Rod Pearse’s Dehler 41 cruiser/racer Ultreya has been confirmed as winner of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s historic Gascoigne Cup for 2014 following the hearing of requests for redress by two competitors.
The Protest Committee found that the race officer had made the first Warning Signal at 11.50, five minutes ahead of the scheduled time and thus started Divisions 1 and 2 five minutes ahead of time.
Between half and two-thirds of the Division 1 fleet had started at the 11.55am time, the remainder waiting for the 12.00 noon start.
A few minutes after the 11.55 start of Division 1, all boats turned back towards the start line. Some returned and restarted, others went part way back and then resumed racing.
Hell Razor (Ian MacDiarmid) in Division 1 and Outlandish (Sean Barrett) in Division 2 were each awarded redress in that their elapsed time was reduced by five minutes.
The effect on the corrected time results saw Hell Razor lifted from 19th to 17th place in Division 1 while Outlandish’s place in Division 2 remained at 8th.
Squadron member Paul Clitheroe’s Balance was first boat to finish the course to Botany Bay and return among the Gascoigne Cup entrants, with Ultreya taking first place on PHS handicaps from Ceilidh (Peter Williams) and Much Ado V (John and Michael Stephens).
Both Ultreya and Much Ado V, a Ker 11.7, are regular competitors in the RSYS Division 1 fleet rather than the CYCA’s Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore series which includes the Gascoigne Cup.
Their performances were impressive against the more offshore-orientated boats, including several entrants for the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
The Thelma Plate for Division 2 went to Soundtrack (John Amos) on corrected time from Crosshaven (Justin Pelly and Sean Rahilly) which had fastest time in this division. Third place went to Damien Barker’s Alpha Carinae.
The RSYS’s results for the Gascoigne Cup under IRC scoring saw Imagination (Robin Hawthorn) score a narrow win from Just a Dash (Philip Dash) and Nine Dragons (Bob Cox).
IRC Division 2 went to Crosshaven from Saltshaker (Peter Franki) and Soundtrack (John Amos).