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McConaghy MC38 Autumn Cup winner crowned

by Ellen Pragnell-Raascg on 15 May 2013
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The McConaghy MC38 Autumn Cup held on Pittwater in Sydney this weekend, crowned John Bacon, Dark Star, as the winner. This is the second MC38 class victory for John Bacon after winning the Sevenstar MC38 Australian Championships.

Saturday offered some light and shifty breezes, but this did not dampen the spirits of the five boats competing. Howard Spencer and the Menace crew brought their boat over from New Zealand to compete in the MC38 events over the winter including Hamilton Island Race Week. Menace made sure that they showed the rest that they meant business winning the first race, a fantastic result for the newest boat of the fleet. 'It was great racing' said Tom Faire from Menace 'we are really pleased with the boat and we are already looking forward to coming to the next event in June'.

Dark Star went on to win the rest of day one's races and were the overnight leaders, however Chris Hancock's Vino kept the pressure on securing two second places and only trailing behind Dark Star by three points going into day two.


Dark Star came into the second day in fighting form securing their third consecutive win for the series, however the tables soon turned 'One thing we do know is you make one mistake and you are in last place' said Bacon and that is exactly what happened.

The sea breezes filled in and it was then Vino's turn taking first in the fifth race which moved them in to second place.

It was down to the last race with no one safe in their ranking, Menace and Leslie Green's Ginger had a close series competing for third place. Conditions were very different for Ginger this weekend to the 30 knots that they raced in at Port Stephens last month. The Cone of Silence showed their potential in the sixth winning their first race of the series with Jono Morris at the helm.

There was some really close and exciting racing by the whole fleet which is evident from the results and if the results were just based on the last day then the rankings would be very different as fifth and fourth would have come in first and second.

All owners were unanimous about how much fun they had on the weekend, and expressed their to thanks the RPAYC and the Volunteers.

The next class event will be in Sydney Harbour June 29th and 30th.

For more information on the MC38 and joining this fun and exciting class please contact McConaghy Boats or visit the MC38 Class Association website

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