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Top divisional honours for the first entry ~ Sail Port Stephens
SPS15 Three Islands Race spectator - Sail Port StephensSaltwater Images ©

Top divisional honours for the first entry ~ Sail Port Stephens

The owner of the first boat to register for the 2015 Sail Port Stephens regatta is “chuffed” to be taking home top divisional honours by the narrowest of margins in the completed Commodore’s Cup series.

Dave Griffin and his Royal Motor Yacht Club crew on board the Titan 36 Al Fresco from Pittwater in Sydney beat John Veale and Graeme Davey’s Elan 340 GWhizz by one point after three passage races, two inshore on Nelson Bay and the closing Three Islands Race mostly offshore today, Wednesday April 15, 2015 in magic conditions.

“We had been looking forward to the regatta for a long time,” said an excited Griffin having just seen the final scores. “We had a ball last year, even in the rain, so we booked the same house and we were the first to enter this year. We’ve enjoyed the Commodore’s Cup immensely, Kerinda gave us a great tussle all three days and socially it’s been excellent. We’ll be back again next year!” 

The fun isn’t over for Al Fresco. They’ll take a break along with other crews for a layday tomorrow and be back out on Friday for the second half, this time racing in the Performance Cruising division with many of the same boats and faces.

Division one of the Commodore’s Cup was taken out by Mark Skelton’s Beneteau 40.7 called JAB, their lead a little more comfortable than Al Fresco’s at three points clear of the second placegetter, Steve Connor and his 39-foot Jones design called Arch Rival from Sydney.

Sail Port Stephens – Top divisional honours for the first entry

SPS15 Al Fresco division 2 winner – Sail Port StephensSaltwater Images ©

“Last year was our first year and we won Performance Cruising division. This year we decided to do the whole regatta,” said Skelton. “Today was lovely; we had a great start and first beat that carried us through. It’s very unique and different sailing around islands as course marks compared to racing around the buoys. You can get trapped in no breeze under them.” 

Skelton and JAB sail for Wangi Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie and on board racing for Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club is trimmer Rob Howard, the other half of the Schouten Passage partnership. Jan Howard and her ‘skirts’ crew weren’t able to get near sistership JAB’s final top scoring result with Schouten, but they seemed to fulfil the fun quota set prior to the opening race on Monday. 

Skelton are his crew are staying on at Port Stephens for the Performance Cruising series starting Friday through to Sunday April 19, 2015 and the skipper says he’s very comfortable with the building forecast.

Last year’s rainy Sail Port Stephens is a distant memory, replaced by a third magic day of sunny skies, a top temperature of 26 degrees and 10-12 knots of north-easterly breeze outside the heads, less inshore which was perfect for the first of the two-day Junior One Sail Series just off the Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club at Soldiers Point. Kids in BICs, Optimists, Laser Radials, Laser 4.7s and Sabots completed two races on flat water with a fair bit of woo-hooing and the odd crash in the pre-start. Harry Bailey’s Open BIC called Newcastle Yacht Club leads the series.

This evening many of the 40 Commodore’s Cup crews will gather at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club for dinner and official trophy presentation. 

Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson reckons “it’s been an incredibly good Commodore’s Cup series, fantastic weather and a good variety of courses with some very close racing. Today there were three division one boats overlapped on the finish line.” 

Tomorrow, Thursday April 16, is a layday for the keelboat fleet prior to the opening of the second stage Port Stephens Trophy incorporating the NSW IRC Championship on Friday 17th.

The Hunter coastal forecast for Friday is south-east to south-westerly winds 15-20 knots tending east to south-easterly 10-15 knots in the evening then tending east to NE in the late evening. Stronger northerly winds are likely on Saturday. 

Pantaenius’ major sponsorship of Sail Port Stephens continues for the second year and the regatta is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. 

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by Lisa Ratcliff

Full results 

EHC DIV1 results Start : 12:05
Place Sail No Boat Name From Elapsd AHC Cor’d T BCH CHC Skipper Score Fin Tim
1 415 ARCH RIVAL DSC 02:47:16 1.027 02:51:47 1.086 1.071 Steve Connors 1.0 14:52:16
2 6609 AMANTE CYCA 02:54:31 1.022 02:58:21 1.041 1.035 Dennis Cooper 2.0 14:59:31
3 500 ANTIPODES OF SYDNEY CYCA 03:02:55 0.978 02:58:54 0.993 0.988 Greg Newton 3.0 15:07:55
4 6834 BREAKTHROUGH CYCA 02:58:51 1.001 02:59:02 1.016 1.009 Nods Emsley 4.0 15:03:51
5 W108 JAB WASC 02:49:39 1.060 02:59:50 1.071 1.066 Mark Skelton 5.0 14:54:39
6 35000 NEXT LIGHT CYCA 03:08:15 0.965 03:01:40 0.965 0.965 Chris Ryan 6.0 15:13:15
7 33345 BLACK SHEEP CYCA 02:42:11 1.122 03:01:58 1.120 1.121 Derek & Martin Shepp 7.0 14:47:11
8 MH3033 ZENITH MH 02:54:02 1.053 03:03:15 1.044 1.049 Scott Beach 8.0 14:59:02
9 N349 SCHOUTEN PASSAGE NCYC 02:58:05 1.031 03:03:36 1.020 1.026 Jan & Richard Howard 9.0 15:03:05
10 8009 OCC. COARSE LANG ONE RPAYC 02:46:41 1.105 03:04:11 1.090 1.097 Robert Alder 10.0 14:51:41
11 USA40063 PT 73 NCYC 02:34:44 1.192 03:04:26 1.174 1.182 Phill Arnell 11.0 14:39:44
12 M102 TOY STORY LMYC 02:34:35 1.199 03:05:21 1.175 1.184 Thomas Woods 12.0 14:39:35
13 67 COLORTILE CSC&RMYC 02:34:40 1.211 03:07:18 1.175 1.186 Kristy/Warren Buchan 13.0 14:39:40
14 6698 FIREFLY RMYC 03:06:36 1.026 03:11:27 0.974 0.987 Dean Gillies 14.0 15:11:36

 

EHC DIV2 results Start : 12:10
Place Sail No Boat Name From Elapsd AHC Cor’d T Skipper Score Fin Tim
1 3425 GWHIZZ GFS 02:41:40 0.970 02:36:49 J Veale/ G Davey 1.0 14:51:40
2 6584 KELSEA BLUE GSC/RSYS 02:33:16 1.026 02:37:15 Adrian Williams 2.0 14:43:16
3 5708 KERINDA RMYCT 02:23:47 1.100 02:38:10 Len Payne 3.0 14:33:47
4 PH3200 STEADFAST CSC/RMYC 02:48:50 0.961 02:42:15 Glenn Smith 4.0 14:58:50
5 6636 AL FRESCO RMYC 02:27:25 1.107 02:43:11 Dave Griffin 5.0 14:37:25
6 351 HIGH VOLTAGE TBA 02:56:59 0.925 02:43:43 Micha Lane 6.0 15:06:59
7 6740 EVEN FINER GSC 02:53:11 0.947 02:44:00 Geoff Dilworth 7.0 15:03:11
8 6940 INCEPTION GSC 02:49:46 0.968 02:44:20 John Sprague 8.0 14:59:46
9 6593 LU LU BELLE MHYC 03:05:41 0.888 02:44:53 Peter Lewis 9.0 15:15:41
10 3267 IN THE MOOD RMYCBROKENBAY 02:36:08 1.058 02:45:11 Keith Masters 10.0 14:46:08
11 63344 KOKO GSC 02:47:53 0.984 02:45:12 Roy Leslie 11.0 14:57:53
12 4903 EGGSILANTE GSC 03:09:52 0.882 02:47:28 John Egger 12.0 15:19:52
13 7788 ALLSAIL DANCING STAR RPAYC/RMYCBB 02:54:12 0.962 02:47:35 Russell Waddy 13.0 15:04:12
14 MYC7 TENSIXTY MYC 02:41:57 1.041 02:48:35 Ian Green 14.0 14:51:57
15 6990 GREAT WHITE CYCA 02:49:59 1.015 02:52:32 Bob Penty 15.0 14:59:59
16 6571 PASSION GFS 02:51:21 1.008 02:52:43 David Edmiston 16.0 15:01:21
17 9385 KITE RMYCT 02:57:46 0.988 02:55:38 Ian White 17.0 15:07:46
18 6906 BANDALENI ASC 03:28:17 0.850 02:57:02 Greg Kowalski 18.0 15:38:17
19 6767 BIG BLUE WYC 03:12:41 0.932 02:59:35 Stephen Phillips 19.0 15:22:41
20 8420 JUBLILEE CYC 03:41:26 0.817 03:00:55 Ian Arthy 20.0 15:51:26
21 BOW1 BELLS BREEZE PSYC 03:20:45 0.919 03:04:29 Julian Bell 21.0 15:30:45
22 BOW11 MARGARITAVILLE CPSA 03:25:56 0.905 03:06:22 Paul O’Rourke 22.0 15:35:56
23 259 JIA GSC 03:54:34 0.824 03:13:17 Chris Bebb 23.0 16:04:34

 

 

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