Summer Pennant Race 3
With a 20-knot westerly forecast, RYCT Race Officer Nick Hutton reached for some of the longest courses in the book for last Saturday’s 3rd Summer Pennant Race.
All Divisions headed off from a Castray start in a firm nor’wester that gradually faded as the boats neared the first mark off Cartwright’s Point. By the time the smaller boats made the mark there was almost no wind but a very confused sea to contend with. Oskana (Michael Pritchard) stretched its legs and managed to dodge more holes than most to score a convincing outright win in Division 1 PHS by more than 12 minutes on corrected time from Midnight Rambler (Ed Psaltis) in second place just 35 seconds ahead of Joint Custody (Alan Nelson). The race within a race in Division 1 was between the Mumm 36s, with close racing all day.
Division 2 PHS racing was much closer with Natelle II (Glenn Roper) edging out Rumbeat (Justin Barr) and Frontline (Ian Snape).
Division 3 PHS saw the smallest boat in the fleet, Lock on Wood (Ron Ackhurst) take the win.
Division 4 boats did one big lap of the river via Cartwright Point, Tranmere and Howrah with Hornet (Neville Georgeson) successful.
Under both IRC and AMS, the respective Division winners were Midnight Rambler, Rumbeat and Young Lion (Steve Chau).
This weekend is the RYCT Maria Island Race which will be the last chance offshore shakedown for the Tasmanian boats entered in this year’s 75th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
The next Pennant Race is a morning start on 23 November with the Tasmanian IRC Championships the following weekend
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