The 2018 Spring Series was one of extremes with three races sailed in strong and gusty conditions and one abandoned due to lack of wind! This certainly didn’t take away from the competition and tight racing that took place in the 29-yacht strong fleet across three divisions.
The final race of the series was run in what the calendar believed was the second day of spring, but the weather made it feel like the depths of winter. The day started in a cloudy and wet drizzle before the breeze swung around to a 15-20 knot southerly and took the rain with it.
This series saw Div1 the tightest of finishes with first and second place both tied on eight points between Matt Hanning’s Supernova and George Waldthausen’s Superfine. Hanning was able to sneak in to first place and break the tie after finishing one place ahead in the final race of the series.
The team onboard Never A Dull Moment were able to finish their series off on a high by taking first place in Race 4, and, even after missing race two, were able to take third place on the podium for Div1. As well as their divisional win, Never A Dull Moment’s skippers Cec Conlon and Boo Mitchell won the Spring Ladies Pointscore tied on points with Clare Crawford’s team on Assassin.
In Div2 Charles Parry-Okeden’s Crystal Cutter II was able to repeat their good form from race one and take the race win. After missing Race 2, and having to carry extra points, this meant that even with their best efforts they were unable to get to the top of podium but came out with a well-deserved third place for the series.
CYCA Director Justin Atkinson and his team on Kia Kaha were able to able to take the Div2 series win with a first and second at the start of the series putting them in a great position coming in to this last race. Following them on the leader board was John Hewitt’s See Ya after having a very consistent series.
Meanwhile in Div3 the top achiever was Robert and Richard Allen’s Tea for the Tillerman who, after only having the boat for a short period of time, were able to take two out of the three race wins. They first saw the boat in 2017 and purchased it after it had been sailed from San Francisco, encountering some mechanical issues in transit. Since then the boat has had many hours of work put in to bring it back to its original state with new rigging, sails, engine and electrical systems being installed.
“After we got the boat finished we entered the Winter Series and we were pretty hopeless. We did get better throughout the season and nabbed a second and third towards the end,” said Richard.
“We had lot of fun in the Spring Series. We even surprised ourselves by winning! For Robert and I it was important to know we had a great boat that would sail fast. When we first saw the boat, it was covered in bird poo and needed a lot of work. Looking at it now we are really happy with where it is and how it performs.”
Only two points behind in second place was Rogerio Blanc-Ramos’ Applejack and third place went to Mary King’s Solymar.
Full results for the series can be found on the CYCA website Entrants and Results page.
Images of the final race can be found on the CYCA Facebook page.