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.”
Words: Di Pearson/Peter Campbell
Photos: Andrea Francolini
3 September 2017