Octogenarian sailor’s IRC pennant
Senior Hobart yachtsman Don Calvert, now in his early 80s, yesterday added another pennant to a long and successful local and international career with his Castro 40, Intrigue.
Intrigue won the IRC rating category of the 30 nautical mile Betsey Island race, the last race of the Combined Clubs Long Race Series, to gain a one point overall win from Shaun Tiedeman’s state-of-the-art Sydney 36cr, Philosopher.
Tony Harman’s Masquerade finished third overall, finishing third on corrected time in yesterday’s to Intrigue and Philosopher.
In more than six decades of racing yachts on the River Derwent, and overseas with Intrigue at the 1985 Admiral’s Cup, Calvert has seldom missed out on a coveted season pennant.
Intrigue also won the final Group A race under AMS scoring, but fell just short of taking an overall victory, the series going to Matthew Denholm’s Mumm 30, Cleopatra. Third place overall went to Ian Johnston’s Zephyr.
Zephyr also took out the PHS category for Group A, finishing five points clear of Illusion (David Brett) which had been overall leader going into the final race, but finished 16th yesterday. Third overall was Cleopatra.
Winner of the last race for Group A under PHS scoring was Ciao Baby II (Gary Cripps) from Matthew Keal’s Heatwave and Toby Richardson’s X&Y.
In Group B, the ‘half tonner’ Silicon Ship (Gordon Clark and David Wyatt’s), designed by Tasmanian Walter Knoop, won the AMS category by one point from Stewart Geeves’ Young 88, Footloose. The two boats finished first and second in the final race, with 42 South (Mark Ballard) placing third.
Silicon Ship also placed second overall in Group B (PHS) with the series going to Brian Fleming’s Miss Conduct, third overall to Groove (Will Justo).
Andrew Wise’s Madman’s Woodyard won the final race from Silicon Ship and Miss Conduct.
Only three boats started in Group C, with Steve Mannering steering Camlet Way to first place yesterday and first in the series. Kindred Spirit (Peter Alcock) finished second overall, third place going to Wayatih (Allan Morgan).
In the duel for line honours, Peter Cretan’s Martens 49, Tilt, stamped her role as the fastest offshore racing yacht in Tasmania by beating The Fork in the Road across the line by almost five minutes.
The forecast 10 to 20 knot northerlies were delayed in its arrival on the Derwent, with the 35-boat fleet starting in almost a drifter, a 4-knot easterly breeze which later freshened to a 20-knot northerly with gusts to 31 knots near the Iron Pot.
Because of the light winds at the start, Derwent Sailing Squadron’s race officer Gilbert Leitch reduced the distance for Group 3 to around White Rock, but sent Groups A and B on the full course around Betsey Island, out in Storm Bay and return.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Campbell
9 April 2017