BoatingFierce Farr 40 racing in cityMark Rothfield

SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN: Sydney yacht Edake, the winner of the Newcastle Farr 40 One Design series last weekend.NEWCASTLE once again showed its racing colours last weekend, hosting a super-competitive fleet of Farr 40 One Design yachts and crews at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club for their Trophy Series.
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There was no digging up streets, breaking the sound barrier or alienating the East Enders – just a few buoys laid two miles off Strzelecki Lookout by race officer Ted Anderson and it was down to business.

Racing began in lumpy seas and 15 knots of sou’east breeze on Saturday, and the Novocastrian crew on Good Form, led by Joe de Kock, opened strongly by winning race one. Unfortunately they couldn’t quite maintain good form henceforth.

Jeff Carter’s Edake – rhyming with ‘headache’ – took boat-of-the-day honours over the more fancied Hill PDA – the Akubra-wearing owner/skipper was fulsome in his praise for the race management and hospitality, while also complimenting his largely amateur crew.

“We nailed three of the four starts and our speed was awesome,” he said. “We came out today and showed the other boats we have the ability and crew work to make a real go of it.”

NOVOCASTRIAN CREW: Newcastle’s Good Form, owned by Joe de Kock, in action on Saturday.

Martin Hill’s team sat just one point adrift after the first four races, Carter noting: “It was us and PDA fighting it out. We did six or seven tacks to windward and even tried to fake gybe on them, to get them off our hip. It was awesome; it’s just great racing up here.”

Hill PDA scored two firsts but a fourth in race two became their ball and chain.

“Farr 40 racing is about saving inches,” Hill said of another incredibly close contest.

Aboard were Rio 2016 Laser gold medallist Tom Burton as tactician and Finn Alexander, n Sailing’s Youth Sailor of the Year: “I was really pleased with Finn’s input, and the fact we improved over the day,” Hill added.“The race management was great and the courses well positioned. It’s all on tomorrow.”

But when tomorrow finally came, it was Jeff Carter’s day – Edake would clean-sweep all four races, their best ever performance in 11 years of Farr 40 campaigning.

With tears in eyes at the presentation ceremony, along with the salt from a celebratory dockside dip, the emotional skipper attributed the victory to hitting the line in a good position, sail design and crew work, which he said rivalled the pro teams.

“The boat is quiet and has speed. We’ve been working at this boat for seven years and all bar two are core crew from the 2016 Farr 40 worlds in Sydney,” Carter said.

“We’ve been up there on day one before but haven’t managed to complete a series of eight races, and we’ve never taken four bulletsin one day.It was humbling when Martin Hill and Tom Burton came up afterwards and said we did absolutely everything right out there.”

Hill PDA finished day two in second place overall, with a 14-point gap to Edake. Third on a countback was Rob Davis and Andy Baker’s Melbourne team on Nutcracker, while Joe de Kock grabbed fourth place after finishing with a solid second in the final race.“It’s awesome having everyone up here for one regatta, they are just a good bunch of people,” de Kock said.

CATALINA CATCH-UPCATALINA yacht owners are invited to the annual rendezvous on Lake Macquarie from January 12-14, courtesy of Club Marine, Lake Macquarie Yacht Club and RA Mackay Yacht Brokerage.It starts at 6pm on the Friday with an informal get-together at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, including welcome drinks and music on the deck – marina pens can be arranged. Saturday will feature a fun (non-spinnaker) race/sail past around Pulbah Island before returning to the club for a presentation dinner with a Hawaiian theme. The following day has a leisurely cruise and raft-up for lunch at Styles Point.

Contact Rod Mackay on (02) 4950 5706 or [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au

ANCHORAGE SHINESTHE Anchorage Marina at Corlette has just completed a major upgrade to help raise the status of Port Stephens as a mecca for larger boats.There’s two new marina arms with 22 berths catering for vessels from 55-66 feet, plus a wave attenuator spanning the marina mouth. At 5 metres, it’s one of the widest in .Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer said it was a new angle on the traditional fishing and sailing the region was known for. “It’s about quality, not quantity,” he said. “Luxury boat owners can get away from it all up here, knowing there are now modern facilities for boats their size.”




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