Bay of Fires Channel Race - Obsession outsails the fleet

David Creese’s Obsession checks her sails just before the start of the Channel Race.
David Creese’s Turkish-built Obsession, a Mills-designed M.A.T. 1245 IRC cruiser/racer, has taken line honours in her first race in Tasmania, the Bay of Fires Channel Race, the opening race in the Hobart’s Combined Clubs Long Race Series for 2012-2013.

In an impressive display of boatspeed in the light south-westerly breeze, Obsession rocketed away from the fleet and was never headed over the 24 nautical mile course.

The race was sailed on a day when the wind blew from the north-east to the south-west 'and everywhere in between', according to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailing manager Chris Oh, who raced aboard Storm Dragon.

Many yachts fell into windless holes on the River Derwent and in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to a mark off Blight Point; among the worse to suffer early in the race was Sydney Hobart Race entrant Dump Truck which was becalmed off Nutgrove Beach at Sandy Bay.

Skippered by Justin Wells, the Ker 11.7 was last in fleet as she slowly passed Long Point, but recovered exceptionally well to finish less than six minutes astern of Obsession at the end of the long race.

David Taylor’s Pisces, now described as a Sydney 37.5 instead of a Sydney 36, yesterday won the Channel Race on corrected time after finishing fourth in fleet early this afternoon.

Pisces, a former Sydney Hobart racing yacht, recently returned to the water at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania after having her hull extended with a ‘scoop’ stern and her rig changed to give her a ‘square top’ mainsail, under the guidance of designer Andy Dovell.

With her extra waterline and more efficient rig, she excelled in the light and extremely variable winds over the 25 nautical mile race to finish fourth in fleet and win Group 1 on corrected time from the Sydney 38 Ciao Baby, skippered by Derwent Sailing Squadron vice commodore Steve Chau.

In Group 2, first place on corrected time went to Neil Snare’s Jigsaw after a close duel around the course with Wildfire (Team Wildfire). Miss Conduct (Brian Fleming) took second place, Wildfire third on handicap.

Last yacht to finish the Channel Race, Julius Szlovic’s Tihany, took more than six hours to sail the course, but placed first on corrected time in Group 3. Winning from Quebrada (Tim Maddock) and Take Five (Ian Gannon).

Slow moving yachts and faster women's four on the Derwent this morning. - 2012 Bay of Fires Channel Race

Luckless Dump Truck had to play catch-up after being becalmed soon after the start. - 2012 Bay of Fires Channel Race


Full results follow:

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Race 1  [07-Oct-12]        Combined Clubs Long Race Series 2012-13 Bay Of Fires Channel Race- C'tee Boat Osprey - Vhf 81   Group 1 Phs Results Start : 09:40  

Place

SailNo

BoatName

Skipper

Tord

FinTim

Elapsd

Ahc

Cor'dT

Score

Vis

1

6197

Pisces

DavidTaylor

4

13:52:31

04:12:31

1.025

04:18:50

1.0

 

2

Sm6083

CiaoBabyIi

SteveChau

5

13:54:43

04:14:43

1.030

04:22:22

2.0

 

3

M45

Obsession

DavidCreese

1

13:30:39

03:50:39

1.150

04:25:15

3.0

 

4

A6

DumpTruck

JustinWells

2

13:36:04

03:56:04

1.135

04:27:56

4.0

 

5

7075

Martela

TonyWilliams

7

14:06:51

04:26:51

1.020

04:32:11

5.0

 

6

9404

Masquerade

TonyHarman

8

14:08:30

04:28:30

1.020

04:33:52

6.0

 

7

222

Wargames

WayneBanks-Smith

3

13:41:02

04:01:02

1.137

04:34:03

7.0

 

8

3938

WingsThree

PeterHaros

10

14:33:07

04:53:07

0.940

04:35:32

8.0

 

9

8100

BarkingMad

JohnWearne

11

14:34:06

04:54:06

0.960

04:42:20

9.0

 

10

A44

Auch

RichardScarr

6

14:05:27

04:25:27

1.068

04:43:30

10.0

 

11

5090

Cyclone

StephenKeal

9

14:11:39

04:31:39

1.075

04:52:01

11.0

 

12

Sm3598

Rumbeat

JustinBarr

13

15:14:02

05:34:02

0.915

05:05:38

12.0

 

13

N9

PiratesPride

PeterMasterton

12

15:12:25

05:32:25

1.032

05:43:03

13.0

 

Dnc

10

PlanetX

MichaelRowley

 

 

 

1.025

 

22.0

 

Dnc

2900

TasPaints

IanStewart

 

 

 

1.026

 

22.0

 

Dnc

5441

HostPlusExecuti

JeffCordell

 

 

 

1.026

 

22.0

 

Dnc

A35

Archie

SallyRattle

 

 

 

1.010

 

22.0

 

Dnc

L77

Whistler

JoryLindscott

 

 

 

1.030

 

22.0

 

Dnc

Tas100

ForkInTheRoad

GarrySmith

 

 

 

1.162

 

22.0

 

Dnc

Yc5974

HelsalV

RobertSmith

 

 

 

1.020

 

22.0

 

Ocs

Y94

Xcite

RobinWhite

 

 

 

0.935

 

15.0

 

 Group2PhsResultsStart:09:35 

Place

SailNo

BoatName

Skipper

Tord

FinTim

Elapsd

Ahc

Cor'dT

Score

Vis

1

8811

Jigsaw

NeilSnare

2

14:37:04

05:02:04

0.840

04:13:44

1.0

 

2

4606

MissConduct

BrianFleming

5

14:40:35

05:05:35

0.833

04:14:33

2.0

 

3

8806

Wildfire

TeamWildfire

1

14:35:27

05:00:27

0.875

04:22:54

3.0

 

4

111

Rousabout

GrahameInglis

3

14:37:50

05:02:50

0.902

04:33:09

4.0

 

5

447

Atilla

JohnHunn

7

14:45:19

05:10:19

0.890

04:36:11

5.0

 

6

5885

Twitch

CliveAnning

4

14:40:26

05:05:26

0.910

04:37:57

6.0

 

7

1

Trouble

DaveWillans

6

14:40:57

05:05:57

0.910

04:38:25

7.0

 

8

539

AriadnesClew

DerekStoneman

13

15:15:40

05:40:40

0.825

04:41:03

8.0

 

9

490

Ellusive

RolyHuddleston

9

15:09:04

05:34:04

0.851

04:44:17

 

Yes

10

3952

Moonshadow

AnthonyEllis

10

15:13:42

05:38:42

0.848

04:47:13

9.0

 

11

3140

SpareTime

ShanePowell

11

15:13:57

05:38:57

0.848

04:47:26

10.0

 

12

881

Footloose

StewartGeeves

12

15:14:13

05:39:13

0.869

04:54:47

11.0

 

13

1881

YoungOne

GerardSmith

12

15:14:13

05:39:13

0.875

04:56:49

12.0

 

14

A961

StormDragon

TomPilkington

8

14:54:05

05:19:05

0.979

05:12:23

13.0

 

Dnc

150

Hornet

NevilleGeorgeson

 

 

 

0.815

 

18.0

 

Dnc

473

Birngana

ErrollPyke

 

 

 

0.887

 

18.0

 

Dnc

4630

HotAugustNight

NatMorgan

 

 

 

0.893

 

18.0

 

Dnc

6634

ForeverYoung

RobNalder

 

 

 

0.839

 

18.0

 

 Group3PhsResultsStart:09:30 

Place

SailNo

BoatName

Skipper

Tord

FinTim

Elapsd

Ahc

Cor'dT

Score

Vis

1

W06

Tihany

JuliusSzlovic

10

15:34:20

06:04:20

0.658

03:59:44

1.0

 

2

59

Quebrada

TimMaddock

9

15:22:08

05:52:08

0.716

04:12:08

2.0

 

3

3639

TakeFive

IanGannon

5

15:15:37

05:45:37

0.735

04:14:02

3.0

 

4

B34

Pierette

GaryKennedy

1

14:54:11

05:24:11

0.790

04:16:06

4.0

 

5

B461

Y-Nacht

Phil/GlennWilkinson

3

15:14:35

05:44:35

0.750

04:18:26

5.0

 

6

Us4431

AnotherToy

GregRowlings

2

15:08:48

05:38:48

0.775

04:22:34

 

Yes

7

1181

KindredSpirit

PeterAlcock

8

15:17:08

05:47:08

0.759

04:23:28

6.0

 

8

2847

CamletWay

SteveMannering

7

15:16:07

05:46:07

0.775

04:28:14

7.0

 

9

57

Exus

DavidBrett

6

15:15:42

05:45:42

0.788

04:32:25

8.0

 

10

834

OffPiste

PaulEinoder

4

15:14:55

05:44:55

0.790

04:32:29

9.0

 

Dnc

66

Ragtime

ThomasKirkland

 

 

 

0.724

 

13.0

 

Dnc

137

Kaiulani

MalcolmCooper

 

 

 

0.749

 

13.0

 

Dnc

2742

GrizzlyAdams

JoelBultman

 

 

 

0.769

 

13.0

 

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