Langman crowned in Noakes 7s Series

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 24 Nov 2017 14:35:09

Sunset action on Sydney Harbour


In 2016, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia introduced a new twilight racing series onboard the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy’s Elliott 7s as another way for members to develop and build their sailing skills. The fun but short, high intensity races in the vicinity of Rushcutters Bay giving the perfect competitive environment.

Continuing the success in the inaugural edition, Noakes Boat & Shipyard joined as title sponsors for the 2017 Spring & 2018 Summer Series extending their role as a major supporter of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy.

Conducted over four evenings throughout October and November, the Noakes 7s Series featured six highly competitive teams including current J70 Australian National Champion - Reg Lord, CYCA Board Member - Tony Kirby with his Patrice team, and “Maluka” owner, Sean Langman were amongst the line-up. With an ambitious series race target of 14 races, the Race Committee were able to complete the whole series within their timeframe with four short, two lap races conducted each Tuesday evening on the stunning backdrop of a sunset Sydney Harbour.

The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy Elliott 7s proved to be the ideal class to test each team’s skill level with the asymmetrical spinnakers, at times, proving to be the downfall of most teams. The opening evening saw moderate seabreeze conditions with the race course set up between Garden Island and Clark Island. 7s Series veterans, Reg Lord with three YSA sailors onboard his team, got the early jump on the series, with two wins and a 2nd on the opening evening.

Sean Langman turned up the heat in on Day 2 the following Tuesday by posting a 1, 2, 1, 2 scorecard to level the series by the half way point. Tony Kirby’s team also bouncing back from a tough opening week to climb to third place.

Week 3 saw Kirby again pull out the big guns, with Harry Price, the current Youth Match Racing World Champion, World #4 match racer and YSA sailor, sailing on main. Kirby managed to win 3 out of the 5 races, scoring an impressive 6 points less than his nearest rival for the evening to draw a three-way battle for the overall series. Meanwhile Sean Langman and Reg Lord continued to fight it out at the top, with Langman returning with a 2-point lead heading into the final evening.

With it all still to play for, the final evening saw another team make a last-minute run to climb the leaderboard. Angelique Kear, an active CYCA Committee member shot up the standings when she brought David Chapman in for the evening as helm, scoring 3 wins from 4 starts in the final races.

With an absent Tony Kirby from the helm of Patrice, there was nothing he could do as Kear leapfrog his time in the final race to claim third overall. Sean Langman’s team were able to hold off Reg Lord in all races in the final evening to win the 2017 Noakes Boat & Shipyard Spring Series by 4 points after two drops took effect.

“This series was a great way for teams to get out on Sydney Harbour at its best time and race in some fun boats with great competition. It has proven ideal training for us for the upcoming final races of the CYCA Blue Water Series and lead in to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The CYCA Staff did an amazing job. The courses were always bang on and it’s just a great series to be involved with. We will definitely be back next year,” commented Sean Langman after racing.

Applications for the 2018 Noakes Boat & Shipyard Summer Series are now open with the series taking place on Tuesday 30 January, Tuesday 13, 20, 27 February 2018. Applications can be completed via the CYCA Website here.


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