Weekend racing review

The Rupert McCurrich Fire Truck Trophy is one the most sought-after perpetual trophies on the calendar.  It is awarded to the scratch winner of a selected Yngling mini regatta in the Spring season.

Last Saturday produced one of the hard-fought series with Miss Pub (Hamish Jarrett and Max Hayman) winning the 2015 Series by just one point from former Olympic sailor Karen Gojnich, helming Evie

The three-race contest was sailed as part of the Squadron’s Mini B regatta with Miss Pibb notching up a scorecard of 1-2-2 and Evie scoring a 4-1-1 result.

Competition was close right through the 10 boat fleet with Soria (Robyn Grosvenor) third overall with a 2-3-4 result, just one point ahead of Karma (Gary Wogas) with a 3-4-3 score.

The International Dragon also races in the Mini B regatta, with three different race winners:  French Connection (Anthony Armstrong), Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) and Ascalon (Jim Hawkins and Andrew Howe).

Overall,  Sidewinder had the best score,  with a second and a third in addition to the win.

Also racing in the regatta was the new Sportsboat Division with Tim Ryan’s James from the CYCA winning all three races under the SMS (sportsboat measurement system).

Runner-up on the day was RSYS entrant Java (Paul Wood) and in third place the Drummoyne Sailing Club entrant Ynot (Stephen Brady).

In Division 1, Anthony Coleman’s Euphoria chased Charles Curran’s Sydney around the course and came out first on corrected time from Impetuous Too (Graeme Lambert) and Sydney.

Soundtrack (John Amos) took out Division 2 from Campeador (Jonathan Threlfall) and Solange (Will Hutchinson/ Trevor Carroll).

Division 3 saw an all-the-way duel for line handicap honours between the speedsters with David Smith’s Til the Fat Lady Sings getting gun 23 seconds ahead of Beware of the Dog (Terry Daly) and winning on corrected time.  Mingara III (Philip Crane) placed third.

Although boats were missing, the Etchells class still attracted 17 starters with Alchemist (Richard Hammond) finishing 25 seconds ahead of Yarrawa (Tony Brown) and Special Mention (David Griffith and Mark Anderson).

Peter Campbell