Countbacks of placings throughout the series were needed to decide the Division 1 winners of the Combined Clubs Short Course Championships which ended on the River Derwent today.
The results gave Bellerive Yacht Club member Jeff Cordell an overall series win with his Mumm 36 B&G Advantage under IRC scoring and close second places under AMS and PHS.
Derwent Sailing Squadron’s Shaun Tiedemann won the AMS category and finished second overall in IRC, third in IRC with his Sydney 36cr Philosopher.
Division 1 PHS pennant winner was Rad, a Radford 12.5, skippered by Brent McKay from Kettering Yacht Club.
The only clear overall winner was Ben Latham’s J24, T42 Another Toy which won Division 2 PHS by one point from Trouble (Mark Millhouse).
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s race officer Biddy Badenach ran three short windward/leeward races on the third race day for the championship, sailed in a very light north-westerly wind throughout the afternoon.
The short course championship, totalling 10 races, was introduced this season specifically for skippers and crews who enjoy the cut and thrust of windward/leeward racing as against longer river races, also introduced successfully this season.
With each race about 40 to 50 minutes long, only seconds separated the leading boats in yesterday’s three races, with the PHS category seeing three different winners on the day, Rad, Mem (Paul Boutchard) and X&Y (Toby Richardson).
B&G Advantage and her crew had an outstanding day of competition, winning all three races under both IRC and AMS scoring.
While the wins clinched the Division 1 IRC category on a countback for B&G Advantage it was not quite sufficient to also win AMS from Philosopher.
In the IRC category, out of eight races to count, each yacht had four wins, three seconds and a third, with the final result decided on yesterday’s wins by B&G Advantage.
Under AMS scoring, B&G Advantage had three wins on corrected time yesterday, Philosopher two seconds and a third, but five wins on the previous two days of competition gave the Sydney 36cr the overall victory on a countback.
Philosopher’s overall AMS win completed a fine summer for Tiedemann, his son Sam as the boat’s helmsman and a youthful crew which included winning its division of the 2018 Australian Yachting Championships in Melbourne in January.
In Division 1 PHS, Rad came from third in standings going into the final race day two win the series on a countback from B&G Advantage and Philosopher.
Yesterday, Rad had a 1-5-3 result, B&G Advantage 4-2-2, to finish on 24 points each, with the countback favouring the Kettering Yacht Club boat with two wins against none by B&G Advantage.
Only three boats sailed the final day in Division 2 with Trouble (Mark Millhouse) winning all three, but still falling one point short of overtakingT42 Another Toy (Mark Latham) for the series. Alibi II (Rod Williams) placed third overall.
Words & photos: Peter Campbell
24 March 2018