By Peter Costolloe (CYAA Handicapper)
After a fraction over three hours of Classic yacht racing, Bob Munro’s Tandanya under the helm of Stephen Lake was called to the Lipton Cup Regatta podium to be presented with the Classic division "best on corrected time" trophy. Congratulations go to Stephen for bringing Tandanya home in fine fashion and to pip Tim Boucaut’s Warringa by 18 seconds over the line and by a minute on corrected time. Another notch in Bob Munro’s gun belt for sure.
Congratulations also go to Martin Ryans and his hard working crew to bring Mercedes III home and take out line honours. Frances wasn’t far behind. Both crews put in non stop work around the course while taking on some of the heavy hitting performance yachts racing in the Cruising division.
Our Tumlaren fleet was one of the features of the Lipton Cup Regatta. Third on corrected time went to George Low and his crew bringing Snow Goose across the line, to be followed by Gordon Tait's Ettrick and then by Jim Hutchinson’s Dingo who recovered well after some spinnaker trouble. Watching the 4 Tumlarens racing in a combined fleet under spinnaker on the run from Pipeline P3 mark around the Gellibrand Shoal mark showed the top one design of Port Phillip from yesteryear was still capable of matching the light displacement yachts of today.
One other feature of the Classic fleet for the Lipton Cup race was the welcome return to racing by Sirocco. After her major restore work shake down that turned up the need for a final tune up she was all set to race. With Kath Solly on the helm, Charlie Salter directing and the handicapper tweaking, Sirocco found her sea legs to move out well in the mixed fleet.
One other sight was the all running sails up on Trim, the Ohlson 35 that was designed to take on the New York Yacht club Concordia fleet. Phil Atkins had the spinnaker and mizzen staysail drawing well on both running tacks to make the Hobsons Bay Turning mark in fine form and then beat back to the line to take out third placing in the line honours. The stirring sight of the race was to watch Joe Tuck and the boys on Loama as they brought her up to the finish line in the building 15-knot breeze and Port Phillip chop.
Special mention goes to Martini. Through hard foredeck work by Ross Clark and Michael Williams and tight spinnaker drops under the helm of Cameron Dorrough, Martini was able to stay ahead of both Tandanya and Warringa in the race for a local line honours win.
Cyan will have a good story for her skipper Craig Brown. With tight and notable spinnaker work her crew bought her back to the fleet after some confusion with the running start. Akuna was also in the hunt until confusion with the missing R2 mark replacement caused her to miss the mark and eventually retire when racing well with Warringa.
Linked are the results of the 2015/2016 Summer Series Race 3 along with the Series and Marie Louise III Consistency Aggregate status. Another big day for the Classics.
Racing and competing as a Lipton Cup Regatta division doesn't happen every day. With 10-15 knot conditions Port Phillip turned on one of its most behaved sunny weather days.
A note was also received from Phil Atkins reminding the Classics of the Sandringham Yacht Club support of Classic Yacht racing. The next SYC Classic division race is November 29. For those Classic members at SYC who cannot make the Sunday morning voyage to the north of the bay for our Summer Series racing, here’s an opportunity to still represent the Association at a SYC Tumblehome Classic club event.
One Classic missing from today's racing was Mark Chew’s Fair Winds. With her passage crew of Roger Dundas and Mal Botterill assisting Mark, she’s on her way to Sydney for a short sojourn then off to the mid Pacific.
Next race is in two weeks' time, November 29, again with RYCV conducting.