Sails : Sails 28 October November 2014
Race & Regatta Round-up 026 yacht Ocean Affinity as the crew franticly tried to haul the massive sail back on board. In the IRC Division, Tony Kirby’s Patrice, with six straight wins under his belt, kept his team on shore. Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban went out to defend his second place and the two Cookson 50s made the race count in their one- on-one battle for regatta supremacy. The battle handicap winner on the final day was Colin Woods’s Pretty Fly III as she led Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire around the course. “We pretty much match-raced each other around the course in the last few races. Victoire are a little faster than us uphill and we are a little faster downhill. In the race the other day out to Dent Island, we were in front by a fair way, but we broached when a big gust hit us and that closed the gap and then Victoire got us uphill on the run to the line. That was a bit frustrating. The boats are very close and it’s good to race against them. “It was nice to get on top of them today. They did seem to have an issue somewhere in the race, some gear problems, but we were in front of them by then and I doubt they would have caught us. The crew worked well and the boat went like clock-work today. Everything worked well and the boat just felt great,” Woods said. Pretty Fly III will now turn their focus to preparing for the 70th Sydney Hobart Race. “We might regatta race them again next year,” Woods added. The IRC Division overall results were first to Patrice, second to Ichi Ban and third to Victoire. Performance Racing Division 1’s race was won by New Zealand entry, Janine Robinson’s Bullrush. In second on handicap was Pierre Gal’s and Doug Gayford’s Dolce. In third place, and after a dramatic day when, with the help of the Ichi Ban team, the boat had to be rescued after it broke its mooring and headed off on its own for a while, was Walter Lewin’s Vento. “We are pretty happy how we sailed this week, apart from a navigational ShirleyWodSonPhotograPhy nIce Lean Left: Ocean Affinity had a close call with the white kite of Tulip when it threatened to get caught in her rigging as she passed. Below: The fleet on gusty Pioneer Bay. Right: Hands up who had a fun ride on Twister.
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