Fifty Two Hundred takes the win in Short Ocean Pointscore

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 26 Feb 2018 17:07:46
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Fifty Two Hundred


At the business end of the CYCA’s Short Ocean Pointscore, Ian Short’s TP52, Fifty Two Hundred, took out the weekend’s Race 7 on IRC division 1.

It was a 12 noon start for the race which featured 19 entrants in variable conditions. With only two races of the Pointscore remaining, the pressure was on for those aiming to stake their claim for silverware.

Coming in second to Fifty Two Hundred on IRC division was Bob Cox’s DK46, Nine Dragons, followed by Andrew and Pauline Dally’s, DK46, Khaleesi.

On PHS division 1 Philip Dash’s, Beneteau First 40, Justadash edged Nine Dragons and Fifty Two Hundred.

In divisions 2 it was Ed Psaltis’, Sydney 36, Midnight Rambler taking the top spot on both IRC and PHS putting him and his crew in the box seat for an IRC victory in the series.

Speaking after the race Psaltis said, “We’re pretty happy – it was a good result for us.

PHS was a bit of a surprise, our main game is IRC to win so that was great. Our boat, the more we know it the more we’re comfortable in medium to heavy airs. Over the weekend we had 12 -18 knots where the boat goes really well. So we just had to make sure we didn’t make any mistakes, didn’t do anything stupid and let the boat do its thing. We had a good crew again so we got all the crew work right and it was just a case of grinding it out.”

“We had a reasonable start not quite as good as Stormaway, she just crossed us at the heads, it was a very close call. We managed to get through them and we were first after that and gradually increased our lead.”

“It didn’t blow as hard as they said it was going to and there was a lot of norwester close to the coast which was confusing things, and a bit of storm activity inland which was confusing what would have been a classic noreaster. It did come in at times and then it died off and was quite light.”

“There was good breeze but basically was just a good seabreeze day.”

“We hadn’t had a win for a while so great to get a one and now there’s two races to go so its far from over and there are some good guys out there. When the breeze is lighter we are still competitive but we’re more comfortable in the heavier air. What happens in the next two races breeze-wise will be important, we’re in a good position but there’s still work to do.”

Find the full results here.


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