Offshore Yachting : April May 2008
RACE AND REGATTA ROUND-UP 28 | offshore Sydney 36CR e Philosophers Club confirmed their strong position as a serious contender for the Audi IRC National Championship with a solid seven point win in IRC Division 3. Out of the six races sailed, Sorensen (MHYC) won four, taking the series comfortably from Anthony Dunn (CYCA) in Equinox, another Sydney 36CR. Sorensen was the co-leader of the Audi IRC Championship coming into this series and has made it clear he would love to own an Audi. Former America's Cup sailor Jervis Tilly (Bushfire) won the six-race Etchells pointscore by three points from first day leader Nick Kingsmill (Vincero). In the Dragon fleet, the winner was Martin Burke (Riga) by two points from Tatsu, all-RSYS helmed by Wolf Breit. Champion J24 sailor Doug McGain and Tony Reynolds (Code Violation) got home home by two points in the J24 division from champion West Australian skipper Sean Wallis sailing Kaotic. Scott Lamb and his crew on Trickerie Bay did all that was required to come up trumps in the Cavalier 28 division. Outside of the Etchells, the biggest fleets in the 2008 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta were in the PHS divisions for cruiser/racers. The Commodore of Middle Harbour Yacht Club Martin Hill and wife Lisa sailed their Sydney 38 Estate Master to victory in PHS Division 1, winning by three points from Scott Russell's Rum Jungle. "It was a very enjoyable day -- nice to step back from the intensity of Farr 40 One Design racing," said Hill. Among his crew was Australian Sailing Team member Malcolm Page while his tactician was former Olympian Michael Blackburn. PHS Division 2 went to MHYC member Neil Padden's Beneteau 40.7 Wailea by eight point to Donald Swanson's Elan 37 Just Quietly from Drummoyne Sailing Club. The Classic division saw a fine victory by the 98-year-old Tasmanian One Design yacht Weene, sailed by Ben Stoner from Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. Stoner has lovingly restored the old timber boat, built in Hobart in 1910. Second place went to Doug Sturrock in Windflyt, third to Ian Kortlang's Antara. The Sydney 32s sailed five races and after a tough weekend-long battle, If (Martin Cross) was declared the winner from Reality (John Groves) after the two finished on equal points. The highly competitive Sports 30 divisions provided some spectacular sailing, in particular in the Saturday's 25-knot southerly. In the Sports 30 Division 1, David Mundell and his crew aboard his Clubman Super 30 Echoes from the Royal Motor Yacht Club on Pittwater, brought home the bacon by a lone point from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Guy Stening in his Mumm 30 Optimumm. Full results: www.sydneyharbourregatta.com Yachtsmen around the coveted Audi A4 at Eastern Creek raceway From left: Joerg Hofmann, managing director, Audi Australia, Ben Nossiter, owner / skipper of Sirius and Colin Langford, pit man on Sirius Andrea Francolini Andrea Francolini Sirius wins Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta ... at Eastern Creek! Middle Harbour Yacht Club member Ben Nossiter is the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta champion. Nossiter steered his yacht Sirius to a win in the 'Adams 10' Division. Then his four-man crew came up trumps in the Audi Drive Challenge at Eastern Creek. Nossiter took delivery of the major prize -- Audi's all new A4 1.8 TFSI multitronic sedan -- well ahead of its national launch in May. The vehicle is valued at $66,000. Two representatives from every division-winning boat at the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta participated in the Audi Drive Challenge at Eastern Creek Raceway. The driver with the most- accurate time from one lap of the slalom course to the next was declared the overall winner. Brad Jones, a two-time Australian Super Touring Car Champion, instructed the drivers. Of the 19 sailing divisions at the Regatta, only 15 boats were able to send drivers to the Final Challenge, making the odds of winning very strong. Ironically, Nossiter's son Anthony, or 'Nocka' as he is known in the sailing fraternity, is a member of the Australian Sailing Team which is sponsored by Audi, so he regularly drives Audis. Currently ranked 9th in the world in his nominated FINN class, Nocka will represent Australia at his third Olympic Games at Qingdao in China in August.
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