After two days of racing off the Sydney Heads, Kokomo has won the Farr 40 CYCA Regatta. Seven boats raced a six race series with Kokomo emerging as the eventual winner of the third regatta in the Australian Farr 40 2007-08 circuit.
Racing on Saturday was a wet affair as the fleet sailed in a southerly breeze that reached 18 knots. The typical lumpy seaway off Sydney Heads made for a hard day of sailing with the race committee running four races. Kokomo, which was steered by long time crew member Mark Walsh, won the first race of the series.
Both Kokomo and Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban had two wins for the series, with Ichi Ban taking the wins in races two and six and Kokomo in races one and four. “There were plenty of opportunities to make gains and losses out there for the past two days. It was great to have Beasho weave his magic and to have Mark helm for us this weekend,” commented Kokomo mainsheet trimmer Richard Allanson.
Race three of the series went to Brett Neill’s White Cloud from New Zealand. Neill and his team travel across the Tasman to join the Australian fleet for each regatta on the Australian schedule.
Day two and the threatening dark skies cleared into a ideal spring day with the building westerly breeze flattening the seas from Saturday. The breeze reached 23 knots as the fleet sailed the last two races for the regatta.
Kokomo again took the Boat of the Day award with two second places while Ichi Ban improved on their day one finishing places and as a result moved up the leader board to finish third overall. “I now appreciate how hard it is for these guys(Farr 40 owners) the get these boats around the track. It’s hard work and takes a lot of concentration”, remarked Walsh after racing.
Lisa and Martin Hill’s Estate Master, which made its Farr 40 debut 12 months ago, took the gun for race five of the series and finished in second place overall. “It’s 12 months since we joined the class and we are really happy with where we are, knocking on the door and we’ve managed to finish in the top three for the first three events this season”, said Hill.
The Farr 40 class would like to thank the CYCA for hosting this event. The next event on the Australian Farr 40 schedule is the Savills SORC Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on November 24-25.
|2||Estate Master||MHYC||Lisa & Martin Hill||6||2||2||2||1||4||17|
|3||Ichi Ban||CYCA||Matt Allen||4||1||6||5||4||1||21|
|4||White Cloud||RNZYS||Brett Neill||3||8||1||3||5||3||23|
|6||Revolution Edake||MHYC||Jeff Carter||5||5||5||6||7||7||35|
|7||Quantum Leap||RPAYC||Michael Blumentals||7||6||7||4||6||6||36|