Frontline battle in Winter Race
Eight yachts and their crews braved a real winter’s day for race two of the RYCT’s Hobart BMW Winter Series on the River Derweny today.
A strong and gusty 22-25 knot breeze from the WNW, a mid-morning temperature of around 9 degrees (felt like 5 degrees) and a chilly shower or two greeted the hardy sailors.
Mains were reefed, small jibs hoisted and discretion the order of the day in the gusty breeze.
Honours went to Ian Snape’s Elan S4, Frontline, from Team Wildfire’s Farr 31, Wildfire, after a close duel around the course.
Frontline crossed the finish line 39 seconds ahead of Wildfire, winning the fast race on corrected time by 24 seconds. Third place went to Wargames, Wayne Banks-Smith’s Farr 40.
The RYCT has received a couple more entries for the Winter Series, including Graeme Wood’s Kirribilli, although the former Sydney-based Farr 40 did not race today.
In Germany, Jock Calvert is sixth overall after eight races for the Olympic Finn class at the huge Kieler Woche regatta, He scored a first and a fourth on day one and a fifth place in race seven against in the strong international fleet, his worst results being two 11th places.
Jock is only two places behind Jake Lilley, Australia’s Olympic representative in the Finn single-handed men’s dinghy, who has won two races in this regatta.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photo: Kieler Woche
30 June 2019