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The man responsible for the resurrection of the vintage car
of the sailing world, the Couta Boats, raced his own 100-year-old
Muriel to a handicap win in the 35th Gant Portsea Cup hosted
by the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club on Saturday 7 January.
Division 1 handicap and heritage honours went to Tim Phillips’
centenarian Muriel while Rhys Tucker’s Morning Star (built 1935)
top scored in division 2. Malcolm Hart’s Jocelyn set the quickest
time around the course.
Light and fickle eight knot easterly breezes off Portsea’s
Quarantine Station on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula separated
the 45-strong fleet early on and made for leisurely and sometimes
frustrating progress, which in turn set up a second challenge –
an outgoing tide.
“ We were racing all the other competitors but the greatest
competitor was the tide,” Phillips said. “ The Sydney boys reckon
it’s like sailing in a river entrance, and they are probably right.”
The laid triangle course race of 7nm is THE event of the year
for the popular Couta Boat class. It’s the day most owners prepare
methodically for and bring their best crew combinations to, from
Olympic gold medallists, around-the-world yachties and Sydney
Hobart winners to everyday sailors.
Class president James Mighell said afterwards, “ The Portsea
Cup is our big annual race and tends to attract very good sailors
sprinkled across the front end of the fleet. Handicaps get tweaked
with loadings in the morning, depending on which hot sailors are
on which boats. The strong ebb tide added another dimension
Also belying the class’s old school façade is the ultra-modern
practice of on-water umpiring, which sorts out infringements
as they occur rather than later in the protest room, and keeps
things very gentlemanly.
Chief umpire Ben Fels and his colleagues handed out three
penalties, two of which involved Mur iel and David Currie’s Bella,
the latest Couta Boat to be built to an original design by Tim
Phillips’ Wooden Boat Shop at Sorrento.
Phillips is only the third owner of Muriel, his custodianship
spanning 30 years. Before him Andy Johansen’s ownership
stretched a lifetime – 65 years. Phillips knows the story of the
boat’s launch well.
“ The date was March 5, 1917 and the original owner Gus
Johnson was worried he might have to choose between the birth
of his son and celebrating his new pride and joy’s first taste of
saltwater, but he managed to attend the birth of the lad in the
morning and the launch in the afternoon.
“ They were the bitter and divided years. It was a pretty thin
time and there must have been a lot of misery in the papers
about WWI and the deaths on the Somme. They were dark days in
Australia when Muriel was built and launched,” Phillips reminisced.
“ We had a good team on for the Portsea Cup including
Robert Clifford of Incat fame, Chris Maxted who was on Perpetual
Loyal for the Sydney-Hobart and David Ham, a very good Flying
Phillips is one of the Victorian owners committed to trucking
his boat to Sydney in October for the first Couta nationals to be
held outside the state, and he’s hoping for a combined Sydney/
Melbourne fleet of 30.
Second in division 2 was Colin Mitchell’s Rhapsody and third
went to Bernard O’Hanlon’s Mystify which pulled off a daring
port tack start, executed perfectly until a right wind shift foiled
the skipper’s plan to cross in front of all the starboard tackers
and steal the early lead.
Rhys Tucker kept his focus and gained enough speed
advantage with Morning Star in the last leg to wrap up the Division
2 win, beating Mal Bamford’s Harriet and Graham Cunningham’s
Fiona on corrected time. He skippered his father’s Couta and
beat his dad, who was crewing on board Joan, to the finish line.
h Lisa Ratcliff
Centenarian Couta takes out
Gant Portsea Cup
Bella and Muriel
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