It was a clean sweep for One More No More (Ian and Shane Guanaria's Benetau First 35) with wins in the Grant Thornton Short Haul race to Pittwater and the Pittwater to Sydney Race conducted over the weekend
Saturday's race started in brilliant sunshine with a 15-20 knot
southerly making for a quick race up to Pittwater for the 16
starters. The smaller handicapped boats tended to do well
with the whole fleet finishing within half an hour of each
other. Those that went offshore in search of better breeze
and/or wind angles were noticeably affected by more adverse
current than the boats that stayed in close to shore.
One More No More (Ian and Shane Guanaris) took IRC
hnours from MRX (Jon Short and Miles Bastick) and
Sextant (Denis Doyle and Lynne Smith).
Privateer (Bill Mirow) took the PHS win from Lu Lu
Belle (Peter Lewis) and Big Blue (Bob & Ann
For full results
As usual, a number of boats moored overnight at RMYC Pittwater
for the now traditional dinner at the bistro, which was attended by
around 40 crew plus a ball with a wig named Wilson, and a smaller
group continuing on at the equally traditional Lu Lu Belle
after dinner party hosted by Peter Lewis and the aforementioned
Sunday morning was a big contrast to the day before with heavy
clouds, much cooler temperatures and a 10 knot south easterly
breeze. The strong southerlies the day before had built up a
very large swell and with an outgoing tide pushing against the wind
at the start off Barrenjoey Head it was very choppy for the first
Once the fleet was able to get past Whale Beach the sea state
settled down, just leaving the huge swells to contend with.
Whale Beach being very appropriately named with a large group of
whales seen breaching and tail slapping not far out to sea.
This time the larger boats were able to extend a considerable lead
over the middle of the fleet as they made their way with eased
sheets in the patchy breeze.
A squadron of WW2 vintage fighter planes flying in formation low
overhead provided an interesting distraction as the fleet
approached Manly. The outgoing tide was still flowing fairly
strongly when the leaders had reached Sydney Heads, much to the
delight of the middle of the fleet upon rounding North Head and
seeing the leaders had still not entered the Harbour with barely
enough wind to keep them moving forward against the tide.
Rob Lewis skippering Rob Hunt's Attitude timed it perfectly for
the tide to turn and was able to sneak in just behind the leaders
with enough of a lead for a very conclusive PHS win, in spite of
his brother's deliberate attempts to slow him down on Lu Lu Belle
the night before.
It was another IRC win for One More No More with
MRX second and Elusive (Paul Billngham and Pete
McGee) third. Elusive also finished second in PHS behind
Attitude with Trim (Shaaron Walsh) third.
Click here to see full race results
Thanks again to Robyn Morton and the crew of Offshore for their
assistance with starting and finishing both legs of the race.
By Jon Short
Image: Jon Short
Paula Ward hard at work as MRX headed north in ideal conditions
Image: Paul O'Connell
Jim and Carl enjoying the run up to Pittwater under poled out headsail aboard Katinka