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2015 Port Hacking Race – Tough fight for podium
Swish kept Merlin honest today© David Brogan www.sailpix.com.au

Port Hacking Race 2015

Merlin, the Kaiko 52 owned by Olympic gold medallist Dave Forbes and skippered by Joe Earl, has won the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Port Hacking Race today, after a race-long battle with second placed Swish, Frantic and The Goat.

Earl and his crew beat Steven Proud’s Kernan 44, Swish, overall by over one minute, and Midnight Rambler, the Ker 40 owned by Ed Psaltis, Michael Bencsik and Bob Thomas, by over two minutes.

Merlin, from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, also conjured up the best ETA at the finish of Race three of the CYCA’s Ocean Pointscore, according to Principal Race Officer, Robyn Morton.

“They radioed from Hornby Light they would likely finish at 14.27 hours – they finished 45 seconds later than that time – that’s as good as it gets,” she said.

At 81, Forbes does not race his boat offshore anymore, preferring to leave the boat in the skillful hands of Joe Earl. But Forbes was happy to see his boat win.

“It doesn’t happen too often in the competition we race against in this series,” he said tonight.

“Joe and the crew have done a great job,” said Forbes who has represented Australia many times, including at the Admiral’s Cup.

“We put a new North main and headsail on the boat, and looks like they did their job. Our old sails had done 1100 hours’ worth of racing, so it was time to replace them,” he conceded.

2015 Port Hacking Race – Tough fight for podium

Merlin – new sails played their part© David Brogan www.sailpix.com.au

For his part, Earl said: “It was the first time we used the new sails and they are fantastic. It helped that we had a reasonable start, and picked a good line for sailing down the coast to Port Hacking. We went a little out from the coast – those who went too close lost time.”

“We hung on to Frantic (Mick Martin’s TP52), The Goat (Bruce Foye/Sebastian Bohm’s Rogers 46) and Swish, until they set Code Zeros for the Port Hacking to Botany Bay run – we run under normal spinnaker – but we held our own in the 12 to 16 knot winds from the south, south-east and east/south-east at various times around the course,” said Earl, whose crew feels more confident with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on the horizon.

Swish took out ORCi overall from Midnight Rambler and the Ker 46, Patrice. Swish also won PHS overall, from Merlin and Patrice. The three are also Rolex Sydney Hobart entrants.

Tony Kirby’s Patrice took line honours at 14.16.37 hours, but it was a drawn out affair for the smaller boats in the fleet. The smallest, Shane Kearns’ 34 year-old S&S 34, was last boat to the Rushcutters Bay finish line at 17.28.46 hours. Travis Read’s China Easyway and Ted Tooher’s Chancellor beat her to the finish by one hour and nearly half an hour respectively.

A fleet of 30 started Race three near Point Piper on Sydney Harbour at 10am on a high tide which turned at 10.30am, helping the yachts make their getaway at a faster pace.

“What a murky day. This rain wasn’t forecast – it’s non-stop fine rain and grey skies. Not the best for the 30 starters, but they at least got away cleanly in a seven knot breeze swinging either side of south,” Principal Race Officer, Robyn Morton, commented from the start boat this morning.

“Balance was an early retirement. She started, but then reported damage to her forestay,” Morton reported of Paul Clitheroe’s TP52, which will line up for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in December.

“As the fleet was leaving the Harbour, the wind picked up to 12 knots and was settling into the south-east,” she said.

Race four of the Ocean Pointscore Series is a second Port Hacking Race on January 30, 2016, starting at 10am.

Results: Race 3 Port Hacking Race

IRC results Start : Div1 10:00 Div2 10:00

Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper AHC Fin Tim Elapsd Cor’d T Score Vis
1 93 MERLIN David Forbes 1.222 14:27:46 04:27:46 05:27:13 1.0
2 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1.250 14:22:50 04:22:50 05:28:32 2.0
3 8338 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER Ed Psaltis/ Bencsik/ 1.187 14:37:29 04:37:29 05:29:22 3.0
4 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1.285 14:16:37 04:16:37 05:29:45 4.0
5 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1.116 14:59:28 04:59:28 05:34:12 5.0
6 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1.264 14:25:55 04:25:55 05:36:07 6.0
7 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1.212 14:45:55 04:45:55 05:46:32 7.0
8 GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 1.345 14:19:45 04:19:45 05:49:22 8.0
9 6686 ST JUDE Noel Cornish 1.183 14:56:22 04:56:22 05:50:36 9.0
10 6343 GREAT XPECTATIONS Rod Wills 1.079 15:47:57 05:47:57 06:15:26 Yes
11 6808 FLYING CLOUD Howard Piggott 1.083 15:48:42 05:48:42 06:17:38 10.0
12 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 1.073 16:02:31 06:02:31 06:28:59 11.0
13 4527 CHINA EASYWAY Travis Read 1.035 16:28:49 06:28:49 06:42:26 Yes
14 7722 JUSTADASH Philip Dash 1.080 16:12:56 06:12:56 06:42:46 12.0
15 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 1.083 16:12:44 06:12:44 06:43:40 13.0
16 3430 QUIKPOINT AZZURRO Shane Kearns 0.926 17:28:46 07:28:46 06:55:34 Yes
17 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1.144 16:03:24 06:03:24 06:55:44 14.0
18 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1.117 16:31:50 06:31:50 07:17:41 15.0
RET 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1.364 17.0

ORCI results Start : Div1 10:00 Div2 10:00

Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper AHC Fin Tim Elapsd Cor’d T Score Vis
1 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1.2278 14:22:50 04:22:50 05:22:42 1.0
2 8338 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER Ed Psaltis/ Bencsik/ 1.1849 14:37:29 04:37:29 05:28:47 2.0
3 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1.2893 14:16:37 04:16:37 05:30:51 3.0
4 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1.1051 14:59:28 04:59:28 05:30:56 4.0
5 93 MERLIN David Forbes 1.2424 14:27:46 04:27:46 05:32:40 5.0
6 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1.2524 14:25:55 04:25:55 05:33:02 6.0
7 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1.1842 14:45:55 04:45:55 05:38:35 7.0
8 GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 1.3205 14:19:45 04:19:45 05:43:00 8.0
9 6343 GREAT XPECTATIONS Rod Wills 1.0601 15:47:57 05:47:57 06:08:52 Yes
10 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 1.0486 16:02:31 06:02:31 06:20:08 9.0
11 7722 JUSTADASH Philip Dash 1.0562 16:12:56 06:12:56 06:33:54 10.0
12 3430 QUIKPOINT AZZURRO Shane Kearns 0.8835 17:28:46 07:28:46 06:36:29 Yes
13 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1.1224 16:03:24 06:03:24 06:47:53 11.0
14 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 1.0966 16:31:50 06:31:50 07:09:41 12.0
15 SYD181 ONLINE Stephen Trevillion 1.0511 16:58:22 06:58:22 07:19:45 13.0
RET 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1.3489 15.0

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
1 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1 1.2426 14:22:50 04:22:50 05:26:36 1.0
2 93 MERLIN David Forbes 1 1.2560 14:27:46 04:27:46 05:36:19 2.0
3 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1 1.3193 14:16:37 04:16:37 05:38:33 3.0
4 8338 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER Ed Psaltis/ Bencsik/ 1 1.2234 14:37:29 04:37:29 05:39:28 4.0
5 GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 1 1.3097 14:19:45 04:19:45 05:40:12 5.0
6 421 THE GOAT Sebastian Bohm 1 1.2810 14:25:55 04:25:55 05:40:38 6.0
7 7878 KAYLE – SWD John Whitfeld 1 1.1708 14:51:48 04:51:48 05:41:38 7.0
8 65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 1 1.1959 14:45:55 04:45:55 05:41:56 8.0
9 NZL9242 ORBIT Matthew Brown 2 1.1142 15:07:04 05:07:04 05:42:08 9.0
10 7700 ABOUT TIME Julian Farren-Price 1 1.1460 14:59:28 04:59:28 05:43:11 10.0
11 6686 ST JUDE Noel Cornish 1 1.1816 14:56:22 04:56:22 05:50:11 11.0
12 6343 GREAT XPECTATIONS Rod Wills 2 1.0550 15:47:57 05:47:57 06:07:05 Yes
13 4527 CHINA EASYWAY Travis Read 2 0.9777 16:28:49 06:28:49 06:20:09 Yes
14 6808 FLYING CLOUD Howard Piggott 2 1.1003 15:48:42 05:48:42 06:23:40 12.0
15 A169 NAUTICAL CIRCLE Ian Prentice 2 1.0171 16:18:31 06:18:31 06:24:59 Yes
16 6774 JACKPOT Adrian Van Bellen 2 1.0878 16:02:31 06:02:31 06:34:21 13.0
17 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 2 1.0608 16:12:44 06:12:44 06:35:24 14.0
18 8975 LAST TANGO Robert Blanch 2 1.0707 16:12:30 06:12:30 06:38:50 15.0
19 6609 AMANTE Dennis Cooper 2 1.0283 16:29:33 06:29:33 06:40:34 16.0
20 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 2 1.0244 16:31:50 06:31:50 06:41:24 17.0
21 248 WAX LYRICAL Les Goodridge 1 1.1081 16:03:24 06:03:24 06:42:41 18.0
22 3430 QUIKPOINT AZZURRO Shane Kearns 2 0.9000 17:28:46 07:28:46 06:43:53 Yes
23 7722 JUSTADASH Philip Dash 2 1.0833 16:12:56 06:12:56 06:44:00 19.0
24 9006 BULLET Michael Rowe 2 1.0022 16:59:45 06:59:45 07:00:40 Yes
25 SYD181 ONLINE Stephen Trevillion 2 1.0111 16:58:22 06:58:22 07:03:01 20.0
RET 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 1 1.3814 22.0

by Di Pearson

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