The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Sailing Season 2012-2013 has commenced with the traditional season opening race, the 17th Monica Geddes Memorial Trophy – Sydney Harbour Islands Race, being conducted today.
The race also marked the start of the Grant Thornton Short Haul
Pointscore Series, with a fleet of 35 yachts taking to the Point
Piper start line. Racing commenced at 12:00hours with a moderate
13-18 knot north easterly knot breeze greeting competitors.
Winner of the Monica Geddes Memorial trophy and Short Haul PHS
Spinnaker) was Les Goodridge's X-50 Wax Lyrical from John
and Ann Kirkjian's Jarkan 38 Lady Ann with Karen Hawkett's
Beneteau 305 Broulee third.
"We were fortunate today that there was substantial breeze which
got us going,"
Goodridge said this afternoon. "The conditions were perfect for us
to use our
furling jib - we saw 17 knots of breeze.
"There was lots of competition at the marks between both non
spinnaker and spinnaker
boats. We had very close sailing with Lady Ann - she was
snapping at our heels the entire race." There was only 19 seconds
between the two on corrected time.
"Today's win has probably blown my handicap for the entire
season but we've had a
beautiful day on the Harbour which bodes well for a fantastic
season," Goodridge waxed lyrical post prizegiving.
"I don't have too many trophies - so this one will take pride of
place," he added.
Wax Lyrical was only launched in April this year, after
Goodridge sold his beloved 61 year old classic 8 metre Erica
J. She now resides in the United Kingdom where
her new owner has given the old girl a loving refurbishment and
has since raced
Erica J in the 8-metre Worlds in Cowes this past
Ian and Shane Guanaria's Beneteau First 35 One More No
More, with Shane at the helm, took IRC Non Spinnaker Division
honours with Lady Ann second and Jon Short and Miles
Bastick's Farr 34 MRX third.
"The Beneteau likes these conditions - we saw 17 knots on our
way to the finish. It
was a great day on water and a perfect start to the season," Shane
"It was a very competitive start and we had a good duel with
Love Byte (Anthony Pickering's Sydney 38)," he added.
It was a triple delight for Tony Kirby as he sailed his X-41
Patrice Six to glory taking the IRC and PHS Spinnaker divisional
double win and line honours.
"It was a perfect way to open the summer sailing season. A
lovely nor'easterly breeze of 10-15 knots that was stronger than
predicted and perfect summer sailing conditions," Kirby said
dockside this afternoon.
"We were neck and neck with Balance at Sow & Pigs
Reef and back down the Harbour. We managed to catch them at Snapper
Island, get in front and hold them off to the finish. The breeze
got very fluky on the other side of the Harbour Bridge - we just
made it around the corner in some breeze, and then saw others in
the fleet had to tack.
"It was good practice for the upcoming Flinders Islet race next
weekend (the second
race in the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore series). The crew had to
work hard with all the spinnaker drops. We definitely blew the
cobwebs away," Kirby added.
Paul Clitheroe's Benetau 45 Balance finished third in
IRC Spinnaker Division with Larki Missiris' Sydney 38 Wild
One taking second place to Patrice Six. Wild
One also finished third in PHS Spinnaker division with Greg
Mason and Barb Maunsell's Davidson 37 Sinewave second
behind Patrice Six.
Trophies were presented by Louisa Geddes, the daughter of Monica
Geddes. Monica was
President of the Associates Committee in 1994 and 1995 and was a
prominent volunteer of the CYCA.
Leading accounting and business advisory firm Grant Thornton
renewed its sponsorship of
the Grant Thornton Short Haul and Short Ocean Pointscore
series in April this year, for a further three seasons up to and
including the 2014/2015 series.
As part of the Season Opening day activities CYCA Members and
their guests had the opportunity to get to 'Know their Own
The Know Your Own Skin initiative has been developed by leading
physicians to raise awareness about sun damage. Former IronMan Guy
Leech hosted a skin awareness session that provided people
with the opportunity to visualise any sun damage (that often
can't be seen), through use of a non-invasive UV camera
Additionally, members were able to race against each other using
remote control miniature yachts.
here for full race results
By Jennifer Crooks, CYCA Media
Les Goodridge's X-50 Wax Lyrical was the winner of the 17th Monica Geddes Memorial Troohy Sydney Harbour Islands Race
The spectacular site of some of the fleet sailing underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge