Tingari Wins Varuna Trophy As Squadron Season Ends

14 April 2012

Peter Campbell

The East Coast 31 Tingari, owned and skippered by John Jeremy, has won the Varuna Trophy, the traditional end-of-season handicap race between the winners and top placegetters in each division and class in the Squadron’s Main Series.

Tingari won the Division 3 Main Series for the third consecutive season and in the Varuna Cup sailed up to her optimum in winning from the Yngling Black Adder (Gary Pearce) and Division 1 champion ISuper (Peter Campbell).

John is one of Sydney’s most active yachtsmen, as a competitor and as volunteer administrator. A former Commodore of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, he edits that club’s magazine, has served on the Sailing Committee of the RSYS, and is chairman of the Australia Day Regatta organising committee.

He is an outstanding amateur photographer and his images of classic yachts racing on Sydney Harbour including many wonderful photos.

John has owned Tingari for 30 years and many of the crew have been sailing on the boat for about a quarter of a century, including Lindy Danvers, Daryl Gibbs. Chris Mifsud, David Cox and Horst Kirschner, who sadly passed away this week from pancreatic cancer.

“We were able to tell him of our victory in the Varuna Trophy...Horst was a major contributor to our successes with Tingari,” John added.

Discussing his victories this season, John said: “Some new sails help occasionally but the real secret is consistency – being out there every weekend and doing the best we can; and above all enjoying the sail and the company of good friends.

“That was very much our approach to the Varuna Trophy race last weekend. It was a light north-easterly wind – not a TIngari breeze; she really enjoys 15 to 25 knots.

“But we simply set out to do our best and not make too many mistakes. This year it worked, and we won,” he added.

Results were well spread between the wide variety of competing boats, with fourth place going to Lahaina II (Len Buttenshaw), fifth place to the Dragon class yacht Liquidity (Richard Franklin and Damien Hannes).

Charles Curran’s Sydney took line honours but placed ninth on corrected time in the rather slow race that saw an hour and 19 minutes between first and last boats.