Southerly ?Orr? bust
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
HE hasn't received the long term weather forecast yet but Peter Orr, owner/skipper of The Lakes 'Slippery When Wet' will be hoping a big southerly will be kicking up when the starter's gun for the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race is fired.
Slippery When Wet is regarded as a downwind flyer and if the conditions are just right, Orr is hopeful that a handicap victory for him and his crew is on the cards.
"I think we'll go really well," he said.
"If we get the conditions that we want which is running, then we'll go well.
"Any boat around our size which is 36 feet will be competitive, especially in running conditions."
Knowing the long term forecast isn't far away and Orr will be finding out what conditions to expect through a phone call to a mate.
"A friend Roger Batterham will get a call from me soon," Orr continued.
"They call him 'Clouds' and he's good at the real long range stuff, he does it for the Sydney to Hobart guys.
"Hopefully he's got some good news for us."
Orr has been in 10 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour before but this will be his first race as an owner/skipper and the crew of six that he will have under his command is a big reason for Orr's love affair with the event.
"I just enjoy the challenge and being with a bunch of mates and having a go," he explained.
"Being locals we've got a sound knowledge of the coastline and we know short cuts out there that hopefully the big guys don't know about."
After being a crew member on his previous campaigns in this race, Orr admits that he can't wait until the race begins so he can finally be at the helm of the yacht with the distinctive pink mast.
"It's a really good change, I've always done the race with other skippers and on other boats," he said.
"I'm looking forward to the responsibility of being the boss of a boat for a change."