‘Gun boat’ War Games wins the battle

  • September 4, 2018

Wayne Banks-Smith’s Farr 40 War Games lived up to expectations – and her name – as ‘gun boat’ in the RYCT’s Hobart BMW Winter Series which ended last Sunday.
War Games sailed through the fleet on a perfect Spring morning to win race five, finally overtaking the scratch boat, Peter Alcock’s Mottle 33, Kindred Spirit.
This gave the DSS-based Farr 40 three wins out of five races, the others being a race one eighth and a third in race three for a score of 14 points.
Overall runner-up was Justin Barr’s Rumbeat on 22 points from placings of 4-6-4-4-4, with Team Wildfire’s Wildfire third on 23 points (5-11-1-3-3).
Kindred Spirit’s best races were a win in the first and second in the last race to end up fifth overall.

Black Sheep’s new owners have used the WInter Series to prepare for this year’s Sydney Hobart.

The new ‘stern chaser’ format for this year’s Hobart BMW Winter Series proved a most successful change, achieving keen competition and close finishes – and providing some handy prizemoney for the successful crews.
The sponsor, Hobart BMW, put up $500 ($300 for first, $200 for second and $100 cash) for each of the five races, a total of $3000.
“The handicap starts off Castray went well for race officers and for competitors, with positive feedback from owners and crews,” sailing manager Nick Hutton commented after final race in early September.
“Even though fleet numbers dropped off on the colder days from the total entry of 18 boats, the competition was keen and the handicap starts produced close finishes.”

Wildfire, third overall in WInter Series.

Throughout the five races there were three different winners and eight different boats were in the first three to cross the line.
Among the entrants was the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrant Black Sheep, purchased by former SB20 sailing partners Rob Gourlay and Matthew Pilkington from its Sydney owners after the 2017 Sydney Hobart. Her best place in the Winter Series was second in race two.
She is one of only two Tasmanian boats so far entered for the RSHYR, the other being Helsal 3.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Campbell/Peter Watson
4 September 2018