Biggest fleet of the season on Sydney Harbour

Last Saturday’s saw a fleet of 70 boats contest the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Spring Series racing on the Harbour, the biggest fleet of the season so far.

Division 1 was boosted to 17 starters by nine visiting boats from Middle Harbour Yacht Club with the visitors dominating results, filling nine of the top 10 places on corrected time.

Line honours also went to the Middle Harbour flyer Little Nico, Adrian Walters’ Shaw 11m, which beat Charles Curran 60-footer Sydney around the course by almost four minutes.

On corrected times, first place went to Toy Box 2 (Ian Box) followed by two other MHYC boats, Stormaway (Jack Stening and Col Gunn) and Nine Dragons (Bob Cox).

First Squadron boat on corrected time was John and Michael Stephen’s Much Ado V which placed fifth.  Sydney was next.

Division 3 continues to attract strong fleets and a dozen boats turned out last Saturday for some close racing resulting in a win for John Jeremy’s Tingari from Mingara III (Philip Crane) and line honours winner Til the Fat Lady Sings (David Smith).

Tingari now holds a 2 points lead over Mingara III in the Spring pointscore.

Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Millar) got the double in Division 2, taking handicap honours by 27 seconds from Campeador (Jonathan Threlfall) with Alouette (John Waring) third.

Outstanding performance of the day was the hat-trick of wins in the International Etchells Mini A regatta by Top 40, owned by Geoff Bonouvrie and Peter Merrington.

Steve Jarvin had a good day with Magpie, with a scorecard of 2-2-5 while Umami (Christian Brook and Ant Elliott) finished 4-6-2.

In the International Dragon class Liquidity (Richard Franklin) won from Whimsical (Gordon Ingate) and French Connection (Anthony Armstrong).

The Ynglings continued their close racing with Miss Pibb (Hamish Jarrett and Max Hayman) leading home the fleet from Debacle (Ellis Todres) and Troika (Callum Thompson).

This coming Saturday is a significant race day for the Ynglings with a big fleet expected to race for the prestigious Rupert McCurrich Fire Truck Trophy.

Peter Campbell

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