42 South uses her two rudders to advantage and under perfect ontrol downwind. Filepro to leeward.
Bellerive Yacht Club race officer Grant Sutton again showed ‘nerves of steel’ in setting today’s course for day two of the BYC/Hobart Jaguar Land Rover Winter Series on the River Derwent.
Sutton disregarded the light northerly katabatic breeze and positioned the course for the predicted west-south-westerly breeze, with the windward mark off Nutgrove Beach.
A few minutes before the start of Division 1, the breeze dutifully filled in from the WSW, gradually increasing to around 12-15 knots before slowing fading away towards the finish.
“Division 2 is enjoying extremely competitive racing in this Winter Series, with the starts hard fought,” BYC sailing manager Peter Watson commented after today’s race. “Saga and Rousabout where both over the line prematurely.”
Watson said that although it was a relatively light wind race, some boats still managed “to have their moments of drama…particularly with crews pushing their yachts to the limit running downwind under big spinnakers.”
Hard-fought start for Division 2, with Rousabout and Saga over the line early.
Division 1 saw an outright win for Mike and Michelle Denney’s Wild West, taking corrected time honours from Ian Stewart’s Tas Paints and Black Magic, skippered by BYC Commodore Graham Mansfield.
Less than a minute separated the first three boat on handicap in Division 2 with Mark Ballard’s 42 South scoring an outright victory. 42 South’s twin rudders were used to advantage, giving her perfect control downwind.
Wildfire (Ian Ettershank) placed second, Footloose (Stewart Geeves) third.
Black Magic on a close reach under her famous rainbow rocket spinnaker.
Hydrotherapy (Jim Thorpe) again took fastest time in Division 3 but placed fourth on corrected time, with Moonshadow (Anthony Ellis) taking handicap honours from Off-Piste (Paul Einoder) by just 13 seconds. Third went to Southern Cross (Wayne Pitt).
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
24 June 2018