With barely two weeks remaining before the start of the 2017 edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the two day CYCA Trophy Series is a final opportunity for competitors to fine tune their preparations in competition.
For the 21 boats that competed on Saturday the weather on Day 1 of the series was far from the testing conditions that the fleet might expect in a fortnight’s time, with a light 8-10 knot southeaster for much of the race.
The competition was however close, with the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI giving Peter Harburg’s Black Jack 100 some early notice that her much-vaunted light air advantage is not unassailable, beating her near-sister yacht home by three minutes.
Tony Kirby’s Ker 46 Patrice took handicap honours in IRC Division 1, with West Australian Craig Carter’s Carkeek 47 Indian second and the Oatley Family’s Wild Oats X (Reichel-Pugh 66) third.
Crosbie Lorimer of Bow Caddy Media was out on the water and followed the fleet out of the Heads to take these images.
by Crosbie Lorimer