‘Fantastic’ start to winter racing
‘Fantastic is RYCT sailing manager Nick Hutton’s description of the club’s Hobart BMW Winter Series opening race last Sunday.
“A good fleet, lots of sunshine and a 15-18 knot northerly breeze on the Derwent,” Hutton said.
Significantly, it also saw the introduction of a pursuit or ‘stern chaser’ format for the RYCT’s winter racing, with Hutton delighted at the outcome.
“Most of the fleet crossed the finish line within a few minutes, which is what we aim for in a pursuit race….and there many happy faces back at the club,” he added.
First home, and overall winner, was Peter Alcock’s Mottle 33 Kindred Spirit, just 32 seconds ahead of Serenity (Graham Hall) with another 16 seconds to Off-Piste (Paul Einoder).
Close astern came Rumbeat (Justin Barr), Wildfire (Team Wildfire), North Sails (Stephen MCullum), Frontline (Ian Snape) and Wargames, only two minutes and 48 seconds astern of the winner.
“Everyone started at their correct time and we saw some close racing in a good, steady breeze,” Hutton added.
Sunday’s fleet included the former Sydney yacht Black Sheep, helmed by Rob Gourlay in its first pennant race on the Derwent. Black Sheep was bought after it completed the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart in which it finished second in ORCi division 3.
Black Sheep is a Beneteau 45 designed by Philippe Briand and built in France.
The next RYCT/Hobart BMW Winter Race will be on Sunday, 1 July.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Campbell and Andrea Francolini
Black Sheep has joined the Derwent fleet…pictured here racing on Sydney Harbour.[/capt
5 June 2018