B52 ready for the high seas
By GREG WHITE
CREW of local entry 'B52' are using every minute of yesterday's rest break to recover from their stunning win in race three of the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Ocean Racing Series.
Skipper Paul D'Olier and his ship mates started their weekend in PHS Division with seventh placing in the Overnight race before the same result in the first of two windward/leeward races around the Palm Beach Circle.
But in the third race, weeks of training and planning came together with victory on the high seas in corrected time of one hour, 20 minutes, three seconds.
"To say we were blown away by the win is an understatement," crewman Garry Innes said.
"Coffs Harbour Yacht Club has only two boats in the fleet of 82 and to win one of the series events is mind-boggling.
"Tell everyone at home the party went on long into the night and we'll need to recover and sharpen up for the start of the main race."
The Palm Beach Circle races also provided a big result for skipper Bill Ebsary and 'Le Billett' who backed up after winning the Overnight to claim both events in IRC Division and now remain unbeaten as the countdown begins to the start of the warm water classic at midday today.
Meanwhile, Sydney to Hobart handicap winner 'Rosebud' is now back at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater under the control of Roger Sturgeon and will add an extra touch of glamour to the 226 nautical mile run to Coffs Harbour.
The American yacht is chasing her fourth major event win in a row after previous victories in the Rolex Big Boat Challenge and Rolex Trophy series.
Crews will gather for their final briefing this morning with weather conditions a major concern.
Skippers have already been advised to take on board extra safety gear and prepare for the huge seas and swells breaking all the way up the Eastern seaboard.