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J/70 Sydney Harbour Winter Series Act 1 at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

by J/70 Australia Class Association 3 May 2023 01:16 PDT 29-30 April 2023

Sam Hayne's Celestial was the clear winner in the J/70 Sydney Harbour Winter Series Act 1 raced last weekend. It was a challenging weekend for both sailors and the RSYS race management.

Saturday morning was wet and windless. The scheduled start time of 9am was pushed back to 12 noon. The fleet eventually raced in a soft 5 to 8 knots WSW breeze.

Celestial won all three races however was pushed all the way by Tim Ryan's Vamos. Race 3 new J/70 owners Andrew Forbes and Katie O'Mara celebrated a second in their boat Birubi.

Sunday morning racing got away at 9am however the breeze was still very shifty moving from West to WSW/WNW and fluctuating from 8 to 16 knots. Vamos took the win in race 4 followed by Celestial and then Steve Proud's Swish.

Race 5 both Vamos and Rod Warren's Victorian crew were recalled at the start. Celestial led around the top mark closely followed by Karyn Gojnich's Jabiru. The game of snakes and ladders continued as gusts randomly landed on the course and it was the three Corinthian boats that finished at the front of the fleet. Jabiru took the win, youth skipper D'Arcy Kemp on Jabberwocky was second and Birubi was third.

The final race of the day Celestial was back in front, followed by Vamos then Swish.

A huge thank you to the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's David Ross and his race management team of Nicholas Hogg, Warrick Back, Phil Maloney, David Ritchard and Will Imlay who helped provide a great weekend of racing.

The next event for the fleet is Sail Port Stephens May 19-21, 2023. Best of luck to Celestial who is heading to Italy to contest the J70 Corinthian World Cup, Riva di Garda, in early June.

Overall Results:

PosBoat Name (Club)Sail NoCrewPts
1Celestial (CYCA)AUS507Sam Haynes / Tom Grimes / Sam Abel / Lewi Brake / David Chapman / Locky Pryor11
2Vamos (RSYS/CYCA)AUS1507Tim Ryan / Robert Greenhalgh / Jess Grimes / Charlie Gundy17
3Swish (RSYS)AUS082Steven Proud / Billy Skyes / Ian McKillop / Aiden Mansley24
4Joust70 (SYC)AUS1319Rod Warren / Aaron Cole / Matt Stenta / Jeff Bluey Casley24
5Jabiru (RSYS)AUS1625Karyn Gojnich / Will Thomas / Megan Schmalzried / John Luo29
6Jabberwocky (MHYC)AUS1129D'Arcy Kemp / Andrew Tompson / Alexia Biggs / Richard Allen / Hugo Butterworth30
7Birubi (CYCA)AUS7071Andrew Forbes / Katie O’Mara / Andrew Sloane / Felix Prince33

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