The 22nd Monica Geddes Memorial Trophy, which traditionally marks the first race of the CYCA’s Summer Season and doubles as the first race in the Short Haul Series, could not have matched the weather more perfectly.
The 26 strong fleet were started under clear skies and a 15-knot westerly breeze which suited the course well. The competitors sailed a course which took them down the main harbour, around Sow and Pigs, back up around Bradleys Head, past the Opera House, under the Harbour Bridge, around Goat and Cockatoo Island, before coming back to finish near Clarke Island.
For many it was a chance to learn and experience racing in a different section of the harbour which is not normally included as part of the usual racing routes.
The Monica Geddes Memorial Trophy is presented in honour of Monica Geddes who was President of the CYCA Associates Committee for several years and a very active member of the Club.
This year the Trophy was won by Alan Husband and his team onboard LimeLight.
“It was a great day, we didn’t realise we had done so well until we got back to the mooring,” said Alan.
“LimeLight is a 51-footer that is kitted out for cruising, but as much as we like to cruise, we love to race as well. If the breeze is anything over 12 knots we get along really nicely.”
With conditions predicted to die in the middle of the day, there were thoughts that the race may have been much longer and fickle than what eventuated. With the westerly wind direction, it still made for very challenging racing conditions.
“We were expecting it to die in the middle of the day, but we had plenty of breeze throughout the whole race. It was swinging around a lot, at times we had wind from the south west, then north, then back to the west,” said Alan.
“We have a regular crew of six people that are able to move the boat around well so that helped in the conditions today.”
In other divisions, Larki Missiris’ Wild One was first in PHS Div1, Ian Guanaria’s One More-No More first in IRC non-spinnaker and Peter Franki’s Saltshaker topped IRC Div1.
Full results can be found at the CYCA Results webpage.
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