Nine Dragons takes Race 3 of the Short Ocean Pointscore

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 06 Nov 2017 17:32:21
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It was a DK46 first and second in Race 3 of the Short Ocean Pointscore on Saturday, Bob Cox’s Nine Dragons taking the win and Andrew and Pauline Dalley’s Khaleesi second in Division 1, where just four points separate second to sixth in the overall standings.

Choppy conditions greeted the fleet over the weekend with good breeze from 17 to 23 knots generally favouring the heavier boats. Nine Dragons’ boat captain Neil Rechlin was perfectly happy with that.

“It was a fun day nice to see a good fleet out there. We had a good exit out the harbour and then the conditions were a little bit windy, a little bit rougher. That’s where the boat goes well and we pushed it pretty hard out to the top mark and then put the S4 up down to the bottom mark. We were looking good at this stage and then on the second run back we had 15-16 knots on the dial with the waves giving us a bit of extra ground. By that point we’d done enough.”

“The DKs are not planing boats so we like 8-10 knots where the lighter boats can’t plane, or around 20 knots where we can keep our good momentum.”

“In the grander scheme, a missed a mark a couple of races ago cost us in the overall series so in this race we were really clean and that gave us a good outcome. We’re still in the building phase for this season – we’re by no means at consistent peak performance and we have a lot of changes still to make.”

After finishing third on IRC in Division 1, Ian Short’s TP52, Fifty Two Hundred, leads the series with Sebastian Bohm’s Rogers 46, Smuggler, sitting second overall after a fifth place finish on IRC on Saturday.

Bohm commented after the race, “On our way to the first mark we blew up a jib halyard and had to drop the jib and change the halyard. Then we got it up and blew the sail out.”

“We were a bit dejected but got the number two up, obviously it was a bit overpowered. Despite that we had an extraordinary run in gusts up to 24 knots with boat speed of up to 21 knots. That was great fun. The crew just loved that feeling of surfing down the waves. We were hovering on an inch of air on the water, it just felt great. The boat’s nice deep rudder ensured we were always in control – it was superb.”

“We just wished that leg had gone for 15 miles and we probably would have won the race!”

In the other divisions, Peter Franki’s Sydney 36cr, Saltshaker, topped Division 2 on IRC ahead of Ed Psaltis’ Sydney 36, Midnight Rambler. Meanwhile on PHS Edward Cox’s Minerva saw off Nine Dragons to take Division 1 and Dennis Cooper’s Sydney 36cr Mod, Amante, edged Saltshaker on PHS in Division 2.

Speaking after the race Cooper said some star players on the team helped deliver a strong result.

"It was a good race from us. We like that stuff up close to 20 knots and we had a couple of brilliant runs. I usually have crew problems, I don’t think I’ve had the same crew twice in 3 years for Saturdays, when you’re trying to teach them about the boat while racing it doesn’t really work. I had a few guys from Triton on board which did make a difference"

"The fresh breeze built a bit as the day went on and it was very lumpy conditions but that was great for us."

"When you’ve got really competent crew on board the communication goes up and you have no qualms in throwing up the bigger chutes. They instinctively know where the weaknesses will be and where to cover."

Full results from the race can be found here

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