Rosebud blooms while Yendys challenges in eventful day one

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 13 Dec 2007 17:20:00
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Limit outside Sydney heads in race one of the Rolex Trophy Series.

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Yendys claimed top spot in IRC division 0/1 in race two ahead of Rosebud and Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40 Chutzpah, which principal race officer Denis Thompson described as a “rocket ship”.

Round one of today’s Rolex Trophy went to the US TP65 Rosebud and round two to the Aussies on Geoff Ross’ Reichel/Pugh 55 Yendys, which finished second in 2006 and is hungry for a win in this Rolex Sydney Hobart form guide regatta.

“It wasn’t a bad day in the office,” said Ross dockside.

“It was pretty bumpy offshore today but we need to get ready for that. We are sailing with our full Rolex Sydney Hobart crew and have all new sails for the race. The ‘minister for speed’, Mark ‘Squark’ Bradford has been developing our sails since Hamilton Island”.

Yendys claimed top spot in IRC division 0/1 in race two ahead of the Farr STP65 Rosebud and Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40 Chutzpah, which principal race officer Denis Thompson described as a “rocket ship”.

The Roger Hickman helmed Limit, with New Zealander and America’s Cup sailor Gavin Brady onboard, had a mixed day. The Corby 49, sailing with a West Australian and Sydney crew, scored DNF (Did Not Finish) in race one and won division 2 race two outright. Hickman is seeking redress for their DNF result.

 “It was a fantastic day off Sydney heads, the weather was fresh but it’s a great regatta so far,” said the upbeat Hickman this afternoon. 

“Our division is really close,” he added.

PRO Denis Thompson reported a “great 16 knot sou’easter with a bit of chop on top of it which provided great downwind surfing action” in race two.

In a day of high drama, one of Jazz’s crewmembers sustained a head injury from the spinnaker pole while Quantum Racing and Quest got up close and personal and Kirribilli was dismasted. - Lisa Ratcliff

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Chris Bulls'z Jazz and Bruce Taylor's Chutzpah in close competition in race one of the Rolex Trophey Series. Image: ROLEX/DanielForster

Chris Bulls'z Jazz and Bruce Taylor's Chutzpah in close competition in race one of the Rolex Trophey Series.

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