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2018 Farr 40 One Design Trophy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club - Day 1

by Jennie Hughes 20 Oct 2018 00:09 PDT 20-21 October 2018
2018 Farr 40 One Design Trophy - Day 1 © Farr 40 Australia

After four quick races offshore on day one of the Farr 40 Australia One Design Trophy, Tom and Alan Quick's Outlaw team are Boat of the Day after scoring two bullets and two third places.

Skipper, Tom Quick was pleased with today's result. "It was a great team effort today. The Double Black guys were jumping all over us in the last race defending their lead with enthusiasm. It was tricky conditions in the chop but we came out on top, just. We will enjoy tonight's beach party and look forward to hopefully getting some racing in tomorrow."

Quick added, "A quick shout out to Jason and Mary King and the SolYmar team who sailed brilliantly today, given they were two crew short and minus a tactician. Great effort".

MHYC PRO Phil Yeomans ran four efficient races today off Harbord Diggers with an average of 10-12 knots, dropping to 8-9 knots. With tomorrow's forecast in mind the PRO said, "We wanted to get four races in today and get a result in preparation for the southerly change overnight. Whilst the Class doesn't have an official wind limit, we've always pulled the pin when winds get over 25 knots."

The men in black from Melbourne had a great day on the water scoring a 1-4-3-1 placing them in second place, just one point behind regatta leader Outlaw. Double Black Skipper Rob Pitts was pleased with the result. "We are stoked with today's result. Winning the first race gave us a sense of confidence and we had great consistent upwind sailing in a tricky sea state. Our tactician Joe Turner did a great job and the team all sailed above the line today, so well done guys".

The Melbourne and Sydney based builder has been racing his Farr 40 in Sydney for three years and enjoys the camaraderie of the Class. "I love the Farr 40 Class. We have such a great bunch of owners and crew and it's always so well organised. All teams are downstairs now at the Beach Party and we couldn't ask for more. The staff at MHYC are wonderful and always make us feel so welcome."

Australian Class President Gordon Ketelbey and the Zen crew have just arrived back in Sydney from the Farr 40 Worlds in Chicago. The competitive racing against the international fleet resulted in some consistency today with the team scoring three seconds and a fifth, placing them in third place overall at the end of day one.

Janey Treleaven's Finn was a late scratching due to the newly appointed CYCA Rear Commodore's involvement in the Invictus Games, leaving just six boats to battle it out and take the lead at the first pointscore regatta of the season. Tomorrow's racing will commence at 11am inside the harbour.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperR1R2R3R4Pts
1AUS040OUTLAWTom & Alan Quick31138
2SM2008DOUBLE BLACKRob Pitts14319
364221ZENGordon Ketelbey225211
48884EXILEJoe De Kock434415
5AUS8888NUTCRACKERRob Davis Andy Baker562518
69327SOLYMARJason King656623

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