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Botany Bay Race - About Time back in the winner’s circle
China Easyway - Botany Bay Race 2016 © Olivia Price

Botany Bay Race

Julian Farren-Price and his Cookson 12, About Time, are back in their comfort zone of the winner’s circle after taking the double in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Botany Bay Race today, with victories in both IRC and ORCi.

Farren-Price, a Sydney jeweller, has won nine from 12 Ocean Pointscores with his reliable About Time, just missing out last season to Midnight Rambler. Today he beat Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race hopeful, China Easyway, the Jarkan 12.5 owned by Travis Read, by two minutes. Nine Dragons, the DK46 owned by Bob Cox, slotted into third place.

Under ORCi, it was About Time from China Easyway and another Sydney Hobart contender, Philosophers, the Cookson 12 owned by Gordon Ketelbey and Peter Sorensen, who skippered her today. PHS went to Esprit, the Archambault 32 owned by Greg Wilkins. Les Goodridge’s X-50, Wax Lyrical and Ted Tooher’s Beneteau 47.7, Chancellor, shared second place.

Robyn Morton, the Principal Race Officer, said she and team felt for the 20 starters who waited around for the breeze to fill in for race two of the CYCA’s Ocean Pointscore Series.

“We were supposed to get them away at 10am, but there was a glass out on the Harbour. Instead, we were 50 minutes late and finally a six to seven knot east/nor’ easter allowed us to start the race at 10:50am. It was frustrating for everyone, but at the least the fleet got away cleanly,” Morton said from the CYCA’s start boat this morning.

Julian Farren-Price commented, “The race committee did the right thing. We milled around, but it was worth the wait, because in the end, it was a beautiful sail, Rolls Royce conditions.”

A spinnaker run to Botany Bay in around nine knots suited About Time down to the ground, as did the sail home.

“We had a lovely spinnaker run to Botany Bay, we were very lucky to be able to sail square, we don’t sail with asymmetrical. We were as lucky on the return, as it wasn’t hard on the wind, we sailed slightly cracked sheets, just off the breeze in around eight knots. My crew’s work was 10 out of 10 – no mistakes.

Botany Bay Race - About Time back in the winner’s circle

About Time – Botany Bay Race © David Brogan www.sailpix.com.au

“We had a ding dong battle with Philosophers – we were no more than 50 to 100 metres apart coming back. If it had been hard on the nose, they would have walked away from us – that’s their party trick. They have a more powerful boat with bigger gear.”

Farren-Price said he had never seen so much wildlife, as competitors have been party to in their two races to-date.

“Dolphins offshore and even in the Harbour, but the whales, I’ve never seen so many or so big. They were tail standing, breaching, jumping right out of the water,” he said.

Mid-afternoon, Morton had reported that the Rolex Sydney Hobart reigning champion, Balance (Paul Clitheroe) had rounded the Botany Bay mark first at 12:22pm, followed by Victoire (Darryl Hodgkinson), Celestial (Sam Haynes) and the V70 Maserati (Jim Cooney).

“Apparently the breeze is still around seven – eight knots, despite a forecast for 25 knots,” Morton said. “If it stays that way, it’ll be a long day out for the heavier and small boats.”

However, it was Maserati that came flying home to take line honours from Balance and Celestial at 1:47:51pm.

The next race in the Ocean Pointscore Series is the Port Hacking Race, starting on Sydney Harbour at 10am on Saturday November 12.

Results

Race 2: Botany Bay

IRC results Start : Div1 10:50 Div2 10:50
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Div No Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor’d T Score Vis
1 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1 14:35:59 03:45:59 1.114 04:11:45 1.0
2 4527 CHINA EASYWAY Travis Read 2 14:54:30 04:04:30 1.038 04:13:48 2.0
3 18889 NINE DRAGONS Bob Cox 1 14:25:45 03:35:45 1.191 04:16:58 3.0
4 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1 13:57:14 03:07:14 1.373 04:17:04 4.0
5 MH20 PHILOSOPHERS Peter Sorensen 1 14:36:32 03:46:32 1.136 04:17:20 Yes
6 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1 13:58:55 03:08:55 1.367 04:18:15 5.0
7 AUS6133 FOREIGN AFFAIR Matt Wilkinson 2 14:54:28 04:04:28 1.065 04:20:21 6.0
8 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1 14:25:01 03:35:01 1.221 04:22:32 Yes
9 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1 14:41:05 03:51:05 1.143 04:24:08 7.0
10 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1 14:19:27 03:29:27 1.264 04:24:45 8.0
11 AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 1 14:09:14 03:19:14 1.351 04:29:10 9.0
12 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1 14:26:01 03:36:01 1.252 04:30:27 10.0
13 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1 15:00:51 04:10:51 1.116 04:39:57 11.0
14 ITA70 MASERATI Jim Cooney 1 13:47:51 02:57:51 1.672 04:57:22 Yes
DNC 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1 1.288 15.0
DNC 1014 UBS WILD THING Geoff Lavis 1 1.270 15.0
DNC 6609 AMANTE Dennis Cooper 2 1.047 15.0
DNC 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 2 1.073 15.0
DNC 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 2 1.082 15.0

 

ORCI results Start : Div1 10:50 Div2 10:50
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Div No Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor’d T Score Vis
1 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1 14:35:59 03:45:59 1.1080 04:10:23 1.0
2 4527 CHINA EASYWAY Travis Read 2 14:54:30 04:04:30 1.0299 04:11:49 2.0
3 MH20 PHILOSOPHERS Peter Sorensen 1 14:36:32 03:46:32 1.1119 04:11:53 Yes
4 9006 BULLET Michael Rowe 2 15:02:39 04:12:39 1.0090 04:14:55 3.0
5 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1 13:57:14 03:07:14 1.3641 04:15:24 4.0
6 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1 13:58:55 03:08:55 1.3538 04:15:45 5.0
7 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1 14:25:01 03:35:01 1.1975 04:17:29 Yes
8 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1 14:41:05 03:51:05 1.1254 04:20:04 6.0
9 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1 14:19:27 03:29:27 1.2529 04:22:25 7.0
10 AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 1 14:09:14 03:19:14 1.3330 04:25:35 8.0
11 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1 14:26:01 03:36:01 1.2380 04:27:26 9.0
12 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1 15:00:51 04:10:51 1.1020 04:36:26 10.0
13 ITA70 MASERATI Jim Cooney 1 13:47:51 02:57:51 1.8561 05:30:06 Yes
DNC 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1 1.2943 14.0
DNC 1014 UBS WILD THING Geoff Lavis 1 1.2703 14.0
DNC 2001 QUETZALCOATL Bruce/Lee Warn Er/Sw 2 1.1443 14.0
DNC 5930 REVE Kevin Whelan 2 1.0235 14.0
DNC 6609 AMANTE Dennis Cooper 2 1.0177 14.0
DNC 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 2 1.0529 14.0

 

PHSTCF results Start : Div1 10:50 Div2 10:50
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Div No Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor’d T Score Vis
1 MYC32 ESPRIT Greg Wilkins 2 15:02:54 04:12:54 0.9716 04:05:43 1.0
2 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1 14:41:05 03:51:05 1.0694 04:07:07 2.5
2 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1 15:00:51 04:10:51 0.9851 04:07:07 2.5
4 89 INTO THE MYSTIC Arthur Psaltis Jon R 2 15:05:36 04:15:36 0.9682 04:07:28 4.5
4 4527 CHINA EASYWAY Travis Read 2 14:54:30 04:04:30 1.0121 04:07:28 4.5
6 6111 NEVER A DULL MOMENT Col & Denise Wilson 1 14:27:20 03:37:20 1.1550 04:11:01 6.0
7 9006 BULLET Michael Rowe 2 15:02:39 04:12:39 0.9938 04:11:05 7.0
8 AUS6133 FOREIGN AFFAIR Matt Wilkinson 2 14:54:28 04:04:28 1.0480 04:16:12 8.0
9 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1 14:25:01 03:35:01 1.1918 04:16:15 Yes
10 18889 NINE DRAGONS Bob Cox 1 14:25:45 03:35:45 1.2089 04:20:49 9.0
11 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1 14:35:59 03:45:59 1.1559 04:21:13 10.0
12 8975 LAST TANGO Phil King 2 14:53:06 04:03:06 1.0790 04:22:18 11.0
13 MH20 PHILOSOPHERS Peter Sorensen 1 14:36:32 03:46:32 1.1668 04:24:19 Yes
14 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1 13:57:14 03:07:14 1.4251 04:26:50 12.0
15 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1 13:58:55 03:08:55 1.4129 04:26:55 13.0
16 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1 14:19:27 03:29:27 1.2746 04:26:58 14.0
17 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1 14:26:01 03:36:01 1.2528 04:30:38 15.0
18 AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 1 14:09:14 03:19:14 1.4061 04:40:08 16.0
19 ITA70 MASERATI Jim Cooney 1 13:47:51 02:57:51 1.6500 04:53:27 Yes
20 44444 AMORE Lorelle Chapman 2 16:49:20 05:59:20 1.0000 05:59:20 Yes
DNC 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1 1.2951 20.0
DNC 1014 UBS WILD THING Geoff Lavis 1 1.2733 20.0
DNC 2001 QUETZALCOATL Bruce/Lee Warn Er/Sw 2 0.9888 20.0
DNC 5930 REVE Kevin Whelan 2 0.9850 20.0
DNC 6609 AMANTE Dennis Cooper 2 1.0221 20.0
DNC 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 2 1.0765 20.0
DNC 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 2 1.0534 20.0

by Olivia Price

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