The crew of Coffs Harbour yacht Harbour Design Homes B52 competing in the offshore race. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 05010732A
The crew of Coffs Harbour yacht Harbour Design Homes B52 competing in the offshore race. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 05010732A

Vanguard victory for a good cawse



SPECTATORS on Mutton Bird Hill enjoyed a colourful spinnaker start in the Pelican and Nautilus Resorts race six in the 24th Strathfield Pittwater to Coffs Series yesterday.

The 60-footer Vanguard hit the line with speed or as much as you can have in a three-five knot south easter.

The fleet split as John Bacon's Sydney 39 CR Hussy was fast away with her big red masthead spinnaker on the pin.

She ran up the beach with gusts reaching 6-7 knots and was not overtaken by Richard Hudson's 45 footer Pretty Woman until she was 300 metres from the Campbells Beach mark directly in front of the resorts.

Following them was Grant Halliday's The Business, and Geoff and Chris Payne's Risk and the bulk of the Sydney 38 fleet.

Stinging from her mistake Vanguard came in from the east hot and fast and managed to slot-in at the mark seven seconds behind Pretty Woman.

Only 10 seconds back from her was Hussy, with the crew looking focused.

Marsim Weapon was next followed a few boat lengths back to the leading Sydney 38's The Business, inside Risk with a gap to the balance of the Sydney 38 fleet.

The fleet then set out for the southeastern buoy four and half miles away as the breeze shifted this turned into a single tack leg and there were few passing lanes.

Vanguard rounded ahead of Pretty Woman with Marsim just though Hussy. Back again to Campbells Beach, the resort crowds enjoyed the spectacle once more, as the fleet powered down under spinnaker with poles on the forestay.

Vanguard was first to cross ahead of Pretty Woman, with Marsim only 50 metres ahead of Hussy.

Then The Business covered Risk all the way up the leg to beat her Sydney 38 rival by two boat lengths.

Dockside the line honours winner Richard Cawse the owner skipper of Vanguard was all smiles, as he was congratulated by Geoff Turner from Quality Resort Nautilus and Peter Neville from Pelican Beach Resort Australia.

The Performance Handicap Race initially followed a similar vein, only in that the largest boat in the fleet did not make Vanguard's mistake.

Owner-skipper John McConaghy sailed straight along the beach, ran away from the competitors.

However, there was a lot left in the race, as the smaller boats came round the yellow Campbell Beach mark, the wind delivered them a single tack to the finish.

First on Performance Handicap overall was Sea Quest, with Fly Fish Let Loose second ahead of Peter Helm's Isolde.

Today's race, the QantasLink Classic will be the last race in the series.



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