Sunday, January 29, 2012

Georgia Graces The Podium To Win Festival Of Sails

Jim Farmer's Kiwi built Botin/Carkeek 52 Georgia, has won the Festival of Sails regatta in Geelong, Victoria. Calm managed to out sail Shogun V for second place. Rob Hanna's Rolf Vrolijk designed TP52 previously known as Audi Azzurra took third with Living Doll finished up in fourth position.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
Corio Bay provided another day of perfect conditions with sunny skies and a light east south’easterly breeze.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
Georgia finished  the Audi Geelong Centre Premier Racing Series Division A with a 12 point margin back to Jason Van Der Slot’s TP52, Calm, on 21 points and Rob Hanna’s TP52, Shogun V, on 24 points.

The Kiwi boat had enough points to stay ashore today, but the crew opted to complete the series, which they did in fine style with their fifth corrected time win under a hot sun
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On his first Festival of Sails experience a delighted Farmer said, “Perfect weather, flat water, lots of boat speed for us and no mistakes."

On his crew, “They are all very good sailors as well as being terrific people to be with. At the end of the day that’s what it’s about.”

Farmer made some changes to the boat following last year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, putting in a deeper draft keel and a new sail wardrobe.

“We have got it right now, going deeper with the draft and buying North 3DI jibs from the designer for  Emirates Team New Zealand.”

Kiwi Chris Dickson provided Georgia with some glamour this week. Shogun V’s tactician Grant Simmer acknowleded the effort by his America’s Cup compadre at this morning’s presentation breakfast “An old mate of mine, Chris Dickson, has been tactician on Georgia and he’s given us a sailing lesson,” Simmer acknowledged.

On beating the Aussies at their own regatta, Dickson said, “We’ve done enough racing up and down the east coast of Australia that we feel part of the family”.

Jason Van Der Slot’s Calm, with Barney Walker calling the shifts, lived up to its name and out in a consistent performance over the series. “We sailed our own races and chipped away,” said the owner/skipper this afternoon.

“Georgia is in another league, we didn’t expect them to be that quick. In the lighter airs they blitzed everyone,” he added.

“I do believe it’s possible to beat them, but when they sail perfectly and put a faultless week in, they deserve their result” Walker said.

Lulu Roseman

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