Cougar II impresses in CYCA Trophy Race

  • February 19, 2015
COUGAR II leaving the harbour during the Start of Rolex Sydney to Hobart race - 26/12/2017 ph. Andrea Francolini

Cougar II is contesting the CYCA Trophy Series this weekend. Photo Andrea Francolini.

Skippered by Royal Yacht of Tasmania member Tony Lyall, the powerful TP52 placed third in IRC Division 1 and ORCi Division 1 and won the PHS division of the 27 nautical mile race in sloppy seas east of the Heads.

Tasmania has two entrants in the Sydney Hobart this, with Rob Fisher’s Helsal 3 entered only in the PHS division of the Boxing Day race.

Cougar II will contest IRC and ORCi handicap divisions with the Tattersalls Cup the perpetual trophy for first overall on corrected time.

Victory in yesterday’ first of two CYCA Trophy Series races went to YachtAustraliapresident Matt Allen’s TP52 Ichi Ban. On corrected time Ichi Ban won IRC Division 1 and ORCi Division 1 by six minutes on corrected from Paul Clitheroe’s Balance, with a further two minutes to Cougar II.

Past CYCA Commodore and expat Tasmanian Howard Piggott cleaned up Division 2, but he is not competing in the Sydney Hobart.

Yesterday’s win does not make it an easier for Allen to decide which boat he will race the 628 nautical mile race to Hobart on Boxing Day, the TP52 Ichi Ban or his Carkeek 60, also named Ichi Ban.

Both are entered in the race and Allen comment after yesterday’s race was “the weather will be the decider in which boat we take toHobart.”

Commenting on yesterday’s race, Allen said:  “Steering upwind was tough, it was lumpy with lots chop – leftovers from last night (southerly front) – and then there was current.

“There were boats coming off waves and skidding off the back of them – there was quite a lot of groundswell,” he adding that offshore the easterly breeze had reached 17-18 knots.

“Some of the interstaters must have been wonderful why they came here – it must have been hard for them.”

Cougar II, with her previous experience of sailing off Sydney Heads in past years, appeared to handle the conditions well, auguring well for a good Hobart Race result for the Tasmanians,

Peter Campbell

13 December 2015