Winter Pennants down to the wire

  • August 19, 2016

Wots Next winter race

The RYCT/James Boag Winter Series pennant winners in two of the three divisions will be decided in the fifth and final race on the River Derwent on Sunday, 28 August.

So far four races have been sailed in the RYCT Winter Series, mostly in light to moderate northerly breezes with some sharper and colder gusts coming down from a snow-capped Mount Wellington.

The only certain winner looks to be Tom Stearnes and Alice Grubb’s Big Ted, which leads Division 1 (SB20 class) on PHS scoring by two points from Export Roo (Michael Cooper).

However, the crews of Export Roo and third placed Mind Games (Phil Reid) will be Portugal at the time of the final Winter Race, contesting the SB20 Pre-Worlds and then the World Championship.

In Division 2, Sydney-based Graeme Wood has flown to Hobart to steer his Sydney 47CR Wot’s Next, scoring three wins from three starts.

After race four, Wot’s Next has had three wins from three starts, being a non-starter in race 2.  Going into the final race day Wot’s Next holds a slender pointscore lead from Stewart Geeves’ Footloose and DSS Commodore Steve Chau’s Young Lion, both Young 88s.

Nigel Johnston’s Ingenue has a margin of just a one point in Division 3 after being beaten for the first time this winter in race four.  She sat in a windless hole near the leeward mark while others in the small fleet sailed around her.

Ingenue leads overall by that single point from race four winner Serenity (Graham Hall) with Kindred Spirit (Alastair Douglas) in third place overall.

19 August 2016

Peter Campbell