Once again, the weather was on its best behaviour with another sunny winter day for race two of the Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series. This did mean however that it was a challenging race course for the 102 boats in the fleet.
With the boats starting in a north westerly breeze they were able to make their way swiftly to Kirribilli but were then slowed as the wind softened and had to wait until it filled in with a light north easterly.
One boat which was able to capitalise on the tricky conditions was Matt Wilkinson’s Foreign Affair winning the IRC division. While only having owned the boat for two years, Matt is very pleased with the boat as he is able to race competitively both inshore and offshore while also cruise around with the wife and kids.
On reflecting on the days racing Matt explained “It was tiring, I think I still have a headache from the tough conditions. It was a bit of a snakes and ladders day but with a good boat, good crew and good luck we had a good day.”
While the IRC division is only small with 10 entrants, it is filled with boats that are much bigger then the Farr30 Foreign Affair. “I don’t think the bigger boats would expect a small boat to beat them, I don’t think they always like it. The bigger boats were able to slide away from us when we got to Kirribilli, but as the breeze started to fill in again we were able to close the gap on our way towards Bradleys Head. After Bradleys the north easterly wind meant that we were able to get up the harbour quickly and keep a spinnaker the whole way back which helped us a lot. The boat likes the light winds, it gets going quite easily.”
Following behind Matt in the IRC division was Carl Crafoord on SailExchange and Adrian Abbott on Kirribilli. Darryl Hodgkinson on Victoire won the PHS DivA1 with the full list of results able to viewed on the Results Page of the CYCA website.