Please select your home edition
Edition
Insun - AC Program

Pipe Opener Series - Double victory for Wild West

by Peter Campbell on 23 Sep 2012
Wild West (3733) and Archie (A35) duelling at the start of the Cock of the Huon - Pipe Opener 2012 Rob Cruse
Pipe Opener Series final race got underway today in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and well known Hobart yachtsman Michael Denney celebrated his appointment as sailing manager of the Derwent Sailing Squadron with a double victory in his yacht Wild West.

Wild West, a Mount Gay 30 design modified by local naval architect Fred Barrett and built by Denney, excelled on the spinnaker run before a light south-westerly breeze to win Group 1 of the race from Port Huon to Huon Island.

The race completed the 44th annual Pipe Opener, the traditional start of the yacht racing season in southern Tasmania, involving Friday’s night race from Hobart down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Saturday’s Cock of the Huon and today’s final race back from Port Huon.

Denney joined the Derwent Sailing Squadron staff only last week, bringing with him considerable expertise in race management as well as a long career of yacht racing as skipper of his own boat and crewing in ocean races, including aboard Archie in its 2007 Melbourne to Hobart race victory.

Wild West also was part of the winning Derwent Sailing Squadron team, along L’etoile (Mark Dawson) and Grizzly Adams (Joel Bultman) contested by seven teams from various clubs. Runners-up were the teams of Pisces, Moonshadow and Steelin’ Time and Archie, Sirocco and Take Five.

'This was probably my last chance this season to sail Wild West in a DSS yacht race this season because of the big program ahead, but I hope to compete in races with other clubs over the summer,' Denney said after the final race today.

In the final race, Wild West won Group 1 from the Archambault 36 Archie (Scott Brain), both representing the DSS, with third place going to the consistent Mumm 30 Cleopatra, skippered by Scott Sharp from the Huon Yacht Club.

Femme Fatale (Geoff Sharp) won Group 2 from Wings Three (Peter Haros0 and Insatiable (Patrick Hyman). The Adams 8, Grizzly Adams, skippered by Joel Bultman from the DSS, followed up on her Cock of Huon win on Saturday by taking out Group 3 from Take 5 (Ian Gannon) and Steelin’ Time, skippered by new owner Allen Warren from Geilston Bay Boat Club.

Overall results of the three race Pipe Opener Series saw Group 1 won by the Huon Yacht Club’s Cleopatra from the two DSS boat, Archie and Wild West.

Three DSS boat filled the top three placings overall in Group 2 with Insatiable (Patrick Hyman) winning from Wings Three and l’Etoile while in Group 3 overall first place went to Grizzly Adams (DSS) from Take 5 (DSS) and Myfanwy (Kettering Yacht Club).

The overall AMS winner of the Piper Opener was Archie from Wings Three and Insatiable.

The AMS overall winner of the Series was the Archambault 36, Archie, skippered by Scott Brain from Wings III (Peter Haros) and Insatiable.

A fleet of 35 yachts set sail in the Friday night race and while several returned to Hobart, most continued to race over the weekend, with the Cock of the Huon race also attracting a number of one-off entries, including a trimaran and a Quick Clinker 31, a narrow-hulled, schooner-rigged boat designed by Richard Boult, which won an international prize for yacht design in 2007.



Southern Spars - 100Naiad/Oracle SupplierWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Antigua Sailing Week - Old traditions new ways
Winning skippers on Day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week included Sir Richard Matthews taking part in 18yr old Jules Mitchell Winning skippers on the first day of Antigua Sailing Week included Sir Richard Matthews taking part in his 37th Antigua Sailing Week and 18 year old Jules Mitchell who has never skippered at the regatta before.
Posted today at 2:54 am
RC44 Sotogrande Cup - Chris Bake grabs victory from jaws of defeat
After two severe days, Sotogrande and the Andalucian coastline laid on perfect conditions for final day of competition After two severe days, Sotogrande and the Andalucian coastline laid on perfect conditions for the final day of competition at the RC44 Sotogrande Cup. Mountainous seas gave way to a short chop, torrential rain gave way to brilliant sunshine and a stiff but shifty 20 knot, westerly offshore wind, to provide the tacticians with some welcome head scratching.
Posted today at 1:52 am
A Few Rays - Go Faster!
How the right sunscreen can make the boat go faster How the right sunscreen can make the boat go faster A good sunscreen is a very necessary part of the sailor’s equipment. When the sunscreen works really well and the sailor using it can do a multi-day regatta without burning or distraction, then that is a piece of equipment worth having.
Posted on 30 Apr
World Cup Series Hyères – Kontides steals gold again
On the second day of live Medal Racing, it was the turn of the One and Two Person Dinghies to have their day. A colder, overcast day with a steady 8-12 knot breeze did nothing to dampen the spirits of the final few lucky World Cup Series medallists.
Posted on 30 Apr
FAST40+ Spring Regatta – Hitchhiker declared winner
Hosted by the RSYC, the wind gods blew too hard on the second day resulting in racing abandoned for the last day Stewart Whitehead’s Carkeek 40+ Rebellion tide on points with Hitchhiker but was second on count back.Tony Dickin's Jubilee was in impressive form, scoring three podium finishes to end the regatta just one point off the lead in third.
Posted on 30 Apr
Team Oman Air score big breeze win at Extreme Sailing Series
A resounding victory in the final race of the penultimate day kept Team Oman Air's dreams of second podium finish alive Phil Robertson's men proved uncatchable as they romped home to glory in the seventh and last outing of the day as Qingdao delivered a 20-knot breeze blasting through the city's stadium racecourse.
Posted on 30 Apr
Young guns firing in tricky penultimate day of Extreme Sailing Series
The British team, the youth wing of America's Cup challenger, went into the action at the bottom of the Act leaderboard Skipper Rob Bunce's team of talented under 24s enjoyed their most successful outing since joining the global Stadium Racing tour at the start of 2016, only missing the podium once in seven races on Fushan Bay.
Posted on 30 Apr
Nations' Cup – NZ wins again
52 boats from 13 Nations and a planet turned out for one of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s most colourful events Competitors set out to find blue skies and a varied breeze of five to 10 knots with Race Officer Lucy Sutro sending racers on a three-loop harbour course between the Central Club buoy off of the Wan Chai Ferry terminal then to Shau Kei Wan(SKW) and back.
Posted on 30 Apr
Still all to play for in Act 2 as light airs curtail racing in Qingdao
The Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet will go into the second half of Act 2 in Qingdao split by just 12 points on day two. The Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet will go into the second half of Act 2 in Qingdao split by just 12 points after super-light winds prevented racing on day two.
Posted on 30 Apr
Thriller around Antigua - Peters and May Round Antigua Race
The Peters and May Round Antigua Race produced a spectacular match race with an unbelievable finish. The Peters and May Round Antigua Race produced a spectacular match race between two magnificent ocean greyhounds with an unbelievable finish. Sir Peter Harrison's British ketch Sojana and Jean-Paul Riviere's French sloop, Nomad IV battled it out for the 52 miles, just a few minutes apart for the duration of the race.
Posted on 30 Apr