After four quick races offshore on day one of the Farr 40 Australia One Design Trophy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Tom and Alan Quick’s Outlaw team are Boat of the Day after scoring two bullets and two third places.
Skipper, Tom Quick was pleased with today’s result. “It was a great team effort today. The Double Black guys were jumping all over us in the last race defending their lead with enthusiasm. It was tricky conditions in the chop but we came out on top, just. We will enjoy tonight’s beach party and look forward to hopefully getting some racing in tomorrow.”
Quick added, “A quick shout out to Jason and Mary King and the SolYmar team who sailed brilliantly today, given they were two crew short and minus a tactician. Great effort”.
MHYC PRO Phil Yeomans ran four efficient races today off Harbord Diggers with an average of 10-12 knots, dropping to 8-9 knots. With tomorrow’s forecast in mind the PRO said, “We wanted to get four races in today and get a result in preparation for the southerly change overnight. Whilst the Class doesn’t have an official wind limit, we’ve always pulled the pin when winds get over 25 knots.”
The men in black from Melbourne had a great day on the water scoring a 1-4-3-1 placing them in second place, just one point behind regatta leader Outlaw. Double Black Skipper Rob Pitts was pleased with the result. “We are stoked with today’s result. Winning the first race gave us a sense of confidence and we had great consistent upwind sailing in a tricky sea state. Our tactician Joe Turner did a great job and the team all sailed above the line today, so well done guys”.
The Melbourne and Sydney based builder has been racing his Farr 40 in Sydney for three years and enjoys the camaraderie of the Class. “I love the Farr 40 Class. We have such a great bunch of owners and crew and it’s always so well organised. All teams are downstairs now at the Beach Party and we couldn’t ask for more. The staff at MHYC are wonderful and always make us feel so welcome.”
Australian Class President Gordon Ketelbey and the Zen crew have just arrived back in Sydney from the Farr 40 Worlds in Chicago. The competitive racing against the international fleet resulted in some consistency today with the team scoring three seconds and a fifth, placing them in third place overall at the end of day one.
Janey Treleaven’s Finn was a late scratching due to the newly appointed CYCA Rear Commodore’s involvement in the Invictus Games, leaving just six boats to battle it out and take the lead at the first pointscore regatta of the season. Tomorrow’s racing will commence at 11am inside the harbour.
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Congratulations to the skippers and crews of Zen and Edake, who have finished 2nd and 3rd in the Farr 40 World Championships Corinthian Division.
Eleven races were contested by a quality fleet of 14 boats, with 10 in the the Corinthian fleet.
Gordon Ketelbey's Zen finished 6th overall and Jeff Carter's Edake 7th.
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As the class season opener, the Farr 40 Social Regatta was held at Middle Harbour Yacht Club this weekend.
Five Farr 40 teams race a long offshore course on Saturday in conjunction with the CYCA SOPS race. Today it was inshore for three windward-leewards.
With two race wins, Tom Quick's Outlaw built a three point lead to win the regatta from Exiole (Rob Reynolds) and Double Black (Rob Pitts).
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Day Two photos by Jen Hughes
By Jennie Hughes
Farr 40 Australia Class Administrator
8 October 2018
Edake wins first race of Day 3
At the end of yesterday’s sailing, the Chicago Yacht Club race committee protested US boat Norboy in race 5 for a roll infringement in the zone resulting in a 10% penalty, allowing Zen to move back into the Corinthian leader position of the 2018 Farr 40 World Championships in Chicago. Unfortunately, Gordon Ketelbey’s team were unable to hold onto their lead after two races today, the third race suspended due to unstable winds.
Jeff Carter and the Edake crew won the first race of the day in style and whilst the Corinthian gap is narrowing, the consistency of the professional boats is paying off and the top four have a good lead going into the final day of racing tomorrow. Plenty is in first place on joint points with Struntje Light, Enfant Terrible is in third and Flash Gordon in fourth.
Carter is pleased to be back in the mix going into the final day of racing. “Following on from our third place in race 6 yesterday, we were happy to go out today and get ourselves a good start. We were sixth around the top mark on the first leg and most of the boats went to the left. We went right to keep our air clear and were in second position, just behind Struntje. Jud (Smith) picked the shifts on the first downhill leg very well and we maintained our position to the top mark and then on the next leg downhill we knew it was going to be difficult to keep the pro boats at bay. We continued to work the boat hard and were able to cross Struntje and beat them over the line for first place. We are very happy to make up some points from yesterday.”
Carter added, “We got a good start at the pin end of the second race and were forced to be on the left side of the course, with four other boats holding us back from tacking. Unfortunately, the wind shifted right over 40 degrees which meant game over for us and the other three boats on the left side. We were surprised with such a wind shift. We are really looking forward to getting three races completed tomorrow with clean starts and hope to continue decreasing the sizable deficit to the other two Corinthian boats. We have the speed and crew ability to do it. “
Corinthian leaders Norboy, Zen and Edake will battle it out tomorrow for the Corinthian Trophy. Farr 40 Class President, Leif Sigmond’s Norboy is four points ahead of Zen and Edake has made it into the top half of the fleet in seventh position.
It was a much warmer day today on Lake Michigan with no rain and the lighter, shifty winds of 10-12 knots.
Racing commences at 10.30am tomorrow, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 on Lake Michigan, Chicago.
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Saturday 22 September was a busy day for the MHYC Race Management Team with three courses and multiple events.
Race Officer Steve Tucker and the MHYC team aboard Hugh George started the CYCA Short Ocean Pointscore and Short Haul races shortly after noon with the crew of Leah Tash laying the course offshore. The MHYC Ocean Pointscore and race 1 of the Farr 40 Social Regatta was run in conjunction with the SOPS series.
Inshore, RO Toby Gursanscky and his team on Sandpiper ran the Short Series race 1 for Divisions 1 & 2 and race 3 of the Adams 10 Spring Series.
Meanwhile, the Saturday Social Sailors race was started and finished at the clubhouse.
In the MHYC Ocean Series race, Nine Dragons (Bob Cox) claimed the Div 1 win, with Stormaway (Jack Stening & Colin Gunn) at the top of Div 2. Justadash and Wailea claimed the PHS honours for Divs 1 & 2.
Sirius (Garth Riley) won the Adams 10 race on PHS, but the best finishers in the all important One Design score were Powderhulk (Patrick Delany) followed by Rock Solid (Mitch Miller) and KickNChase (Rob Clarke & Anthoiny Poiner).
Mike Loga's Thirlmere won the Div 1 Short Series race and Waterborne Again (Marc & Oloff Trmop) took out Div 2. Innamincka (John Crawford) was the first J-24 to finish, claiming the One Design prize.
Nashira (Evan Hodge) won the Saturday Social Sailors race.
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Photos from the Short Ocean Pointscore Race by Marg Fraser-Martin and Allan Coker
Tony Levett's TSA Management & Charles Caskey's Perception have come out on top this Wednesday with the Yacht Sales Australia Non-Spinnaker Pursuit sailed in light and variable conditions. With a north-easterly that came and went throughout the afternoon, the course was shortened at Edwards Beach in order to get all boats finished inside the time limit of 4.30pm.
The Division 1 podium was TSA Management from Exile (Rob Reynolds) and Philosophers (Peter Sorensen), while in Division 2 it was Perception ahead of Lumine Lunae (Kim Darling) and Another Dilemma (Jim Vaughan). The fastest Adams 10 on elapsed time was Lumine Lunae.
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Thankyou to Marg Fraser-Martin for the photos...
Middle Harbour Yacht Club is gearing up for the 41st edition of the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC).
The first major keelboat regatta for the season, the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship will be held over the weekend of November 24 & 25 in conjunction with the Super 12 Spring Regatta and Seven Islands Race inshore. A strong field of TP52 and IRC boats are expected to make this year’s offshore program very exciting.
The Notice of Race has been published and online entry is now open via the event website.
Kicking off with the SSORC in November, an exciting new TP52 series will also include MHYC’s Sydney Harbour Regatta as round two, with the final round in Newcastle in March.
The TP52 owners group has appointed Terry Wetton to manage the class locally, including the new series of three regattas and a transparent rating system to deliver competitive racing for boats of varying ages.
“TP52s are a premier grand prix racing class worldwide, with thirteen boats currently being actively campaigned in Australia. The new series brings the best of the best together for some highly competitive racing on both short windward-leeward courses and coastal passages,” said Terry.
“We are especially looking forward to the passage race on the Saturday of SSORC. With eight to ten TP52s jostling for a good start in the harbour should make this a great spectacle,” he said.
Eight TP52 owners have confirmed for the SSORC, including Matt Allen and Ichi Ban, Marcus Blackmore with Hooligan, Sam Haynes’ Celestial and Nick Martin’s Frantic. Gordon Ketelbey is hoping his new boat Zen (ex Scorcher) will be ready in time for racing in November.
The IRC divisions are also expected to provide some close competition for the Saturday passage race and the three windward-leeward races scheduled on the Sunday.
Paul Clitheroe’s Balance claimed the Division 1 IRC prize in 2017, but will be racing in the TP52 fleet this year. The DK46 Khaleesi (Andrew & Pauline Dally) and Steven Proud’s Kernan 44 Swish will have aspirations for the trophy this year. Peter Byford & David Hudson, with their Sydney 38 Conspiracy, will be looking at turning the tables on last year’s winner Stormaway (Jack Stening) in IRC Division 2.
MHYC members Gordon Ketelbey and Geoff Carter, along with the crews of Zen and Edake, are at the Farr 40 Worlds in the USA.
Chicago Yacht Club is hosting the Pre-Worlds Regatta on October 3-4 ahead of the World Championships from October 6-9.
After two races on the first day of the Pre-Worlds, Zen is 4th Overall and 1st Corinthian while Edake is 8th Overall and 4th Corinthian.
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The 2018 Waitangi Cup Interstate Challenge for the Adams 10 class will be sailed at Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) over the weekend of October 20 & 21, 2018.
A Teams Racing event governed by RRS Appendix D, the schedule of eight windward-leeward races will be umpired. Up to 4 boats will be provided for each team, with a draw will be conducted for the allocation of boats.
Race documents and further information are available on the event webpage - click here
Archie Cropley & Max Paul have won the NSW Youth Championships in the 29er class.
Organised by Australian Sailing and hosted by South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club, the Championships were held over the Labour Day weekend September 29 through October 1. The event attracted 430 competitors with 332 boats of 12 classes. Nine races were held for the 29ers over the three day regatta.
Archie & Max finished 11 points clear at the top of the results table for 26 boats in the 29er fleet. MHYC sailors were on 7 boats in the top 15. Lachie Brewer & Flynn Twomey were 3rd overall, Zoe Dransfield & Jack Luketina 5th, Hugo & Darin Taranto 10th, John-Mark Paul & Martyn Oliver 11th, Grace Powers & Conor Weare 12th and Max Giffney & Kieran Bucktin finished 13th. Well done to all.
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The Annual Skipper’s Briefing will be held on Thursday evening next week September 20.
It is mandatory for a representative from each boat to attend.
This important session will include a briefing from NSW Roads & Maritime Services, on-water emergency procedures, updates to the Australian Sailing Special Regulations and the 2018-2019 racing program. It is a must-attend event for the skippers (or a representative) of all MHYC yachts.
The briefing will be held in the Harbour View Room at 7pm. Come along earlier to enjoy dinner beforehand.
Skippers & Crew Meet and Greet
Looking for crew for the new season? Looking for a crew position? MHYC has arranged a Meet and Greet evening for sailors looking for a crew position on a MHYC Yacht.
The Meet & Greet will be held in the Harbour View Room on Thursday 27th September at 7pm.
Skippers seeking crew for the season will be present so potential crew can meet the skippers and ask further questions. Skippers looking for crew will address the meeting outlining the program for their yacht this season and give an indication of the type of crew they are seeking. The crew can then ask questions of the skipper presenting to make sure they understand what is being sought. After the presentations, the skippers and crew can meet one on one over a drink in the bar.