sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : CYCA Trophy Series Day 1 - Midnight Rambler on top
CYCA Trophy Series Day 1 - Midnight Rambler on top


'SAILING - CYC Trophy 2013, Sydney - 14/12/2013
GIACOMO and WILD OATS XI (in the back)'    Andrea Francolini    Click Here to view large photo

At the start of the CYCA Trophy Series today all eyes may have been on the Mark Richards’ skippered Wild Oats XI and Jim Delegat’s Giacomo from New Zealand, but it was Midnight Rambler (Ed Psaltis/Bob Thomas/Michael Bencsik) and Chris Bran’s Brannew that came out on top at the end of the first day.

In a downwind start in 18-20 knots on the Harbour, Wild Oats XI and Giacomo, the VOR70, shot out of the Shark Island start gate midline, set spinnakers and were gone from the Harbour in minutes – Giacomo in the lead. However, once the boats got outside and turned right, facing winds that ventured either side of south, Wild Oats XI resumed her usual position at the front of the fleet and stayed there for the remainder of the race.

Meanwhile it was on for the smaller boats in the fleet, as each tried to gain small advantages against each other as the 25 nautical mile race progressed in beautiful sailing winds of 14-20 knots.

In the end, Division 1 went to the Ker 40, Midnight Rambler from Tony Kirby’s new Ker 46 Patrice, which has proved itself once again, and Giacomo, whose deck was laden with some of the biggest Kiwi names in sailing, including Chris Dickson, Steve Cotton and Rodney Keenan.

On Midnight Rambler, her owners have been concerned with their recent results, but not today, as co-owner Michael ‘Mix’ Bencsik explained: 'We’ve seen a big lift in our performance since adding the new sail wardrobe from Quantum. The boat’s pointing better and we’ve got better boat speed. Our new main has proved very good downwind too,' he said.

'We were able to streak away from Chutzpah, who we always have a friendly rivalry with,' said Bencsik, whose boat beat Patrice (which comes from the same designer as Midnight Rambler) by two and a half minutes on corrected time. Giacomo, which won the latest Volvo Ocean Race as Groupama 4, was just over a minute behind Patrice.

'We wanted to win but you can’t knock second,' Patrice’s owner, Tony Kirby said.

New Zealand winery owner, Jim Delegat, arrived back at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with a wide grin on his face. 'We’ve had a great day on the water. The boat (Giacomo) performed and crew excellent. We hit 20 knots consistently coming home. We enjoyed ourselves; you have to do that,' he said laughing after finishing second on line and third overall.

Back on Midnight Rambler, Bencsik said they had a great pin end start, set a large heavy weather kite and No. 1 headsail and got clean air until the Heads. 'We took the inshore route and stuck close to the coast. We got a good lift off Bondi as the wind went south-east.

'Then we had a nice reach into Botany Bay and got around in one tack. The was lots of current coming out of Botany Bay, but the boat came into its own and we were the first 40 footer around the Botany Bay mark,' he said.

Brannew won IRC Division 2 - CYCA Trophy Series 2013 -  Ian Mainsbridge   Click Here to view large photo

Chris Bran proved he and his Beneteau First 40 CR Brannew are no one hit wonders. Since winning the Sydney Gold Coast Race in July, they have won the Botany Bay Race in October and scored IRC victory in the Gascoigne Cup (the winner is decided in PHS).

Bran won Division 2 of the CYCA Trophy Series today by over three minutes from Roger Hickman’s Farr 43 Wild Rose and Paul Clitheroe’s Beneteau 45, Balance, another three minutes behind.

'Wild Rose was hot on our tail for a while,' Bran said. 'But we stayed close to shore at Botany Bay and out of tide and that gave us a jump on him.'

Bran, from Sydney, said the smaller boats benefitted from a late increase in breeze this afternoon. 'Fortunately for the smaller boats at back of fleet, including us, the breeze filled in. We were pretty evenly matched with Wild Rose going to windward, but once we went round the mark and were sailing downwind, we took off and reached 16 knots surfing down waves,' he said, acknowledging his boat and crew went extremely well today.

'We’re reasonably competitive against the rest of the fleet and have the boat going really well. Perfect breeze for Beneteau 40’s today - 14 knots and above downwind. It got up to 25 knots in the Harbour – what a way to finish,' he said.

SAILING - CYC Trophy 2013, Sydney - 14/12/2013 PATRICE -  Andrea Francolini   Click Here to view large photo

The CYCA Trophy is also Race 2 of the reignited Southern Cross Cup. The CYCA White team of Wild Rose, Victoire and Patrice has taken the lead from Team Australia, consisting of Audi Sunshine Coast, Wild Oats XI and Ichi Ban by 20 points. CYCA Gold; Celestial, Midnight Rambler and Balance are third on 44 points, while CYCA Blue; Black Sheep, Southern Excellence II and Brannew are fourth on 52 points.

Racing finishes tomorrow with a course to be decided on the day.

Full Results

Midnight Rambler led the small boats out of the Heads - CYCA Trophy Series 2013 -  Ian Mainsbridge   Click Here to view large photo


by Di Pearson

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=117617

2:10 PM Sat 14 Dec 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World











470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,
















































Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,








ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica   
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3   
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target   
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage   
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT