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After six days of sublime sunshine
and sailing at Sail Port Stephens, a wild
westerly on Sunday 15 April put paid to any
further racing across all divisions, leaving
overnight results standing.
The AP flag was hoisted at 9am and
at 12.15pm, the siren’s mournful wail was
dispersed by winds gusting to 39 knots.
A freak storm front also wrought
havoc on Saturday night, with 60-knot
gusts accompanied by horizontal hail and
lightning. Mast-top instruments bore the
full brunt while stray sails and gear were
Luckiest of all was Wild Oats X which,
with its 4.5-metre draft, was awaiting the
tide to enter The Anchorage Marina. The
crew saw menacing green-tinged clouds
approaching and made a dash for the
harbour with minutes to spare, bumping
the keel but sustaining no damage.
It was a slightly sour end to a sweet
day of sailing aboard Oats, which blitzed
the Broughton Island race to cross the
line 10mins clear of Marcus Blackmore’s
latest TP52 Hooligan. Navigator Adrienne
Cahalan noted that the 30-mile course,
which also weaves through the three
islands off Port Stephens Heads, presented
numerous challenges for the canting-
Of the four races sailed in IRC, Hooligan
won three and took third in the other to
wrest the NSW Championship title from
last year’s winner, the TP52 RKO. Despite
the dominance, they were only 1.5pts
clear of Tony Kirby’s Patrice, which won
the opening race, had a rare dead-heat
with Celestial in Race 2, then posted two
While disappointed that Ichi Ban, a
more recent incarnation of the Botin hull,
couldn’t make the regatta, Blackmore was
rapt with the performance of his recent
purchase, formerly A zzura.
Blackmore was proud and appreciative
of his crew.
“ The old adage applies, a champion
team will beat a team of champions.
Sure, I’ve got some champions on the
boat but that doesn’t detract from the
team effort – some of these guys have
been with me for 15 years or more on all
kinds of boats.
Nine Dragon’s skipper Bob Cox
successfully defended his Division 2 title,
to hold off Gerry Hatton’s Bushranger and
Joe De Kock’s stock-standard Farr 40 OD
“ It was lovely to see Hooligan accelerate
from the line, and I promised the crew that
I’d buy one if I won the lottery,” Cox joked.
The new NSW champions in the Super
12s are the Ker 40 Showtime, for Division 1,
and the Melges 32 Tow Tr uck in Division
2 after three passage races were staged.
“Our boat was in full one-design mode
but it’s very quick in the light stuff and
we can keep up with the bigger boats.
We had a great team on board that just
kept pushing,” Tow Truck skipper Anthony
Paterson favours the Super 12s
handicapping system over PHS but, as a
skipper of a smaller entry, would prefer to
see the divisional length capped at 40-feet.
“Once you get above 40 it changes the
dynamic,” he added.
On the Performance Racing podium
were the Archambault A32 Esprit, Sydney
38 Challenge and Salona 38 Sticky.
X43 Quest 3 took Performance Cruising
Division 1 honours by one point from the
Sydney 36 Amante. Equal on 14pts were
Peter Byford’s Jeanneau 469 SO L’ E s p r i t and
Rob Aldis’s Kayimai, with L’ E s p r i t winning
Newcastle’s Tim Gleeson won Division
2 aboard Summersalt, despite not winning
a race. Second was the Jeanneau Sunfast
3200 Steadfast, from Swan 48 Sumatra.
In the Australian Sports Boat fleet,
Andrew York, with crew Freddo Kasparek
and Andy Maher, successfully defended
their national title in Reo Speedwagon by
claiming two of the four races. In second
place was the J70 Juno skippered by Reg
Lord, a first timer at Sail Port Stephens
Dates for Sail Port Stephens 2019 are
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