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Lion Island Race goes to Victoire in thriller
Victoire in the winner’s seat. © Andrea Francolini http://www.afrancolini.com/

Lion Island Race

Darryl Hodgkinson has sailed his canting Cookson 50, Victoire, to a two second win over Paul Clitheroe’s Balance in the Lion Island Race, the season opener of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Ocean Pointscore Series (OPS).

Balance, a TP52, collected line honours at 14:16:22 hours, trailed by Victoire and Sam Haynes’ TP52, Celestial, which finished third overall today. The same trio also finished top three in ORCi, in the same order. It was a repeat in PHS, except Balance claimed the spoils from Victoire and Celestial.

Balance’s new rating following recent modifications to the keel, allowed Victoire to grab the top spot. Hodgkinson was surprised and thrilled to find himself in the winner’s seat.

“I’m back – and the duel with our friends on Balance continues,” a chuffed Hodgkinson said early this evening.

However, ‘Dr Darryl’ confessed: “I am surprised, because we got off to a shaky start. We heard the horn, and though it was the 10 minute gun, but no, we only had a couple of minutes and didn’t even have our jib up.

Lion Island Race goes to Victoire in thriller

Line honours and second overall for Balance © David Brogan www.sailpix.com.au

“The chute didn’t go up properly and I broached the boat. Celestial was above us, and so she was pushed into a broach too. Meanwhile, Balance was below us and just chugged along like a freight train. Having said that, we had a thrown together crew – only a few of my regulars,” Hodgkinson ended.

Despite these problems, Victoire made it to the Island in 90 minutes in a lovely southerly breeze, tailor made for running. She was third around the mark and settled into the beat home to the finish on Sydney Harbour.

Not all were fast, Ted Tooher’s Beneteau 47.7, Chancellor, was last boat home, taking seven hours 14 minutes 33 seconds to completed the course, compared to Balance’s four hours 16mins 22secs.

“We started the 25 boats in a nice 20 knot southerly,” Principal Race Officer, Robyn Morton, commented. “A short time later, we had two retirements – Nine Dragons (Bob Cox’s DK46) was first with a broken spinnaker pole and then Esprit (Greg Wilkins’ Archambault 32) announced they were not continuing.“

Morton also said Aaron Rowe’s TP52, RKO, was around 15 minutes late to the start, which did affect its performance with a ninth overall. Julian Farren-Price, who won the last two years’ Lion Island races and the last five seasons OPS trophies, took an unusual back seat today, About Time ending the day in fifth overall.

Comprising eight races, the Ocean Pointscore Series continues on Saturday October 29 with the Botany Bay Race, starting from 10am on Sydney Harbour.

Results:

IRC results Start : Div1 10:00 Div2 10:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Div No AHC Fin Tim Elapsd Cor’d T Score Vis POB
1 AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 1 1.351 14:20:31 04:20:31 05:51:58 1.0
2 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1 1.373 14:16:22 04:16:22 05:52:00 2.0
3 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1 1.367 14:22:32 04:22:32 05:58:53 3.0
4 MH20 PHILOSOPHERS Peter Sorensen 1 1.136 15:22:52 05:22:52 06:06:47 Yes
5 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1 1.114 15:35:13 05:35:13 06:13:26 4.0
6 1014 UBS WILD THING Geoff Lavis 1 1.270 14:54:24 04:54:24 06:13:53 5.0
7 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1 1.264 14:57:46 04:57:46 06:16:23 6.0
8 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1 1.252 15:02:34 05:02:34 06:18:49 7.0
9 52000 RKO Aaron Rowe 1 1.378 14:38:29 04:38:29 06:23:45 Yes
10 4527 CHINA EASYWAY Travis Read 2 1.038 16:11:31 06:11:31 06:25:38 8.0
11 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 2 1.073 16:20:45 06:20:45 06:48:33 9.0
12 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1 1.143 16:07:33 06:07:33 07:00:07 10.0
13 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 2 1.082 16:39:54 06:39:54 07:12:42 11.0
14 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1 1.116 17:14:33 07:14:33 08:04:58 12.0
DNC 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1 1.288 17.0
DNC 6609 AMANTE Dennis Cooper 2 1.047 17.0
DNC AUS6133 FOREIGN AFFAIR Matt Wilkinson 2 1.065 17.0
RET 18889 NINE DRAGONS Bob Cox 1 1.191 14.0

 

ORCI results Start : Div1 10:00 Div2 10:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper AHC Fin Tim Elapsd Cor’d T Score Vis POB
1 AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 1.3330 14:20:31 04:20:31 05:47:16 1.0
2 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1.3641 14:16:22 04:16:22 05:49:43 2.0
3 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1.3538 14:22:32 04:22:32 05:55:25 3.0
4 MH20 PHILOSOPHERS Peter Sorensen 1.1119 15:22:52 05:22:52 05:59:00 Yes
5 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1.1080 15:35:13 05:35:13 06:11:25 4.0
6 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1.2529 14:57:46 04:57:46 06:13:04 5.0
7 1014 UBS WILD THING Geoff Lavis 1.2703 14:54:24 04:54:24 06:13:59 6.0
8 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1.2380 15:02:34 05:02:34 06:14:35 7.0
9 4527 CHINA EASYWAY Travis Read 1.0299 16:11:31 06:11:31 06:22:38 8.0
10 52000 RKO Aaron Rowe 1.3799 14:38:29 04:38:29 06:24:17 Yes
11 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 1.0529 16:20:45 06:20:45 06:40:54 9.0
12 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1.1254 16:07:33 06:07:33 06:53:38 10.0
13 9006 BULLET Michael Rowe 1.0090 16:50:32 06:50:32 06:54:14 11.0
14 2001 QUETZALCOATL Bruce/Lee Warn Er/Sw 1.1443 16:49:31 06:49:31 07:48:37 12.0
15 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1.1020 17:14:33 07:14:33 07:58:52 13.0
DNC 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1.2943 17.0
DNC 6609 AMANTE Dennis Cooper 1.0177 17.0

 

PHSTCF results Start : Div1 10:00 Div2 10:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Div No AHC Fin Tim Elapsd Cor’d T Score Vis POB
1 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1 1.4177 14:16:22 04:16:22 06:03:27 1.0
2 AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 1 1.4003 14:20:31 04:20:31 06:04:48 2.0
3 6952 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1 1.4020 14:22:32 04:22:32 06:08:04 3.0
4 1014 UBS WILD THING Geoff Lavis 1 1.2636 14:54:24 04:54:24 06:12:00 4.0
5 4527 CHINA EASYWAY Travis Read 2 1.0050 16:11:31 06:11:31 06:13:22 5.0
6 MH20 PHILOSOPHERS Peter Sorensen 1 1.1600 15:22:52 05:22:52 06:14:32 Yes
7 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1 1.2700 14:57:46 04:57:46 06:18:10 6.0
8 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1 1.2510 15:02:34 05:02:34 06:18:31 7.0
9 52000 RKO Aaron Rowe 1 1.3872 14:38:29 04:38:29 06:26:19 Yes
10 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1 1.1593 15:35:13 05:35:13 06:28:37 8.0
11 6111 NEVER A DULL MOMENT Col & Denise Wilson 1 1.1685 15:39:03 05:39:03 06:36:11 9.0
12 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1 1.0815 16:07:33 06:07:33 06:37:30 10.0
13 89 INTO THE MYSTIC Arthur Psaltis Jon R 2 0.9814 17:00:16 07:00:16 06:52:27 11.0
14 2001 QUETZALCOATL Bruce/Lee Warn Er/Sw 2 1.0084 16:49:31 06:49:31 06:52:57 12.0
15 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 2 1.0888 16:20:45 06:20:45 06:54:34 13.0
16 9006 BULLET Michael Rowe 2 1.0106 16:50:32 06:50:32 06:54:53 14.0
17 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 2 1.0587 16:39:54 06:39:54 07:03:22 15.0
18 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1 0.9900 17:14:33 07:14:33 07:10:12 16.0
19 5936 YPUTAKITEUP Mark Swan Robyn Drew 2 0.9800 18:11:17 08:11:17 08:01:28 Yes
DNC 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1 1.3016 22.0
DNC 5930 REVE Kevin Whelan 2 0.9850 22.0
DNC 6609 AMANTE Dennis Cooper 2 1.0272 22.0
DNC 8975 LAST TANGO Phil King 2 1.0844 22.0
DNC AUS6133 FOREIGN AFFAIR Matt Wilkinson 2 1.0533 22.0
RET 18889 NINE DRAGONS Bob Cox 1 1.2150 19.0
RET MYC32 ESPRIT Greg Wilkins 2 0.9765 19.0

by Di Pearson

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