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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – All to play for in wrestle for podium
Aerial day 5 of racing - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015© Craig Greenhill

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week ~ All to play for in wrestle for podium

With one more day of racing the jockeying for podium spots at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week was in full swing today, August 21, 2015. In one or two of the divisions the leaders still have some wriggle room should they post a sub-par performance tomorrow, but for most it’s still game-on for the top three spots.

In the Racer Cruiser division Tony Walton’s Hartbreaker from the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria is holding first place by just one point. The Racer Cruisers sailed two windward/leewards today and the Reichel Pugh 46 started the morning with a disastrous last place, before dramatically turning their fortunes around and taking the gun in race two.

“The poor old crew were a tired and sorry lot this morning,” said Tony “but they finally seemed to wake up after race one and really turned it on for the second. Actually, this is all part of our strategy to keep the opposition off-guard; they’re now wondering whether we’re a bunch of amateurs or a thoroughly professional crew. So we’re going to look closely at our opposition for tomorrow and work out how to snuff them out!”

It’s still tight at the top of Cruising division one with four points separating Dave Rooke’s Virago II from Bob Bird and Paul White’s Whitebirds in second and Chris and Lauren Thorpe’s Miss Minx in third.

It’s close too in cruising division two with only three points separating Peter Williams’ Ceilidh from Chris McSorley’s Lunacy. Ian Thomson’s Vitesse and Peter Mumford’s eye-catching Avventura jointly hold third place.

David Pascoe’s Seawafer has a five point lead in cruising division three, despite a bad day at the office today with a 13th position. Roger Johnston’s Engarde and Jim Watson’s Windsong of Mornington share second place. But only three points separate second and ninth place, so there will be plenty to play for in this division tomorrow.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – All to play for in wrestle for podium

Virago II – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2015© Andrea Francolini

John Brand’s beautifully restored Star Ferry has an impressive seven point lead in the thirty boat Non Spinnaker division, ahead of Peter Edward’s Lafayette and Mike Walter’s Mim. Star Ferry is hoping to drop their 17th place in race four as their discard.

After yesterday’s dramas in the Racing Multihulls it was great to see the Stransky team back out on the water racing their rapidly patched-up Fantasia and turning their fortunes around with a second place. Wayne Bloomer’s ChillPill took the gun and holds second place overall behind Chris Williams’ Morticia and ahead of Peter Wilcox’s Mojo.

In the inaugural Trailables division David Barker’s Halcyon holds a commanding six point lead but remarkably will not be in a position to defend it tomorrow. “I’m hoping we’ve got enough in the bag to hold on to top spot, because we have to pull the pin today. My two crew are flying back to Victoria tomorrow morning, so we’ll be nervously waiting to check out the results on line tomorrow afternoon.”

David Davenport hails from Western Australia but keeps his boat Sea Mist on the East Coast so he can enjoy the winters in warmer climates. “Our boat’s a bit nomadic but we’ve never raced it before; so we’re really pleased to be holding top spot in the Multihull Cruising, division” said David, adding that his plans post Race Week include taking his UK-based mother and sister cruising. “My Dad used to get very seasick, so we didn’t sail much when he was alive. When I asked my mother recently if she wanted to come sailing she said, ‘when’s the next plane?’”

Cruising Division one
Place Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1 VIRAGO II 6813 Dave Rooke 44.0 6.0 20.0 3.0 8.0 7.0
2 WHITEBIRDS 788 Bob Bird Paul White 45.0 7.0 6.0 11.0 18.0 3.0
3 MISS MINX 0505 Chris & Lauren Thorpe 48.0 10.0 12.0 9.0 11.0I 6.0
4 PHARLAP 8885 Sandy Spencer 53.0 5.0 8.0 13.0 1.0 26.0
5 PLATINUM SM76 Chris Barlow 54.0 8.0 11.0 22.0I 12.0 1.0
6 MAXI RAGAMUFFIN 7007 Keith Batt 57.0 9.0 17.0 2.0 21.0 8.0
7 SMOOTH OPERATOR SB509 Russell Durham 57.0 17.0 7.0 10.0 5.0 18.0
8 CONCERTO SM5892 James Morris 60.0 4.0 4.0 14.0 15.0 23.0
9 ONE O NINE 1109 Robert Salteri 61.0 13.0 9.0 19.0 7.0 13.0
10 ALLEGRO 6723 Adrian Lewis 62.0 16.0 5.0 25.0 14.0 2.0
11 TAKANI 6981 James Whittle 62.0 21.0 14.0 4.0 13.0 10.0
12 SHAZAM PD447 Doug Ryan 65.0 12.0 23.0 5.0 3.0 22.0
13 INFINITY AUS52 Edward Fader 65.0 15.0 13.0 7.0 19.0 11.0
14 ZOE 98 Wayne Millar 66.0 20.0 25.0 1.0 11.0 9.0
15 ABRACADABRA 5612 James Murchison 67.0 25.0 10.0 12.0 4.0 16.0
16 VANISHING POINT 22000 T Ryan 73.0 2.0 1.0 23.0 22.0 25.0
17 HELSAL3 262 Rob Fisher 74.0 18.0 3.0 21.0 28.0F 4.0
18 L’ESPRIT 7041 Peter Byford 74.0 3.0 24.0 18.0 9.0 20.0
19 PILGRIM E226 Paul Ley 76.0 23.0 19.0 15.0 2.0 17.0
20 CHRISTINE S77 Paul Bunn 76.0 11.0 18.0 16.0 17.0 14.0
21 ENCORE 00100 T.Lewis J. Milledge 80.0 22.0 28.0O 8.0 10.0 12.0
22 LE COCHON NOIR V NA Roman Guerra 84.0 14.0 2.0 24.0 20.0 24.0
23 SILVER LINING SM1155 Andrew McGrath 85.0 1.0 15.0 20.0 28.0F 21.0
24 FIRST LIGHT 6666 P White/ C Stannard 96.0 26.0 21.0 6.0 28.0R 15.0
25 XSCAPE AUS501 John Foster 97.0 24.0 16.0 22.0 16.0 19.0
26 CONDOR KB80 David Molloy 102.0 19.0 22.0 28.0C 28.0C 5.0
27 JOURNEY SM61 Bryan Dorman 140.0 28.0C 28.0C 28.0C 28.0C 28.0C

 

 Cruising Division two
Place Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1 CEILIDH 237 Peter Williams 53.0 6.0 10.0 11.0 8.0 18.0
2 LUNACY SB445 Chris McSorley 55.0 14.0 11.0 16.0 12.0 2.0
3 VITESSE 1021 Ian Thomson 57.0 15.0 18.0 5.0 5.0 14.0
4 AVVENTURA 7044 Peter Mumford 57.0 9.0 14.0 18.0 9.0 7.0
5 KATE R53 John Raff 58.0 23.0 9.0 7.0 13.0 6.0
6 AVANTI B19 Philip Cormie 58.5 10.5 8.0 25.0 6.0 9.0
7 BEDFORDCA THREE CS B45 Charles Cupit 59.0 7.0 15.0 19.0 17.0 1.0
8 CHARM OFFENSIVE James Permezel 60.0 1.0 3.0 21.0 22.0 13.0
9 LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE SM501 Sam Pavic 62.0 2.0 1.0 26.0 23.0 10.0
10 VANILLA BOW17 David Perkins 62.0 24.0 4.0 20.0 10.0 4.0
11 COOPERS 3810 Craig Watson 63.0 20.0 6.0 24.0 1.0 12.0
12 KITE RUNNER 11000 Phil Jobe 65.0 16.0 13.0 10.0 4.0 22.0
13 THAT BOAT 6782 Darryle Dransfield 66.0 26.0 24.0 3.0 2.0 11.0
14 HOLY COW! 6797 John & Kim Clinton 66.0 13.0 2.0 22.0 21.0 8.0
15 BARUCH SB560 Glenn Watson 67.0 8.0 7.0 23.0 24.0 5.0
16 SYNERGY RQ410 Ron James 68.0 4.0 5.0 14.0 25.0 20.0
17 BUNDABERG G16 John Kint 69.0 5.0 28.0F 17.0 16.0 3.0
18 LEE-WAY 135 Stephen Humpeis 69.0 18.0 21.0 8.0 3.0 19.0
19 KICKATINALONG 1317 Graeme Poole 72.0 3.0 12.0 27.0 7.0 23.0
20 UPSTART L41 Michael Daly 77.0 21.0 16.0 9.0 14.0 17.0
21 MORTGAGECHOICE RUMBA 6232 K Burke/R Carr S Cook 78.0 17.0 28.0F 6.0 11.0 16.0
22 ERESSEA 6590 John Bankart 82.0 22.0 17.0 13.0 15.0 15.0
23 FLYINGFISH LET LOOSE M604 Walter Jorgensen 83.5 10.5 19.0 4.0 26.0 24.0
24 WIDE LOAD 4198 Elaine William Alan Mcclintoc 89.0 19.0 22.0 2.0 20.0 26.0
25 LLOYDS TOO IMPETUOUS 3663 Rudy Weber 94.0 12.0 23.0 15.0 19.0 25.0
26 ELUSIVE R6608 Rick Pacey 96.0 25.0 20.0 12.0 18.0 21.0
27 CHANTILLY R56 Timothy Dutton 112.0 28.0C 28.0F 1.0 28.0F 27.0

 

 Cruising Division three
Place Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1 SEA WAFER R473 David Pascoe 24.0 12.0 1.0 4.0 5.0 2.0
2 ENGARDE B55 Roger Johnston 30.0 8.0 3.0 10.0 6.0 3.0
3 WINDSONG OF M’TON M5 Jim Watson 30.0 9.0 10.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
4 D’EUPHORIA 6956 Mike Selbie 31.0 10.0 11.0 2.0 3.0 5.0
5 OASIS 662 Merv Stephensen 32.0 1.0 12.0 1.0 9.0 9.0
6 NORTHERN MOMENT C192 Vic Stevens 32.0 4.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 1.0
7 KARMA BOW27 David Angus 32.0 2.0 2.0 5.0 12.0 11.0
8 KAYAMI BOW28 Brian Pozzey 32.0 5.0 6.0 12.0 2.0 7.0
9 OSCARS RIDE RQ1982 Peter Driml 33.0 7.0 5.0 8.0 7.0 6.0
10 QUATTRO F8 Jason Daisley/ C&C Monaghan 35.0 6.0 4.0 6.0 11.0 8.0
11 RHYTHM BOW29 Ray Sweeney 38.0 11.0 9.0 7.0 1.0 10.0
12 ESCAPADE C200 Mike Schmidt 41.0 3.0 7.0 11.0 8.0 12.0
13 SANUK 11 547 Harvey Michael 77.0 13.0 13.0 17.0C 17.0F 17.0C
14 CONDESA BOW19 Mark Gaskell 81.0 17.0R 17.0F 17.0C 13.0 17.0C
15 PLUNDER 191 Ry Spalvins 81.0 17.0C 17.0C 17.0C 17.0C 13.0
16 SATISFACTION II RQ725 Malcolm Wallace 85.0 17.0C 17.0C 17.0C 17.0F 17.0C

by Crosbie Lorimer

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