CYCA's Spring Series back in action in 2017

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  • By Damian Maclennan
  • 14 Aug 2017 14:31:56
Andrea Francolini

Kevin Whelan's Reve


The CYCA’s 2017 Spring Series got off to a flying start at the weekend with a fleet of over 20 taking to a warm Sydney Harbour in stunning sunshine.

Sunday’s race was the first of the four in the Spring Series which runs up until 3 September and leads into the Short Haul Pointscore, followed by the start of the Blue Water Pointscore.

Taking the spoils at the top of PHS Division 1 at the weekend was Kevin Whelan’s Beneteau 45 F5, Reve.

Fresh from their PHS victory in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, Whelan was once again back in action with his son, but a new crew, for the start of the spring series, and managed to keep his winning momentum going.

“The boat is doing very well! PHS has its advantages and disadvantages but this weekend, where the light breeze was a factor, the handicap system worked for us.”

“It’s really encouraging to get the win right at the start of the series, especially since we had an almost entirely new crew, many of them more novice than our crew for the recent Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.”

“It was a very different race to that though, 25 mins before the start we were still corralling everyone and hadn’t left the berth! We got to the start though and all progressed from there.”

“The conditions really suited us – a broad reach for the majority of the time with a small spinnaker run. It was a stunning day so the vibe was a little more relaxed. The bar opened a little earlier than usual.”

“Still, it was fantastic to be out competing and this series is perfect to carry us through to the Blue Water.”

Full results from the most recent race can be found here 

Race 2 of the Spring Series will start at 1400 hours on Sunday, 20 August.


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