Half his regular crew combined with a few extras today gave Warwick Sherman a resounding double win with Occasional Coarse Language in the Gascoigne Cup, the 104th running of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s historic annual short ocean race.
The Ker 43 took out the Gascoigne Cup, decided on
Performance handicaps, and also won the IRC division which is also
part of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Grant Thornton Short
In the Cup scoring, the CYCA-based Occasional Coarse
Language 2 had a comfortable winning margin on
corrected time from RSYS & CYCA yacht Wine-Dark
Sea (Peter Lowndes and Sarah Goddard-Jones) and Aerial (Ron
Under IRC scoring, Occasional Coarse Language
2 won by just 11 seconds on corrected time from the Ker
40, AFR Midnight Rambler, owned by Ed Psaltis, Bob Thomas
and Michael Bencsik, after a great spinnaker duel to the finish
between the two boats, which saw AFR
Midnight Rambler cross the line just 38 seconds
Third place went to Bob Steel's TP52 Quest which also
took line honours in 37 boat fleet that sailed in a 15-16 knot
east-south-easterly breeze off Sydney Heads, with the start and
finish at Watsons Bay.
In the Grant Thornton SOPS results, in PHS Division
1 Occasional Coarse Language 2 placed first from
another Rolex Sydney Hobart entrant, Ariel, third place
going to Imagination (Robin Hawthorn).
In PHS Division 2, first place went to Limelight (Alan
Husband) from King Billy (Philip Bennett), third to
Alpha Carinae (Damian Barker). The IRC results for the
SOPS were the same as the Gascoigne Cup results.
Sherman explained that he had been racing Occasional Coarse
Language 2 in the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore with his
regular crew complemented with crew members of the former Lake
Macquarie yacht Tow Truck.
"They weren't available for the Gascoigne Cup, so I looked
around the CYCA during the week and came up six experienced guys,"
Sherman said. "Even though none of them had sailed on the
boat they worked as a great team with the five regular crew
"I am delighted with the win today….I must say the boat and
people sailing her with me did a spectacular job.
"We had two excellent upwind legs and had a tremendous last
spinnaker run back to Sydney Heads and the finish which gave us
that narrow winning margin over AFR Midnight Rambler under
IRC," he aid.
Sherman said he would continue to race in the SOPS in the New
Year once the Blue Water
Pointscore finishes with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
He has entered Occasional Coarse Language 2 for
the Rolex Sydney Hobart in what will be his first Hobart race in 18
years of ocean racing, including a dozen Lord Howe Island
What no Sydney Hobart before this year? "The fear factor!"
whimsically commented Sherman, who has recovered well from a cancer
scare. "I guess it has to be my bucket list, too," he added.
RSYS principal race officer David Ross set the fleet an offshore
windward leg of 2.7 nautical miles with a course of 150 degrees.
"Both divisions had excellent reaching starts, although most were
conservative to avoid being over early…only one boat was OCS but
they returned and restarted," Ross said.
By Peter Campbell, RSYS Media