Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2019 CODEZERO EVO Leaderboard

First Winter Race at Derwent Sailing Squadron

by Peter Campbell & Peter Watson 23 Jun 03:22 PDT 23 June 2019
Farr 40s running down the Derwent in the DSS winter race today. © Peter Watson

The high-performance Farr 40s are back racing as a fleet on the river, with five of the big boats entered in the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Battery World Winter Series which opened today.

For the first time in several years, the Farr 40s had their own class and today they enjoyed extremely close and competitive racing with the first three boats swapping the lead throughout the Sunday morning race.

Race officer Neil Harris sent the Farr 40s to the B1 mark and then to the permanent Garrow Light, allowing the big sloops to 'stretch their legs' and generate plenty of momentum in the light breeze.

Sydney Hobart entrant, 2Unlimited (Greg Prescott) took the honours in the end from Guilty Pleasures VI (Lewis and Cripps) and Peregrine (David Stephenson).

Also racing was Graeme Wood's Kirribilli, recently relocated from Sydney with Wood on the helm. Competition can only get better with the scratch boat Wargames (Wayne Banks-Smith) due to join the fleet for race two of the DSS Winter Series on 14 July.

"If there is such a phenonium as the perfect winter race day, then today would have to be included...sunny skies, light katabatic northerly breeze and superb racing," commented DSS sailing operations manager Peter Watson.

While the Farr 40s in Division 1 raced their longer course, Divisions 2 and 3 enjoyed competitive racing with windward/leeward courses between Castray and Nutgrove.

Steve Harrison's sports boat Temptation scored a narrow win on corrected time in Division 2, with line honours winner Winstead Wines (Neil Snare) second and Wildfire (Team Wildfire) third.

Will Justo's Groove had an outright win in Division 3, taking first place on handicap from Motley (Stephan Lubach) and Serenity (Graham Hall).

Related Articles

Riversdale Estate Wines L2H Race 2019
All calm on the Launceston to Hobart Frontline Professor Ian Snape and his co-owner Gary Kuehn bought their 10.6m Elan S4, Frontline, in 2016 and will be on the start line of this year's Riversdale Estate Wines Launceston to Hobart (L2H) race, Tasmania's longest offshore race. Posted on 7 Dec
SB20 Pre-Christmas Summer Pennant Series overall
Honey Badger quashes Rebellion to win on the River Derwent Consistent sailing from Hobart youth team, Honey Badger, has delivered the young sailors the one design division win in the SB20 Pre-Christmas Summer Pennant Series hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and the Derwent Sailing Squadron (DSS). Posted on 6 Dec
Tasmanian Yachting Championship 2019
Challenging conditions on the River Derwent over the weekend The River Derwent produced challenging conditions for the iWest/Nautilus Marine Tasmanian Yachting Championship which was sailed from the Derwent Sailing Squadron over the weekend. Posted on 2 Dec
Combined Clubs Summer Pennant Series 2019
The fleet started the day in soft north westerly conditions Ed Psaltis (Midnight Rambler) was a class act on the water in Saturday's Combined Clubs Summer Pennant winning Division One IRC, AMS and taking second in PHS on corrected time. Posted on 24 Nov
Riversdale Estate Wines L2H Race 2019 preview
Family ties dominate with 13 of the 21 entries Derwent Sailing Squadron Race Director, Ron Bugg, is delighted with the number of entries in this year's Riversdale Estate Wines Launceston to Hobart (L2H) race and anticipates plenty of rivalry on the water in Tasmania's longest offshore yacht race. Posted on 23 Nov
Opening Day of the Sailing Season on the Derwent
A day the Governor of Tasmania, Kate Warner AC, obviously enjoyed If there is one thing about Tasmanian sailors and their boats, it must be their longevity. Obviously, something in the water, or their easy access to some of the finest racing and cruisers waters in the world, abeit chilly at times. Posted on 6 Oct
SB20 Tasmanian Sailing Season preview
The countdown is on to the start of SB20 Australia's Summer Pennants The countdown is on to the start of SB20 Australia's Summer Pennants with excitement building within the local fleet. The pre-Christmas series is sailed under the authority of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT). Posted on 30 Sep
Historic Tasmanian yacht to lead Opening Day fleet
More than 200 boats, ranging from kayaks to ocean racing yachts, are expected The historic cutter Westward will lead next Saturday's Opening Day fleet on the River Derwent to mark the upcoming 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, joining Bellerive Yacht Club Commodore Graham Mansfield's Black Magic Posted on 29 Sep
Pipe Opener Regatta 2019
Pipe Opener Regatta in southern Tasmania Two Sydney Hobart division winning yachtsmen, Richard Grant and Ed Psaltis, have duelled on the Huon River in southern Tasmania to decide the winner of the 2019 Cock of the Cock yacht race off historic Shipwrights Point Posted on 22 Sep
Derwent Sailing Squadron's Winter Series
Temptation best from the far south In winning its fourth race of the Battery World Winter Series, Temptation, a Thomson 7, clinched overall victory with a mere nine seconds on corrected time to from Young Magic (Peter Farley). Posted on 15 Sep
Festival of Sails 2020 GIF - FOOTERPandB 2019 Autumn Sale - FooterGul 2019 Carrier FOOTER