Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore and Short Haul enjoy ideal conditions

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 09 Oct 2017 15:08:44

Julian Farren-Price's About Time


The past weekend saw Race 1 of the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore underway in good breeze in Sydney Harbour on Saturday morning. Just a few hours later the sun welcomed the second event of the day, Race 3 of the Short Haul Pointscore.

Consistent south westerly breeze around 10-15 knots sent the Mount Gay fleet to Lion Island with spinnakers set, and for the overall winner of Race 1, Julian Farren-Price, it was an ideal start to the series.

“Saturday was a straight forward race with us able to carry the spinnakers all the way to Lion Island. It wasn’t all plain sailing on the way back but to come home and take the win, it was a dream.”

Farren-Price’s IRC overall and ORCI victories came in his new Cookson 50 which takes on the About Time name.

“I had my previous About Time (Cookson 12) for 17 years and had been looking around for a new boat. I acquired the Cookson 50 three weeks ago and we had two practice sails on it.”

“Shane Guanaria from Doyle Sails fast tracked us and gave us great support in order to get the boat up to standard.”

“Overall, we were very satisfied with the performance of the boat and the crew especially since I was nearly going to stick L plates on the back as it’s such a big step up. If we had come middle of the field that would have been great but we had ideal conditions to get the win, we were delighted.”

“It was a lovey day out at sea - we enjoyed our competition with Fifty Two Hundred and were pleased to have the same sort of speed as them.”

“To add to it we saw quite a lot of whales breaching around us so with a great run in 15-17 knots of breeze, it was superb. Not the usual Lion Island race which tends to blow a gale!”

“We won ten Ocean Pointscores in our previous boat and it’s always our focus to do well. With the new boat there will be a lot more learning to come and puts us in good shape moving forward.”

“Myself and the crew knew the old boat so well that we might have become a bit complacent but everyone has been very excited and supportive in getting the new About Time ready and they did a wonderful job.”

Also in the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore, Edward Tooher’s Beneteau 47.7, Chancellor, took out the win on PHS.

Meanwhile, getting underway just two hours after the Ocean Pointscore, it was Charles Parry-Okeden’s Beneteau Oceanis 38, Crystal Cutter II, who secured victory in Race 3 of the Short Haul Pointscore series.

“We were very happy and we were a bit lucky because we probably had our worst start of the series after getting caught in bad air. We crossed thirty seconds to a minute after the gun which felt like a very very long time.”

“We gained really good ground after that though and were the only boat that went down the left side of the harbour. The aim was to take the tide out and we also found good breeze.”

“The last two races have seen perfect conditions for the boat - around 15+ knots. That’s allowed us to have six or seven people on the rail and really power up the sails.

When the wind lightens our results won’t be so good!

What we really enjoy in the Short Haul is the opportunity to sail across a vast array of conditions – we like the harbour, offshore, passage and night races. It’s good experience across all the different facets and helps the crew build their knowledge.

The next race will be the Friday night race – a first for many of our crew so we’ll see how we go. It’s a while off just yet but we’re always keeping an eye on the conditions and know the boat’s ready for whatever is thrown up on the day.”


For the full Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore results click here

For the full Short Haul Pointscore results click here

To see images from both races, visit the Facebook photo album here (Facebook account required)


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