Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 - IRC fleet take centre stage on Day 3

IRC Division’’s Patrice powers her way towards another handicap win - Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week 2014
Shirley Wodson
Tony Kirby’s Ker 46 Patrice showed the IRC fleet how it is done when they took centre stage on Pioneer Bay today in the Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week winning two from two races to remain in first overall.

While the remainder of the record fleet headed off on a picturesque passage race north to Gumbrell Island, the IRC fleet had two windward-leeward races on the bay.

The wind had backed off from the previous two days of 25 knots plus to a comfortable 14 to 18 knots south-east. The sea was smoother and the sunshine turned the water into a perfect aqua, all the right combination of factors to create a few upsets in the leaderboards as they heavy weather winners were shown up by some lighter wind specialists.

The IRC fleet however just couldn’t make a dent in Patrice’s performance.

'Both races were close in my mind. It doesn’t take much to lose the fine margins we have.

'For both races, at the top mark, there was always a last minute wind shift. This morning it was a very fine line and we had to shoot the mark. In the second race we (Victoire) both had a big wind shift and had to do a tack to get to the mark,' Kirby said.

After rounding the top mark for the first time in Race two, Patrice and Victoire were no more than a second apart. They were still within reach of each other as they approached the bottom mark. Slow kite drops by both of them kept the pressure on as they hardened up and headed out to the right.

'We both didn’t have good spinnaker drops, but theirs was a little bit worse than us. We were just able to get inside them a fraction and hold our line. We kept going and gassed Victoire out and in the end he couldn’t stay there. But that was through good crew work.

'The boat speed is good and we had good crew work. A credit to Victoire as well. It was like a match race out there between us,' he added.

After flying the white flag yesterday, or more accurately, what was left of the blown white kite, Colin and Denise Wilson’s Never a Dull Moment recovered well from their ‘Priscilla of the Bay‘ number to take out the Performance Division one race today. However, John Leman’s Bobby’s Girl, racing with great speed in the softer conditions, powered their way to a second today assuring them first place after three races.

In Performance Division two, Mike Steel’s Boadicca finally found their form to win today’s passage race. The Dufour 36 boat is new and the Townsville team haven’t raced it anything more than a few knots before they hit the Airlie Race course at the start of Race Week.

Performance Division two pointscore leader Brlliant Pearl - Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week 2014
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Series leader, Gary McCarthy’s Brilliant Pearl, raced to a fifth place today which has kept them in first overall, but not before a start line incident almost put them out of the race. 'We nearly had a head on. The Farr 400 was over the line and coming back on port tack. We nearly clashed rigs when he went past. He took our wind and we stood straight up,' an anxious McCarthy said.

The combined Performance divisions start line had its fair share of drama as Ray Semmens’s Prime Example and Roger Jepson’s Where’s Wal were OCS. In addition, Trevor Bailey’s Carbon Credits briefly lost a crew member over the side just 30 seconds after the start gun.

Multihull Racing fleet was led Apc mad max start line finish on day three - Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week 2014
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The Multihull Racing Division one and Division two are having great battles. In Division one, George Owen’s super fast APC Mad Max has two seconds and a first under his belt to hold first overall. Today’s conditions suited the Grainger 10. 'We are all bit battered and bruised, but we are doing alright.

'Today we had a good start. The boys did a brilliant set at the first mark and we just gradually extended. The brains trust down the back and I had a bit of discussion about where to go after we came around Olden taking into consideration the tide and stuff. We tried to sail where the wind was,' Owen said.

'Both Fantasia and Chillpill are pretty quick. When it is really rough like it was the first two days, the smaller suffer, where a nice, sleek 50 footer, they tend to get through that stuff pretty well,' he added.

Division two is still being led by Drew Carruthers’s Rushour after they won today’s race, but the series is not over yet as Bob Critchley’s Cool Change remains very close with a scorecard of three seconds from three races.

The Multihull Cruising Division clearly enjoyed the today’s gentler conditions. In first place was John Williams’s Tyee III which has moved that team into first overall with Ken Gibson’s Resolute II back to second place after a sixth place in today’s passage race.

It was perfect racing conditions for the Sports Boats. The five boat fleet saw Norman Ryde’s Conquistador stop John Rae and Vivace’s dominance of the fleet as they took first place. Jason Ruckert’s Mister Magoo came in third and remains in touch with podium as they sit on equal points with Conquistador.

Cruising Division one saw Rob Marshall’s Femme Fatale move up into first overall after winning today’s race. Still in second and sailing consistently even after a losing tack into the tide during today’s race, is Ian Griffith’s Witchy Woman. In third is Tony Harking’s Lee-Way.

Cruising division 2 series leader Nic Cox and Col Thomass-ella - Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week 2014
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Cruising Division two was won today by Alan Sneddon’s Pacific Phoenix, but remaining in first place overall is Nic Cox and Col Thomas’s Adams 10, Ella, after they took out line honours and sixth place. 'Today was a glorious day. We had a clean start, a good work to the laid mark, a glorious run down to Edwin Rock. We manage to lead the fleet around Grassy and stay ahead of the fleet all the way home.

'We now need to try and stay out the front. We are now scratch boat. It is very satisfying. There are all big boats in our division and she (Ella) is going like a little rocket,' Cox said.

Cruising Spinnaker Division three, which is subject to protest, was won by Ben Meakin’s Peggy, but it’s Bob Beale’s Kameruka that is in the overall lead ahead of John Fowell’s Ells Bells.

In Cruising Non Spinnaker, Peter Dee’s Rampallion was another to lap up the softer conditions to take out first place and move into first overall.

Tomorrow is a lay day for all divisions.

Ocean Crusaders in a bit of bother as they loose crewman Rory Hinton over the side - Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week 2014
Shirley Wodson


Results IRC Racing Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club PROVISIONAL RESULTS Updated:  11/08/2014  15:02:19
Series Results [IRC] up to Race 4
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperSers ScoreRace 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
1 360PATRICETony Kirby4.01.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
2 AUS01ICHI BANMatt Allen10.03.0 2.0 2.0 3.0
3 AUS5299VICTOIREDarryl Hodgkinson15.04.0 3.0 3.0 5.0
4 10007PRETTY FLY IIIColin Woods16.05.0 5.0 4.0 2.0
5 SYD8TULIPBernie Van'T Hof18.02.0 4.0 6.0 6.0
6 65007ELENA NOVACraig Neil21.06.0 6.0 5.0 4.0
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Non-Spinnaker Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  16:32:22Series Results [EHC] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesBoat NameSkipperSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1 RAMPALLIONPeter Dee13.01.0 6.0 6.0
2 QLD MARINE SERVICESJohn Galloway14.010.0 3.0 1.0
3 LA QUILTERBelinda Cooper17.012.0 2.0 3.0
4 NAMADGISimon Dunlop19.06.0 5.0 8.0
52.0SSALTYDOGGreg Hudson21.02.0 17.0R 2.0
64.0SOASISMerv Stephensen21.013.0 4.0 4.0
7 SUPERTRAMPSue & Alan Pick21.04.0 8.0 9.0
83.0SADRENALINBryndon Wooding25.03.0 17.0R 5.0
9 REAPhil Hall25.08.0 7.0 10.0
10 ESOTERICColin Forster27.09.0 1.0 17.0R
11 ANTHEADewi Hughes29.05.0 17.0Q 7.0
12 SERENDIPITYRoger Boast33.07.0 9.0 17.0R
13 UNTAMEDJohn Parkes39.011.0 17.0R 11.0
14 RUMGUTZPeter Harrison51.017.0C 17.0C 17.0R
14 I BELIEVEJeffrey Brown51.017.0C 17.0C 17.0R
14 WIND CHILLGreg Krempin51.017.0C 17.0C 17.0R
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Performance Racing Div1 Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  15:10:38Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1 NZL40010BOBBYS GIRLJohn Leman6.02.0 1.0 3.0
2 6669CARBON CREDITSTrevor Bailey11.03.0 2.0 6.0
3 RQ64OCEAN AFFINITYStewart Lewis13.07.0 4.0 2.0
4 955DOLCEPierre Gal15.09.0 5.0 1.0
5 202WHALE WATCHING SYDNECharles Wallis16.05.0 6.0 5.0
6 6111NEVER A DULL MOMENTColin Wilson18.01.0 10.0 7.0
74.0SNZL8164BULLRUSHJanine Robinson21.04.0 8.0 9.0
8 RQ432DEKADENCEStephen Kerin21.06.0 7.0 8.0
9 00400VENTOWalter Lewin22.08.0 3.0 11.0R
10 214PRIME EXAMPLERay Semmens23.010.0 9.0 4.0
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Performance Racing Div2 Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  15:12:55Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1 6595BRILLIANT PEARLGary McCarthyMYC9.05.0 3.0 1.0
2 826ROGUEJeff RiceRPAYC11.02.0 7.0 2.0
32.0SH101TEVAKE IIAngus FletcherHBYC18.012.0 2.0 4.0
44.0SRP36TREASURE VIIIRobert DavisWSC18.06.0 4.0 8.0
5 9997SKEETERMatthew FisherDSC/CYCA18.07.0 6.0 5.0
6 4457DUSTY MUZZLEBill LaingTYC19.04.0 12.0 3.0
7 Q999ANOTHER FIASCODamian SucklingAPYC20.09.0 5.0 6.0
8 B6324WHERES WAL?Roger JepsonRBYC22.011.0 1.0 10.0
91.0S7717BOADICCAMike SteelTCYC24.01.0 11.0 12.0
103.0S142CROSSBOWDavid LundWSC24.03.0 10.0 11.0
11 6833LEEWARDMurray HaywardCYCA24.08.0 9.0 7.0
12 W407TWISTERKevin FogartyWSC27.010.0 8.0 9.0
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Multi-Hull Racing Div1 Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  16:33:19Series Results [OMR Div 1] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1 V2APC MAD MAXGeorge OwenMYCV5.01.0 2.0 2.0
2 641FANTASIAAndrew StranskyMYCQ6.02.0 3.0 1.0
3 G1550CHILLPILLWayne BloomerMYCQ8.04.0 1.0 3.0
4 SA532CARBON CREDITPeter HawkerRSAYS13.05.0 4.0 4.0
5 GR297WILPARINA 11Robert RemiltonGRYC17.07.0 5.0 5.0
6 101TURNING POINTBen KellyMYCQ21.03.0 9.0R 9.0R
7 AUS100BOX OFFICEMatthew JohnsRQYS24.06.0 9.0R 9.0C
8 RQ120CUT SNAKERobert DeanRQYS27.09.0C 9.0C 9.0R
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Multi-hull Raciing Div2 Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  16:33:40Series Results [OMR Div 2] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1 8MHRUSHOURDrew CarruthersMYCQ3.01.0 1.0 1.0
2 WH1093COOL CHANGEBob CritchleyMYC6.02.0 2.0 2.0
3 339QUICK SKIPSPeter MillarWSC10.03.0 4.0 3.0
4 M327PURPLE HAZEDanny McMillanSYC12.05.0 3.0 4.0
5 042MISTRESSDennis ColemanTCYC19.06.0 5.0 8.0R
6 33INTRIIGUEAnthony ConstancePCSC20.04.0 8.0C 8.0R
7 M23OUI OUI!Stephen BartonRMYC21.07.0 6.0 8.0R
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Multi-Hull Cruising Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  16:53:23Series Results [EHC] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1 SM777TYEE IIIJohn WilliamsSYC8.01.0 2.0 5.0
2 A48RESOLUTE IIKen GibsonGFS11.06.0 3.0 2.0
3 MOJOLICKITY SPLIT 2Wooler DrewCCYC13.05.0 4.0 4.0
4 BOW5CLEAR HORIZONSClare KirbySYC16.02.0 5.0 9.0
5 WB50WET BARNorm FraserWSC17.09.0 1.0 7.0
6 BOW2MON AMIEFiona KermeenMBTBC19.03.0 6.0 10.0
7 W1320CHEETAHSteve HalterAPYC23.04.0 16.0R 3.0
8 BOW3DRUMBEATBrian ForresterWSC29.012.0 16.0R 1.0
96.0SW11ZIPPYBernie McErlaneWSC32.010.0 16.0R 6.0
10 BOW11HA HAColin MaslenRPAYC32.08.0 16.0R 8.0
11 10174MIZ BEHAVINWilliam DickerJBCYC38.011.0 16.0F 11.0
12 W111SIROCCOBert EichblattWSC39.07.0 16.0C 16.0R
13 M222TELL TALESMark WaltonMYCQ45.013.0 16.0F 16.0R
14 25SEA FOXPeter HallRYC46.014.0T 16.0C 16.0R
15 BOW4HEATWAVESteve McLayQCYC48.016.0C 16.0C 16.0C
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Cruising Div1 Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  15:42:56Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesBoat NameSail NoSkipperSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
11.0SFEMME FATALE1129Rob Marshall10.01.0 3.0 6.0
2 WITCHY WOMAN777Ian Griffiths10.03.0 4.0 3.0
3 LEE-WAY135Tony Horkings12.02.0 6.0 4.0
4 SAMSKARAH6110David Stoopman15.012.0 1.0 2.0
5 ELUSIVE6608Tony Ross20.06.0 5.0 9.0
6 BIDDY HU 11R187Paul Lindemann21.08.0 8.0 5.0
7 VANILLABOW7Fred Heavey24.09.0 7.0 8.0
8 HOLY COW!6797John & Kim Clinton26.014.0 11.0 1.0
92.0SCONDORKB80David Molloy30.018.0 2.0 10.0
10 SEAL7047Brian Law30.05.0 13.0 12.0
11 MAKOWS40Cameron Wiklund31.07.0 9.0 15.0
12 SCHOUTEN PASSAGEN349Jan Howard34.04.0 14.0 16.0
13 COOPERSBOW1Craig Watson35.011.0 10.0 14.0
14 EUREKA 116037Chris Stockdale41.016.0 12.0 13.0
157.0SSTORM 2SA10Don Algie44.017.0 20.0R 7.0
16 KARMB48Ray Nankervis44.015.0 18.0 11.0
17 SHAZAMPD447Doug Ryan46.010.0 16.0 20.0R
18 MIM450Mike Walter50.013.0 17.0 20.0R
19 INFINITYAUS52Richard Fader54.019.0 15.0 20.0R
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Cruising Div2 Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  16:30:57Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesBoat NameSail NoSkipperSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1 ELLA5432Col Thomas12.06.0 3.0 3.0
21.0SGREAT WHITE6990Bob Penty18.09.0 8.0 1.0
32.0SAGAINST THE WIND66Titch Timmermans18.02.0 2.0 14.0
4 WOBBLY BOOT640Craig Piccinelli18.011.0 5.0 2.0
5 MATANGI5350Gayna Turnbull19.08.0 6.0 5.0
6 PACIFIC PHOENIX4054Alan Sneddon22.01.0 11.0 10.0
71.0SRIFF RAFFW440Dan White24.012.0 1.0 11.0
8 SUNRISEW677Jeff Shipsey24.010.0 7.0 7.0
9 MISTERYMK99Bill Hopton25.015.0 4.0 6.0
103.0SSHEER PLEASURE6290Paul Jones28.03.0 12.0 13.0
114.0SRUN RUN RUNSM2800Paul Jackson28.05.0 19.0C 4.0
12 FARGO361Keith McGuire28.07.0 9.0 12.0
13 WILD HONEY900Peter McSweeney32.014.0 10.0 8.0
14 ESCAPADEC200Mike Schmidt35.04.0 15.0 16.0
15 POHONO6421Andrew Williams41.019.0R 13.0 9.0
16 NORTHERN MOMENTC192Vic Stevens42.013.0 14.0 15.0
17 SPIRIT CHASERN74Leonie Crosbie55.019.0C 19.0F 17.0
18 THE HEALERRQ367Mark Hipgrave57.019.0C 19.0C 19.0R
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)Cruising Div3 Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing ClubPROVISIONAL RESULTSUpdated:  11/08/2014  15:45:24Series Results [EHC Div3] up to Race 3
PlaceTiesBoat NameSail NoSkipperSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1 KAMERUKA8035Bob Beale11.03.0 3.0 5.0
2 ELLS BELLSB98John Fowell12.06.0 2.0 4.0
3 LORNA ROSE TOO8041Peter Mitchelson13.02.0 1.0 10.0
4 MASQUERADE75Tom Vujasinovic14.08.0 4.0 2.0
51.0SPEGGY8047Benjamin Meakin15.01.0 6.0 8.0
6 OMEN46Peter Mawson15.04.0 5.0 6.0
7 LE ROSSIGNOLSM168Peter McKenzie22.05.0 14.0R 3.0
8 CHECKMATE158Don Bowden29.014.0C 14.0R 1.0
93RSLINGSHOTL1Bob Mc Camley30.07.0 14.0R 9.0
10 SHAMBLES2Tim Jones30.09.0 14.0R 7.0
11 UNBEALEIEVABLE001Colin Clark39.010.0 14.0R 15.0R
12 FINAL DESSIONT3949Warwick Maudsley40.011.0 14.0C 15.0R
13 FALLEN ANGELSW13Jonathan Smith43.014.0C 14.0C 15.0R
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)
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