Great Results from Squadron Sailors at HIRW & ABRW
RQYS IRC Racing
Congratulations to the Squadron Sailors who have spent the last few weeks competing in the various North Queensland Regattas; some of whom started their jam-packed month of sailing with our Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race on the 4th of August, followed by Airlie Beach Race week on the 11th of August, only to finish with the end of Hamilton Island Race Week this weekend just gone.
IRC Racing was the regatta debut of the new Black Jack 100, with the majority of the local crew from the squadron the boat was a real “Brisbane” show, but the locals were further enhanced by some big names including Tom Slingsby and Chris Nicholson. Peter Harburgs team finished the regatta in 4th place on IRC, but more importantly beat Wild Oats on IRC for the regatta, and took two of the race from the Sydney Maxi on Line Honours, a promising start.
IRC Passage 1 saw Tam Faragher’s Team on Kerumba manage 6th in a fleet of boats that swelled at the beginning of the regatta, with many unwilling to race the TP52s and Maxis in IRC Racing, as a result the division was highly competitive.
IRC Passage 2 featured over the half the field from the Squadron. The division was won by Sydney boat Team Hollywood, who were named “boat of the regatta” for their dominance. Not a Diamond, owned and skippered by David Redfern was 4th; Javelin, skippered by James Crowley was 5th, Graham Furtado’s Matrix was 6th; Chris Morgan and the Ragtime Racing team were 9th, Dan Farmer on B52 was 10th, and Rod Johannason’s Drakes Prayer 11th.
Multihull Racing OMR
Drew Caruthers Rushour finished the regatta in 2nd place Overall on OMR. XL2, skippered by Mike Peberdy was 5th in a regatta that featured wild rides and occasional carnage.
The mainstay of Hamilton Island are the “Cruising” divisions, although the racing in these fleets is no less fierce, and in many cases significantly more frightening.
In Cruising 1 Coopers, skippered by Craig Watson narrowly missed a podium in 4th, Steven Everetts J boat Salacia was 5th, and Whitebirds finished 6th.
Cruising 3 held the “cruising” Benneteau Firsts: Mayfair, skippered by James Irvine was 5th, James O’Hare’s Stratacare – Bluebottle was 6th; Dry White, owned by Darren Purdy and skippered with the assistance of Brian Pozzey was 13th. Ray Sweeny’s Mondo also took part in this division and rounded out the week in 14th.
In Cruising 4 Stephen Green finished the week on his yacht Out of the Blue in 10th, while in Cruising 5 Samurai, owned by Mel Bridges was 11th.
In the Multihull Cruising fleets Alan Hunters newly modified Talisker finished 9th while Robert Peberdy’s Esprit was 11th.
In Multihull division 2 Colin Maslen’s Bundling was victorious in the fleet, while Simple Pleasures, skippered by David Fadden was 6th. Craig Margetts on Scarlett was 11th.