This weekend marked the final race of the CYCA Winter Series with typical Sydney winter weather. A heavy fog opened the day with westerly breezes taking the yachts towards the Harbour Bridge and their first turning mark. However as yachts made their way around Bradley Head and towards Manly the westerly faded and left many to relax and enjoy the sun whilst waiting for the new breeze to return.
One crew who look forward to the light air races is Matt Wilkinsons team aboard the Farr 30 Foreign Affair. Coming in to the weekend’s race, the Foreign Affair team has created such a gap between them and the second place yacht that even missing the final race would have places them at the top of the divisional standings.
“We just had a really good series. I have a really great crew on board and they are a group which are able to have a lot of fun while we are racing. I don’t ever have to worry about something getting done during a race, I can just let them know what I want to do, and it happens,” said Wilkinson.
“I have had this boat for a few years now and it is actually the second time we have been able to win our division. It is definitely a light wind boat. The two races that we had bad results were the strong wind days, when that happens we just cant catch the rest of the fleet. In the lighter conditions we have been able to pick some decent shifts and sneak our way back in to the lead.”
With this years series comprising of many light air races, it has proven to be a winning combination for Matt Wilkinson and his crew.
The winter harbour racing will conclude next week with Race 3 of the Women’s Winter Series.
|A1||KOA||A Kearnan & P Wrigley|
|A2||Playstation 4||D Harrigan|
|B||Arch Rival||S Connors|
|D||One more-no more||I Guanaria|
|E||Foreigh Affair||M Wilkinson|
|F||Panacea||R & R Theedam|
|G||Space Invader||R Cunningham|
|Sydney 38 (PHS)||Calibre||R Williams|
|Sydney 38 (Scratch)||Advanced Philosophy||P Sorensen|
|IRC Div1||Grace O’Malley||Z Taylor|