The classic-style Eight Metre yacht Juana sailed through a “bizarre” morning on the River Derwent yesterday to win race three of the Bellerive Yacht Club Hobart Jaguar Winter Series.
Skippered by experienced one-design helmsman Jock Young, Juana finished eighth in the 12-boat Division 1 fleet but on handicap won comfortably from Cromarty Magellan (Richard Grant) and Ramrod (Tim Maddock).
“Fickle winds on the river played tricks with the 28 boats,” commented BYC sailing manager Peter Watson. “The forecast 15 knot gradient northerly wind did not kick in until late in the race.”
Watson said the fleet started in a very light northerly which found the whole fleet bunched together at the leeward mark.
After drifting around the mark and turning for what was supposed to be an upwind leg, spinnakers started to appear in a light south-easterly breeze.
This breeze lasted halfway up the course when the northerly finally kicked in.
“With everyone ‘starting’ again at the first leeward mark, the line honours boats in each division had an almost impossible job in having enough to ‘run down’ their handicap and gain a place on corrected time,” Watson added.
For example, the ‘gun’ boat in Division 1, Wild West, placed eighth overall after her two previous outright race wins. She still leads Division 1 overall.
Twitch (Richie Upton) and Trouble (Mark Millhouse) are on equal points in Division 2 after placing second and third respectively to winner Hydrotherapy (Jim Thorpe).
In Division 3, Rod Cushion’s Karma had her best race of the winter series to win from Sundance (Don Bailey) and Skeme (Paul Rogerson). Vitamin C (Wayne Pitt) still heads the division pointscore after a fourth place.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
16 July 2017