point. Third
was another Lake sailor and SPS keen supporter, Len Payne and
his Lidgard 10.6 Kerinda.
The first-ever Super 11 NSW title played out among the eligible
Super 11s racing within the Performance Racing fleet. Adrian
Walters’ pocket-rocket Shaw 11m Little Nico (MHYC) wrestled with
Thomas Woods’ Farr 36od Toy Stor y, yet another Lake boat, over
five races and proved the stronger.
HICKO SHIELD – SPIRIT OF PORT
Awarded annually by
organiser Corlette Point
Sailing Club to the crew
who embody the regatta
spirit of fun and fair
competition, The Hicko
Shield went to Derek
Sheppard (Black Sheep).
Sheppard is a Sail Port
Stephens ‘lifer’ having
competed at all nine
Three of the late Roger
Hickman’s (Hicko) crew helped put Black Sheep through its paces
during the Commodore’s Cup and second part Port Stephens
The Beneteau 45 also flew Wild Rose ’s flag during the series,
a poignant reminder of Hicko’s champion Farr 43 and the
outstanding yachtsman, a friend to so many in the sailing
community who died from a brain tumour in March.
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The ninth Sail Port Stephens finished on Sunday April 17, in
some of the best winds of the week-long regatta and close to 100
crews luckily escaped the powerful thunderstorms that stalled a
few miles to the south of the competition areas.
A leisurely Commodore’s Cup series on the Monday to
Wednesday in 12-15 knot sou’easters and brilliant sunshine turned
into light nor’easters for the first two days of the Pantaenius Port
Stephens Trophy, Friday and Saturday, incorporating the NSW
From the forecast, Sunday started out as a race against the
clock to get the schedule completed before the change unleashed,
but amazingly the approaching dark clouds and rumbling thunder
stopped short, allowing crews to close out their final inshore
passage race and offshore windward/leewards in mainly dry
division 1 trophy went to
L’Attitude, Jon Short, Miles
Bastick and Rob Hunt’s
Beneteau 40.7 (CYCA), from
Kiwi designer Greg Elliott’s
Elliott 1350 Fortuna, on a
“ This is the first regatta
I’ve flown a spinnaker in four
years. When we entered Performance Racing we thought it would
be non-spinnaker division ... Ooops!” Short said with a grin.
“ The incentive created by the beautiful Port Stephens scenery
was a contributing factor plus today we had two locals on board
and they were helpful keeping the boat in favourable current,”
In Greg Elliott’s words, he and wife Jo, “Drag their home around
the track”. The couple left New Zealand a couple of years ago
to cruise and enter regattas with the fibreglass production boat
Greg designed. “It was an idea I had, to go back to the places
I’ve raced at in the past but never been able to cruise around
and get to know.”
AT SAIL PORT STEPHENS
L’Attitude Jon Short on the helm.
Black Sheep Hicko Shield recipients
for SPS 2016.
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