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CYCA's Ocean Pointscore - Lion Island Race overall
Triton beat Balance for line honours - Lion Island Race© David Brogan www.sailpix.com.au

CYCA’s Ocean Pointscore

For the second year in succession, Julian Farren-Price has sailed his Cookson 12, About Time to victory in the Lion Island Race, the opening race of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 2015-2016 Ocean Pointscore (OPS).

Farren-Price, who won his fifth consecutive OPS title last year, is yet again in top form, out-sailing the likes of 1998 Sydney Hobart winners Ed Psaltis and Michael Bencsik, second place getters today with their Ker 40 Midnight Rambler. They were just shy of three minutes behind the winner on corrected time. Adrian Van Bellen’s Jackpot, which finished third overall in in last season’s OPS, was third today.

About Time also beat a number of Rolex Sydney Hobart contenders, among them two pre-Hobart race favourites; Balance (Paul Clitheroe) and Patrice (Tony Kirby). She also won ORCi overall from Steven Proud’s Kernan 44, Swish and Phil Dash’s Beneteau First 40, JustADash.

Farren-Price, who was surprised to discover About Time had won the race, said that 20 minutes prior to the start, the water was almost glass. “Then magically, on time, a little nor’ easter appeared,” he said.

“We didn’t get off on time though. We were caught barging at the start and had to go back, but it didn’t hurt us. We took the eastern side of the Harbour and got out nicely. In the past, that hasn’t been the right tactic, but it was today,” the Sydney jeweller said.

The race started at 10am off Point Piper in little breeze but under a sunny sky.

Principal Race Officer, Robyn Morton said, “We got the boats away in a sick 4-5 knot north-easterly. It was quite patchy, so the fleet was spread out. Triton and Balance got to Lion Island fairly smartly though – both boats were around the Island around 1.30pm.”

Triton, the LC60 owned by Michael Cranitch and David Gotze, was the first yacht to cross the Rushcutters Bay finish line at 15.31.31 hours, followed seven minutes later by Paul Clitheroe’s TP52 Balance.

CYCA's Ocean Pointscore - Lion Island Race overall

bout Time in the winner’s seat again – Lion Island Race© David Brogan www.sailpix.com.au

Throughout the race, the north-easterly stayed mainly in the 7-10 knot range and tending right as the day progressed, but Farren-Price said it kicked in to 12 knots 100 metres from About Time finishing the race.

“We had a lovely work up to Lion Island. We kept up with Midnight Rambler, Merlin, Elena Nova and St Jude until Long Reef, so I was happy with that,” Farren-Price said. “It was pretty much straight lining all the way home and a nice way to work our way back into the series.

“We hadn’t sailed for six months, but the crew work was flawless. I am proud of the crew – they’re pretty much the same crew as I had last year – and of my boat. The two new Doyle spinnakers helped,” he ended.

Les Goodridge sailed his X50, Wax Lyrical to PHS victory from Matthew Brown’s Shaw 10, Orbit. Just 29 seconds separated the two on corrected time. Noel Cornish’s Sydney 47, St. Jude, rounded out the top three. Both Wax Lyrical and St. Jude are entered in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

The nine-race OPS series continues on Saturday October 31 with the Botany Bay Race, starting from 10am on Sydney Harbour.

Full results

 IRC results
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper AHC Fin Tim Elapsd Cor’d T Score Vis
1 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1.116 16:40:50 06:40:50 07:27:20 1.0
2 8338 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER Ed Psaltis/ Bencsik/ 1.187 16:19:21 06:19:21 07:30:17 2.0
3 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 1.078 16:57:51 06:57:51 07:30:26 3.0
4 6686 ST JUDE Noel Cornish 1.183 16:22:59 06:22:59 07:33:04 4.0
5 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1.250 16:04:00 06:04:00 07:35:00 5.0
6 93 MERLIN David Forbes 1.222 16:13:22 06:13:22 07:36:15 6.0
7 7722 JUSTADASH Philip Dash 1.080 17:03:42 07:03:42 07:37:36 7.0
8 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1.285 15:57:06 05:57:06 07:38:52 8.0
9 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1.144 16:42:04 06:42:04 07:39:58 9.0
10 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1.364 15:38:39 05:38:39 07:41:55 10.0
11 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1.212 16:22:05 06:22:05 07:43:05 11.0
12 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1.264 16:08:43 06:08:43 07:46:04 12.0
13 11033 KERISMA Matt Wilkinson Andre 1.152 16:46:32 06:46:32 07:48:20 13.0
14 6377 TRITON Michael Cranitch 1.416 15:31:31 05:31:31 07:49:26 Yes
15 99 PAZAZZ Rob Drury 1.132 16:57:40 06:57:40 07:52:48 14.0
16 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 1.083 17:19:35 07:19:35 07:56:04 15.0
17 9327 KOMODO Andrew Butler 1.167 16:48:48 06:48:48 07:57:04 Yes
18 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1.117 17:27:37 07:27:37 08:19:59 16.0
DNC 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1.371 20.0
DNC 18889 NINE DRAGONS Bob Cox 1.191 20.0
DNC GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 1.345 20.0

 

 ORCI results
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper AHC Fin Tim Elapsd Cor’d T Score Vis
1 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1.1051 16:40:50 06:40:50 07:22:58 1.0
2 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1.2278 16:04:00 06:04:00 07:26:55 2.0
3 7722 JUSTADASH Philip Dash 1.0562 17:03:42 07:03:42 07:27:31 3.0
4 8338 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER Ed Psaltis/ Bencsik/ 1.1849 16:19:21 06:19:21 07:29:30 4.0
5 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1.1224 16:42:04 06:42:04 07:31:17 5.0
6 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1.1842 16:22:05 06:22:05 07:32:28 6.0
7 11033 KERISMA Matt Wilkinson Andre 1.1160 16:46:32 06:46:32 07:33:42 7.0
8 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1.3489 15:38:39 05:38:39 07:36:48 8.0
9 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1.2893 15:57:06 05:57:06 07:40:24 9.0
10 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1.2524 16:08:43 06:08:43 07:41:47 10.0
11 93 MERLIN David Forbes 1.2424 16:13:22 06:13:22 07:43:52 11.0
12 6377 TRITON Michael Cranitch 1.4014 15:31:31 05:31:31 07:44:35 Yes
13 99 PAZAZZ Rob Drury 1.1256 16:57:40 06:57:40 07:50:08 12.0
14 9327 KOMODO Andrew Butler 1.1655 16:48:48 06:48:48 07:56:27 Yes
15 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1.0966 17:27:37 07:27:37 08:10:51 13.0
DNC 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1.3490 17.0
DNC GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 1.3205 17.0
DNC SYD181 ONLINE Stephen Trevillion 1.0511 17.0

 

 PHSTCF results
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Div No AHC Fin Tim Elapsd Cor’d T Score Vis
1 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1 1.0991 16:42:04 06:42:04 07:21:55 1.0
2 NZL9242 ORBIT Matthew Brown 2 1.1050 16:40:22 06:40:22 07:22:24 2.0
3 6686 ST JUDE Noel Cornish 1 1.1704 16:22:59 06:22:59 07:28:15 3.0
4 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 2 1.0750 16:57:51 06:57:51 07:29:11 4.0
5 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1 1.2375 16:04:00 06:04:00 07:30:27 5.0
6 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 2 1.0100 17:27:37 07:27:37 07:32:06 6.0
7 7722 JUSTADASH Philip Dash 2 1.0774 17:03:42 07:03:42 07:36:30 7.0
8 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1 1.1400 16:40:50 06:40:50 07:36:57 8.0
9 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1 1.2000 16:22:05 06:22:05 07:38:30 9.0
10 8338 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER Ed Psaltis/ Bencsik/ 1 1.2256 16:19:21 06:19:21 07:44:56 10.0
11 6609 AMANTE Dennis Cooper 2 1.0346 17:29:25 07:29:25 07:44:58 11.0
12 11033 KERISMA Matt Wilkinson Andre 1 1.1452 16:46:32 06:46:32 07:45:34 12.0
13 99 PAZAZZ Rob Drury 1 1.1199 16:57:40 06:57:40 07:47:45 13.0
14 6377 TRITON Michael Cranitch 1 1.4150 15:31:31 05:31:31 07:49:06 Yes
15 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 2 1.0714 17:19:35 07:19:35 07:50:58 14.0
16 93 MERLIN David Forbes 1 1.2615 16:13:22 06:13:22 07:51:00 15.0
17 5936 YPUTAKITEUP Ben Lockyer 2 0.9900 17:57:24 07:57:24 07:52:38 Yes
18 8975 LAST TANGO Robert Blanch 2 1.0671 17:22:59 07:22:59 07:52:42 16.0
19 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1 1.4000 15:38:39 05:38:39 07:54:07 17.0
20 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1 1.3309 15:57:06 05:57:06 07:55:16 18.0
21 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1 1.2973 16:08:43 06:08:43 07:58:20 19.0
22 7878 KAYLE – SWD John Whitfeld 1 1.1941 16:43:44 06:43:44 08:02:06 20.0
23 9327 KOMODO Andrew Butler 1 1.1800 16:48:48 06:48:48 08:02:23 Yes
DNC 6111 NEVER A DULL MOMENT Col & Denise Wilson 1 1.1650 24.0
DNC 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1 1.4120 24.0
DNC 18889 NINE DRAGONS Bob Cox 1 1.2134 24.0
DNC 101010 PLAYSTATION 4 Dean Harrigan 1 1.2182 Yes
DNC GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 1 1.3097 24.0
DNC SYD181 ONLINE Stephen Trevillion 2 1.0224 24.0

by Stacey French

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