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Farr 40 One Design Trophy at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - Day 1

by Jennie Hughes 17 Nov 2018 07:50 PST 17-18 November 2018
Racing with Double Black © Farr 40 Australia

Melbourne team Double Black are Boat of the Day for the first time in four years of Farr 40 racing after three races off Palm Beach on day one of the One Design Trophy hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Skipper Rob Pitts was elated with today's result. "We are very happy and excited to be boat of the day for the first time. The crew gelled really well. We managed to get some consistent starts and found some good downwind speed surfing on a few waves".

Pitts' long time friend and Double Black Trimmer Billy Idle is strategizing on how to maintain the lead going into tomorrow's racing inshore for the final three races of the regatta. "Tomorrow will be a real lottery and we will take each race at a time. We are a bit nervous because we know this place is not referred to as "Shiftwater" for nothing. Our Tactician Joe Turner had a win here last week on a MC38, so we are hoping he will bring some good luck with him".

In second place just one point behind the regatta leader is another Melbourne crew, Nutcracker owned by Rob Davis and Andy Baker. The crew were on fire today scoring a 3-2-3 leaving them hot on the heels of their fellow Victorian club members from Sandringham Yacht Club. Skipper Rob Davis was a little disappointed his boat partner Andy Baker missed today's awesome racing.

"Andy, also known as our "crew boss" keeps us under control in the evenings, so we will see what tomorrow is like. It was a great day sailing off Barrenjoey and we are really enjoying being at a different venue and appreciate the local boats coming out to sail with us." Davis added, "The hospitality of RPAYC and the Race Committee has been exceptional and we really appreciate it".

On today's racing Davis continued, "We were a little bit lucky today. Let's just wait and see what happens tomorrow. I've definitely learnt not to count our chickens before they hatch in this game".

Australian Class President Gordon Ketelbey entered his boat Zen this weekend, even though he is overseas and Substitute Helmsman Joe de Kock from Newcastle did a stellar job placing the team in third overall, just one point behind Nutracker.

Two local RPAYC boats joined the Farr 40 fleet today for the first time in many years. Joachim Fluhrer supplemented his crew aboard Harlequin with members of the RPAYC Youth Development Team lead by head Coach Tommy Spithill.

Carl Russett and the Windy Too crew dominate Farr 40 racing at RPAYC and their local knowledge and experience will no doubt see them move them up the leader board tomorrow.

National Race Officer Steve Merrington and the race management committee did a wonderful job today in ideal conditions of 15-20 knots and are looking forward to even better conditions tomorrow. "We are really happy to have the fleet back at Pittwater and I hope they enjoyed sailing offshore today. The wind will be coming from the south east tomorrow and conditions will be a bit lighter than today and we will aim for four races to complete the series".

Race officials, owners and crew members enjoyed a regatta party at the club post racing and Class camaraderie was at its best whilst Edake and Outlaw both enjoyed some midnight sailing.

Find complete results at farr40.asn.au/results

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