Today was clearly Commodore’s Day in the Bellerive Yacht Club/Hobart Jaguar Land Rover Winter Series on the Derwent, with Graham Mansfield steering Black Magic to a fine win in Division 1.
With just one day of racing left in the Winter Series, the win has placed Black Magic within two points of Ian Stewart’s Tas Paints which placed seventh in the very, very light breeze.
The leeward rail got a ‘work out’ on each of the 24 yachts that competed in today’s drifting conditions, race four and penultimate race of the Winter Series.
“With a 29-35 knots nor-wester on top of the mount, you would hope and expect at least a moderate NW breeze on the River Derwent,” BYC sailing manager Peter Watson said.
“However, ‘she’ had other ideas and gave race officer Grant Sutton a very light, 2 knot SSW zephyr instead.
“Grant showed great intuition in realising that we most probably would not get a lot more wind, and sent the boats on their way.
“We managed only one lap before Grant shortened course,” added Watson, who still managed to get some fine photographs of the fleet and division winners.
With one day’s racing to complete a closely contested Winter Series, TasPaints heads Division 1 with 13 points, Black Magic is on 15, Wild West (Mike and Michelle Denney) 16, B&G Advantage (Jeff Cordell) 17 and Heat Wave (Matthew Keal) 18 points.
In Division 2, Chris Sheehan’s Saga maintained its consistency with a third place today and has 11 points on the board. Trouble (Mark Millhouse) is on 15 points, while today’s race winner, Derek Inglis’ Rousabout, is on 16 points, as are 42 South (Mark Ballard) and Footloose (Stewart Geeves).
In Division 3, Wayne Pitt’s Southern Cross won race four, but Hydrotherapy (Jim Thorpe) still holds the overall pointscore lead with 11 points after finishing third today.
On 13 points is Anthony Ellis’ Moonshadow while Southern Cross is third overall with 15 points.
The fifth and final BYC Winter Race day is Sunday, August 26.
Words: Peter Watson/Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
5 August 2018