About Time for handicap honours
THE evergreen steed of 14 years, About Time, delivered A Sydney owner and crew a third IRC overall handicap win in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race.
"We are pretty thrilled," About Time skipper Julian Farren-Price said.
"I can't believe we've taken out IRC for the third time with this boat."
About Time's other corrected time wins came in 2011 and 2009.
The Cookson 12 has now equalled the record for the most IRC overall wins, joining Bob Oatley's Wild Oats X on the honour board.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia vessel is both the official IRC and ORCi overall winner ahead of Rob Hanna's TP52 Shogun V. The TP52 is on its way back to Geelong, a 780 nautical mile delivery to the owner's home port for the next event on the program; the Festival of Sails later this month.
Farren-Price is a seasoned campaigner who credited this particular triumph to a combination of three factors.
"It was an upwind race which doesn't normally suit us. I put the win down to a combination of making the least amount of mistakes possible - there was never a moment where we questioned a decision," he said.
"I had one of the best crews I've ever had on board, they were a delight to sail with and I had full confidence in their boat handling.
"And it didn't hurt that I put a new mast on the boat in September."
The skipper also praised the innovative changes the organising club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, implemented.
"Changing the way you enter, not requiring HF radio and doing away with radio skeds were all good moves and made things very convenient," the skipper said.
"With the tracking technology, position skeds aren't necessary and it was fascinating while racing to watch what people were doing via the technology.
"I think the RPAYC made a lot of good moves for this race."
Third on IRC overall is Stephen Proud's Swish, sailing for Middle Harbour Yacht Club, and third on ORCi is Richard Hudson's Pretty Woman campaigning for the host club.
PHS results are decided and the lovable Queensland veteran of the sport, Robbo Robertson, at the helm of his own design, a Robertson 950 called Corrobboree has taken top honours from Stephen Dadour's Dehler 41 Solutions and Sandor Tornai's Espresso Forte.