Arm wrestle for Rolex Trophy

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 14 Dec 2007 17:29:00
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The US based Farr STP65 Rosebud, owned by Roger Sturgeon and steered by Jack Halterman, and local boat Yendys, a Reichel/Pugh 55, continued their tussle for the number one spot, Geoff Ross’ Yendys prevailing on the pointscore after four races.

Australian yacht Yendys has wrestled the overall handicap lead in the Rolex Trophy off US invader Rosebud on day two of the lead up series to the Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Today was a benign affair compared to yesterday but nonetheless challenging with a northerly current and light and shifty breezes combining with the leftovers from yesterday’s rolling seas.

The US based Farr STP65 Rosebud, owned by Roger Sturgeon and steered by Jack Halterman, and local boat Yendys, a Reichel/Pugh 55, continued their tussle for the number one spot, Geoff Ross’ Yendys prevailing on the pointscore after four races.

“Light, shifty days are quite tricky because it’s just down to seconds, the pressure is on and you can’t make a mistake,” said Ross this afternoon.

“In these conditions you get a separation of boats sitting in quite different conditions and that makes it difficult.

“Rosebud is sailing well. It’s a very ferocious competition and it comes down to seconds. It’s good preparation for the Rolex Sydney Hobart because it’s a very competitive fleet,” added Ross.

Steven David’s Wild Joe finished today third on the pointscore in division 0/1.

A minimum of five of the eight scheduled races must be completed to constitute a series and each boat’s worst result will be discarded.

On that basis, Alan Brierty’s Corby 49 Limit, steered by the highly experienced Roger Hickman, is going to be hard to shut down with three firsts and a DNF, which will be dropped when the final points are tallied.

Without a dropped race, Stephen Ellis’ modified Farr 40 Splash Gordon is leading the division 2 pointscore.

“There is still a long way to go, the regatta is only half over,” said Ellis this afternoon.

“We just have to keep our consistency and hope Limit makes a mistake along the way”.

The Philosopher’s Club has moved into second place on the division 2 pointscore behind Splash Gordon with Bruce Taylor’s Chutzpah in third.

In a light sou’easter that peaked at around 10 knots before clocking left and easing, today’s double line honours winner Wild Oats XI continued its sail testing for the upcoming bluewater classic, giving its Code 0 an airing rather than running with a regular spinnaker. - Lisa Ratcliff

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