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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Final round this weekend

by Lisa Ratcliff/TP52SCC media on 10 Dec 2013
Shogun, Vamos and TBG - TP52 Southern Cross Cup Saltwater Images ©
The closing round of the prestigious 2013 TP52 Southern Cross Cup will play out on Pittwater this weekend, December 13-15, when the international fleet of grand prix yachts shifts to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

As well as a new location, sponsor Premier Composite Technologies, builder of Matt Allen’s new Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban, has put its name to the high profile class as naming rights sponsor of the round.

Racing inshore on Friday December 13, up to six TP52 crews are going to need their wits for the short runway. Saturday is when the picturesque but narrow waterway fills with club fleets and the TP52s head offshore for some elbow room. On Sunday they’ll squeeze up for more inshore racing, testing crew reaction time and putting on a thrilling display for spectators.

Owners have been warned about the varying depths within the drowned estuary valley and the ‘naviguessers’ will need to stay on their toes to keep these steroidal 52-footers in deep water, and out of trouble.

A local sailor’s dictum is 'never rip up your ticket on Pittwater'. Visitors ignore at their peril the advice on what sailing between in the skinny space between the eastern ridge that extends out to Palm Beach and the western ridge of Ku-rin-gai-Chase National Park on a benign day can be like.

Karl Kwok’s Team Beau Geste (HKG) is aiming for a clean sweep of the inaugural four-part series, an initiative of a group of keen Aussie and Kiwi owners which began in Melbourne last summer at Sandringham Yacht Club with two rounds then shifted to Sydney after winter for the second half.


Rob Hanna’s Shogun V (AUS) from Geelong, the current Audi IRC Australian Champion, came within three points of Team Beau Geste last round and is the one most likely to spoil Kwok and helmsman Gavin Brady’s party.

'I’ll be trying to match race Gavin and make sure he doesn’t have a clean sweep,' said Hanna on his way to Sydney for today’s SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on the harbour. 'There’s no doubt Beau Geste is sailing strongly; the crew and the boat are well-oiled. Likewise if we make mistakes the others are ready to take advantage.'


Connel McLaren’s newly purchased Vamos (NZ), while slippery around the Sydney Harbour course in its maiden regatta, round three of the series last month, is baby steps into a steep learning trajectory.

The backbone is still there from Quest’s glory days but trialling a new light air configuration and breaking in some new crewmembers requires a settling in period.

Quest’s owner Bob Steel has taken a trip to Antarctica, leaving his TP52 with what he calls 'the brains trust' - Jamie MacPhail and tactician Andrew Pearson – for the boat’s series return.

Quest took a beating on day one of round three on Sydney Harbour a few weeks back and went home early with damage after one race. 'Bob was looking forward to the rest of his first TP52 series on the harbour a couple of weeks ago when the headboard pulled away from the mast and the crew then by chance noticed some delamination in the forestay, which wasn’t a quick fix,' said Pearson.

'The boat’s now back to peak performance and we are looking forward to this final round.

'If it’s soft on Pittwater this weekend that will help the lighter, newer model TPs. Quest has been more of an ocean going yacht, but its new mode should make it more competitive on flatter water.'

Dr Tony Lyall’s TP52 Cougar II is making its way up the NSW coast from Hobart. The Tassie crew had an easy delivery until Montague Island where they ran into a strong nor’easter and south running current. Lyall reckons the boat will arrive into Pittwater today for this one regatta before returning south to Geelong for the Festival of Sails, January 21– 27, 2014.

Coopers 62 is supporting the hospitality side of the TP52 gathering at RPAYC this weekend and Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) has partnered with the class as principle sponsor of the final leg.


'With a multinational line-up of grand prix sailors converging on the RPAYC, Premier Composite Technologies is delighted to sponsor this regatta and support this important competition,' commented PCT’s chief operating officer and RPAYC member, Simon Grosser.

Racing is scheduled to start at midday on Friday and Saturday and 1000hrs on Sunday morning. Up to three windward/leewards per day are anticipated.

Mick Martin’s TP52 Frantic is also a Rolex Sydney Hobart starter while Kwok’s crew is upsizing to his new 80-foot Botin design called Beau Geste for the Boxing Day ocean classic.

The TP52 owner’s group is yet to announce plans for next year.

Premier Composite Technologies TP52 Southern Cross Cup round 4 list of entries

 
         

 

Boat name

Skipper’s name

Yacht club

Sail No.

1

Cougar II

Anthony Lyall

RYCT

5200

2

Frantic

Michael Martin

LMYC / NCYC

GBR 211L

3

Quest

Bob Steel

CYCA

 

4

Shogun V

Rob Hanna

RGYV / RYCV

AUS280

5

Team Beau Geste

Karl Kwok

RHKYC

IVB 1997

6

Vamos

Connel McLaren

RNZYS

 

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