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Newcastle to Port Stephens Yacht Race - Emphatic win for Iota    
Mon, 15 Apr 2013

In the 2013 Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Yacht Race, modified Farr 40 OD Iota (John McNamara) has punched well above her weight to take line honours and PHS.

Following a short delay in the harbour the fleet were ushered offshore for a start off Stockton beach due to variable breeze in the Hunter River. The start gun fired with ‘clear start’ announced to a gentle eight knots Nor-westerly. Without a cloud in the sky the question on everyone’s mind, especially the Race Committee’s, was for how long was the gradient breeze going to hold. As the yachts settled in to a tight spinnaker reach up Stockton Bight tacticians were hard at work deciding whether to take the ‘high road’ along the breakers in an attempt to stay in the morning Westerly for longer or the ‘low road’ in anticipation of a light NE sea breeze building through the North.

As the 36 yacht fleet approached the Northern end of Stockton Bight the breeze started to swing to the NE however rather than rotating through the North it surprisingly swung through the South allowing those yachts inshore to consolidate on their positions by sailing hotter spinnaker angles up the beach to Birubi Point. With the final 10 miles of the race to the Point Stephens finish gate being a light upwind work the fleet ‘rocked hopped’ along the Port Stephens coastline in an attempt to get relief form the Southerly current and stay in best pressure.

Iota finished the race in four hours and 21 minutes with Swish (Steven Proud) and Nine Dragons (Bob Cox) rounding out the podium Line Honours places. On PHS Iota took a convincing win from Secret Men’s Business (Rob Curtis) and Nine Dragons while on IRC Secret Men’s Business took the honour with Nine Dragons and Tow Truck (Anthony Paterson) taking second and third, respectively.

As the reminder of the fleet edged up past Fingal Bay and across the finish line there appeared to be smiles all round from the crews who enjoyed a tactical battle, glorious weather and some great socialising at NCYC on the Saturday evening and Sunday morning prior to the race commencing.

Interestingly, of the 36 entrants in this year’s Auto Advantage Newcastle Port Stephens Yacht Race nine yacht clubs were represented indicating the broad appeal of the race and the Sail Port Stephens regatta for yacht owners. With the majority of the fleet competing in Sail Port Stephens there will no doubt be plenty more battles on the water and socialising off the water over the coming days.

Race 1   (14/04/2013)  Race Sponsor: Auto Advantage

Updated:  14/04/2013  17:19:19

PHS results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

Skipper

Elapsd

ETOrd

AHC

Cor'd T

BCH

CHC

From

1

6838

Iota

J McNamara

04:21:33

1

1.052

04:35:09

1.323

1.078

LMYC

2

8300

Secretmensbusiness 1

R Curtis

04:33:47

4

1.112

05:04:27

1.264

1.140

RPAYC

3

18889

Nine Dragons

B Cox

04:29:40

3

1.140

05:07:25

1.283

1.168

MHYC

4

M6

Tow Truck

A Paterson

05:22:15

14

0.966

05:11:18

1.074

0.990

LMYC

5

226

Swish

S Proud

04:23:37

2

1.190

05:13:42

1.313

1.220

MHYC

6

AUS5077

Long Time Dead

M Fensom

04:54:26

6

1.085

05:19:28

1.175

1.108

NCYC

7

N40

One For The Road

K Butler

05:08:36

10

1.048

05:23:25

1.121

1.066

NCYC

8

USA40063

Pt 73

T Lobb

04:51:22

5

1.112

05:24:00

1.188

1.131

NCYC

9

N349

Schouten Passage

R Howard

05:19:30

13

1.032

05:29:43

1.083

1.045


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by Richard Howard






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