Short Haul Pointscore fleet in Pittwater return

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 07 Nov 2017 08:58:07
Brett Hemmings

Charles Parry-Okeden's Crystal Cutter II


The past weekend saw more CYCA on-water competition with Races 5 and 6 of the Short Haul Pointscore Series.

A fleet of 11 boats raced across two divisions from Sydney to Pittwater on Saturday with 10 boats taking part in the return leg on Sunday.

Of the weekend’s top performers Charles Parry-Okede's Beneteau Oceanis 38, Crystal Cutter II, was a standout. After finishing second on PHS on the outbound race to Hugh O’Neill’s Indefensible, and winning the same division on the return to Sydney, Parry-Okeden was delighted.

“We had a very successful weekend despite the weather, we were hoping for a beautiful weekend and didn’t quite get that"

"It was a bit of a sloppy ride up the coast. We went left up the harbour with the tide and we thought we got a really good start."

Coming up to Barrenjoey Head we had a rain squall which gave us a very lucky ride around the head and I think we made up a lot of ground. As a result we ended up with a second on the Saturday.

"On Sunday we definitely had our best start of the series. There was a clear advantage on the pin end of the line and we were in the perfect spot for that."

"Being one of the smallest boats in the fleet we had a great breeze and that carried us well in to Watsons Bay. Both trips were very quick and we had a beer at the club to celebrate what was a great result."

"The crew are really keen to do well in the series and they all worked hard which was integral to the success."

"I must note, the race committee ran a fantastic couple of days, as they always do, in pretty miserable conditions. It would have been a rough ride up for them on Saturday but credit to them, another excellent job."

In the non-spinnaker division Michael Selby’s X-412, Cyrene 3, won the race to Pittwater with Greg Mason and Barb Maunsell’s Davidson 37 Cruiser Sinewave second. On the return the two boats switched position with Sinewave taking the win, a more than satisfactory for Mason.

“Saturday was pretty cloudy for a sunny sail up to Pittwater. We held in close to shore to keep out of the current with wind not much more than 15 knots."

"We had a very small crew with 4 crew and one dog. The dog wisely went below for the race up."

"We were chasing Cyrene 3 As much as we could but they eventually beat us over the line."

"Coming home the starter very kindly turned the rain off. We decided that the wind would come east which it did and we were in a good position to make the most of what was a fairly confused sea."

"We got home nice and early and were able to enjoy the rest of the day at the club."

"We love the competition racing against the likes of Cyrene and Latitude – great series and it would be great to win it."

Full results can be found here


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