The finish of the final race for Division 1 of Bellerive Yacht Club/Tilford Auto Group Winter Series was a real nail-biter for Michael and Michelle Denney in their Z39 Wild West on Hobart’s River Derwent today.
Wild West took line honours and almost first place on PHS, beaten by one second on corrected time by Gary Cripps’ Chau Baby II. A close third was Ian Stewart’s Mumm 36 Tas Paints.
Then came a wait as BYC race officers calculated the overall result for the Winter Series.
Wild West and Tas Paints had both ended up with a net 11 points at the end of the five race series, but victory went to Wild West on a countback with a scorecard of (dns)-6-2-1-2 while Tas Paints had a series of 4-1-3-(5)-3. Chau Baby ended up third overall in Division 1, on 13 points.
The result was very much an eastern shore versus western shore outcome between prominent members of different clubs; Michael Denney is sailing manager of the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Ian Stewart is vice commodore of Bellerive Yacht Club.
BYC’s Winter Series ended on a sparkling late-winter morning – with more wind than forecast and some subsequent dramas on the water. The Alaska 45 Committee Boat recorded a gust of 28 knots during the middle of the race. However, most of the race was sailed in Northerly wind of 15-24 knots.
Chris Sheehan's Saga...overall winner of Division 2. Photo Ollie Burnell
With today’s race 5 the decider of the series for Divisions 1 and 2, the starts of both fleet were fiercely contested.
Several boats broached downwind in the gusty conditions with some damage to sails and running rigging. Wildfire retired with an injured crewman (a knock to the nose) but recovered ashore.
Division 2 went down to the wire with prominent BYC member Chris Sheehan sailing Saga to an overall victory with a third in the final race. Saga did not win a race during the Winter Series but never placed worse than equal fifth to finish with a net 12 points, four points clear of Dave Willans’s Trouble. Southern Swordfish (Doug Barry) took third place on a countback from Excite (Robin White).
First Light (Ben Davidson) won the final race today from Pyxis (Chris Hadrill) and Saga.
Valsheda (Brian Bick) won DIvision 3 by one point. Photo Ollie Burnell.
Just one point separated Velsheda (Brian Bick) and Kama (Ron Cushion) in the overall pointscore for Division 3, with Innovator (Ian Smith) a close third. Winner of today’s Division 3 was Nirvana (Kerry Boden) from YNacht (Glenn Frame) and Kama.
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s final Winter Race is scheduled for next Sunday, 28 August, the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s series ended on Sunday, 4 September.
Being a yachting administrator doesn’t give Mike Denney much time for sailing his own boat, Wild West, which he owns in partnership with his wife Michelle, on the River Derwent. Today was an exception and, as it turned out, one for celebrations.
Wild West on her way to winning BYC Division 1 today, taking line and handicap honours. Photo Peter Watson.
Mike, sailing manager with the Derwent Sailing Squadron, has been sailing in Bellerive Yacht Club’s Winter Series and today he steered Wild West to her first race win since he and Michelle bought the Bakewell-White 39 about 12 months ago.
The New Zealand-designed Wild West took line honours and first place on corrected time in Division 1 of the BYC/Tilford Auto Group Winter Series on what was beautiful day for a mid-winter race.
“We got a reasonably good start and led for most of the way, although they almost caught us at one point when we sailed into a ‘hole’,” Mike said after the race.
Wild West maintained her lead to take line honours from Nexedge, skippered by Tim Gadsby for the syndicate of new owners. On corrected time Wild West won from Magellan (Richard Grant) and Nexedge.
Wild West has an offshore program for the summer, starting with the Maria Island Race in November and then the 10th Launceston to Hobart Race starting on December 27, with Mike taking time off from his sailing management duties.
Tas Paints and Nexedge racing boat for boat on the Rivr Derwent today. Photo Peter Watson.
Hard luck story of the day was Philosopher (Shaun Tiedemann) which sailed through the start/finish line on the first downwind leg for Division 1, thus incurring a two minutes penalty on her elapsed time under SI 11.5. She placed fifth.
With one race to sail in the BYC Winter Series, Tas Paints (Ian Stewart) has a one point overall lead in Division 1 from B&G Advantage (Jeff Cordell), both boats being unplaced today. Wild West has moved up to third overall.
Sailing conditions were tricky today, with plenty of fresh water flowing out of the Derwent and the breeze fluctuating between NNE and NNW at 10-15 knots.
“The frequently oscillating breeze, combined with a brisk outgoing current made for plenty of ‘nip and tuck’ racing,” BYC sailing manager Peter Watson described the race. “Boats that did not keel in phase with the changing wind direction and current found themselves quickly losing places.”
In Division 2, first place went to Just in Time (Mick Sheehan) after a close mid-fleet duel with Southern Sword (Doug Barry), third place going to Saga (Mick Sheehan). Mark Ballard took line honours with 42 South.
Start of Division 1 in today's Bellerive Yacht Club -Tilford Auto Group Wintere Series. Photo Peter Watson.
Senior management of the Derwent Sailing Squadron, manager Shaun Tiedemann and sailing manager Mike Denney and their yachts, today took out first and second places in Division 1 of Bellerive Yacht Club’s Tilford Auto Group Winter Series.
In a duel around the course in a light to moderate northerly breeze on the River Derwent, Mike and Michelle Denney’s Wild West beat Shaun Tiedemann’s Philosopher across the line by just 17 seconds.
On corrected time, victory went to Philosopher, the former Sydney based yacht, her first win on the Derwent, the margin here being 68 seconds.
This winter, DSS club manager Tiedemann and his youthful crew are racing Philosopher in the DSS series and, across the river in the BYC series. Sailing manager Denney obviously can’t compete in the DSS winter series but enjoying the Division 1 race with Bellerive.
Line honours went to Ian Stewart’s Mumm 36 Tas Paints which recovered well after being over early and having to restart, and then forced to the Eastern shore. Tas Paints placed third on corrected time.
In close racing, just over a minute separate the first four boats at the finish.
Philosopher in winning trim on the River Derwent today. Photo Peter Watson.
Today was a classic winter morning for racing on the river, with Hobart’s ‘Bridgewater Jerry’ (a fog that moves down the river) making its presence well and truly felt. In fact, the city and main harbour were blanketed in thick fog from dawn until it began to lift just before the race start time.
Racing finished with conditions bright and sunny, but with a high wind chill.
Just three seconds separated first and second places on PHS handicaps in Division 2, with Southern Swordfish (Doug Barry) just beating line honours winner Xcit (Robin White). Just In Time (Mick Sheehan) took third place.
The comfortable cruising yacht, Kerry Boden’s Nirvana had a close win in Division 3, bearing Velsheda (Brian Bick) by 18 seconds, third place going to Innovator (Ian Smith).
After three of BYC’s five-race Winter Series, Tas Paints and Jeff Cordell’s B&G Advantage on equal points, 8, in Division 1, with Janene Frawley and Gavin Adamson’s Madness on 11 points. All three are Mumm 36s.
Xcite took line honours in Division 2. Photo Peter Watson.
Trouble (Dave Willans) is on 10 points in Division 2, one point ahead of Wildfire (Malcolm Robinson) and 1.5 points up on Saga (Chris Sheehan.
Innovator (Ian Smith) is on 9 points in Division 3, with Kama (Rod Cushion) on 11 points and Velsheda (Brian Bick) on 12.
Colleen Darcey and her all-women crew from Hobart is second overall in two handicap divisions after two days of highly competitive racing in the prestigious Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta onvMelbourne’s Port Phillip.
Darcey, a past winning skipper of the AWKR, heads a combined Hobart clubs challenge against 25 other all-women crews, in total 177 women, from seven states and territories.
The Hobart women, sailing a borrowed Melbourne boat, Absolut, an Archambault 35, were in their element as a strong south-westerly front swept up the bay on Saturday afternoon , winning all three handicap divisions, AMS, IRC and EHC, on corrected time as well as taking line honours.
Today, in light winds, Absolut placed second and third under both AMS and IRC ratings, beaten around the course by local sailor Stephanie Strong and her crew sailing More Noise, an Archambault 31.
After four races, More Noise heads the AMS division with a score of 1-2-1-1, 5 points with Absolut on 9 points from placings of 3-1-2-3.
Under IRC scoring, the overall scores are the same for both yachts, with More Noise scoring two wins and Absolut another second and third, the scores being same, 9 points to 5 points.
“The breeze ran out of puff today but the Tassie girls, in sub-optimum conditions for their Archambault 35, Absolut, sailed magnificently,” a team supporter reported.
“They're having a real tussle with More Noise - the Archambault 31 skippered by Stephanie Strong and How Bizarre - the Reichel Pugh 36 skippered by Nicole Butcher.
“Hoping it blows dogs off chains tomorrow. A little bit more forecast out of the North in the morning. Common’ Tassie!”
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.