|Place||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||T ahc|
|1||7155||CHUTNEY MARY||Trevor Bailey||16.0|
|2||3878||YOUNGER GENERATION||Sarah Ellis||12.0|
|7||70||THE GREEN BOAT||Rod Tanks||15.0|
|9||RPAYC8||RPAYC YOUTH PROGRAMS||Will Dennis||18.0|
Higgins takes out title with a day to spare.
It seems that all our headlines include the word 'Higgins', however with two heats yet to be sailed in the Musto Melges 24 Nationals at Port Lincoln, Sandy Higgins and his team on Scorpius is now certain to take the championship.
With eight heats completed, Scorpius has recorded five wins and a second.
With a 12 to 15-knot breeze from the southeast this afternoon, Higgins started strongly in the first race of the day, crossing the finish line 25 seconds ahead of second-placed Kraken (David Young, NSW) and Rank Bajin (Doug Watson, SA) to assert his dominance over the 12-boat fleet.
Fancied contender Robbie Deussen, in Red Mist, and defending champion Andy Wharton of NSW (Accrewed Interest) were both OCS and had to fight back to finish eighth and tenth in the heat respectively.
With two drops available after the start of tomorrow’s ninth heat, Higgins looks unlikely at this point to be outclassed, in what has been a strong and closely-fought fleet.
After a general recall and no doubt spurred by the disappointment of breaking the line in race one of the day, Deussen came back with a vengeance in the seventh heat to win.
Deussen beat out fellow former Sharpie national champion, SA’s David Royle in Outlier, who had led around the bottom mark and was first at the top mark the second time, only for Red Mist to steal the lead.
Dave Alexander in The Farm was third, followed by Higgins who doggedly held on for fourth.
The 5.5 metre class is one of the only development classes in international competition. It remains a true thoroughbred in round-the-buoys racing. Close racing between yachts of varying design has proven the formula as an effective yardstick of yacht performance. Within Australia the Sydney fleet comprises numerous active boats in regular competition. The Australian Gold and Silver Cup being the annual highlight.
The fleet comprises of:
|Antares||Anna & Martin Cross|
|Baragoola||Jason Antill & Thomas Spithill|
|Plan B Redux||Hendrick Visser|
Club Coach Thomas Spithill will be competing on the boat he part owns, Baragoola, built in 1968, a Briton Chance design. "It's certainly going to be a great regatta. The boats are very enjoyable to sail and good to admire racing on Pittwater as one. Each boat has its own unique story and history. The boats ages range from 1960 - 2010, yet are still very competitive against eachother. The Class has a huge following in Europe and we are hoping to see the Worlds hosted at RPAYC in 2020, fingers crossed", said an emotional Tom Spithill. Baragoola is also the 2017 defending Australian Champion.
Installation works on the front entrance breezeway are underway and will see access through the main clubhouse doors closed between 0700hrs Monday 26 February to Wednesday 28 February 12 noon. Temporary acces to the clubhouse building will be via the blue pathway adjacent the breezeway that opens onto the Terrace. On Thursday 1st March, the jibrock setters / painters will be back to complete works.
Guests to the club will be required to sign in at the desk located opposite the Regatta Office. Access to reception and the office will be via Halyards.
POSTPONED: Concrete works to the pedestrian pathway at the Club main entrance and down in front of the tenant building are scheduled for 0700 Monday 26th February. Contractors will be onsite to remove all the broken pavers in front of the Tenant building in preparation for a concrete pour on Tuesday 27th, the centre garden area will be opened to allow parking for visitors to the tenants building, the carparks in front of the tenant building will remain closed to cars for 2 weeks to allow the concrete to cure. Road plates will be layed at the top of the ramp down to Greenpoint so access can remain. Reminder that there will be no vechicle access to the Greenpoint Hardstand from 0700 Monday 26th February until Wednesday 28th February to allow for these works.
Iain Murray’s Northern Havoc sailing for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Chris Hampton’s Tango from Brighton, Victoria, maintained the rage to finish first and second at the 2018 Etchells NSW title sailed on Sydney Harbour in superb conditions.
“We’ve had lovely nor’easters for the past two days and quite strong ebb tides which really opened the race course and the opportunities, and you could see this in the scores,” Murray commented. “You had to get a good start and get up that first beat. It wasn’t easy. We had some good races and some less so - in the end our tough races weren’t as tough as for others.”
20th 2107 Racing – Jason Antill and Dave Taylor
25th Seawings – Tom Brewer
26th Pam – Will Dargaville (Pictured above, Credit Andrea Francolini).
28th Whisper – Mal Parker
Murray and Hampton finished day one Captain and Commander respectively, and that’s how the final series scores panned out, just a single point separating the two front-runners after three days of hard grind hosted by the Sydney Etchells fleet.
“Iain and his crew really won the regatta on Saturday when they carried on with a broken backstay in the second race and then with a jury-rigged set-up posted a good score in race 6,” said Sydney Etchells Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin adding, “That performance really underlined how well they sailed”.
Martin Hill’s Lisa Rose moved into third overall from a 40-boat fleet representing NSW, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. Hill is spreading himself across two classes approaching the season-end; the Farr 40 nationals next month at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron as skipper of HillPDA Racing and the 2018 Etchells World Championship.
“This was our first regatta as a team on the new boat and we are building up to do as well as we can at the Brisbane worlds in October we’ve luckily already qualified for,” said tactician David Chapman. “We have a three-year campaign planned and we are trying to work out the best crew fit. Martin steers, Julian Plante’s on main and he used to steer, I’m doing tactics and I used to do main and Mark Langford is on the bow.
“In two weeks we are going to defend our Etchells NZ National Championship title, then we’ll do the Victorian States and then we are ramping up for the world championship at RQYS. We’ve committed to next year’s worlds in Texas then Fremantle the year after. After that Martin will decide whether he’s happy to continue; as he says, ‘it’s the best fleet in the world’,” Chapman added.
Day 1 video https://youtu.be/k0BebdIz7y8
Three races into the 2018 Etchells NSW Championship and the 1984 class world champion Iain Murray and one of his crew from that campaign lead the series and an A-grade fleet.
Each race produced a different top three on day one, Friday February 16, 2018, sailed in average 15 knot sou’easters on Sydney Harbour under the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Sydney Etchells fleet banner.
Murray’s Northern Havoc leads Chris Hampton’s Tango, the defending NSW champion from Victoria, and Tom King’s Iron Lotus, another former world championship heavyweight.
“We had a good day considering we started with a recall in race one,” Murray said. “The sou’easter was pretty gusty giving quite a lot of opportunities for shifts. There’s plenty of golf left in this game.
“Paul Westlake was one of my winning crew in 1984 so other than the odd day yacht here and there it’s been 34 years between drinks.” Grant Simmer will replace Westlake when it comes to Murray’s final world championship line-up, with Richie Allanson the third crew member. “Richie and I are two peas in a pod,” the Australian Sailing performance director added.
Hampton hasn’t reached the heights of world champion yet, but he’s managed some noteworthy class results and on debut at the state title was well placed among the talent pool he says goes very deep.
“Our results improved as the day went on; we don’t have any local knowledge and having an island at the top end of the course was a new experience for us, and a bit of a handicap for the visitors. Our boat speed was good and we could hold lanes. We are on a worlds campaign taking in the major regattas and we’ll just keep pushing on.”
Second in race one was Peter Alexander, a popular four-decade long Etchells veteran whose nickname is Pierre le Grand and boat name is Tonic. Explaining the moniker he says: “I had previously used long names and wanted a short name that was not serious, so Tonic, as in life not the drink with Gin, filled the brief.”
The Australian Etchells fleet is edging towards a world championship in Brisbane and the NSW title regatta on Sydney Harbour this weekend is an important opportunity for those crews with a worlds challenge brewing to test their mettle against some of the class’ best.
Four Queensland entries plus one each from Victoria and Western Australia are making the journey to join the majority NSW contingent in the three-day regatta, February 16-18, hosted by the Sydney Etchells fleet out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
A strong fleet of 41 Etchells will commence their NSW title contest on Friday, among them many former national champions and a number of world-beaters, in the popular one design class that’s been around since the 1960s and according to Queenslander Matt Chew “has always been cool”.
Representing The RPAYC Pitwater Fleet is: Seawings, Tom Brewer; Fliration, Matt Crawford; Whisper II, Bruce Ferguson; 2107 Racing, Jason Antil; Pam, Will Dargaville; Whisper, Malcolm Parker.
For Gen XY skipper Chew and his crew Ashley Deeks, Ben Vercoe and Brian Donovan, the NSW title marks the start of their run towards a home world championship at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in October.
“We have kept training pretty low key and now we are doing the NSW event and then the Victorian championship. We are ramping up and planning to peak at the end. We’ll see; we are trying to time our run to the worlds,” Chew said.
On the cool factor he reckons: “Etchells have always been cool. I sail all the foiling boats but there’s something about coming back to an Etchells that levels the field. In other classes it’s about athleticism but with Etchells it’s who picks the wind. It’s very pure and simple; I think that’s why a lot of pro sailors come back to the class, to measure themselves against their peers.”
Tuesday 13th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Leonard Takahashi and his RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team crew of Josh Wijohn, Taylor Balogh, Ibuki Koizumi and George Lee Rush have taken out the 2018 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
Skippers were greeted by another rainy Auckland day this morning, which was fitting seeing as the majority of the regatta was sailed in wet weather, but this didn’t stop our four keen semi-finalists from taking to the water.
James Wilson from the RNZYS Youth Training Programme was the top seed heading into the finals so it was his choice on who he would sail against in the Semi-Finals. Wilson selected Finn Tapper from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which left Takahashi taking on Jordan Stevenson (RNZYS YTP) in the other semi-final.
Wilson, who came back from being two-nil down in the quarterfinals, found himself in another ding dong battle - this time against Tapper - that saw some extremely tight racing and provided another nervous final that came right down the final match. With the scores tied two each, it was all on in the final match but the local boy Wilson managed to find his form and keep his composure to win and book himself a spot in the grand finale. “I was pretty worried aye, it was almost a repeat of our quarterfinal. We were doing well in the pre-starts but we kept making mistakes up the course. In the fourth match we could have really finished it off but we didn’t, then the fifth race was really close, there were heaps of penalties and flags flying up and down but we were stoked to get over the line and make the final.”
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