Sunday, April 28, 2013

Team Beau Geste Wins TP52 Southern Cross Cup

Sunday, 28 April 2013
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Team Beau Geste from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club have won the TP52 Southern Cross Cup held on Port Phillip Bay by a 15 margin over Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan on 26 points followed by Jason Van Der Slot’s Calm 2 on 29 points.
Team Beau Geste Photo: Teri Dodds
“The competition was very keen and the standard of racing very high. Mother Nature threw in some variety, particularly yesterday.It was like a Hobart race just two miles off the beach, I’ve never seen anything like it," owner Karl Kwok said
Shogun V Photo: Teri Dodds
“The fact this is an owner driven association makes it most friendly. The race management and the facilities were world class. Sandringham Yacht Club is probably the best looking club I’ve ever been to,” Kwok added.
Scarlet Runner and Calm Photo: Teri Dodds
It was the second regatta in the four-stage circuit devised by Australian TP52 owners.

In WSW winds, which started out at 16 knots moderating to 10 knots by the final race, plus a nasty chop at times, Team Beau Geste used the final four races to put daylight between them and second on the IRC overall pointscore.
Hooligan  Photo: Teri Dodds
Marcus Blackmore’s TP52 Hooligan, helmed for two of the three day regatta by one of the country’s best known maxi yacht skippers, Mark Richards, encountered a major problem in race six when their mainsail developed a half-metre tear, rendering them a DNF.

“We had three sail makers and a good sail repair kit on board. The boys did a great job of fixing the sail and that got us back in the next couple of races,” Hooligan’s tactician Stu Bannatyne said.

“Beau Geste sailed a safe, smart regatta and didn’t make mistakes when others did, including us. They showed that consistent, conservative sailing wins regattas, sometimes by a big margin. All in all there were a lot of positives for us to take away. The potential is there, we are only half way through the series,” Bannatyne added.

Final PHS results put Tony Lyall’s Cougar II from Tasmania ahead of Rob Date’s Scarlet Runner (SYC) and John Williams’ Calm (SYC).

Conditions varied wildly over the three-day, eight boat class wrangle. Friday saw an average 10 knot WNW breeze while in contrast a forecast northerly hit the track on Saturday with a vengeance. Gusts up to 36 knots were recorded by SYC’s tower before the wind settled down to 22-24 knots for that day’s one and only start on a white-capped Port Phillip. The breeze then steadily climbed over the owners’ agreed upper limit of 24 knots and the fleet was given an early mark by Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson.
Lisa Ratcliff

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