The 2016/2017 CYCA Summer sailing season came to an end last Saturday with the Grant Thornton Short Haul, Grant Thornton Short Ocean and Combined Ocean/Short Ocean Pointscore Series. The conditions for the final races of the series were testing, with a light 3-5 knot breeze, eventually building to 9 knots and lumpy sea conditions on Sydney Harbour.
The Grant Thornton Short Haul Pointscore overall results on PHS were as tight as they could get with CYCA’s Defiant, co-owned by Peter McGee and Paul Billingham, and Macscap, owned by Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Peter McLelland, both finishing with 43 points! It came down to the last race in the series to determine the overall winner, with Defiant winning the tiebreak, with L’Attitude, co-owned by Jon Short, Miles Bastick and Rob Hunt, finishing 10 points behind in third place.
Paul Billingham was nervous going into the last race on Saturday, as he had just a six-point advantage over his long-time competitor, Peter McLelland on Macscap. “We’re a fat and heavy boat so we struggle a little in the lighter wind conditions,” said Paul. “That final race was tricky and patchy over the course before the breeze filled in for us on the left hand side of the track.
“We were excited to take the win in the series overall, especially as it was determined in the final race of the series,” commented Billingham. “It has been a tough battle all year between the two boats. It was always going to be close!”
It was L’Attitude who took out the overall summer series in division 1, with 29 points over John Blair’s Bear Necessity in second and George Girdis’s Marloo in third, with 33 and 34 points respectively.
Division 2 had Macscap claim victory over Defiant by just one point in the summer pointscore. Stormy Petrel, a Sparkman and Stephens 36ft yacht skippered by Kevin O’Shea placed third in the series.
The Non-Spinnaker IRC division winner was One More No More with 11 points, becoming very common for the Beneteau First 35 owned by Ian Guanaria, which won eight out of the twelve races in the series! L’Attitude placed second in the division with 27 points, three points ahead of the C&C 115, Bear Necessity.
The Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore was a series of 9 races conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Middle Harbour Yacht Club and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. The series PHS division 1 winner was Sebastian Bohm’s Rogers 46, The Goat, with 14 points. Howard Piggott’s Beneteau First 40, Flying Cloud was just one point behind in second place, and Robin and Annette Hawthorn’s Imagination with 19 points in third.
Sean Rahilly and Justin Pelly’s Crosshaven won on PHS in division 2 with 14 points, a big eight points ahead of Saltshaker in second place, skippered by Peter Franki. Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Bryan Moore skippered Shibumi to third place with 24 points.
The placings on IRC in division 1 were flipped around, with Imagination taking the top spot with 11 points, Flying Cloud in second, and Sebastian Bohm’s The Goat in third.
Saltshaker dominated the series in division 2 on IRC, placing only first or second in every race to finish the series with eight points. Crosshaven came second overall with 13 points, and MHYC’s Stormaway skippered by Stening Gunn in third with 14 points.
Peter Franki commended all of the Clubs for putting on great racing. “My crew and I are delighted to take the win on IRC this series. The conditions were all varied, but it made for a lot of fun!
“It was great to see plenty of our Sydney 36 sister ships out racing, and hopefully we’ll see more next year."
The Combined Ocean/Short Ocean Pointscore series in division 1 on both IRC and PHS was won by Sebastian Bohm’s The Goat with eight points, followed by Imagination in second with 17 points and Next skippered by Phil Tomkins in third with 27 points.
Soundtrack, skippered by John Amos won division 2 on both PHS and IRC. Arch Rival, skippered by Steve Connors placed second on IRC, and Dennis Cooper on Amante took second on PHS and third on IRC.
Click here for full results of the 2017 Summer Racing Series.