Geelong, VIC, Australia - Super Sunday at the Festival of Sails capped off with a twilight sail off the Geelong foreshore, the perfect end to a blissful day’s racing at Australia’s oldest sailing regatta and Victoria’s oldest sporting trophy, dating back to 1844.
A multitude of cruising divisions were sent on a medium distance race from inner Corio Bay to outer, and back again, and short course races were on the run sheet for the Rating Series, Super 11s, sports boats and S80s on day two of the series hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and presented by Rex Gorell Land Rover.
Light east north-easterly winds and loads of Victorian summer sunshine made for a gentle outing, in contrast to the internal battles starting to develop within each division as the top tier sort out who their main competition is for the podium places that will be finalised on Tuesday January 24, 2017.
Local favourites the Carnells were meant to be taking things easier at this Festival of Sails, without the rigours of Sydney 38 class racing. Their competitive streak is still firing and they’ve posted four seconds behind Lechte’s four first on AMS handicap.
Bruce Taylor’s Sydney 38 Chutzpah moved into first overall in AMS division 2 with the addition of today’s passage race result.
The Gill Sports Boat division is nearing completion and Julian Newton’s Thompson 8 continues to hold out the Ratcliff family’s Viper, Heat. The light air has favoured both boats; Tuesday’s blow will take things up a notch.
“We power up in the light winds though this boat does sail well in most conditions,” Newton said. “We are defending our results from last year. We love Geelong, the flatwater is spectacular and it’s shifty though we didn’t necessarily enjoy all the shifts today.”
The Cruising divisions completed a medium passage race and the Rating Series completed another windward/leeward in ENE winds 3-8 knots and then a 16nm medium passage race in 8 up to 20 knots out of the south-west.
Peter Hickson’s M3 sailing for Western Australia is now trailing Terra Firma in Rating division 1, having knocked Secret Men’s Business back by a place. Bruce McCracken’s Ikon, a multiple division winner at the Festival of Sails, is the new division 2 pointscore leader by one point on the penultimate day of their competition.
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