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Saturday 20th May 2017
Saturday June 3rd
The day five forecast was for light to moderate westerly winds at around 10 to 15 knots. The day was brilliant sun with partial cloud. As crews prepared their boats on the startline for race 7, the wind was abating from around 15 to 18 knots,
Race 9 started in an abating breeze after a Westerly change resulted in a North West airflow over the Pittwater racecourse. After the first lap the usual suspects were at the top end of the field including the likes of Bonus, The Nude, Snatch and Cromarty Engineering. The breeze and tide played a huge role in making the sailing very interesting. On the first upwind, Rocketship managed to get a terrible start getting rolled by Bonus and The Hitcher, after tacking out Right on the course Rocketship managed to get back into the race by the top mark rounding around 5th. After the first downwind Bonework had managed to take the benefit of the tide and subsequent winds to get through a number of boats and make their way up into the top of the field. Bonus continued with a good lead with The Nude making good gains in the lighter breezes to keep in a safe position. After the second work light wind specialists such as the crew on Epic and Usain Boat were poking their way up in the fleet. Commensurately the heavy wind experts on Rocketship continued to suffer in the challenging conditions. On the final lap Bonus hung onto take the win from The Nude and Snatch in third position. Bonework got through in the dying breeze for 4th closely tagged by Get Nicked for 5th and The Hitcher in 6th position. Of note was father , Daughter combination, Tony and Amy Van Galen sailing on Jumpin’ Jack Flash who got 16th in the race and were going very well in the lighter conditions.
The final race of the regatta saw a number of Tasmanian boats do well off the startline. By the top mark Cromarty Engineering had a commanding lead closely followed by The Nude. On the first downwind The Hitcher smashed the right side into the tide and got the best gust of the race pulling them through into the top 3 with Cromarty Engineering just holding onto their lead. Unfortunately Bonus got snagged on the pin end and had to restart their race resulting in them being at the top mark mid fleet. Again Usain Boat was sailing a sensational race in the light conditions with Epic close behind. The Crew on Snatch again worked their way into a safe position after the second lap whilst Cromarty Engineering and The Nude held off The Hitcher who continued to challenge the top competitors in the race. On the final lap of the race, in a shot for desperation, both Bonus and Rocketship who hadn’t made up the ground they needed to hit hard left which had shown signs of good gains in the previous laps. The resultant change was a significant run over of the remainder of the fleet with both boats dropping significant places and being eaten up by the main bunch in the middle of the fleet who stayed right. Final results for the final heat were Cromarty Engineering in 1st position taking their first win for the championship, The Nude in 2nd and The Hitcher in 3rd position. Snatch got 4th, Bonework 5th with Get Nicked taking 6th after getting on top of their jib struggles in the main part of the regatta.
The final results have resulted in another new Australian Champion partnership sailing on Snatch, Craig Garmston and Paul Newman, from Victoria, finished on what multiple world champion, Guy Bancroft described as a regatta winning total less than 21 of 19 points. Their nearest rival being The Hitcher, a local Tassie Boat sailed by class youngster, Robbie Hunt and his rockstar crew, Ben Price on 24 points. Multiple World champion in the class, Guy Bancroft finished a commendable 3rd position with a total of 25 points after having to carry his final race result of 9th after having an OCS on day 1 and gear failure on day 4 and a 19th place in race 8.
Not far off the beat were long time NSW crew The Nude, Richie Reynolds and Lissa McMillan with 26 points, Tassie crews Cromarty Engineering, Cole Dabner and Clare Cromarty in 5th on 32 points, Rocketship, Adrian Beswick and Jono Le Bis in 6th on 37 points and Victorian crew and Father Son combination, Ian and David Cunningham in 7th 1 point behind with 38 points.
The overall Handicap results threw up a consistent improver in Usain Boat from the ACT sailed by Nathan Reynolds and Sarah Simonds who sailed a sensational last half of the regatta showing consistent improvement and a great ability to capitalise on the lighter winds. Local Tassie crew Darren and Josh Eggins sailing Misunderstood got 2nd after showing a lot of consistency throughout the regatta and after a great back half of the regatta, Richie and Lissa on The Nude got 3rd position.
Photos courtesy of Steve Miller (Presentation) and Lynn Keil and the MPYC facebook page
Results below (note the Handicap results have had a small amendement, no change to place getters, very close 4-12)