Sunday, February 10, 2013

Team Beau Geste Cleans Up At TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Day 3

The Karl Kwok owned and Gavin Brady helmed TP52 Team Beau Geste has comfortably out-sailed the Australian fleet contesting round one of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.
Photo: Teri Dodds
Hong Kong registered and campaigned by a majority New Zealand crew, Team Beau Geste proved too strong for the locals, finishing four points ahead of Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan.

“What a fantastic regatta,” Brady announced. “It’s what you see in Europe and what an environment for pushing seven and a half tons of boat and massive spinnakers around the race course.”
Photo: Teri Dodds
On the level of competition Brady grants it’s the best in Australia at the larger end of the IRC keelboat scene. While Kwok couldn’t be at this regatta due to Chinese New Year commitments, Brady says he plans to be at the next one, at the end of April.

Blackmore’s aim today was to keep the lid on hometown favourite, Jason Van Der Slot’s Calm 2, and relegate them to third. That’s exactly what they did  by a single point.
Photo: Teri Dodds
On the regatta’s success Blackmore was triumphant. “Four different boats won races and that augers for the next event.”

The full eight-race series was completed over three days, today’s equally fluky but fresher sou’east to south breezes averaging 12 knots and gusting up to 18 knots allowing Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson to squeeze a third and final race in before the cut-off designed to give interstate and overseas crews an early mark to make flights this afternoon.
Photo: Teri Dodds
Rob Hanna’s Shogun V finally found her groove today, the lumpy seas and pressured-up conditions suiting the Geelong boat, which, given their Audi IRC Australian Championship win a fortnight ago, was surprisingly left found wanting in the wake of the dominant trio of Team Beau Geste, Hooligan and Calm 2. Today’s two race wins from three starts were Shogun’s saving grace and they managed a fourth when all points were tallied. 
Photo: Teri Dodds
Given they are without a benchmark to race against on the winterish waters of the Derwent River, Tony Lyall’s Cougar II from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailed an impressive regatta, their slippery speed in light air and tidy crew work delivering a fifth on the points table. Their best result was a second in race two.

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Lisa Ratcliff

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