Story by Peter Costolloe (Classic Yacht Association of Australia)
The 29’ day sailer Warringa under the shared helm of Tim Boucaut and Tony Hoppe, and crewed by Craig O’Brien and David Helmore (making a guest appearance from Jungle Juice) continually showed the Classic fleet that her 80 years old beautiful JJ Savage of Williamstown sheer lines are definitely not slow.
Down by a small but significant margin after Race 4 Warringa put in a not to be seen again Rolly Tasker circa 1961 Spinnaker hoist pursuit race start and a blinder of a race performance to pass all the fleet but one. This Race 5 performance moved her up the Regatta score sheet to take home the Col Bandy Trophy for the best Classic Yacht of the Cup Regatta and the Stradbroke II Trophy for the best of the combined Classic and Couta boat fleet.
The Classic Cup Regatta 2015 also saw a spirited performance by RMYS member Chris Havre on the helm of Akuna who kept the Tumlarens honest by splitting the Race 5 finish of Avian and Ettrick. Jim Woods' Windward II was a notable Classic Yacht of the Regatta.
The Classic Yacht Association Fleet of Tumlarens were also acknowledged by the large contingent of Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand visitors. These visitors were charged with the task of determining the Regatta Concours d’Elegance vessel of the Regatta Fleet. Rather than select a vessel, the active Tumlaren fleet of the Cup Regatta was selected under the decision of what would best represent the Classic Yacht Association, locally, nationally and internationally. Within that decision, the Tumlaren Ettrick was accorded the honour of being the best representative of the Tumlaren Fleet and was presented with the Boot Hook Trophy from Tim Phillips' Wooden Boat Shop in Sorrento.
One feature of Warringa’s Cup Regatta performance was them having no problem with handling the 25 knot northerly to sail from RMYS to RYCV to be ready for the start of the Cup Regatta Race 3.
The winner of the CYANZ Tony Blake Perpetual Trophy was Mercedes III. This trophy is a print of the Tony Blake donated $35,000 oil painting of the Classics Sayonara and Rawhiti racing in a Sayonara Cup Challenge through Half Moon Bay. The home Club of the winning Classic Yacht will be offered a conditional display opportunity of the original oil painting.