Small turn-out for Inshore Series
Only nine boats competed in day three of the Combined Clubs Inshore Series, a disappointing turn-out for an event designed to provide IRC style courses in a lead-up to next year’s Australian Yachting Championships on the River Derwent.
Yesterday’s three races were sailed over IRC style course, two windward/leeward and one triangle, in a 14-18 knots NNW breeze, gusting to 25 knots late in the afternoon.
In Division 1, Shaun Tiedemann’s Australian champion Sydney 36cr, Philosopher won IRC and AMS categories in all three races and PHS twice. X&Y (Toby Richardson) won PHS in race seven as well as taking fastest time in each race.
In Division 2, Steve Chau’s Young 88, Young Lion was the only starter with AMS and IRC ratings and won the PHS category in race two.
Rod Williams’ Alibi II won the other two races on PHS corrected time.
Provisional standings with one day of racing in the Combined Clubs Inshore Series to sail show Philosopher heading both Division 1 IRC and AMS, and in second place overall to X&Y, by just one point.
In Division 2, Trouble (Mark Millhouse) heads the PHS pointscore from Alibi II, while Young Lion now has commanding leads in AMS and IRC.
The final Inshore Series race day is 23 March.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
3 March 2019