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Beau Geste and JustADash have cleaned
up Division 1 and 2 respectively at the 39th
Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship
(SSORC) hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht
Club from 26-27 November, each winning
all three races.
Hong Kong businessman Kwok and
his Team Beau Geste, representing Royal
New Zealand Yacht Squadron won all three
Division 1 races from fellow TP52, RKO
(Aaron Rowe). Bob Cox vastly improved
on his first day seventh to move up to
Phil Dash, at the helm of his Beneteau
First 40, JustADash, also won all three
Division 2 races, beating the Matt
Wilkinson skippered Farr 30, Foreign
Affair and Philosophers, skippered by Peter
Dash sailed his usual exemplary
regatta, in fact this is the fourth straight
year he has won Division 2 at the SSORC.
The two Premier divisions sailed a
two-lap windward/leeward course and
then a triangle and windward/leeward race
off South Head to finish off the regatta.
JustADash was good across all ranges of
“It was very lumpy – leftovers from
yesterday’s north-easterly breeze and
choppy – because of the south/easterly
that clocked further east as the day went
on,” Dash said.
“ The first race was easier for us – 14-
16 knots, but when it lightened to 12-14
knots, we struggled, as we tend to do in
“ The guys did a good job. We had Foreign
Affair chasing us all day and the bigger
boats ahead of us. We had to work hard
to hold our time,” Dash ended.
FARR 40 WIN TO EDAKE
MHYC member Jeff Carter and his
crew were at the top of their game with
Edake, claiming the Farr 40 component of
the SSORC. Carter defeated his nearest
rivals, Zen (Gordon Ketelbey) and Double
Black (Rob Pitts) for the top spot.
Finishes were a lot closer than the
scores indicate – six seconds was all that
came between Edake and Zen in Race 1;
Edake lost Race 2 by eight seconds to Exile
etc – the difference being that Edake won
three, placed second in two and finished
fourth in the final windward/leeward race,
whereas the rest of the fleet did not sail
“ Yeah, that final race, we didn’t even
need to sail, but we wanted to compete.
We started aggressively, but were OCS’d,
so it took us a bit to get back into it,” Carter
“It was hard steering because of the
south-easterly swell. The crew were yelling
‘ too low and too high’. The south-easterly
to easterly breeze wasn’t easy either; at
the start of racing it was 14-15 knots, but
dropped to 10-11 knots.
“Hats off to the guys who came up
from Melbourne; Double Black and Nutcracker
(Rob Davis/Andy Baker). We’ll have at least
10 boats at our next regatta at Pittwater,
including these two,” Carter ended.
LITTLE NICO PIPS EASY TIGER
III FOR SUPER 12S TROPHY
Adrian Walters’ Shaw 11 metre, Little
Nico, edged out Chris Way’s Melges 32, Easy
Tiger III by half a point to win the Super 12s
trophy at the SSORC. Rod Jones was third
with Machiatto, but the Queenslander fell
out of contention for the top prize after
blowing up a runner block in Saturday’s
Race 4. It cost him dearly.
The fleet traced the 7 Islands Race
course taking in some of Sydney’s most
famous small islands, both sides of the
Harbour Bridge. However, they had a heart-
stopping scratch start off MHYC – no room
for mistakes in such a narrow channel.
One of Walters’ crew, Mitch White,
said it is a credit to the Super 12s
handicapping system that disparate boats
with bowsprits, measuring between 30 and
40 feet, could finish a race with exactly
the same time after their handicaps were
“Look at the top two finishers point
difference – and at Race 3 yesterday, when
Machiatto (an MC31) and Easy Tiger ended
up with exactly the same finish time. The
Super 12s are exciting, sailing outside their
usual events, especially in heavier winds.”
Full results at <www.ssorc .mhyc.
h Di Pearson
Kwok and Dash clean up IRC
at Sydney Short Ocean Racing
Super 12s Little Nico and Orbit.
No headaches on Farr 40 winner Edake.
Team Beau Geste.
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