Race two of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Spring Racing Series did not disappoint with perfect racing conditions on the Harbour.
Former CYCA Commodore Howard Piggott sailed Flying Cloud to second place in Division 1 Spinnaker maintaining his consistent start to the season with Chancellor (Edward Tooher) rising to the challenge in race two after making the most of a crowded start line.
“We were at the start boat end of the line and there was a crowd at the pin end so we had a clear run which was really quite lucky,” Tooher said. “A lot of us came to the start line early and got a bit of a surprise when a gust came from nowhere.
“It was a good day for sailing though and we enjoyed a close race with More Witchcraft, Huntress, Flying Cloud and Next, it was a good course and everything went really well.
“Last week we put up a spinnaker coming across the heads which was a bad call and we finished lower than what we would have liked.
“Our crew are in training for the Blue Water Pointscore Series and we are all settling down and starting to find a bit of consistency which is good.”
Howard Piggott and his crew made the most of the conditions to lead the pointscore after two races and welcomed the Spring induced conditions on the Harbour.
“It was a really enjoyable race, a bit soft at the start but it freshened up towards the end of the day with a nice breeze,” Piggott said.
“The pressure was really good in the second half of the race and the decision to run a full course was good one because it gave everyone a good chance.
“Our crew did really well throughout the race and we had to play a bit of catch up but we knew that if we sailed well we would get a good result.”
In Division 2 Spinnaker John Maclurcan’s Illingworth and Primrose Morag Bheag capitalised on the conditions finishing ahead of Double Dutch (Phil Tanner) followed by Sea Rug Hoo Haa (Peter Howes).
Marloo (George Girdis) claimed top honours on the weekend in Division 3 Non Spinnaker with Solveig II (Stuart McLean and David McLean) coming in second followed by Astraea (Anne Lawson-Jones).
Principal Race Officer Robyn Morton said the Spring conditions were most welcomed by the start boat crew.
“The day ended up being better than the forecast which was surprising,” Morton reflected. “We had 26 starters and everyone got around the full course which was nice.
“The race started in 8-9 knots and got up to around 12 knots with some yachts recording 14 knot gusts. It was a really warm day but it cooled off later on, none the less it was another pleasant day of racing on the Harbour.”
Race three of the CYCA Spring Series will be held on Sunday 23 August starting from 2pm
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Stacey French - CYCA Media
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On board with the Applejack crew
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Pre Spring Series race two