Ocean Pointscore Race 3 - Port Hacking

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 20 Nov 2017 12:17:20
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Paul Clitheroe's Balance

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The rain didn’t stop the fun being had in Race 3 of the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore Series. The 20 knot north-westerly breeze provided a thrilling downwind run to Port Hacking, before the 14 boat fleet made their way back upwind towards Sydney Harbour.

Paul Clitheroe’s Balance took the race win in both the IRC and ORCi divisions, whilst Travis Read’s China Easyway placed first in PHS.

“It was a great exciting downwind run to Port Hacking,” Balance boat captain Clinton Evans explained. “We averaged between 15 and 18 knots boat speed on the way down, which made for a fun way to get down there. Then we had to turn around and go upwind for a few hours.”

“It was a nice trip back upwind to Sydney Harbour, before the wind went a little more to the east and turned into a reach to the finish.”

“It was tough racing towards the end. About Time and Fifty Two Hundred caught up to us towards Sydney, making for a competitive race back.” On corrected time in IRC, Balance finished just over two minutes ahead of Fifty Two Hundred who placed second, closely followed by About Time.

“We had the normal Balance crew on board, as we were training in the lead up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in December. Overall it was a fun way to spend an overcast rainy Sydney day,” he ended.

In PHS, China Easyway won over Dong Qing’s Derucci by a minute and a half in second, and Balance in third, a further 90 seconds behind.

The race results are subject to protests, and may change accordingly.

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