Wet and wild for Race 2 of the Short Ocean Pointscore

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 23 Oct 2017 15:16:30

Matt Wilkinson's Foreign Affair


Matt Allen’s new TP52 Ichi Ban stormed to victory in Race 2 of the Short Ocean Pointscore taking the overall win on IRC and PHS, while further highlighting the credentials which will make his boat the one to watch in the run to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in December, and beyond.

The forecast north easterly of 15 knots came in a little closer to 20-25 knots giving the fleet of 22 work to do in the race out Sydney Harbour where the sea state was choppy.

Making the best of the conditions and coming second to Ichi Ban on both IRC and PHS was Fifty Two Hundred, the TP52 skippered by Ian Short who is part-owner along with Michael Spies.

With the latter out of the country on business it was Short who took control and steered the crew to a very respectable result, “It was a pretty exciting race and for us everything went well. That was only our third or fourth race and every time we take the boat out we learn something.”

“We’re finding the day racing gives us a good understanding of setting the boat to windward. Next we have the Botany Bay race this weekend so that will be another opportunity to get more time out competing.”

“Considering the conditions it was a well laid course and the run back into the harbour was fantastic. The crew are lining up to get back on board especially after that run with the fractional code zero giving us 21 knots. Great fun.”

Finishing second to Ed Psaltis' Midnight Rambler on IRC division 2 and first on PHS division 2 was Matt Wilkinson’s Farr 30, Foreign Affair who, like Ian, was relishing the conditions, “We were soaked the whole day – it was fantastic!”

“The big plan was to get out the heads first which we did. Within five minutes we had a big wave over and that was us for the rest of the race – a wet one but very exciting.”

“It was really lumpy, hard work upwind. The forecast was 15 knots and we were going to leave some sails on the dock. Thankfully we didn’t!”

“It was a tough race but the run down was unreal - we just hung on for the ride. The crew were all whooping and hollering when we hit 18 knots. I was at the helm offering the chance for anyone else to steer but the all shouted back – ‘NO WAY!’”

“Strormaway had a good battle with us, and Midnight Rambler, we got ahead of them on the last run into the heads which was great. We nearly got the double but Ed (Psaltis) edged us on IRC. There were plenty of spots to get that 20 secs back thought and we’ll look at that for the next race.”

Full results can be found here


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