Balance holds strong to take the win in the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 19 Mar 2018 17:51:22
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Balance took the win in IRC and ORCi

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The past weekend’s Race 8 signalled the end of a thrilling Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore, with Paul Clitheroe’s TP52, Balance, reigning supreme.

The Lion Island Race started in Sydney Harbour at 1000hrs on Saturday morning in light conditions up to 10 knots, strengthening as the fleet sped back from the island, located at the mouth to the Hawkesbury River inside Broken Bay.

Taking the series win on IRC and ORCi overall, as well as IRC and ORCi divisions 1, was Balance, after finishing the weekend’s race in first for the fifth time in the Pointscore.

Coming a very close second was Julian Farren-Price’s Cookson 50, About Time, with owner magnanimous in defeat and motivated by the prospect of overcoming the immaculately sailed Balance.

After just his first series with the boat Farren-Price commented, “The learning is we’re very close but not quite there. Naturally when you get a new boat it takes a while to get used to it and tune it up and we’re racing against a very experienced team in Balance.”

“We need to find about 70 seconds if we’re to get the better of them and while we love racing against Paul and his crew, we’ll be working to get an edge on them in future competition.”

It was disappointing from our point of view that we were leading the series for so long before their experience came through, but we’ve got plans for Hamilton Island this year and we’ll be doing the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. Hopefully that should give us a greater understanding of how to maximise the boat’s performance.”

It wasn’t all bad news for About Time who took the series win on PHS over Balance while Dennis Cooper’s Amante topped IRC division 2 and ORCi division 2. Edward Tooher’s Chancellor took out PHS division 2.

Full results can be found here.

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