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CYCA Trophy–Passage Series - Ichi Ban and Flying Cloud leading
Ichi Ban is in sizzling form© Andrea Francolini

CYCA Trophy

CYCA Trophy 2015 –Passage Series – Matt Allen steered his TP52 Ichi Ban to a Division one win the CYCA Trophy Passage Series today, posting a near six minute win over Paul Clitheroe’s Balance, with a further two minutes to Tasmanian entry Cougar II, owned by Anthony Lyall, while the CYCA immediate past commodore, Howard Piggott, cleaned up Division Two.

Allen has sent a clear message to his nearest rivals, both TP52’s, along with the rest of the field. Whether it is the TP52 or the Carkeek 60, his crew is in top form and whoever beats them will have to be at their best.

Today’s win on the 27 nautical mile race doesn’t make it any easier for the Yachting Australia president and past CYCA commodore to choose his weapon for Boxing Day, as both yachts are entered in the 628 nautical mile race.

“The weather will be the decider in which boat we take to Hobart,” Allen confirmed this afternoon.

Ichi Ban also finished second on line to Peter Harburg’s VOR70, Black Jack (Qld), which crossed the Watsons Bay finish line at 13:47:34 hours. Ichi Ban also won ORCi from Balance and Cougar II, which won PHS overall from Sebastian Bohm/Bruce Foye’s Rogers 46, The Goat and Jonathan Green’s Melges 32, Crusader.

“It was a long day in terms of conditions,” Allen said. “Steering upwind was tough, it was lumpy with lots of chop – leftovers from last night – and then there was current. There were boats coming off waves and skidding off the back of them – there was quite a bit of groundswell. As you sailed further east there was three knots of current.

“We had a big advantage on the rest of the fleet, because we have tiller steering and you can use the appropriate amount of rudder. It was still hard though; each wave you had to judge independently – it kept changing,” the Sydney yachtsman added.

“We did a gybe set at top mark, it was nice planing and surfing conditions coming home, but there were 15-20 degree shifts throughout the day, so it was hard to get into mode both upwind and downwind. We had a pleasant to run home after the upwind leg though.”

Howard Piggott, who defeated Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40, Chutzpah (Vic) by almost five minutes and Derek and Martin Sheppard’s Black Beneteau 45 by a further minute, agreed with Allen, finding the upwind leg hard going on his Beneteau First 40.

CYCA Trophy–Passage Series - Ichi Ban and Flying Cloud leading

Flying Cloud is getting back into the groove © Andrea Francolini

“It was a real challenge. The sea-state threw us around a lot. But we got a good start and sailed tactically well. About Time (Julian Farren-Price’s Cookson 12, which has won the CYCA’s last five Ocean Pointscores) was at the top mark with us, so we knew were in good shape,” Piggott said.

“We have new sails and are working up for a full season. The crew did a good job and we finished with good speed,” Piggott said, adding the smaller yachts experienced as much as 18-20 knots.

Principal Race Officer, Denis Thompson, said the fleet rolled off cleanly from the Shark Island start. “I set them a course with a mark 12 miles out to sea. It was just over 10 knots at the start,” he said.

Once outside, many said it was the worst conditions they had sailed in for some time, due to the sea state, with winds reaching 17 knots, but generally around 13 knots.

“Some of the interstaters must have been wondering why they came here – it must have been hard for them,” Matt Allen said.

Today’s race also marked a race for the CYCA’s Ocean Pointscore, which was won by About Time, with the Ker 40, Midnight Rambler (Ed Psaltis/Michael Bencsik/Bob Thomas) second and Balance third. About Time also won under PHS with The Goat and Flying Cloud filling out the remaining places.

Racing in the annual CYCA Trophy Series, conducted under IRC, ORCi and PHS, finishes tomorrow, with a passage race. Starting at 11.00am, Denis Thompson will select the course on the day, depending on conditions. Racing is due to start from Shark Island at 11am and finish at Watsons Bay. In the case of heavy weather, Thompson will set a Harbour course.

 Results:

Division 1 IRCDIV1 results Start : 11:00

Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor’d T Score
1 AUS001 ICHI BAN Matthew Allen 14:06:37 03:06:37 1.404 04:22:01 1.0
2 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 14:16:22 03:16:22 1.364 04:27:51 2.0
3 5200 COUGAR 11 Anthony Lyall 14:18:12 03:18:12 1.362 04:29:57 3.0
4 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm Bruce 14:35:23 03:35:23 1.264 04:32:15 4.0
5 YC45 CONCUBINE Jason Ward 14:30:51 03:30:51 1.298 04:33:41 5.0
6 AUS47 INDIAN Craig Carter 14:26:10 03:26:10 1.334 04:35:02 6.0
7 52152 KOA Andrew Kearnan 14:25:13 03:25:13 1.351 04:37:15 7.0
8 226 SWISH Steven Proud 14:46:39 03:46:39 1.250 04:43:19 8.0
9 52570 BLACK JACK Peter Harburg 13:47:34 02:47:34 1.742 04:51:54 9.0
DNC 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1.285 11.0

IRCDIV2 results Start : 11:00

Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor’d T Score
1 6808 FLYING CLOUD Howard Piggott 15:09:11 04:09:11 1.083 04:29:52 1.0
2 R33 CHUTZPAH Bruce Taylor 14:50:30 03:50:30 1.192 04:34:45 2.0
3 33345 BLACK SHEEP Derek Sheppard 15:07:32 04:07:32 1.111 04:35:01 3.0
4 AUS160 CRUSADER Jonathan Green 14:57:22 03:57:22 1.169 04:37:29 4.0
5 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 14:56:25 03:56:25 1.212 04:46:32 5.0
6 4343 WILD ROSE Roger Hickman 15:33:51 04:33:51 1.048 04:47:00 6.0
7 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 15:19:07 04:19:07 1.144 04:56:26 7.0
8 M161 FRANTIC. G Furtado B Pozzey 16:11:24 05:11:24 1.147 05:57:10 8.0
DNC RF5095 DARE DEVIL Sibby Ilzhofer 1.228 10.0

ORCI results Start : Div1 11:00 Div2 11:00

Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor’d T Score
1 AUS001 ICHI BAN Matthew Allen 14:06:37 03:06:37 1.4066 04:22:30 1.0
2 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 14:16:22 03:16:22 1.3489 04:24:53 2.0
3 5200 COUGAR 11 Anthony Lyall 14:18:12 03:18:12 1.3471 04:27:00 3.0
4 33345 BLACK SHEEP Derek Sheppard 15:07:32 04:07:32 1.0866 04:28:58 4.0
5 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm Bruce 14:35:23 03:35:23 1.2524 04:29:45 5.0
6 YC45 CONCUBINE Jason Ward 14:30:51 03:30:51 1.2974 04:33:33 6.0
7 AUS47 INDIAN Craig Carter 14:26:10 03:26:10 1.3320 04:34:37 7.0
8 52152 KOA Andrew Kearnan 14:25:13 03:25:13 1.3392 04:34:50 8.0
9 R33 CHUTZPAH Bruce Taylor 14:50:30 03:50:30 1.1996 04:36:30 9.0
10 226 SWISH Steven Proud 14:46:39 03:46:39 1.2331 04:39:29 10.0
11 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 14:56:25 03:56:25 1.1842 04:39:58 11.0
12 4343 WILD ROSE Roger Hickman 15:33:51 04:33:51 1.0357 04:43:38 12.0
13 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 15:19:07 04:19:07 1.1224 04:50:50 13.0
14 M161 FRANTIC. G Furtado B Pozzey 16:11:24 05:11:24 1.1193 05:48:33 14.0
DNC 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1.2893 16.0

PHSTCF results Start : Div1 11:00 Div2 11:00

Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor’d T Score
1 5200 COUGAR 11 Anthony Lyall 14:18:12 03:18:12 1.3698 04:31:30 1.0
2 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm Bruce 14:35:23 03:35:23 1.2609 04:31:35 2.0
3 AUS160 CRUSADER Jonathan Green 14:57:22 03:57:22 1.1481 04:32:31 3.0
4 YC45 CONCUBINE Jason Ward 14:30:51 03:30:51 1.3000 04:34:06 4.0
5 226 SWISH Steven Proud 14:46:39 03:46:39 1.2533 04:44:04 5.0
6 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 14:56:25 03:56:25 1.2038 04:44:36 6.0
7 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 15:19:07 04:19:07 1.1060 04:46:35 7.0
8 A169 NAUTICAL CIRCLE Robin Shaw 15:52:26 04:52:26 1.0171 04:57:26 8.0
9 YC868 PEACH TEATS-VELOCITY Brian Carrick 16:39:06 05:39:06 0.9011 05:05:34 9.0
10 M161 FRANTIC. G Furtado B Pozzey 16:11:24 05:11:24 1.1150 05:47:13 10.0

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