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A stiff and gusty westerly meant a quick romp around the
Sydney Harbour race course and back to the Cruising Yacht Club
of Australia in time to celebrate Mother’s Day after Race 3 of the
Land Rover Winter Series on 10 May.
Winds whipped up as gusts swept the Harbour in the icy
conditions, giving crews the solid practice they will need ahead
of the upcoming offshore season which will be heralded by the
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in late July.
“ That was our first winter westerly and it was quite blowy,”
PRO Denis Thompson remarked from the start boat. “I saw one
gust of about 28 knots, but mostly the wind was in the 18-22 knot
region, which of course produced a few broaches and breakages.
“ We had a decent turnout – nearly 100 boats – considering
the forecast heavy winds and it being Mother’s Day.
Ray Roberts (OneSails Racing) started as back marker in
Division A1, but he came through to win beating Damien Parkes’
Judel/ Vrolijk 52, Duende, by
just 15 seconds once the
handicaps were applied.
The perennial Jutson maxi,
Brindabella (Jim Cooney),
took third place, 48 seconds
adrift of Duende.
John Anet sailed his
Archambault 31, Precision, to
victory in Division E, giving
the rest of his division a
pasting. Precision is best
known to most as Aroona,
which as a new boat finished
runner-up in division at
the 2010 Australian IRC
Championship, missing the
win by one point.
“ We pretty much had
the race to ourselves. The
crew sailed well – the boat
is a bit of a handful, but it
sails well. We saw one gust
of 30 knots, but mostly the breeze averaged around 20 knots.
We had our moments in those conditions, but we didn’t break
anything,” Anet commented after the race.
Nearest rival, John Santifort’s Hick 30 Carats N Kilos, was
three minutes and 42 seconds behind on corrected time. Tim
Ryan’s James, runner-up at the J70 NSW Championship in March,
rounded out the top three.
The day was tailor-made for the older heavyweight heavy
hitters and those boats did not disappoint.
In Division F, Doug Sturrock and his crew on Windflyt pulled out
all stops to hold off Greg Mason and Barb Maunsell’s Davidson
37 Cruiser, Sinewave to claim victory. Sturrock, of Sturrock’s
Chandlery, made the best of the big conditions with his Des
Townson 11 metre wooden boat.
“ We did a Steven Bradbury really,” Sturrock said. Double Trouble
went to the wrong mark and handed us the win – thank you Steve
Wyatt,” he said, referring to Double Trouble’s ow ne r.
“I was lucky to have ‘Killer’ (Lee Killingworth) on board. I
couldn’t have done it without him. It also helped having my young
nephew Anthony aboard to do the bow duties. He’s six feet five
and full of muscle,” Sturrock said.
Other winners were: Division A2 – Kerisma (Matt Wilkinson/
Andrew Wyllie); Division B – Nocturne (Gerard Kesby); Division
C – Quetzalcoatl (Antony Sweetapple/Anthony Bruce /James Lee-
Warner); Division D – Soundtrack (John Amos); Division J1 – Reve
(Kevin Whelan); Division J2 – Lorelei (Matthew Farr). h
Lachlan Irwin’s Clewless? performs an immaculate kite drop in
gusty conditions on Sydney Harbour ahead of Peter Langman’s
Noakes White and Markos & Delaney’s Eye Appeal.
Winter Series competitors
duke it out in wild and
Doug Sturrock and his crew on
Windflyt pulled out all stops to hold
off Mason & Maunsell’s Davidson 37
Cruiser, Sinewave to win Division F.
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