Hobart yachtsman Gavin Adamson, one of the driving forces in keelboat racing on the Derwent, today received a well-deserved reward for his efforts – a hat-trick of handicap wins with his Mumm 36 Madness.
Madness won the Group 1 AMS, PHS and IRC categories on corrected time of the Combined Clubs summer pennant, at the same time outsailing his arch-rivals in river racing, Tas Paints, Heatwave and B&G Advantage, also Mumm 36s.
Madness won Group 1 AMS by just 30 seconds on corrected time from Zephyr (Ian Johnston) and Don Calvert’s Intrigue.
In the PHS handicap category Madness again beat Zephyr, the margin this time just five seconds, third place going to Filepro (Tom Gadsby),
Under IRC ratings Madness had a more comfortable, 2 minutes and 7 seconds win from Ian Stewart’s Tas Paints, third place line honours winner War Games (Wayne Banks-Smith).
A fleet of almost 50 keelboats contested the first Combined Clubs post-Christmas summer pennant race, with Bellerive Yacht Club setting a long course for Group to a mark about 6 nautical miles south-east of the Iron Pot and then home.
The other groups sailed to Seacoft Bay and Blackman’s Bay within the river.
“We had a beautiful sea breeze….from the start in mid-river Group 1 boats sailed to windward down the river and to a mark in Storm Bay then home to a finish off Victoria Esplanade,” BYC marine manager Peter Watson said after the race.
“The SSE gradient breeze, although light at the start, kept building as the sea breeze started to take effect.
“The fleet made a colourful spectacle as they ‘rolled’ home downwind in the breeze, up to 15-18 knots at the finish,” Watson added.
The morning start saw the fleet tackle a long beat down the river in a light southerly breeze, while the building afternoon sea breeze favoured the smaller boats on corrected time.
The generally light conditions favoured the lightweight harbour racing yachts, with the two Farr 40s, War Games (Wayne Banks-Smith) and Wired (Sam Boyes) leading the fleet home.
Bigger ocean racers, The Fork in the Road (Gary Smith) and Tilt (Peter Cretan) finished well back in the 18-boat Group 1 fleet.
In Group 2, Peter Haros’ Wings Three won the AMS category from 42 South (Mark Ballard) and Illusion (David Brett) while front runner Juana (Jock Young) took out PHS from Pirate’s Pride (Peter Masterton) and 42 South.
Derwent Sailing Squadron Commodore Steve Chau continued his winning ways with his Young 88 Young Lion in Group 3 AMS, finishing second across the line to near sistership Saga (Chris Sheehan) but winning the race on corrected time. Another Young 88, Footloose (Stewart Geeves) placed third.
Group 3 PHS went to Rousabout (Derek Inglis) from Footloose and Serica (Charles Peacock).
In Division 4, the Mottle 33 Kindred Spirit (Peter Alcock) led the fleet around the course but placed back in fifth place on corrected time with the race going to Wayath (Allan Morgan) from Astrolabe (Peter Bosworth) and Free n Easy (Rob Jones).
For the past two week’s Hobart’s River Derwent provided near perfect sailing conditions for the SB20 world championship, but on Friday evening and yesterday it turned sour for the old-timers in the IOR Cup.
Designed and built back in the 1970s to then international IOR rating rule, these former ‘half tonners’ and ‘one tonners’ turn out each summer for the Bellerive Yacht Club/Hobart Jaguar IOR Cup.
Despite rain squalls that brought vicious wind gusts reaching 42 knots in Friday’s twilight race and even patches of drifting conditions yesterday, competition was as keen and close as it was in the heyday of level rating racing.
The gusty conditions also showed that these boats designed to the IOR rule are still just as difficult to handle downwind, and there were some spectacular broaches.
In Division 1, just 62 seconds on corrected time in the final race and one place separated the top two boats, with Scott Broadby’s Farr 1104, Hot Prospect, to take out the series with a 1-6-1 scorecard.
Just one point behind with a 2-5-2 result was Justin Barr’s Rumbeat, also a Farr 1104, with another two points to the classic 8-metre yacht Juana (Jock Young) which placed 4-2-5.
The other race winner was the former Sydney Hobart race winner and Admiral’s Cup team yacht Ultimate Challenge, a Dubois 40 now owned by Peter Jenkins.
Yachts designed by Tasmanian Walter Knoop dominated results in Divisions 2 with Scott Sutton’s Quintal winning by one points from Silicon Ship (Gordon Clark and David Wyatt) and Alley Oop (Alan Nelson).
Quintal won the twilight race, Lock on Wood (Ron Akhurst) race 2 and Alley Oop race three.
Division 3 was just as close, with Temeraire IV, Richard Ware’s Peter Cole-design, winning by one point from Chyanne, a Knoop 30 skippered by Rhys Jones, third place going to Free n Easy, a Doven/Knoop 30.
There were three different PHS corrected time winners in Division 3, Chyanne winning race one, Rhumun (Tim Marszalek) race two with Temeraire IV taking out race three.
“It was if the River Derwent finally exhaled after providing beautiful sailing conditions for the past two weeks and the SB20 worlds,” commented BYC sailing manager Peter Watson.
“She finally let go with the unpredictable weather that the river is famous for.”
Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36cr Philosopher, a former Australian yachting champion, today impressively wound up her preparation for another tilt at the championships in Melbourne next January.
On an afternoon of fresh to strong southerly winds, gusting in rain squalls to 26 knots, Philosopher scored two wins and a third out of three races under AMS scoring and notched up a 2-3-1 score under IRC.
Under her previous Sydney owner the yacht, then named Philosopher’s Club and owned by 18-footer world champion Peter Sorensen, won her class at the Australian yachting championships at Hamilton Island.
The 2018 championships will be sailed on Port Phillip and in 2019 out of Hobart, with Tiedemann and his young crew all fired up to compete against Australia’s best.
After today’s day of heavy weather racing Philosopher heads the pointscore in all three handicap divisions of the Combined Clubs short course championships
Three windward/leeward races were sailed in what Bellerive Yacht Club sailing manager Peter Watson described as a true test of crews and boats
“Conditions were testing with fresh to strong southerly winds gusting in the rain squalls to 26 knots and topped off with sloppy one metre waves turning the Derwent in a river of whitecaps,” Watson said.
“A premium was placed on good crew work with any mistakes brutally punished by the fresh breeze and lumpy waves.”
Watson said there had been several severe broaches including Filepro (Tim Gadsby) losing both her spinnaker brace and sheet in a severe knock-down.
“The result was having the spinnaker fly high in the breeze horizontal with the top of the mast,” Watson described the incident.
“It took great skill and perseverance by the crew to retrieve the spinnaker undamaged and they were able to re-group and continue racing for the day.
In Division 2 the crews were more conservative and only hoisted spinnakers in the last race.
Just to add further drama to the yachting racing, two ships transited through the race area during the blustery race one.
Bellerive Yacht Club member Jeff Cordell’s Mumm 36 B&G Advantage, won all three handicap categories in race one for Division 1, PHS,AMS and IRC. However, she was forced to retire from race three.
Sistership TasPaints won IRC and PHS categories in race two while Philosopher clinched her overall pointscore leads in Division 1 by winning the AMS and IRC categories of the final race, the seventh of the series.
The other Division 1 race winners yesterday were Mem (Paul Boutchard) in the PHS category in the first race of the day and Filepro (Tim Gadsby) in the PHS category of the final race,
In Division 2, Ben Latham’s J24 T42 Another Toy won all three races under PHS scoring.
Hobart yachtsman Don Calvert gave himself an early 82nd birthday gift today with a convincing double win with his 33-year-old yacht Intrigue in the Combined Clubs pennant race on the Derwent.
Calvert skippered Intrigue to first place on corrected time under both the AMS and IRC rating categories, continuing his remarkable success in a variety of racing on the river that goes back 65 years.
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania veteran will celebrate his 82nd birthday next Tuesday, but there was plenty of celebration back at the club after yesterday’s long day race.
Oskana, Mike Pritchard’s Cookson 50 gave a fine exhibition of power sailing in her final race before the Rolex Sydney Hobart but a freshening south-easterly breeze favoured the smaller boats on the spinnaker run upriver to the finish.
Among Calvert’s crew were two sailors, Elson Kiddle and Rob Horne, who “have completed their apprenticeship sailing me….30 years each,” said Don, paying tribute to his “fantastic crew.”
Calvert invited Kiddle to steer Intrigue up the river on the final spinnaker run, in recognition of his long service as a crew member that goes back to when Intrigue represented Australia at the Admiral’s Cup, and beyond.
Calvert steered Intrigue to an excellent start in Group 1, sailed into Sandy Bay and then tacked across to the western shore where they picked up a fresher easterly breeze.
“That gave us a good start and the freshening helped the finish,” he added,
Intrigue won Group 1 (AMS) from the two Mumm 36s, Jeff Cordell’s B&G Advantage and Ian Stewart’s TasPaints. In Group 1 (IRC) the corrected time order was Intrigue, TasPaints and B&G Advantage,
B&G Advantage also won Group 1 (PHS), her overall performance yesterday an indication of how she will go in the upcoming Riversdale Estate Wines Launceston to Hobart. In Group 1 (PHS) B&G Advantage won from TasPaints and Intrigue.
The classic design 8-metre yacht Juana (Jock Young) won Group 2 (PHS) from 42 South (Mark Ballard) and Twitch (Twitch syndicate) with 42 South placing first in Group 2 (AMS).
Derwent Sailing Squadron commodore Steve Chau’s Young 88 Young Lion won Group 3 (AMS) from
sistership Saga (Chris Sheehan) and the Silicon Ship, Gordon Clark and David Wyatt’s Knoop 32.
Silicon ship won Group 3 (PHS) from Madman’s Woodyard (Andrew Wise) and Lock on Wood (Ron Akhurst).
Peter Alcock’s Mottle 33 Kindred Spirit scored an outright win in Group 4 outsailing the fleet to take line honours by more than half an hour and winning on PHS handicap from Free ‘n Easy (Rob Jones) and Wayatih (Allan Morgan).
Not only was it the turn of the Derwent Sailing Squadron to run yesterday’s Combined Clubs summer pennant river race but club members and their boats dominated results.
On a perfect day for sailing on the Derwent, DSS club manager Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 35cr Philosopher won each handicap category of Group 1, PHS, AMS and IRC.
The club’s sailing manager Michael Denney’s Bakewell-White 39 Wild West finished a close second on corrected time.
Commodore Steve Chau finished first across the line in Group 3 with his Young 88, Young Lion, and won the AMS category.
Vice Commodore Peter Haros won the AMS category of Group 2, also placing second under PHS scoring.
After three Combined Clubs summer pennant races, Wild West, Wings Three and Young Lion also head leader-board in their divisions under AMS scoring.
In fact, it will be great weekend for the Squadron as this afternoon the Lord Mayor Sue Hickey will officially launch the DSS long offshore race, the Riversdale Estate Wines Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race.
L2H race entrant The Fork in Road, Gary Smith Bakewell-White 45, put an early stamp on line honours again by getting the gun yesterday from a huge fleet of 50 boats.
The biggest Saturday afternoon in several seasons enjoyed a beat to windward down the river to White Rock and a fast spinnaker run back in a south-easterly sea-breeze that ranged from 10 to 20 knots in strength.
In Group 1 AMS, Philosopher, with the owner’s son Sam on the helm, won from Michael and Michelle Denney’s Wild West, third place going to Intrigue (Don Calvert).
Philosopher won PHS from Doctor Who (Rod Jackman) and Filepro (Tim Gadsby) in the IRC category won from Doctor Who and Madness (Gavin Adamson).
In Group 2, Wings Three won AMS from 42 South (Mark Ballard) and Jiyuu (Peter Davis) while Bellerive Yacht Club entrant Pirate’s Pride (Peter Masterston) won PHS from Wings Three and the 8-metre Juana (Jock Young) .
DSS Commodore Steve Chau won Group 3 AMS from Silicon Ship (Gordon Clark & David Wyatt) and Footloose (Stewart Geeves).
Under PHS scoring first place went to Charles Peacock’s classic sloop Serica from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, second to Trouble (Mark Millhouse), third to Miss Conduct (Brian Fleming).
Frank Chatterton’s Kamehameha missed out on a hat-trick, placing fourth under PHS scoring.
In Group 4, Camlet Way (Stephen Mannering) beat Kindred Spirit (Peter Alcock) across the line, but the result was reversed under PHS handicaps with Kindred Spirit winning her second race of the summer. Third place went to Astrolabe (Peter Bosworth).
Octogenarian yachtsman Don Calvert obviously has lost none of his tactical sailing skills on the River Derwent and Storm Bay with his 33-year-old Castro 40 Intrigue.
Calvert steered Intrigue to a double handicap victory in Group 1 of today’s Combined Clubs long day pennant race, winning both IRC and AMS scoring categories of the 29-nautical mile race to Betsey Island and return.
Calvert’s sailing career on the River Derwent and southern waters with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania extends back more than 60 years, the past 33 seasons sailing Intrigue with continued success.
Calvert showed initiative at the start, in just two knots of breeze, electing to start to leeward of the fleet in clear air.
After two-sail reach down the river, Intrigue was thus among the first boats to pick up the freshening sea-breeze between Blackman’s Bay and the Iron Pot, then enjoying a fast spinnaker run back from Betsey Island in a 15-20 knots sea-breeze
Under IRC scoring Intrigue won from Doctor Who (Rod Jackman) and Gavin Adamson’s Madness. On AMS, Intrigue placed first on corrected time From Zephyr (Ian Johnston) and Wild West (Michael and Michelle Denney).
Wayne Banks-Smith’s Farr 40 War Games led the 46-boat fleet home, clear ahead of The Fork in the Road (Gary Smith), Doctor Who and Wild West.
Group 1 PHS first place went to Filepro (Tim Gadsby) from Doctor Who and Madness.
Closest finish of the day was in Group 4 at the end of the 26-nautical mile race to Little Betsey Island and return, with Hornet (Neville Georgeson) beat Ingenue (Nigel Johnston) across the finish line by one second.
On PHS corrected times Ingenue finished second to Camlet Way (Stephen Mannering) while Hornet placed eighth.
In Division 2, the syndicate-owned Twitch had an outright PHS win from 42 South (Mark Ballard) and Jiyuu (Peter Davis). On AMS scoring Jiyuu won on corrected time from Wings Three (Peter Haros0 and 42 South.
Kamehameha (Frank Chatterton) followed up its first pennant race win in Group 3 two weeks ago by winning today’s race on PHS scoring from Wild Fire (Malcolm Robertson) and Saga (Chris Sheehan).
The two Young 88s, Young Lion (Steve Chau) and Saga filled the first two placed on AMS handicaps, third place going to Mako (Phil Soley).
Hobart’s newest yacht racing format, the Combined Clubs Short-Course championship, got off to a cracking start on the River Derwent yesterday.
In Group 1, Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36cr Philosopher dominated corrected time results in all three handicap categories.
Philosopher placed first in two out of four races under PHS scoring, and had three wins in both the AMS and IRC categories.
However, only seconds separated the top placed boats in each of the four races for Group 1, Philosopher beating X&Y (Toby Richardson) by just one second on PHS scoring in race three.
Mark Millhouse’s Masrm 25 Trouble was the stand-out boat in Group 2, winning two of three races for this fleet, under PHS scoring.
A fleet of 14 boats have entered the championship, with helmsmen and crew obviously enjoying the cut-and-thrust of windward/leeward river racing.
The program provides for three days of short-course racing over the summer with up to five races each day
“We would have liked to have had a bigger fleet but the entry list is more than we were getting for the mid-river windward/leeward races last season,” Derwent Sailing Squadron sailing manager Mike Denney said.
Philosopher, sailed by a young crew of ex-dinghy sailors with Shaun Tiedemann’s son Sam on the helm, set the pace in race one for Group 1 outsailing bigger boats to take line honours and win all three handicap categories on corrected time.
With race officer Ian Ross setting the short courses down the eastern shore of the Derwent, Philosopher got caught in a wind shift in race two, finishing second last in fleet.
War Games, Wayne Banks-Smith’s Farr 40, crossed the line first in race two for Group 1, but a protest has been lodged, claiming she rounded a wrong mark.
War Games is provisionally placed first on PHS and IRC scoring, with AMS going to the Mumm 36 TasPaints (Ian Stewart)
Philosopher bounced back for the last two races for Group 1, winning all three handicap categories in race three and AMS and IRC in race four.
Kettering Yacht Club entrant, Rad, Brent McKay’s Radford 35 won the PHS category for Group 1.
After four races for Group 1, Philosopher has a score of 12 points under PHS, with X&Y (Toby Richardson) and Tas Paints (Ian Stewart) both on 13 points.
In the AMS category, Philosopher leads with 6 points from B&G Advantage (Jeff Cordell) on 8 points and TasPaints (Ian Stewart) on 10 points, Under IRC scoring, Philosopher has 7 points Tas Paints 10 and B&G Advantage 11 points.
In Group 2, Trouble and Alibi II (Rod Williams) are both on 6 points with T24 Another Toy on 8 points.
Doctor Who, one of Tasmania’s most successful racing yachts of the past three decades, yesterday made a winning comeback in the opening race of the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant, a river race on the Derwent.
Skippered by Rod Jackman, the black-hulled sloop which won its division of the Sydney Hobart race in 1990, slipped away from the fleet becalmed off Gellibrand Point to finish fourth across the line.
The 45 boat fleet racing yesterday certainly gave an early indication of the success of the bold new concept for the summer pennant – four Saturday afternoon river races and five long day races.
Group 1 has attracted 18 entrants of which 14 raced yesterday, Group 2 nine, Group 3 twelve and Group 4 eleven, with just one non-starter within these groups.
On corrected times, Doctor Who won the Group 1 PHS category by just 34 seconds from line honours winner Wild West, skippered by Michael Denney. Under IRC scoring, Doctor Who also won from Wild West.
The success of the veteran yacht was also a winning comeback to big boat racing for skipper Rod Jackman who in recent years has been an active, and successful, participant in racing radio controlled yachts on Risdon Dam.
Wild West made up for her two second places to Doctor Who under PHS and IRC scoring with an emphatic win under AMS scoring. Veteran Don Calvert steered Intrigue into second place with third going to Gary Smith’s The Fork in the Road.
As Bellerive Yacht Club sailing manager Peter Watson put it….”chocolates for some, boiled lollies for others appeared to sum up the day, especially for Group 1 boats.”
Group 1 went down the river to a mark off Gellibrand Point where the sea-breeze was fighting the northerly gradient, leaving completely calm sections on the.
Among those becalmed was Michael Pritchard’s Cookson 50 which had opening a commanding lead in the spinnaker run down the river.
Some boats, including Wild West and Doctor Who, slipped up the eastern shore in a light northerly to establish an unbeatable lead.
It was a long day on the water for some boats in Group 1, with Ian Stewart’s Tas Paints and Ian Marshall’s As Good As They Get crossing the finishing line at 17.51, just 11 seconds apart.
Groups 2, 3 and 4 stayed with the Howrah/Tranmere vicinity of the eastern shore with plenty of breeze for the whole race.
Under PHS scoring, the 8-metre Juana (Jock Young) won Group 2 from Twitch (Twitch Syndicate) and Pirate’s Pride (Peter Masterton). Under AMS, first place in Group 2 went to Wings Three (Peter Haros) from Jyuu (Peter Davis) and 42 South (Mark Ballard).
In Group 3, Kamehameha (Frank Chatterton) took out Group 3 on PHS from DSS Commodore Steve Chau’s Young Lion and Silicon Ship (Gordon Clark and David Wyatt). Young Lion took out AMS from Silicon Ship and Mako (Phil Soley).
Kindred Spirit (Peter Alcock) won the strong Group 4 from Innovator (Ian Smith and Dean Aberl), third place going to Hornet (Neville Georgeson) which took line honours in Group 4.
Former Sydney Hobart winning yacht Filepro and her crew last Sunday payed a fine tribute to past skipper Darren Clarke, killed in a car rally accident earlier this year.
Filepro took line honours and won Division 1 of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Channel Race, the traditional opening long race of the sailing season.
Clarke had skippered the yacht since he and other members of a Bellerive Yacht Club syndicate bought Filepro, which as Cuckoo’s Nest won the IMS division of the 1993 Sydney Hobart.
Previously, Clarke had been noted for the success he and his father Harold had had with their yacht Invincible.
Filepro was skippered by Tim Gadsby in Sunday’s 30 nautical mile race down the Channel to Bligh Point and return, outsailing Huon Yacht Club entry Rad, Brent McKay’s fast Radford 39 in Division 1.
On PHS corrected time, Filepro won from Rad, third place going to Planet X (Mike Rowley) with Filepro also winning under IRC scoring from Whistler (David Aplin) and Madness (Janine Frawley and Gavin Adamson).
Planet X won the AMS category from Whistler and Rad.
Line honours favourite Oskana, Michael Pritchard’s Cookson 50 had a luckless race, starting with a twisted spinnaker and later forced to retire with a torn mainsail.
Bellerive Yacht Club’s latest acquisition to its Hobart fleet, Gary Cripps and Hughie Lewis’ Guilty Pleasures IV, got a taste of strong tradewinds sailing on day one of the Magnetic Island Race Week on the Coral Sea on Saturday.
After winning their first regatta at Airlie Beach Race Week with their new boat, a modified Farr 40, the BYC team had to be content with corrected time placings of a fifth and a 12th.
The new Tasmanian owners said they benefitted from their sistership, Ponyo, tearing its mainsail during the race.
“It was fairly windy – up to 20 knots – and very lumpy,” Lewis said after finishing 11th in Performance Racing 1. “We got a fairly good start and then ran a symmetric spinnaker – we should have set an asymmetrical. After that was a fairly big beat on the other side of the Island.
“Ponyo was ahead of us, but then she tore her main from top to bottom, so they had to drop it – and we overtook them – not how we wanted to do it, but there you have it.”
Lewis and Cripps only took delivery of the Farr 40 two weeks before contesting Airlie Beach Race Week. “It was light, so it suited us there – the boat goes well in the light,” Cripps said of winning Cruising Division 1 there.
“I had been sailing an SB20 and Gary was sailing a Sydney 38 and we decided to go back to the dark side and buy a fast yacht.
Lewis said the average age on board is 63. “Except for my 30- year-old son-in-law on the bow… we bought the boat to have fun with it. We don’t want to get too serious.”