Bruny Island Race double to Off-Piste
In the early hours of this morning, Paul Einoder’s Off-Piste crossed the finish line of the 89 nautical mile Bruny Island Yacht Race, 14th and last in fleet. soon after, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania declared the Beneteau Oceanis 34 the winner of both the AMS and PHS categories of this historic circumnavigation of Bruny Island, south of Hobart race, first sailed 120 years ago,
The third category, IRC, has gone to 2018 Australian Yachting Championship winner Philosopher, Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36cr.
Off-Piste finished at 01:32:58 hours to win the PHS category from Stewart Geeves’ Young 88 Footloose which finished 13th in fleet, less than two and a half minutes ahead of the lower rating Off-Piste.
Third place went to another smaller boat, John Dryden’s Prion.
In the AMS category, Off-Piste and Footloose, again placed first and second with third place going to Philosopher which placed fifth in fleet.
Riding home on a strong sou’wester late last night, Off-Piste and the other smaller boats finished less than four after line honours winner Oskana, Michael Pritchard’s Cookson 50.
On corrected times, Oskana placed last in all three handicap categories, her elapsed time being 12 hours 11 minutes and 04 seconds.
Oskana finished only six seconds ahead of The Fork in the Road (Gary Smith) with Crusader, Scott Sharp’s Melges 32, third, followed by the Far 40 Peregrine (David Stephenson) and Don Calvert’s Castro 40 Intrigue.
Philosopher won the IRC category by just seven seconds on corrected time from David Aplin’s MBD36, the two 36-footers duelling all the way around the island. Off-Piste placed third in IRC.
The fleet enjoyed a spinnaker run from the Saturday morning start down the Derwent and the rugged seaward side of Bruny Island before passing the South Bruny lighthouse to enter the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, with a light south-wester picking them up off Partridge Island.
At the top end of the Channel, dark and sharp rain and thunder squalls hit the fleet several times sending the wind ‘up in the air’ and about the time Oskana finished a hard squall with gusts of 40 knots came roaring in.
Two boats had retired earlier, Groove with a broken mast and Haphazard with a torn mainsail.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos; Penny Conacher, Colleen Darcey, Peter Campbell
11 February 2018