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13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:30 pm Page 30 Club Yachting Farr 40 fleet ‘Pittwaterised’ By Lisa Ratcliff The light NNE breeze was reasonably consistent for the first two of three races completed to the north of Scotland Island by Principal Race Officer Steve Merrington. Then mid-way through a longer final race it shutdown entirely for a stretch, drawing the course time out to just over an hour whereas the earlier races were around 40 minutes each. Tropical conditions including severe afternoon thunderstorms and lightning are hanging around Sydney this week and Merrington was mindful of getting the fleet, with their carbon masts, ashore reasonably early. Three of the four season newbies - Bob Bennett and Enigma (RPAYC), Carl Russett and Windy Too (RPAYC) and Rod Jones and Kindergarten (MHYC/MYC, previously Sputnik) – made their class debut today. Etchells sailor Bucky Smith on Kindergarten said “We chose a pretty young crew to start a fresh program aiming for the Farr 40 worlds in Sydney in two years’ time. Today was our first race as a new team and being peaceful made it the perfect first Farr 40 OD start day 1 - Photo Alexandra Earl outing.” As the gun went for one start a bunch of kayakers from the local youth hostel paddled unsuspectingly right into the danger zone and Kindergarten politely Most of the active Australian east coast Farr 40 fleet assembled at Pittwater today for the opening three races of the class’ One Design Trophy hosted by the Royal Prince tacked off. Bob Bennett’s Enigma sailing for the home club and with RPAYC youth development Alfred Yacht Club. Reigning Australian champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’Transfusion sailing for Middle graduate Max Voss calling the shots is the top-scoring Corinthian Farr 40 so far. For Harbour Yacht Club is this evening the lead boat, despite the crew being “Pittwaterised” them “it’s all about being out there and learning,” said Bennett, adding “we got better in the opening race. The term came from Transfusion’s long time bowman Mitch with each race.” White to describe the narrow waterway’s random nature that often strands the Overall, Rod Jones’ one design comeback with his new Farr 40 called Kindergarten frontrunners and gives those out the back door a conveyer belt ride, and a fighting scuttled the familiar finish order of Transfusion then Kokomo, who are both longchance. Or the reverse can happen just as easily. standing Farr 40 classmates and pacesetters. Transfusion’s crew backed up a fourth in race one with two wins to be ahead of Lang Instead it was Transfusion (MHYC) then Kindergarten thanks to a “blinder” on debut by Walker’s Kokomo (CYCA) by three points at the series’ halfway point. Jeff Carter’s Jones and his mixed NSW and Queensland crew of a third and two firsts in the final Edake (MHYC), with Evan Walker calling tactics, is third to Kokomo by a point. three races of the Farr 40 One Design Trophy Pittwater on Sunday December 7, 2014. Jordan Reece has been part of the Transfusion program for the past two years and Lang Walker’s Kokomo (CYCA) ended up third overall, one point behind the class today, Saturday December 6, 2014 he admirably filled very large shoes as tactician. newcomer. Kokomo’s fifth in race four allowed Jones, a two-time Audi IRC Australian The young Aussie is the sailing director for the Chicago Match Racing Centre and is champion with previous boats, to slip into the runner-up position Walker and his home for Christmas and Farr 40 racing. “At least half the team is new and we are quality crew held at the halfway point. mixing people around and trying them in different positions,” said Reece. “I got the call up as Tom Slingsby wasn’t available. It was a good first day, though nerve- Regatta winner by three points, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, the owner/skipper of wracking at times. When we sailed our own race we came away with two bullets.” Transfusion, paid tribute to his tactician Jordan Reece and strategist Katie PellewSpithill who teamed up for the first time in their new roles. “The two of them worked Transfusion’s strategist Katie Spithill brought her handy knowledge of the haphazard so well together. I love sailing these waters, it’s just so tricky with 20 degree wind section of water to the fore today. shifts everywhere,” he said. Transfusion is a borrowed Kokomo as Belgiorno-Nettis’ F40 is still on a ship returning International Farr 40 one design rules dictate an amateur owner must helm their from the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds in San Francisco. It’s going straight to Melbourne for own boat, to prevent owners spending up big to secure professional drivers. the next calendar event, the Aberdeen Asset Management Victorian State Title January Another owner on debut this weekend, Bob Bennett and his Farr 40 Enigma from 30 – 1 February, 2015. RPAYC took out the Corinthian division which allows teams to race with two ranked Walker’s regular tactician Mal Page and many of the crew from his MC38 that raced professional sailors versus the professional category which permits up to four pros on the same course area last weekend also fell flat in race one, then turned around among the usual 10-strong crew. their fortunes. “The boats we are sailing and the weather are totally different to last weekend,” said the Olympic gold medallist. “It took a while to adjust to sailing the RPAYC Principal Race Officer Steve Merrington had the final say, “We had a great last Farr to its optimal speed. We felt better as the day