Offshore Yachting : February March 2009
Race & Regatta Round Up along with two uncles and two family friends. Kylie Short, the eldest daughter and navigator, said, “It’s amazing how many dolphins and seals we saw; I have never seen anything like it. It is so pretty around the South West Cape and it was great to see Maatsuyker Island.” South West Cape, the most southerly tip of Tasmania, is notorious for high wind and huge seas as the boats dip into the Southern Ocean. Shortwave rounded in a 25- to 35-knot westerly, but as the evening wore on the breeze strengthened and took its toll on the 10-boat fleet. The second group found themselves in 40 to 45 knots with lumpy seas and gusts over 50 knots. Ninety Seven, skippered by Alan Saunders, lost its steering, the mainsail flogging itself to pieces as the crew struggled to repair the broken steering cable in the heavy sea conditions. Navigator Neville Rose reported, “By the time we got the main down it was in 47 pieces. So we are coming up under trysail.” RYCT Wins Sayonara Cup and Prince Philip Cup Hobart yachtsman Nick Rogers has regained the historic Sayonara Cup for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania as well as winning the prestigious Prince Philip Cup sailing his newly launched International Dragon class yacht Karabos IX Ted Albert Memorial fleet racing series, won a hard-fought Prince Philip Cup against and an international fleet and, finally, regained the historic Sayonara Club for his club in Hobart. The Prince Philip Cup was Rogers’ ninth as a skipper, plus one as a crew, R 48 | offshore while this was the sixth time he had won the Sayonara Cup as a challenger or defender for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. A 4-0 match racing victory against Sean Kirkjian, sailing Tatsu from the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, regained the Sayonara Cup for the 1. Karabos IX (Nick Rogers, Tas) 2-3-4-1-3-6-5, 32.4 points 2. Whim (Gordon Ingate, NSW) 1-4-11-4-1-7-3, 34.7 3. Murka 3 (Mikhail Muratov, RUS) DNF-1-8-2-5-4-4, 43 4. Taranui (Matt Whitnall, NSW) 4-14-2-DSQ—2-5-2, 47 5. Murka 9 (Olga White, RUS) 9-2-1-DSQ-OCS-1-1, 49 ogers and his crew of Leigh Behrens and Simon Burrows had a highly successful trip to Sydney in late December to early January. They won, in 10 days of sailing, the Martin Graney Memorial Trophy match-racing series, placed second in the Matt Whitnall and the Taranui crew. RYCT for the first time since 1996. “More than anything else I wanted to bring the Sayonara Cup back to Tasmania – and we did it with a convincing win,” Rogers said after his straight set victory over Kirkjian. “I think the fact that we have done a lot of racing over the past 10 days helped us a lot.” The best-of-seven match racing challenge was sailed in ideal conditions on Sydney Harbour, with a building north-easterly seabreeze, the first race sailed in 8 knots, the last in 15 to 18 knots. Kirkjian started the challenge at a disadvantage as the original Dragon he was to have sailed, Liquidity, had sunk the previous Friday after a collision during the Prince Philip Cup. Over the past 58 years, the RYCT has won the Sayonara Challenge Cup nine times. Third place overall went to Russian Mikhail Muratov, sailing Murka 3, with Sydney Etchells sailor Matt Whitnall finishing fourth in Taranui on 47 points. Whitnall had his claim for redress again turned down the previous evening by the protest committee, certainly costing him a chance of a top three placing. With nine wins as a helmsman and one as a crew, Rogers is the most successful sailor in the Prince Philip Cup since the now Duke of Edinburgh presented the trophy for the Championship in 1954.
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