Sydney’s narrow lead going into final race

16 March 2013

Peter Campbell

Over the past 24 races, both Sydney and Hell Razer have had three handicap wins along with consistent placings in the top ten of the strong Division 1 fleet. Sydney has a net 82 points, Hell Razer 84.$2 and Impetuous Too has 98 points, just clear of Jackie Claire (Geoff and Debbie Davidson) 101 points and ISuper (Peter Campbell) 102 points.

Sydney is assured of at least one major trophy: first place under IRC ratings for Division 1. Sydney has a 10 point margin over Too Impetuous.

Equal on points going into the final race for Division 4 are Stafford Watts’ Beowulf and Cheryn Croker’s Daydream. Daydream, with its all-women crew, finished third last Saturday to level with Beowulf on 44 points. Still in contention for an overall win is David Smith’s Solay which won Saturday’s race to be on 49 points.

In Division 2, Ambitious (David Matthews) has a handy lead over Arcturus III (Peter Davenport) and Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Miller) going into next Saturday’s final race.

Australia Day Regatta committee chairman John Jeremy is lining up for another season success with his East Coast 31 Tingari, after a second last Saturday gave him a seven point margin over former Sydney Hobart Race winner Zeus II (Jim Dunstan). Zeus II is equal on points with Mystere (Malcolm Shaw and Andrew Rodger) with Mingara III (Philip Crane) just one point back.

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Three placings on corrected time will decide the winner of the Division 1 Main Series of the Squadron’s summer racing series of 2012-2013 when the fleet lines up for the final club race of the season next Saturday. Only 2.42 points separate Charles Curran’s Iain Murray-designed 60-footer Sydney and Ian MacDiarmid’s Hell Razer after last Saturday’s penultimate race day on the Harbour. Both boats finished well back in the fleet on corrected time, Sydney 11th, Hell Razer 13th, with victory going to Willyama (Richard Barron & Stephen Sanlorenzo) lifting it to seventh overall going into the final race.