Racing Report - 2014 Balmain Sailing Club Post Christmas Twilight Race 5

February 09, 2014

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Race 5 of the 2014 Post Christmas Twilight Series saw our fleet of 51, our largest for the season, race in consistent winds averaging 15 knots from the NNE.

Division 2 had 12 competitors and the conditions favoured the heavier displacement boats. Gingerbread Man, the smallest of the fleet sailed an impressive race crossing the line in first place 36 seconds clear of Asterix. However the handicap results went to Philippa Naivasha's Beneteau First 31.7 'My Girl', 38 seconds ahead on corrected time of Frans Tkatchew's Pawtucket 35 'Apache' (who crossed the line in 3rd place). 3rd place went to Charlie Chan's Northshore 31, 'Penguin'. The entire division finished within 6 minutes of each other on handicap. Unfortunately Jeff Glen's Etchells 'Slippery' crossed the start line early and were scored OCS. The starters sounded the second horn (recall) and made the announcement on HVF Channel 73.

Division 1 had a fleet of 16. Newcomers Ben Shakespeare and Ian Scott on their recently acquired Sydney 32 'Rollercoaster' started well, however their first outing didn't go to plan, crossing the line in last position. Line honours went to Philip Grove's Sydney 39 'Huntress' roughly a minute ahead of Andrew Parkes and Mike West's XP38, 'Xpress', who placed a respectable 3rd on handicap. First on handicap went to President of the Drummoyne Sailing Club's Yacht Fleet Steve Piper on his Adams 10 'Coconut Telegraph' ahead of Doug Clark's Adams 10 'Madge'. 13 from 16 competitors finished within 5 minutes of each other on corrected time.

The Dinghy Division had an impressive 14 starters. Nick Evtoushenko on his Tasar 'Manly Ferry' crossed the line in first place to get the 'daily double', to win on handicap ahead of Brendan Steward's Tasar '1010' and Adam Coxall's Laser 'Red' who placed 3rd on handicap.

Division 3  had a fleet of 10. Tommy Richardson's UFO34 'Amon Re', skippered by past-Commodore John Blair started a minute early. After re-starting Amon Re went on to sail an excellent race to cross the line in first place and get the handicap win exactly one minute ahead on corrected time of Nick Storey's Mottle 33 'Meridian'. A further 15 second behind, placing 3rd was series contender John Moore's East Coast 31 'Coppelia'.

Almost halfway throughout the Post Christmas Twilight Series Simon Hardy's 'Think Twice' is leading Division 1. In Division 2 Dave Stevens' C&C34 'Warp Nine' leads by a narrow margin and in Division 3, after their win in race 5, Amon Re has crept into the lead. Manly Ferry is now leading the dinghy division. HOWEVER, with 6 races to go, and 2 discards yet to be applied, the field is wide open and the front runners are far from comfortable.

Stay tuned as the competition is getting hotter and hotter.

David Stenhouse - Race Manager

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