Sensational Sydney on show for Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore Race 2

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 30 Oct 2017 15:43:30
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TP52, Fifty Two Hundred

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A fleet of 17 took to the water for Saturday morning’s Botany Bay Race, the second of the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore, with the TP52 skippered by Ian Short, Fifty Two Hundred, securing the win in comfortable conditions.

It was a three-way battle for the majority of the race with Julian Farren-Price’s Cookson 50, About Time, skippered by Shane Guanaria, finishing second on IRC, first on ORCI and first on PHS. Paul Clitheroe and Bob Steel’s TP52, Balance/Quest, with Mike Green at the helm, finished third on IRC and second on ORCI.

It was another strong run for the About Time crew who were without their owner, Guanaria taking control. Despite finishing first in Race 1 back on 7 October and then taking the runners up spot most recently, Guanariais confident in the boat’s potential moving forward:

“It was a great day at sea, shorts and t shirts all the way and barely a splash over the deck. We enjoyed the race, with the three 50 footers close at all times, but we felt we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.”

“Having led both TPs all the way we didn’t get round the bottom mark too well and lost some ground. We know that there’s plenty more to come out of the boat over the course of the season.”

“To lead the TPs out the harbour in 8 knots as we did was fantastic. All we have to do is stay with them because they owe us between 3-4%.”

“We coughed it up on Saturday – we lost by 20 secs - three boat lengths in that breeze. Still, it was a great result and there’s a lot left in the tank in that boat. Julian is one of the best owner operators so they will get plenty of success in the coming months and years.”

For the crew of Balance, back on the water for the first time since the boat was forced to retire from the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in July, the result showed great potential with a new crew.

Boat captain Clinton Evans delighted to be back competing, “We’ve been waiting for some parts to arrive for the boat and finally back out on the water at the weekend which was good. For this one we had half the Balance crew and half the Quest crew as we will have for the rest of the series.”

“After that time away from the boat it was a good race to refamiliarize ourselves and the way to sail it. To be honest – the guys on About Time and Fifty Hundred which are both new crews and new boats – sailed really well.”

“Ideally we’re only going to get faster as we move forward in the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore but so are the other guys. We have a lot of experience but the other boats seem to be getting a bit faster.”

“However, it was great to get a good race under our belt and we’ve already got our sights set on Race 3, Port Hacking.”

Meanwhile in the PHS division, sailing a consistent race and coming second to About Time was Kevin Whelan’s Beneteau 45 F5, Reve.

Speaking after the race Whelan commented, “It was a great day, we deliberately took everything very easy and concisely communicated every move in discussion with our crew to keep mistakes to a minimum. The result was very positive”

“We had a beautiful run down to Botany Bay which suited our style of sail, without the asymmetrical. We can’t compete with the lighter boats there.”

“On the way back we kept the speed up and kept the angle high and the spinnaker run to the end was great. It suited us, it suited the crew and it suited the boat.”

“We didn’t have our normal crew so it was about having good clear conversations about our next move and that helped us keep our momentum.”

Full results can be found here

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