by Di Pearson
In the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Trophy – Rating Series, Rob Hanna’s new Shogun V is giving Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan a run for her money beating the defending champion over the line and on corrected time in today’s passage race.
A clean start on Sydney Harbour for Race 5 of the Rolex Trophy Rating Series - Rolex Trophy - Rating Series
There was nothing in it at the end; Shogun beat Hooligan on the water by 18 seconds, and 13 seconds on corrected time. The two TP52’s are now on equal points, with Hooligan leading the series on countback.
Sunday’s passage race will complete the series and decide the winner.
Back at the CYCA this afternoon, Rob Hanna was wearing a wide smile. 'It was really good racing between us, Hooligan and Living Doll,' the Royal Geelong Yacht Club yachtsman acknowledged.Shogun V rode the transom of Hooligan as the yachts favoured the eastern side of the Harbour, taking the Sow & Pigs to starboard shortly after the start at 11.00am. In a light seven knot south-easterly breeze, Michael Hiatt’s Living Doll, a Farr 55 from Melbourne, kept pace with the two. A short time later, the two TP52’s traded places.
'Like yesterday, we caught Hooligan going downhill again, and she was faster upwind; but there was nothing in it. Hooligan rounded the Coogee mark three boat lengths in front of us and Living Doll was around four behind, but we smoked them on the run,' Hanna said.
Once Shogun aimed at the finish line in Watsons Bay, Hanna said: 'We worked with the oscillating breeze and I reckon we picked up 10 seconds there alone.'
Shogun is giving defending champion Hooligan a run for her money - Rolex Trophy - Rating Series
In Division 2, Andrew Parkes sailed the X-41 Matrix to a win over Whistler, David Rees' MBD 36, which has come all the way from Tasmania for the Rolex Trophy and the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Robbo Robertson and his Lunchtime Legend had to be content with third place, but still retains his series lead by one point.
Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson sent the fleet on a 24 nautical mile race which started off Shark Island and went to a mark at sea, then to a mark a Coogee, back to a mark off North Head, back to the sea mark and to the finish at Watsons Bay. A beautiful sunny day on the water was offset by flukey light airs, with big holes in the course, so tacticians had to mind what they were about.
Racing finishes Sunday at 11.00am with a passage race of between 17 and 27 nautical miles, starting off Shark Island. The fleet will finish off Watsons Bay, just inside Sydney Harbour.
Whistler has made the journey all the way from Tasmania. Rolex Trophy - Rating Series
Rolex Trophy Rating Series full results here