Race 2 of the 2019 Ocean Pointscore saw 21 competitors start in gusty conditions in Sydney Harbour, only for the testing conditions to strengthen as they headed south for Botany Bay.
What started out as 10-15 knots from the north-west quickly became 20-30, gusting to 35, from the west meaning competitors had their work cut out for them keeping their boats sailing smooth and fast.
Making the most of the challenging conditions was Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen, getting around the race track in just 2 hours, 27 minutes – a great race for the young team with many of the crew made up of Youth Sailing Academy sailors and alumni.
Under the PHS handicap, Michael Smith’s Tempo took first place in a corrected time of 3 hours, 32 minutes followed by Zen in second and David Henry’s Sweet Chariot third – all finishing within minutes of each other on corrected time.
IRC handicap saw Zen victorious followed by Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire in second and Ian Short’s Bush Paul Group third. ORCi handicap also had Zen in the top spot followed by Sweet Chariot in second and Julian Farren-Price’s About Time third.
The third Ocean Pointscore race is set to be held 1000hrs Saturday 16 November, where the fleet will compete in the Port Hacking Race.