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MC38 2021 Season Act 2 at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

by Lisa Ratcliff 16 May 2021 03:16 PDT 15-16 May 2021
Dark Star InfoTrack and Ginger in close quarters - MC38 2021 Season Act 2 © Tilly Lock Media

Every new MC38 team knows it takes a season or two to get a handle on the nuances of the slippery one design keelboat, and usually much longer to climb past the class stalwarts - a couple with a seven year head start.

October 2020 marked the start of Christian Beck's MC38 InfoTrack program out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club and a lot of training later a handful of seasoned salties delivered the owner a win on Pittwater just seven months after debut.

Mitch White, Pete Ryan, tactician Joe Turner, Stu Pollard and Russell 'Rusty' Ely are InfoTrack's nucleus. Alongside their now regular level-headed teenage driver, Indy Beck, the full team managed Saturday's gusty west sou'westers, including one spurt of 37 knots that brought race four to a sudden halt, to be third on points behind John Bacon's Dark Star (RPAYC) and Leslie Green's Ginger (CYCA).

Day two's final three races in lighter cool sou'westers included an unbeatable two wins plus a second, handing them the series by six points from Ginger and making 14-year-old Indy the youngest winning MC38 helmsman by a generation.

Mainsheet hand Peter Ryan said of Indy, "He's a kid with a good temperament and a very old 14-year-old who's spent a lot of time with adults. No one does him any favours. And the rest of the guys are exceptional at what they do, plus we've got some new gear and Mitch's boat preparation was meticulous as always.

"It's never easy on Pittwater. Today we had a nice gap in race six only to watch it erode to a one second differential over the line between us and Ginger. It was lovely the guys took grandad out sailing," Ryan joked, referring to his age compared to the young helmsman.

When InfoTrack's result was confirmed Indy Beck said, "it feels amazing. I thought it was awesome yesterday and even better today. Pittwater is a hard place to navigate." He nominated Turner best and fairest for the series.

As tactician, Rio 2016 Laser gold medallist Tom Burton was instrumental in Ginger's top three comeback, finishing second overall from seven MC38s. Ben Lamb did the same for local boat Hooligan (RPAYC), skippered by owner Marcus Blackmore and crewed by Hooligan long-timers Tim Wiseman, Peter Johnson and Paul Westlake.

The class thanks the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and in particular race officer Steve Merrington and his on-water team for another great regatta.

Act 3 of the MC38 season will be hosted by the RPAYC in winter, June 19-20.

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