Short Ocean Pointscore Series underway in perfect conditions

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 25 Sep 2017 17:36:24
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A good showing of sunblock and shorts was the tell-tale sign that spring definitely sprung over the weekend, as a solid fleet of 20 took to Sydney Harbour for Saturday’s opening race of the Short Ocean Pointscore.

Flukey conditions welcomed the racers with close quarter battles across the divisions. Coming out on top on IRC Division 1 was Fifty-Two Hundred, the TP52 skippered by Ian Short. Andrew and Pauline Dally’s Khaleesi was second with Sebastian Bohm’s Smuggler third.

In Division 2 it was Ed Psaltis’ Sydney 36, Midnight Rambler who took out the win. The hugely experienced skipper very happy with a positive start and already setting sights on the series victory.

“We had a good race, always good to get a win. There are eight Sydney 36s in the SOPs and they all rate about the same on handicap so it was a lot of boat on boat racing which was excellent. I’ve done a lot of long ocean racing when you’re up against 100 footers who are 400 miles head of you. This race was about skill and boatspeed and making the best of the conditions.”

“It was certainly exciting, there were some very strange weather patterns but it was really exciting sailing due to the close competition. The guys that came second and third sailed well and there were only seconds in it.”

“I’ve won the series a few times and although it’s early days, it would be great to get another.”

In the PHS divisions, Sebastian Bohm added to his third-place finish on IRC with a win on PHS Division 1, ahead of Fifty Two Hundred and Khaleesi. The skipper of the Rogers 46 Smuggler enjoyed the conditions, “It was a hot day with a gusty breeze. The pre-start saw gusts at 17 knots but it died out then picked back up. By the time we got offshore it was much cleaner and more consistent with some good downwind running on the course.”

“It was an enjoyable day and we’re happy with our first result but it’s a long series. We’re just happy to be out there. This is just one of the series we’re involved in so great to be on the water again, competing and spending time racing the boat. There’s nothing we’d rather be doing.”

“We’ve had the boat for over two years but we’re still learning how to get the best out of it. Every time we’re out we get a better idea of how to make it go faster but we’re pretty happy with the performance. We’ve done a few modifications this year as every seems to be doing and there’s definitely been progress there.”

“The key for us really is we’ve got a young, fun crew with a good culture and we just go out there and have a good time!”

For the full results for the Short Ocean Pointscore Series please click here

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