To kick off the new decade, the 11th Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta got under way today under a sunny sky in a building nor’easterly breeze with a fleet of 33 yachts.
The Race Officer, Southport Yacht Club’s own Mark Dingley opted to start the boats off on a Course 12, the Q1 extended course.
Taking the first race in the IRC Gold Coast Championship was Desperado, the Atkinson 24, owned by Graham Sherring. Second was the old and mini Black Jack RP42, now named Black Diamond and owned by Glenn Burrell with Hasta La Vista, Harley Cowlishaw’s Sydney 38od finishing in third on corrected time.
Daniel Farmer’s Sydney 41, B52 took the honours in PHS Division A in race one by almost four minutes on corrected time over Andy Lamont’s X442 Impulse X and David Chadkirk’s German Friers designed Cyclone.
In PHS Division B for race 1, Karlovic’s Rumba took the win, followed by Ball’s Bad Influence and then Chris Larsen’s Wild Spirit.
Cruising Non-Spinnaker Division was won by Pole Dancer, the Catalina owned by Carlos Selby, and the first multi-hull was the Privilege 48′ Catamaran Plan B owned by Grant Scurrah.
By race two, the breeze had increased to about 12-13 knots and the Race Committee sent the fleet on Course 11, the Q1 course.
Backing it up with two from two wins in the IRC Gold Coast Championship was Desperado, the Atkinson 24 owned by Graham Sherring, with Black Diamond, the RP42 in second once again, and Lambourne’s Lambourdini in third.
PHS Division A was a slightly different story to race one in the second round, with M Daly’s Envy, David Chadkirk’s German Friers designed Cyclone again in second, and Sherring’s Desperado rounding out the podium.
In PHS Division B for race 2, it was a shuffle of the first podium, with Wild Spirit taking the gun, Rumba in second and Bad Influence in third.
Cruising Non-Spinnaker Division was again won by Pole Dancer, the Catalina owned by Carlos Selby, and the first multi-hull the Privilege 48′ Catamaran Plan B owned by Grant Scurrah.
The leaders overall after day one are Desperado in IRC, Envy, B52 and Cyclone are tied for the top spot in PHS Division 1, Rumba holds PHS Division 2, Pole Dancer leads the Cruising Non-Spinnaker Division, Plan B leads the multihull division, and Wild Goats leads the Trailable Division.
Live coverage of Race 1
Nic Douglass was live for the start of race one today, you can watch the live coverage below.
Thank you to our sponsors for this regatta, including our naming rights sponsor once again, Bartercard, as well as Mercedes Benz Gold Coast, XXXX Bitter, Club Marine, and Flow Sails.
Wrap of the racing from Surf Sail Kite
Prizegiving from day one of racing
Full results can be found here after today’s prize-giving.
by Nic Douglass