The Captain Cook Cruises Top Jocks Regatta is where Summer Season winners are able to battle it out and see who will be crowned Champion of Champions when the boats are equal and playing field is leveled.
This year saw six teams take to the water on the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy fleet of identical Elliott 7 yachts in a six race series conducted in Rushcutters Bay.
With a perfect autumn day, the forecast looked great for a building north easterly breeze which would prove challenging to navigate. The first race was sailed in a light breeze which with some big oscillations, proved very tricky to navigate. Once the first race has been completed the breeze settled and built slightly to a more consistent eight to ten knot north-northeasterly with the following five races conducted in similar conditions.
Tim Ryan and his crew were able to make a solid start to the series winning the first two races and hopefully starting a trend to continue throughout the course of the day. They were also entering the regatta as favorites after recently taking a commanding win in the Noakes 7s Series also sailed on the same yachts in previous weeks.
However it was not to be for Ryan when after the second race the pace changed in favor of the other J70 team skippered by Reg Lord with a win in race three. From then on Lord and his team were proving a force to be reckoned with. With one win under their belts and any crew work difficulties ironed out, they were unstoppable. Lord and his team of Ben Lamb, Murray Jones and George Richardson went on to win four out of the six races giving them a four point lead at the end of the series and solidifying their spot at the top of the leader board.
Second place was claimed by fellow J70 team of Tim Ryan, Rob Greenhalgh, Grant Rollerson and Brett Filby with the 2018 Winner Andy Kearnan, Byron White, Eric Sparkes and Henry Kernot rounding out the podium positions.
Full results can be found HERE.