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Monday, March 19, 2018

HillPDA Racing Crowned Farr 40 Australian Champions

Martin Hill’s HillPDA Racing defended its Farr 40 Australian Champion status on Sydney Harbour, four wins and two seconds among eight races tallying up to a final unbeatable score 15 points in the black.
Photo: Jen Hughes
“We cleared out from the fleet today with faultless crew work and two more bullets,” the proud skipper said following the Farr 40 National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy presentation hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Monday March 19, 2018. “It means a lot to have the other crews say we deserved to win,” Hill added.
Photo: Jen Hughes
Tactician for Hill, Tom Slingsby, is nearing the end of a hectic Australian summer program and the Sydney nationals threw up plenty of late season grenades.
Photo: Jen Hughes
“We assume the weather is still summer-like, but it’s starting to change. We had super light and super windy moments, abandoned races and relocations, and it was extremely shifty all three days. The crew work on our boat was amazing; we didn’t have one mistake, even in 25 knots,” Slingsby said.
Photo: Jen Hughes
Second on a count back went to Australian class president Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen. The Middle Harbour Yacht Club/RSYS team opened their campaign with two wins and a handy head start, then hung on to post a second in race six and possibly benefit from a shortened series.

Tom Quick’s Outlaw and Jeff Carter’s Edake were willing a third and final race on the closing day, their very last opportunity to pull enough points off Zen to finish with the silver medal. The weather remained on Zen’s side.

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley took the series right up to the 1500hrs deadline for starting race nine, delaying the 1100hrs scheduled start while the breeze clocked 180 degrees from west to east, then moving the fleet around the harbour between The Sound, Obelisk and Sow & Pigs reef in search of the prevailing light winds. By the time the mid-afternoon nor’easter started to settle, the clock had expired.

“We took a lot of points out of Gordon today but in the end we ran out of time. It was great racing with great people and a superb effort by David (Chapman, Outlaw’s tactician) and the team,” Quick said of the count back deficit and Outlaw’s third overall. 

“We rarely saw 10 knots today, more like 6-8 knots and a bit of tide running out so it was a bit bouncy. Sunday was also challenging with ferries, ships, skiffs and other boats drifting around; every type of vessel was out there! That’s two regattas and two countbacks,” he added, referring to the NSW State Title scoresheet when Outlaw narrowly finished second to HillPDA Racing.

2017-18 Farr 40 National Championship results at http://www.farr40.asn.au/results/

Lisa Ratcliff

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