Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri Lloyd 50 Years

Club Marine Bird Island Race Line Honours win to Perpetual Mocean

by Damian Devine on 31 Oct 2012
The crew on board Perpetual Mocean dockside after the Bird Island race. - photo by Damian Devine - Club Marine Blue Water Series Damian Devine
A mix of youth and experience took line honours in the first race of the Club Marine Blue Water Point score, the 52nm Barrenjoey to Bird Island hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Bruce Hogan’s Marten 49 Perpetual Mocean took line honours in a time 5hrs 46mins 30secs a mere one boat length ahead of the Hudson/Lockley/Murphy Farr 45 Pretty Woman with Bruce Staples Farr 40 Witchcraft, third.

Hogan’s was a special win as had on board a crew of RPAYC Youth Development graduates, all in their first ocean race under the tutelage of Club coach Tom Spithill, who shared the helm. This was a warm up for this crew who will have a crack at the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs race in January.

A fleet of 14 boats lined up to compete in the first race of the Club Marine Blue Water Series.

Conditions were favourable for the start off Barrenjoey with a 12-15 knot South Easterly. With an outgoing tide and the breeze behind them, it was always going to be a tricky start. Three boats received individual recalls for being OCS whilst the rest of the fleet got away cleanly under cracked sheets. By the time the fleet hit Cape Three Points spinnakers were hoisted for the downhill joyride to Bird Island.

Perpetual Mocean got caught on the wrong side of a shift as they tried to come back inshore coming to the Island mark and rounded third behind Pretty Woman and Witchcraft.

For the bash back to windward in the early afternoon, the breeze was gusting up to 20 knots. Perpetual Mocean fought on bravely upwind to catch Witchcraft and then Pretty Woman on the line.

Skipper Bruce Hogan, line honours winner of the 2009 Pittwater to Coffs race said, 'It was a great race and we got lucky in the end to win by a boat length but I don’t know how many more miles we sailed downwind than our competitors. We just can’t sail the angles like some of the others with the asymmetrical set up. Anyway, we just got them in the end so it was pleasing.

'The young crew worked well and with the experience of Tom (Spithill), Peter (Gregg – navigator), Muzza (Murray Gordon) and Mitch (Watkins) acting as role models, they learnt a lot out there today. They’re a great bunch of kids, a credit to themselves and the club.'

A clearly emotional Tom Spithill said dockside after the race, 'It was a good hit out, we got some good breeze and we sailed the boat reasonably well. We had gusts up to 22 knots on the way back and we hit a top speed of 13.6 knots as we surfed our way to the Island. The team of youth development squad mixed in well to gain some valuable ocean racing experience.'

Youth graduate 18 year old Milly Bennett on her first ocean race commented dockside, 'It was fun, I learnt a lot out there today and didn’t get sea sick, so I am happy.’


Taking handicap honours IRC was the Hudson, Lockley, Murphy Farr 45 Pretty Woman in a time of 7 hrs 30 secs, two and half minutes ahead of Bruce Staples Witchcraft with last season's Blue Water point score winner Mark Griffith's Sydney 38 Old School finishing third.

Skipper Richard Hudson said, 'The crew sailed well today and it was great to get out there and stretch our legs in the first Blue Water race of the season. The breeze was consistent over the course and it was a great ride downhill to Bird Island and a tough beat back to the finish line.'

The PHS division was won by Garry Holder's iD35 The Real Thing ahead of David Boekemann's Bombolo and Le Billet. ORCi went to Pretty Woman from Old School and Bruce Staples Witchcraft third.

The race is part of the five race Club Marine Blue Water Series conducted by the RPAYC with races to Bird Island, Cabbage Tree Islet, Coffs Harbour, Botany Bay and Newcastle.

The next race in the Club Marine Blue Water Pointscore Series is the Cabbage Tree Island race on 7 December, followed by the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs race on 2 January.

All boats from other YA Affiliated clubs are welcome to enter the Category 3 Blue Water races. Contact the RPAYC sailing office on (02) 9998 3700 for more details.

Pantaenius - Worldwide SupportSafety at Sea - Baltic - 1X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 3

Related Articles

Oman Air stay top of Extreme Sailing Series table with podium place
Oman Air stayed top of the overall leaderboard after posting a third place in Act six and shifted focus to the next Act. Oman Air stayed top of the overall leaderboard after posting a third place in Act six in Madeira and immediately shifted their focus to the next Act in Lisbon, Portugal, in two weeks.
Posted today at 7:00 pm
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted today at 6:03 pm
Norauto foils to victory at the GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
Racing in a light wind Minoprio’s desire to win the leeward position on the start line put Norauto in front in all races Racing in a light westerly Levante wind, Adam Minoprio’s desire to win the leeward position on the start line put Norauto in front in all three races, and he went on to win two of them.
Posted today at 5:58 pm
Team Tilt finish second at the GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
Team Tilt added a second place to scoreboard this weekend at the penultimate event of what has been a successful season The seven crew members on board the 32-foot flying catamaran posted three outright wins from 15 races to finish second overall after Adam Minoprio on Norauto. Team Engie, skippered by Sebastien Rogues finished in third place.
Posted today at 4:47 pm
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - Images from Régates Royales
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales with classic yachts and Dragons. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the penultimate day of the regatta.
Posted today at 11:12 am
Ginger overpowers MC38 Spring Regatta field
Over seven races Neville Crichton’s Maserati came within five points of the supreme Ginger racing team. Over seven races Neville Crichton’s Maserati came within five points of the supreme Ginger racing team.
Posted today at 10:58 am
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - More images from Régates Royales
Second gallery from the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge at Cannes The 38th Régates Royales, the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this second gallery of images from the penultimate day.
Posted today at 10:56 am
World Sailing - Henderson sets out foundations of his President bid
Paul Henderson is standing for another term as President to get some significant and vital issues facing Sailing address Paul Henderson is standing for another term as President to get some significant and vital issues facing Sailing addressed by sailors with their input both individually and via their International Class Associations. Henderson sets out below what he believes will be the foundations of his next Presidency.
Posted today at 10:55 am
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted today at 10:35 am
Swiss stars Alinghi lose mast in collision in action-packed day
The Extreme Sailing Series™ lived up to its name on the penultimate day of Act 6 in Madeira The Extreme Sailing Series™ lived up to its name on the penultimate day of Act 6 in Madeira as a collision between rivals Alinghi and Red Bull Sailing Team resulted in the Swiss crew losing their mast.
Posted today at 3:23 am