The sheltered waters within Barnes Bay on Bruny Island proved more hospitable than the wild open waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel this afternoon for yachts contesting the Barnes Bay Regatta.
With westerly winds gusts to 35 knots plus in the Channel, race officer Nick Corkhill wisely set a short course within the bay, but less than half the entered yachts elected not to race in the still difficult sailing conditions.
Originally, the Kingborough Boating Club, organisers of the regatta had planned a race sending the fleet around several marks in the open waters of the Channel from Barnes Bay and return
The rest of the of 28 yachts that earlier in the day had sailed south to Bruny Island in a pursuit race from Wrest Point to Dennes Point chose to find sheltered anchorages off the old quarantine station on Bruny Island and recover from a hard race down the river.
Division 1 winner of the Tassal Barnes Bay Regatta race, John Mills’ Nexedge revelled in the strong to near galeforce winds as she did when, as Micropay Cuckoos Nest, she won the 1993 Sydney Hobart Race in which only 38 boats out of 104 starters finish.
Nexedge, from Bellerive Yacht Club, sailed the short two-triangle regatta race in 36 minutes, finishing just 15 seconds ahead of Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania entrant Tilt (Peter Cretan).
On corrected time Nexedge’s win was even closer, winning Division 1 by just 8 seconds from Ian Stewart’s TasPaints, also from BYC. Third place went to Mick Souter’s It Happens, making up for missing the finish line in the race from Hobart.
In Division 2, Mark Dawson’s l’Etoile won from Young Lion, skippered by Colleen Darcey, third place going the Moonshadow (Anthony Ellis).
in Division 3, Eenee, skippered by Sue Allison-Rodger, scored an outright win from the classic yacht Trevassa (Greg, Ross and John Muir). Take 5 (Ian Gannon) took third place.
Yesterday morning, the 14 nautical mile pursuit race from Wrest Point to Dennes Point was sailed at a cracker with Richard Fader’s Buizen 52, Infinity a fast cruiser racer, sailing through the fleet to win the race overall.
With the WNW wind averaging 20 knots and gusting to 30 knots nearing Dennes Point, Infinity had an elapsed time of one hour and 36 minutes beating the Marten 49 Tilt (Peter Cretan) across the finish line by just under five minutes.On corrected times, second place went to the Radford 36 RAD, skippered by Brent McKay from Kettering Yacht Club, third to BYC entrant TasPaints (Ian Stewart) with the Muir brothers Trevassa, sailing as a non-spinnaker entrant, placing fourth on corrected time.
Last night the crews of about 45 racing and cruising yachts, along with motor cruisers, were celebrating the unofficial end of yachting season, and the end of daylight saving at a prize night ashore at the old quarantine station on Bruny Island.
The Barnes Bay Regatta, traditionally the popular sailing event that wound up the summer yacht racing season, has been ‘re-invented’ and will be held on the last day of daylight saving, Saturday, 2 April.
The Regatta will have new race courses and a new onshore destination on Bruny Island, making the regatta not just for sailors but in the long term, a community event for the historic island south of Hobart.
Due to a clash with another event, the Regatta was cancelled last year, making it opportune for the Kingborough Boating Club to introduce a new racing/cruising format and a move to a more family friendly environment ashore, the old Quarantine Station. .
At the same time, the 2016 Regatta will maintain the historical continuity of the ‘Bruni (sic) Island Regatta’, first reported by the ‘Mercury’ of 5 February 1868, and over the following near 150 years by some graphic newspaper descriptions of events afloat and ashore at various times.
The Barnes Bay Regatta, as it became known, was held annually from the 1920s through to the 1960s and thanks to the efforts of dedicated members of the Kingborough Boating Club it was reinstated as the Barnes Bay Regatta in 2006.
The Regatta this year will comprise three elements: a Saturday morning ‘two points race’ from Wrest Point and Dennes Point; the afternoon Barnes Bay Race; and on Saturday evening the traditional post-race presentation and barbeque ashore at the historic Quarantine Station.
The Wrest Point to Dennes Point Pursuit Race, sponsored by Wrest Point, will see the slower boats start at 9.00am with the faster yachts starting progressively over the following 30 minutes. The finish will be off the jetty at Dennes Point.
The Tassal Barnes Bay Regatta race, starting at 2pm, will take the fleet around a ‘touring’ course within Barnes Bay and across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, with rounding marks off Rosebanks Beach, Woodcutters Point and the Kettering Yacht Club permanent mark in Shelter Cove.
The post-race celebrations ashore will start with a Tassal smoked salmon tasting from 5pm followed by barbeque with BYO drinks and live entertainment and the prizegiving.
The weekend of 2-3 October, the last weekend of daylight saving not only means for many the last day of the summer boating season, but is also popular with holiday home owners on the island.
“With access to the Quarantine Station Reserve, the KBC has taken the opportunity to re-invent the Barnes Bay Regatta as more than an event for sailors, but one to involve the local community of Bruny Island and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel,” chairman Peter Palmer said this week.
The competing boats were mostly vintage 1980s, but they showed they and their crews are still sprightly when 25 of Hobart’s older racing yachts took to the Derwent yesterday for the Bellerive Yacht Club’s second annual North Sails IOR Cup.
The IOR Cup was in many ways a reflection on the duels of the 1980s and 1990s between the world’s major yacht designers for top honours around the world, the Sydney Hobart, Admiral’s Cup and the Half Ton and One Ton Cups.
Represented in the fleet included designs by Bruce Farr, Ed Dubois and Tasmania’s own designer Walter Knoop, many of them built to Half Ton and One Ton rules.
Yesterday Bruce Farr designs came out on top in two of the three handicap divisions as the fleet sailed three races in a 15 knot SSW breeze on a chilly autumn day in Hobart (max 15 degrees) with some sharp gusts reaching the high 20 knots.
Two Farr 1104, one of the New Zealand designer’s earliest internationally successful designs, Scott Broadby’s Hot Prospect and Justin Barr’s Rumbeat, battled out Division 1 along with the Dubois designed Black Magic, skippered by BYC Commodore Graham Mansfield.
Hot Prospect notched up a 3-1-1 score while Rumbeat placed 1-6-2 and Black Magic had 2-4-5 placings, with results calculated on the PHS handicap system as the IOR rating rule went out of existence many years back.
Their success followed the domination of the Combined Clubs summer racing by another Farr 1104, Invincible, which did not contest this series. In the 1995 50th Sydney Hobart Race, Invincible won her division under the then new IMS rules.
Bellerive Yacht Club introduced the IOR Cup to encourage owners of older boats to get out on the water again and race against their peers of 30 to 35 years ago.
Boats designed the old Half Ton rule were prominent in Division 2 with another Farr design, Mako (Jim Bedford) taking honours after a close duel with the Dubois 31 Madman’s Woodyard (Andrew Wise) and Half Hearted (Chad Grafton).
Mako won two of the three races yesterday, with the Knoop 31 Silicon Ship winning the other racev.
In Division 3, Ian Stewart skippered Trumps, a Westerly Gk24, to a one point overall wins from Vitamansea (Wayne Pitt) and Chyanne (Rhys Jones).
Also included in the IOR Cup regatta for the first time was a Classic Yacht division. Although only two yachts entered it produced some excellent racing between Derek Adams’ Bronzewing and Graeme Woods’ Juana, with Bronze winning the series by one point. On corrected times, Bronzewing won two races and finished second in the third.
Bronzewing began life on the Tamar River at Launceston in 1898 as a version of a Thames one-rater but has spent most of sailing life on the Derwent.
Current owner Adams describes the now 35-footer as “like grandpa’s axe…over many years and many owners she has undergone many changes to her original hull.”
Juana is a modern version built to the International 8-metre rule which dates back to the early 1900s but retains the classic hull lines and rig.
The North Sails IOR Cup was cut back to three races yesterday after SSW winds gusting to 40 knots churned up the Derwent on Friday, with BYC officials cancelled the planned twilight race to start the regatta.
South-westerly winds, gusting to 40 knots, this afternoon forced Bellerive Yacht Club to cancel the first race of the North Sails IOR Cup, a twilight race on the River Derwent.
Black Magic, skippered by BYC Commodore Graham Mansfield. Photo Peter Campbell.
The strong to galeforce winds, averaging in excess of 25 knot during the afternoon with much stronger gusts, built up a steep, white-capped seaway on the river. BYC pulled the pin on the opening race at 4pm.
“We hope to run three races tomorrow to provide a good competition for the 27 entrants,” marine manager Peter Watson said.
A fleet of 25 older yachts has entered the IOR Cup, for yachts which at some stage of their sailing life raced under the old IOR rating rule, while two boats have entered the Classic Yacht Division.
The IOR Cup fleet comprises a wide range of designs, including a large number of boats built to the Half Ton rule within the IOR. Among them is Madman’s Woodyard, a Dubois 30 which made the headlines in a Sydney Hobart race when, after being dismasted, was sailed on to Hobart by her crew under jury rig.
Ultimate Challenge, which won the Sydney Hobart in 1989, is another entrant with High Ocean racing credentials. Derwent Sailing Squadron member Peter Jenkins now owns the boat which the late Lou Abrahams also raced at the Admiral’s Cup in Great Britain.
Bellerive Yacht Club Commodore Graham Mansfield has entered his Dubois 40 Black Magic, while other expected to do well include Silicon Ship, Hot Prospect, Rumbeat and Lock on Wood.
The classic 8-metre, Juana (Jock Young) and Derek Adams’ refurbished Bronzewing, built in 1898, comprise the Classic Yacht division.
Bronzewing has close associations with the late Roger Hickman, whose father allowed him to sail the boat extensively as a teenager, launching his great career in ocean racing.
Hobart’s River Derwent turned on a magnificent sailing day to wind up the summer season of 2015-2016, with more than 100 yachts, off-the-beach classes and catamarans providing a colourful sight on the river.
For the Combined Clubs Harbour Series yesterday was the last day of pennant racing, while the off-the-beach classes, Cadets, Flying 11s, Sharpies and Paper Tigers will continue their State championships today.
Bellerive Yacht Club member Jeff Cordell went into the final day of racing in the Harbour Series leading narrowly in all three handicap categories in Division 1, but he ended the day winning only one pennant.
Nevertheless, Cordell has had an outstanding season with his Mumm 36 B&G Advantage ending the season yesterday with a first and second on AMS corrected time in the two windward/leeward mid-river races which gave him the pennant in that category.
B&G Advantage placed second overall in the PHS category, beaten for the overall pennant by DSS boat MEM (Michellel Boutchard and David Kirkland). Yesterday, MEM finished the season with a third and first while B&G Advantage had a fifth and an eighth.
In the IRC category, another BYC boat, Tony Williams’ Martela finished the final day with 4-1 score to B&G Advantage’s 3-2, with the final margin just one point on Martela’s favour.
A countback was needed to decide the winner of Division 2 (PHS) after Rousabout (Grahame Inglis) and Trouble (Dave Willans) both finished on a net 15 points.
Both boats had a first and third placing yesterday, but the countback in Rousabout’s favour came her first place in race 10 which gave her four wins to Trouble’s three.
Just one point separated the overall winner Free ‘N’ Easy (Bob Jones) and runner-up Kindred Spirit (Peter Alcock) after the fifth and final race for Division 6, won by Another Toy (Greg Rowlings).
However, the easiest overall winner was Charles Peacock’s classic yacht Serica, yesterday placing third in Division 4 to finish four points clear of Ian Johnston’s Zephyr with First Light (Ben Davidson) a close third. Hornet (Neville Georgeson) won the final race.
Bellerive yachtsman Harold Clark’s Invincible has sailed to an overall victory in every handicap category of Group A of the Hobart Combined Clubs Long Race Series for 2015-2016.
In a brilliant finish to the summer series, Invincible ended he season on the River Derwent by winning PHS, AMS and IRC categories of the last race on corrected time.
Invincible, a Farr 1104, sailed an exceptionally good race, finished sixth in the Group A fleet and only 30 seconds astern of cross-river rival Intrigue, the Castro 40 skippered by Don Calvert from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
The 30 nautical mile race down to a mark off Richardson’s Beach in Ralph Bay and return, twice, gave the fleet a glorious finish to the summer season, sailing in a north-westerly breeze that freshened to 20 knots during the day,
Invincible won Group A, PHS category by three points from Matthew Denholm’s Mumm 30 Cleopatra with TasPaints taking third place overall.
Under the AMS ratings, Invincible ended with five wins from seven long races over the summer season, finishing comfortably ahead of Intrigue, with Cleopatra third overall.
Again, in the IRC category, Invincible won five of the seven races, wining easily from Intrigue and The Protagonist (Stuart Denny).
The duel for line honours saw a remarkable race between Peter Cretan’s Marten 49 Tilt and Gary Smith’s The Fork in the Road.
The Fork in the Road led the fleet around the first leg from Battery Point to Ralph’s Bay and return, a fast spinnaker run down river followed by a hard beat to windward back to Battery Point, rounding the windward mark just 30 seconds ahead of Tilt.
Their duel continued with Tilt finally overtaking The Fork in the Road over the final few hundred metres from the John Garrow to Battery Point to take line honours by 16 seconds.
In Group B, Silicon Ship, David Wyatt and Gordon Clark’s Knoop 32, also from BYC, won the final race under PHS scoring to clinch an overall victory, also winning the pennant under AMS from the final race winner Young Lion (Steve Chau).
In Group C, the pennant went to Tarremah (L Duncan) by just one point from Peter Alcock’s Kindred Spirit, third place overall going to the final race winner Camlet Way (Steve Mannering).
The final race day of the Combined Clubs Harbour Series is scheduled for next Saturday, 5 March, to wind up the summer season of racing in Hobart which attracted strong entries and hard competition in both harbour and long racing.
In a rare performance in Hobart yacht racing, Harold Clark’s Farr 1104 Invincible today won all three Group A handicap divisions of the Combined Clubs Long Race Series sailed on the River Derwent and in Storm Bay.
Often described as having an ‘invincible’ rating (handicap), the Bellerive Yacht Club boat outsailed her cross-river rival, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Don Calvert’s Castro 40 Intrigue, under AMS, IRC and PHS corrected time scoring.
Invincible now heads the Pennant leader board in the Group A AMS and IRC divisions going into the seventh and final Combined Clubs Long Race on Saturday, February 27. In the PHS category, Invincible is just one point behind Matthew Denholm’s Cleopatra.
Invincible has a remarkable record of yacht racing on the Derwent and in southern Tasmanian waters, her successes on handicap having included the Bruny Island Race, the King of the Derwent and many Pennant series.
Aside from bushfire smoke shrouding southern Tasmania throughout the morning, the Long Race (35 nautical miles for Group A, shorter distances for Groups B and C) was sailed in ideal conditions – a spinnaker run down the river before a moderate northerly breeze and a spinnaker run home in a freshening seabreeze.
The spinnaker runs, in particular the dash back up-river, certainly favoured Invincible and her winning margins in the AMS and IRC divisions were by several minutes. However, in the PHS division the Farr 1104 won by just 18 seconds on corrected time form Ian Stewart’s Mumm 36 Tas Paints.
Invincible won Group A (PHS) from Tas Paints and Wings Three (Peter Haros) with Intrigue placing sixth. In Group A (AMS) she won from Intrigue (Don Calvert) and Cleopatra (Matthew Denholm), her fourth win in six races.
In Group A (IRC) Invincible also notched up her fourth win in six races, winning from Intrigue and The Protagonist (Stuart Denny).
In Group B (AMS), just one point separates Silicon Ship (Wyatt & Clark) and yesterday’s race winner, Take Five (Ian Gannon), going into the final race later this month.
In Group B (PHS), Victorian based Jan Harpur steered Spirit of Freya to victory in yesterday’s race from Take Five and Silicon Ship. The point score margin is again one point between Silicon Ship and Take Five.
In Group C (PHS) Wayatih (A Morgan) won yesterday’s relatively short race from Tarremah (L Duncan) and Peter Alcock’s Kindred Spirit.
This has left Kindred Spirit and Tarremah equal on 10 points going into the final race later this month.
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Hobart yachtsman Nat Morgan and his crew of Hot August Night should be celebrating their Royal Hobart Regatta Combined Clubs Harbour Race today with a good old cuppa.
The reason? This evening Hot August Night was declared the 2016 winner of the historic Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy.
Bellerive Yacht Club confirmed Hot August Night the 2016 winner of the ornate silver trophy after the Ben Lexcen-designed IOR 35 from the Derwent Sailing Squadron had won today’s Division 2 with the lowest corrected time of all four divisions.
Sir Thomas Lipton, the Scottish merchant and creator of the Lipton Tea brand and many times luckless challenger for the America’s Cup, originally donated the trophy to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in 1914.
After being the perpetual trophy for the Tasmanian One Design class championships for many years, the RYCT re-dedicated it as a major yachting trophy for the Royal Hobart Regatta.
The fleet yesterday provided a spectacular yachting aspect to the Royal Hobart Regatta, twice dashing up the Derwent under spinnakers before a 20 knot sea breeze to a rounding mark off the Regatta Grounds.
Wayne Banks-Smith’s Farr 40 War Games set the pace around the harbour course, which began with a long beat to windward down river to a mark off Droughty Point, followed by the first spinnaker run.
The strong outgoing current/tide saw several yachts over the line at the start, forcing frustrating returns and re-starts.
Under PHS scoring across the three divisions, Hot August Night won Division 2 with a corrected time of 2 hours 00 minutes and 24 seconds, with Division 1 winner Ciao Baby II (Gary Cripps) recording 2 hours 01 minute and 26 seconds.
The freshening sou’easter tested the helmsmen and crews, with Malcolm Cooper’s Kaiulani forced to retire after wrapping a spinnaker around the forestay.
Hot August Night won Division 2 PHS from Trouble (Dave Willans) and Rousabout (Grahame Inglis) while in Division 1, Ciao Baby II came in ahead of Masquarade (Tony Harman) and Mem (Bruce Palmer).
In Division 4, Charles Peacock’s metre-styled Serica won her third successive race in the Combined Clubs Harbour Series, winning today’s race from Hornet (Neville Georgeson) and Zephyr (Ian Johnston).
In Division 6, Peter Limb’s Spinner won her second of two starts this season, taking first place from Innovator (I Smith and D Aberle) and Peter Alcock’s Kindred Spirit.
In the rated categories, BYC member Jeff Cordell, helming G&G Advantage, has notched up a remarkable sixth wins from eight races in Division 1 AMS, winning today from rival Mumm 36 Tas Paints (Ian Stewart) and Martela (Tony Williams).
In the IRC category, Martela took the honours from B&G Advantage, third place going to John Mills and Ian Douglas’s Nexedge.
After eight races for Division 1 in the Combined Clubs Harbour Series, B&G Advantage heads the leader board in all three categories: AMS, IRC and PHS, although sharing top billing in the IRC category with Martela.
In Division 2 (PHS) Rousabout and Trouble are on equal points, while in Division 4 (PHS) Serica has a handy lead from Zephyr although in Division 6 it’s close, just point between Free ‘n’ Easy (Bob Jones) and Kindred Spirit.
A fleet of near 40 harbour racing yachts is expected to give a colourful boost to the aquatic side of the 178th Royal Hobart Regatta next Monday, 8 February, with the overall first placegetter on PHS corrected time winning the historic and valuable Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy for 2016.
It’s not a take-home trophy and after Monday’s racing it will remain in the vaults of the Royal Hobart Regatta Association, but will be formally presented (albeit briefly) to the winner at a later date.
Plans are for this to take place at the annual prizegiving of the Bellerive Yacht Club which this year is conducting the Regatta Day Yacht Race, which is also Race Day 6 of the Combined Clubs Harbour Series.
Yachts in all four divisions of the Harbour Series will start and finish from the same mid-river start/finish line, between 1.30pm and 2pm, and will sail the same course in an area between Castray Esplanade, BYC1, Rosny Point and the Regatta Grounds.
To give Regatta patrons a spectacular view of the yacht racing, the fleet will round a mark between Rosny Point and the Hobart Regatta Grounds as part of their River Derwent harbour course.
The winner of the historic Lipton Cup will be the yacht with the lowest corrected time under PHS scoring in all four divisions: 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Scotsman Sir Thomas Lipton, KCVO, a self-made man, merchant and creator of the Lipton tea brand, and the yachtsman who was the most persistent challenger in the history of the America’s Cup, presented the Lipton Trophy to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in 1914.
It was first deeded as a Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Tasmanian One Design class. The original Tasmanian One Design class yacht, Weene, won the trophy for nine successive years, from 1915 through to 1921, and again in 1937, 1940, 1941 and 1942.
At some stage, post World War II, the RYCT re-dedicated the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy to the Royal Hobart Regatta and since then the names of many famous Tasmanian yachts have had their names engraved on the prestigious trophy’s base, including Erica J (11 wins), Ninie (8), Francis (10), Jenny S (7), Police Car (5) and Trump Card (4).
The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy is made of sculptured sterling silver, hall-marked ‘London 1212’, set on a large, silver mounted plinth and has a silver weight of 2,000gm.
Going in race day six of the Combined Clubs Harbour Series and after seven races. B&G Advantage (Jeff Cordell) heads Division 1 in both PHS and AMS scoring, while War Games (Wayne Banks-Smith) leads the IRC category.
In Division 2, Rousabout (Grahame Inglis) holds a narrow lead, under PHS scoring, with Serica (Charles Peacock) heading the leader board in Division 4 and Free ‘n’ Easy (Rob Jones) the front runner in Division 6.
Just seven seconds separated ocean racing yachts The Fork in the Road and Tilt in a dramatic duel up the Derwent on Saturday to the finish of the 31 nautical mile Betsey Island Race, the fifth race of this summer’s Combined Clubs’ Long Race Series.
From Long Point at Lower Sandy Bay to the finish line off Castray Esplanade Battery Point, the two yachts were only a few boat lengths apart as they carried their big white spinnakers on a shy reach, at times their hulls overlapped.
Helmsman, sailmaker Steve Walker from Wynyard, steering The Fork in the Road in defensive mode, forced the overtaking Tilt high above the direct line between Long Point and Battery Point. Nearing the finish, he luffed the bigger boat above the line to just retain the race lead and cross the line a mere seven seconds in front.
“It really was an exciting finish, probably the closest I’ve been in boats of this size,” owner/skipper Gary Smith said after the finish. “In fact, it was a close race all way to Betsey Island and return and augers well for another clash in next weekend’s 90th Bruny Island Race.”
The Fork in the Road, a 45-footer, and Tilt, Peter Cretan’s 49-footer, were within a few boat lengths of each other as they led the fleet down the Derwent and out into Storm Bay, rounding Betsey Island from the inside, and then back up the river in a fresh easterly breeze, at times reaching 20 knots.
For the leaders, and for most of the fleet, this meant a two-sail reach with “slightly cracked sheets” from the Iron Pot back up-river to Long Point where most boats were able to hoist big reaching spinnakers.
“We delayed hoisting our spinnaker as we concerned that we might sail through the Sandy Bay Sailing Club starting line for their big dinghy fleets; Tilt, coming from astern with her kit filled closed the gap,” Smith explained.
“At times, Tilt’s bow was halfway along our hull, but Steve’s fine steering and tactics, along with constant sail trimming by the crew, include Drew Meincke on main, gave us a great victory,” he added.
The Betsey Island is a longtime major event on the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s calendar, this year attracting 58 entries, including casuals, although there were only 38 starters.
One of the veteran yachts racing in Hobart, Roger Jackman’s Doctor Who, scored her second successive Long Race Series win in taking out the PHS category of Group A. In second place was The Protagonist (Stuart Denny) and third Pirate’s Pride (Peter Masterton).
Harold Clark’s Invincible won both the AMS and IRC rated divisions of Group A. In the AMS division Invincible won from Intrigue (Don Calvert) and Pirate’s Pride and in the IRC division, she won from Doctor Who and The Protagonist.
In Division B, Derwent Sailing Squadron Commodore Steve Chau’s Young 88 Young Lion won the AMS and PHS categories, taking first place in AMS from Footloose (Stewart Geeves) and Silicon Ship (David Wyatt and Gordon Clark). In PHS, Young Lion won from Mischief (K Weber) and Trouble (Dave Willans).
Steve Mannering’s pilot-house cruiser/racer Camlet Way won Group C from Kindred Spirit (Peter Alcock) and Trick Cyclist (T Trick).
Camlet Way had the lowest corrected time under PHS scoring and will be declared overall winner of the 2016 Betsey Island Race.
Despite a misty morning, the fleet of 38 boats made a spectacular sight as they beat to windward down the river into a freshening easterly breeze.
All three Groups were sent on the full course, with another hard work to windward to round Betsy Island, leaving it to starboard and once, clear of the lee of the rocky island in Storm Bay, had a spinnaker run back to the Iron.
Coming up the river, most boats had a fast two-sail reach, but it was not until most of the fleet were abeam of the Garrow that spinnaker could be hoisted and used effectively in the finish dash to the finish off Battery Point.