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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Action shifts to Sydney


'Beau Geste, Calm 2 and Hooligan bow down into the top mark - TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Round 2'    Teri Dodds ©

The TP52 Southern Cross Cup is heading to Sydney for the second half of the inaugural four-round competition that has rejuvenated the class in the Southern Hemisphere. Round 3 of the series, hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli, will add plenty of sizzle to the harbour city’s spring sailing program over the three-day weekend, November 22nd - 24th.

The Sydney turnout will be quite different to the fleet that was in the Melbourne starting stalls.

Rob Date’s Scarlet Runner is in South Africa waiting for the start of the Cape Town to Rio while a couple of the Melbourne based TPs have left the competition. A stronger NSW contingent and second international entry comprise the handful of newcomers.

Owner of the New Zealand TP52 Vamos (formerly Shogun IV), Connel McLaren, is set to line up against his Kiwi countrymen on the Hong Kong based Team Beau Geste. Chinese businessman and skipper Karl Kwok and his mostly New Zealand crew, including trusty helmsman Gavin Brady, scored back-to-back wins with Team Beau Geste on Port Phillip in February and March, and hold a commanding pointscore advantage.

During the recent America’s Cup showdown in San Francisco many Aussies were gunning for their South Pacific neighbours. For the remainder of the inaugural TP52 series, like for any high profile Trans-Tasman sporting contest neighbourly relations rank second.

Mark ’Richo’ Richards overtook the helming reigns from Marcus Blackmore for the final two days - TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Round 2 -  Teri Dodds ©  

After two rounds and 16 races the high-octane mix on Team Beau Geste lead the pointscore on 26. Nearest rival, Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan has a 19 point gap to close. On recent form Hooligan is the sharpest Australian TP52 on the eastern seaboard, leading the current Audi IRC Australian champion, Rob Hanna and Shogun V, both in this series and in the IRC big boat division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week back in August.

Newcomer to the TP52 Southern Cross Cup but certainly not to the sport is Bob Steel and his older generation TP52, Quest, with regular helmsman Jamie MacPhail at the wheel. Bringing boat loads of youth and enthusiasm to the Sydney crew is 18-foot skiff champ Seve Jarvin and his skiff crewman Sam Newton, not long back from a stint as grinder for Oracle Team USA at the America’s Cup.

'We are looking forward to being part of the series,' said Steel who recently embarked on a comeback to competition and form with his 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart overall winner.

On recent modifications Steel commented: 'I’ve gone back to runners, which I think it pretty good for an ancient seaman. If you want that extra molecule of speed you have to roll over and do what everyone else is doing.

'We are mindful we have an older boat, however we have a handicap to reflect our status. We’ve been working hard on the boat and we are going to go out there and do our very best against the newer and quicker TPs. We’ll have fun for the first 100 metres anyway…' Steel joked.

Hanna’s Shogun V from Geelong leads the Victorian cavalry and Tony Lyall’s older generation Cougar II from Hobart is making a great effort to continue representing the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

Sandringham Yacht Club’s location and regatta management is a tough act to follow but class president Terry Wetton says the Sydney clubs hosting the final two rounds, RSYS and the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater, have equally impressive resumes when it comes to running prominent yachting fixtures.

Like SYC, round 3 will be smack bang in front of the viewing public with three days of inshore windward/leeward racing on Sydney Harbour dodging ferries, jet cats and criss-crossing with regular club fleets.

Following the sudden death last week of Melbourne based Jason van der Slot, owner of Calm 2 and co-owner of Calm, the Australian TP52 class has acknowledged his contribution.

Wetton said today, 'Jason had amazing passion for the sport and we could not have got this series up and running without his help and enthusiasm. From that point of view this is a great loss to grand prix sailing in Australia. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.'

Shogun downwind -  Crosbie Lorimer  

Thursday November 21st is a dedicated practise day ahead of the three-day in-harbour grudge match for TP52s and their derivatives, overseen by PRO Denis Thompson.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches will host the final deciding round on the long weekend of December 13th-15th. Racing will be within the natural boundaries of Pittwater and in open water off Barrenjoey Headland.

List of entries for round 3:

TP52 Southern Cross Cup - RSYS, Nov 22-24 list of entries

 
         

 

Boat name

Skipper’s name

Yacht club

Sail No.

1

Cougar II

Anthony Lyall

RYCT

5200

2

Frantic

Michael Martin

LMYC / NCYC

GBR 211L

3

Hooligan

Marcus Blackmore

RPAYC

AUS 521

4

Quest

Bob Steel

CYCA

 

5

Ragamuffin

David Witt

CYCA

 

6

Shogun V

Rob Hanna

RGYV / RYCV

AUS280

7

Team Beau Geste

Karl Kwok

RHKYC

IVB 1997

8

Vamos

Connel McLaren

RNZYS

 


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