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MC38 2020 Season Act 3 at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

by Lisa Ratcliff 21 Jun 01:27 PDT 20-21 June 2020
Dark Star and Swish during MC38 2020 Season Act 3 on Sydney Harbour © Tilly Lock Media

Winter sailing on Sydney Harbour is often fraught, light winds and plenty of shifting potholes to catch the unsuspecting out. For the MC38s crews who returned to their season after months of COVID isolation, getting the fleet back together and completing the seven-race program was more than enough compensation for the tricky conditions.

Reigning Australian champions Lazy Dog, Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart's Middle Harbour Yacht Club MC38, broke away from the chasing pack on day two, Sunday June 21, their 3,1,1 results added to day one's tally delivering the consistent performers a six point victory.

Act 3 video by Tilly Lock

Mixed day two scores for Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club), with Chris Dare from Victoria helming his first MC38 regatta, tallied to second overall, two points off Steven Proud's Swish (MHYC) in third.

Light and fluky northerlies made choosing lanes rough for tacticians said Stewart, who helmed today while co-owner Shaun Lane handled Saturday's four races. "Given we've been off the water so long, everyone sailed really well with very few mistakes; it came down to picking the shifts. It was one of those days where if found yourself in a hole it was hard to get out," Stewart said after racing.

470 sailor Sasha Ryan has joined Lazy Dog as the bowperson and Lane hopes she'll be a long-term campaign fixture.

The head of multiple keelboat programs, Chris Dare, got the call-up Thursday as he was flying from Melbourne to Sydney for the weekend, accepting on the spot. The Hooligans opened Act 3 with a 1,2,2 scoresheet but twice across the weekend found themselves on the wrong side to the breeze and paid a heavy price.

"It was a nice weekend sailing with good people," Dare said. "It was my first time on an MC38, it was quite tricky to steer and very different from the 52 [Dare's previous boat, a TP52]. Day one was spent figuring out what I could and couldn't do - and the experienced crew members were terrific at showing me the way - and Sunday was about mitigating risk.

"We got a penalty on Saturday going somewhere we shouldn't have and there was some yelling and bruised egos, but I'm proud to say Marcus gets his boat back without a mark on it," Dare added.

Enjoying some cold beers in the sunshine on the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron pontoon at the series end, Proud added: "Conditions were all over the shop and sometimes you were spat out the right way. It's great to have everyone back together after months off the water."

The class thanks RSYS race officer Rob Ridley and his team plus on water umpires Tom Spithill and Jordan Reece. Spithill said a regatta highlight was watching Lazy Dog coming back from the dead more than once. "They couldn't be lucky that many times; they saw things the others didn't."

The one design class' May regatta (Act 2) was cancelled due to the pandemic. Next on the calendar is Act 4 over the weekend of July 25-26 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on the shores of Pittwater.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1Lazy Dog (MH777)Shaun LaneMHYC234131115
2Hooligan (521)Marcus BlackmoreRPAYC122613621
3Swish (226)Steven ProudMHYC341562223
4Dark Star (38002)John BaconRPAYC513344525
5Ginger (AUS 38011)Leslie GreenCYCA455256330
6Easy Tiger VI (38014)Chris WayRPAYC666425433

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