Australian Regattas 2016/2017

Pantaenius Farr to Young Regatta

Early December saw 1020’s and Young 88’s come together on Sydney’s pristine cruising ground, Pittwater. Hosted by Royal Motor Club boats from Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour sailed north for the inaugural regatta. Chairman Craig flew over flying the association flag aboard Zahn. On arrival Griffin with Dim Houridis and crew joined Zahn in the Friday twilight racing quickly enjoying the shifty Pittwater conditions. Bill Ker off Arabesque from Brisbane flew in after a marathon Hong Kong, Port Morseby, Brisbane day to further enliven festivities. Day one of racing involved the Three Island Passage Race from Palm Beach around Lion, Dangar and Scotland Islands for a club finish.

                    

Our start in a max 10 kts saw the 88’s and Sequel get away quickly. Foxing Griffin hoisted a brand new suite of sails nothing like their twilight robes and Alan Grundy and family on Farrst Company were true to name off the line. Our fleet quickly gathered up the earlier starting fleet to meet in the car park around Dangar, drifting around there until Juno Pt where Adam Baggett’s Tenspeed and Zahn often swapped positions in the shifty building 15-20 kts. Nobody could match Michael Doherty and Felicity Nelson’s however for speed, with Sequel showing her transom throughout for a resounding win.

Sponsor CUB opened the bar for post racing drinks and a few crews and families stayed on for the dinner at the Club.

Day 2 was another pearler with windward/ leewards planned on the pond off Clareville. It was close racing throughout and whilst Sequel was a clear standout in every race she was challenged closely by all on a number of occasions. The big kite on Griffin made her a big challenge on all the downwinds and Farrst Company was constantly in the marks mix. Placings swapped in each of the races leaving Zahn in second to Sequel with Tenspeed just a point adrift followed by Griffin and Farrst Company which suffered gear issues in the final race.

                           

All in all everyone had a ball at a well run and welcoming club and are keen to go again this year with a potential rotating venue down the track. The trip up is a short but worthwhile one everyone agreed. A number of boats intended to participate put couldn’t due timing, so we can expect a much bigger fleet next time. The always competitive and well sailed 88’s kept it interesting and fun and are equally keen to go around again. Well done Felicity and Michael on Sequel for an emphatic run of bullets.

 

Article Courtesy of Seamus  -  Zahn

 

Sydney Harbour Regatta

Michael Doherty threw out the challenge so Zahn entered and joined Tenspeed in the Performance Spinnaker Division of the biggest keelboat regatta in Sydney with some 250 boats racing out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club the home of the Australian Sailing Team.

Sydney’s continuing run of lousy weather was sadly a feature of the weekend. Again Craig flew over (with his light S1 thank-you) for the regatta with Jenni keen but too busy sadly to join him on Zahn. The short 4 hour passage from Pittwater to Middle Harbour with Craig was in a sloppy soueasterly swell in constant showers and a belting squall when passing Manly where the Sydney 38’s were racing, saw some sailmakers and riggers smiling which was a portent for the weekend’s racing.

Saturday’s race one starting off Quarantine Beach near Manly in 10 to 12 kts with a pin favoured but brick challenging option was taken advantage of by Zahn getting a great start. Challenging rule interpretation was sometimes a feature of a race where shifts played their part in fluctuating breezes. The course west down the harbour around the cans to Rose Bay and back to Little Manly saw Zahn take the bullet and the fleet honours. Sadly the forecast deteriorated and already earlier days fleet breakages caused the PRO to call it a day.

Day 2 saw similar conditions in a slightly less swell wind building to some nasty bullets and exciting roundups in the fleets later. A harbour race for race one saw Sequel resuming her usual position out front, playing the shifts well. Tenspeed tussled with Zahn throughout with Zahn eventually gapping her in the latter part of the race. Zahn closed Sequel but with not enough left in the race was beaten. Conditions built for race 3 out of the west a direction known for strength and gusts. Sadly Air New Zealand’s early departure time from Sydney prevented Craig from doing race 3, which ended up being windward leewards into Balmoral from Quarantine. An interestingly set course and some big bullets caused some close shaves but yet again Sequel strutted her stuff to best Zahn and Tenspeed.

Overall Sequel finished second in the division of 25 odd boats with Zahn third and Tenspeed in fifth showing still how classy these 30 year old boats are against their shinier new rivals.

It would be great to see more Harbour 1020’s at this regatta next year and with 5 we would have our own start and division. Equally so next week’s Sail Port Stephens (a great fun and well run in/offshore regatta Zahn did last year is also a stunning cruising ground) is another good option next year especially allowing banana benders a shorter passage south to racing with the southerners.

 Article Courtesy of Seamus  -  Zahn