Wintery start to Hobart BMW Winter Series
Cold, wet and near windless. That is the apt description of conditions on the River Derwent today for the first race in the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Hobart BMW Winter Series.
In fact, only seven boats finished the course, despite it being shortened to one lap, a credit to the sail trimming of the crews to maintain boat speed in just a few knots of breeze.
Gary Cripps’ modified Farr 40 Guilty Pleasures VI, biggest boat in the fleet, scored an overall win from the J88, Jiyuu (Peter Davis).
Third place went to the Sydney 38, Ciao Baby II, sailed by the Tasmanian team to contest the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta in Melbourne next weekend.
With Jo Breen on the helm, today’s race was the last training sail for the women’s team before they fly to Melbourne later this week, with Breen describing the day as “a testing sail”.
Ciao Baby II is a sistership to the boat the Tasmanians will sail in the AWKR, Chutzpah 38, loaned to them by well known Victorian yachtsman Bruce Taylor.
The team comprises Jo Breen, Clare Brown, Colleen Darcey, Tamara Potter, Claire Cunningham, Janine Frawley, Mollie Grainger, Lucy Rees, Claire Dabner, Lauren Davison and Danielle MacKay, although not all were sailing today.
Most of the team has sailed for Tasmania, with success, in previous AWKRs, although this will be Jo Breen’s first time as helmsperson.
The AWKR is Australia’s premier keelboat racing event for boats crewed entirely by women and this year has attracted more than 30 crews from all States and New Zealand.
Racing will be under IRC and AMS handicap scoring on Port Phillip from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photo: Peter Watson
2 June 2019