Double dip for Julian Farren-Price
ANOTHER case of history repeating has come to the fore in the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour ocean race series.
Wild Oats X started the ball rolling by claiming line honours for the third time and now About Time has rewritten its name into the history books.
Just as the boat did in 2009, About Time has won the prestigious double of a handicap win in the ocean race as well as the series win.
With three wins and a second in the four race series, skipper Julian Farren-Price won the title comfortably with a scorecard showing 4.5 points from John Bacon’s Hussy on nine points and Bob Steel’s Quest in a close third on 9.5 points.
Farren-Price also finished third in the series event last year, proving About Time has been the most consistent boat in recent years.
With a near-perfect scorecard it was a sweet victory for the skipper who was elated with his second double crown.
“It’s a dream come true to do this again, particularly in the 30th year and also to win this with the same guys who did it with me last time and have been sailing with me for years, it’s a great feeling,” Farren-Price said. “Everyone, as a team has gelled very well and we know the boat very well.
“There are benefits for owning a boat for a long time because you get to know its intricacies and how to handle it after 10 years.”
Farren-Price added that the boat is seemingly built for Coffs Harbour.
“I think the boat might know its own way here, it talks to us, whispers to us about what we should be doing,” he said.
“The conditions were certainly very good for us with lots of downwind reaching, which is what we like. It’s a Bruce Farr-designed boat so it likes those conditions and we’re very happy.
“We were beating Farr 40s all the time and that just shouldn’t happen so the boat was going very fast.
“It was pleasing to see.”
Will he back next year to defend the crown?
“Well, I’ll have to speak to my wife about that,” he joked.
“I’ve been put on notice but I’ve got a year to twist her arm.”