Loki will head the line-up for Race 2 of the Blue Water Pointscore Series, the Flinders Islet Race, starting on Sydney Harbour at 10.00am this Saturday.
Record-holder Loki, Stephen Ainsworth's priceless Reichel/Pugh
63, will head the line-up for Race 2 of the Cruising Yacht Club of
Australia's Blue Water Pointscore Series, the Flinders Islet Race,
starting on Sydney Harbour at 10.00am this Saturday.
Last year's overall BWPS winner, Darryl Hodgkinson and his
Beneteau Victoire, will not be on the start line on Saturday, so
the focus will be on previous winners; Loki, which set the Flinders
Islet race record of 7 hours 48min 44sec in 2010 and Syd Fischer's
Eyes will also be on the Ed Psaltis, Michael Bencsik, Bob Thomas
owned Ker 40, AFR Midnight Rambler, which was not launched in time
for last year's opening race.
Following Race 1 of the BWPS, the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht
Race in late July, Loki leads the 2012 series from Ragamuffin and
AFR Midnight Rambler, which respectively finished fourth second and
third overall last season.
There are some new names in the prestigious six race series this
year. Two Beneteau
F40's; Ron Forster's Ariel and Jonathan Stone/Mat Vadas'
Breakthrough (the former Chancellor), along with Rob Hoile's
Beneteau 47.7 Kaliber (formerly Pretty Fly) and James
Cameron's Hick 35, Luna Sea, will join the 19 other starters this
In PHS, both 2011 second and third overall placegetters, the
Archambault A40, Papillon (Phil Molony), and Tony Levett's Sydney
38 Eleni, are back for another tilt. However, the winning entry,NSC
Mahligai, will not be a starter.
In a change to the program, the 92 nautical mile Flinders Islet
Race has been swapped
with Bird Island due to increased shipping traffic from Port
Kembla. The start time has changed from evening to morning,
which will help boat owners integrate new crew members to the boat
during daylight hours.
Boat owners and their navigators attended a compulsory briefing
for the BWPS at the
CYCA on Wednesday evening, with the emphasis on safety and
compulsory radio skeds throughout the six race series.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting 15-20 knot
south-westerly winds for the start of the race, tending south
during the morning and decreasing in strength to around 10 knots.
Along the south coast, more of the same is expected.
Sunday's conditions on and around the Harbour are expected to be
variable, with a 10-15
knot north-easterly expected in the afternoon.
Updates and full results will be on the CYCA's new look website:
By Di Pearson, CYCA Media
Image: Andrea Francolini
Race record holder Loki
Image: Andrea Francolini
AFR Midnight Rambler is just warming up to her theme