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Geographe Bay goes light on day 4

by Bernie Kaaks on 3 Mar 2011
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Geographe Bay Race Week day 4.

The short passage race for IRC boats, cruising and multihull divisions this afternoon started in a light breeze which softened as the race progressed. As a result, only two divisions sailed the full course while the remainder were spared the agony and were greeted by a finish boat carrying a Code S well before the full distance.


Limit’s superior speed took her past the shortened course mark well before a temporary finish boat could reach it, so the whole of IRC division 1 was forced to sail the full distance.

While the big boats were sailing their passage race, sportsboats were sailing a windward and return course, enjoying three brisk races before adjourning to the bar well before the return of any of their larger colleagues.

Discounting the effect of dropped races, Rod Beurteaux’s Viper 640 Yacht Hub is now a clear leader in the sportsboat fleet, with five wins from eight races, followed by Chris O’Keefe’s Snake Charmer and Tim Reger’s Don’t Forget Alice. Reger’s score includes an OCS, which will obviously become his drop race and may well move him into second place.

The under 10 metre race fleet joined the sporties today with three different winners to their three heats. Ken Waller’s The Jean Genie won the first, Ziggy Stadust the second, and Matt Selby’s little Castle 650 Don’t Panic claimed the third. Alan Thomas’ BW8 the Fox leads the division at this stage, followed by David Stoopman’s S80 D Jazz Singer and the Farr 9.2 Farr Fetched, sailed by Les Hoffman and Bruce Meakins.

Simon Minoprio sailed a sublime race as helmsman on Dave Walling’s Farr 40 The Next Factor. He picked his gybe points perfectly to keep the boat moving in the light conditions and somehow stayed on the right side of most of the wind shifts. At the halfway mark, the Next Factor was headed only by Limit. Black Betty finally reeled them in during the closing stages, but on corrected times it was The Next Factor, ahead of Limit with Peter Ahern’s Yo! 2 third. The overall points scores are starting to look very interesting, with Limit and the Next Factor brawling for bragging rights.

James Halvorsen won line honours in the Division 2 fleet, his first for the series to date, to finish third on IRC corrected times, behind Brad Skeggs’ Beneteau 34.7 Minds Eye and Anthony Kirke’s Archambault 35 Archimedes. Archimedes crew included international match racing bowman Graeme Spence and sailmaker Brad Sheridan.


The Addams Family’s fastest time was not good enough to gain a podium finish today, with IRC honours again going to Mike Finn’s Constellation and Ian Holder’s Bad Habits second. Roger Raymond’s S&S 34 enjoyed a good day out to capture third place.

Harry Beaver’s Flying Tiger New Tricks won Division 4 from Lance Rock’s Nyari while in the Premier Cruising division Brian de Vries’ former WA Offshore champion yacht Steel de Breeze won from George Mardon’s modified Diamond, Intruder and Des Riley’s Hard Evidence.

It was all trimarans in the Multihull division, with Roger Harrison’s tiny trailer-tri Triumph winning from Robert Hall’s Asteroid and Ken Mills’ Vamos.

With two days of competition remaining, most divisions are now very close on the leaderboard so we can look forward to some intense competition over the next 48 hours.






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