Farren-Price overcame the Beneteau 45, Balance (Paul Clitheroe) by nearly five minutes overall with his Cookson 12, About Time.
Having lost out Race 1 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's
Ocean Point Score Series to Darryl Hodgkinson's Victoire two weeks
ago, Julian Farren-Price was back at the top of the scoreboard in
Race of the series today, triumphing over the relentless 'Beneteau
Brigade' in the Botany Bay Race.
Farren-Price overcame the Beneteau 45, Balance (Paul
Clitheroe) by nearly five minutes overall with his Cookson 12,
About Time. Noel Cornish's ever reliable St.
Jude, a Sydney 47, was in third place under IRC, while
Victoire, also a Beneteau 45, was fifth after a slow
Today's placings mean About Time is back at the top of the OPS
Series which it has won for the past two seasons. Balance
is second on countback, with Victoire third, however,
there are still seven racings remaining, meaning the event is still
Farren-Price is only too aware that winning the OPS for a third
season is going to prove difficult. "I asked Darryl (Hodgkinson) to
come and do the OPS this season, but I knew it
would be a double-edged sword when I did," the Sydney yachtsman
"Victoire had a terrible start - I don't know what went
wrong, but we didn't even realise it was racing until we got to
Botany Bay - then we only beat it home by about 100 metres. They
cream us to windward; they're going to be tough competitors…"
However, About Time's owner was pleased with the
conditions, as they probably saved him from being swallowed up by
the two Beneteaus. "It was mostly close reaching and that's what my
boat does best," he said.
"The wind was better than predicted, but it was a bit of a
washing machine offshore. We took a mid-course between
Imagination (Robin and Annette Hawthorn's Beneteau 47.7)
which went out to sea and I don't think it worked for them - and
St Jude, Minerva (Tim Cox's DK43) and Balance,
which went in close to Bondi on the way up - so it seems our
Farren-Price said racing against Balance was "a bit of an arm
wrestle. We kept swapping places all through the race. Paul ended
up beating us over the line, so he won the battle, but we won the
war!" The Sydney jeweller likened his trouble with the two
Beneteaus to a "New Zealand versus France for the tile," referring
to the design origins of the three boats.
As expected, the big boat in the fleet, Jim Cooney's
Brindabella, took line honours on an overcast and drizzly
Saturday, which was in stark contrast to yesterday's sunny 30
degree day. The Jutson 80 finished at 13.27.25, taking five hours
27min 25sec to complete the course.
Cooney also claimed overall honours under PHS from
Minerva and Merlin, the Kaiko 52 owned by David
Forbes from Middle Harbour Yacht Club, which leads the PHS
Pointscore from Minerva.
Grant Dawson and Brent Lawson's Ker 11.3, Kerisma, won
under ORCi from About Time; only 19 seconds in it.
Balance was third, a further 11 seconds adrift. It does
not get much closer.
The 19 boats in the CYCA's annual OPS got away on time at
10.00am off Point Piper. "They got a nice light easterly that built
during the day to 12-15 knots. It went north-east during the
afternoon, so the boats were coming home quite nicely," Principal
Race officer, Denis Thompson said from the Rushcutters Bay finish
Race 3 in the Ocean Pointscore Series is the Port Hacking Race
on November 17, starting at 10.00am.
For full race results and provisional Ocean Point Score
standings log on to: /results/ocean-pointscore-series/race-2-botany-bay-race/
By Di Pearson, CYCA Media
Image: Andrea Francolini
Balance challenged About Time all day
Image: Andrea Francolini
Brindabella sailed to line honours and PHS victory today