27 March 2015
A “brain-boggler” second day at the Farr 40 nationals on Sydney Harbour is Transfusion crewman Will Mackenzie’s take on the five race outing where vexed tacticians made calls then crossed their fingers and hoped for the best, three different owners claimed bullets from five races, and there’s a new pointscore leader.
Andrew Hunn and Lloyd Clark’s Voodoo Chile is ahead by a six point break over Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion. Two wins for Gordon Ketelbey and tactician Sean Kirkjian shuffled Zen up into third, two points behind Transfusion, and makes them lead Corinthian entry.
“We are ahead but it’s not comfortable. It never is in this fleet, we push each other the whole way,” said Voodoo’s tactician David Chapman. Though Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is his home club and he knows the harbour from north to south, Chapman found today maddening in terms of decision making. When a westerly breeze drops out to 5 knots then gusts under the Sydney Harbour Bridge at 20kts and flicks left and right, from WSW to WNW and back again, there is no harder job than a tactician’s.
“It was horrible. We just tried to stay in phase, sometimes even if you are in a lift or knock you have to continue with it to find a bigger shift,” Chapman said. “There wasn’t much of a pattern and it was very easy to get it wrong. It was great to see Zen get two bullets as class newcomers.”Read More
26 March 2015
“You can’t win a regatta on the first day, but you can lose it,” reminds the leading Farr 40 skipper Guido Belgiorno-Nettis after day one of the Aberdeen Asset Management 2015 Farr 40 National Championship for the John Calvert-Jones Trophy.
He’s satisfied Transfusion is in a defensible position, yet a countback is the only mechanism separating the top Sydney team from the Andrew Hunn steered Voodoo Chile sailing for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania after the opening four races on Sydney Harbour.
Smart tactical calls by Katie Pellew-Spithill and strategist Mike Leigh put the Middle Harbour Yacht Club based Transfusion, a five time Farr Australian champion and the defending Farr 40, into position for a couple of tremendous starts and picks of the track. Even when they were deep in the third race, good tactics brought them back from the brink into second.Read More
22 March 2015
Lloyd Clark and Andrew Hunn’s Farr 40 Voodoo Chile sailing for Tasmania beat the host state’s majority line-up to be declared NSW champion at the penultimate contest of the one design class’ 2014/15 season.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 NSW State Title wrapped up on Sydney Harbour this afternoon, the teaser to the calendar’s crowing point, the John Calvert-Jones Trophy National Championship that starts this coming Thursday, March 26, 2015.
“We haven’t won a NSW title before and we are pretty chuffed to take it off a majority NSW fleet,” said Hunn. Even with a six point margin to Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion in second, Hunn says the tidy Sydney crew is still the benchmark. “Our crew work wasn’t quite as slick as theirs and we expect them to come back pretty hard in the nationals. The outcome today is not a definitive result.”Read More