CYCA Winter Series champions crowned

Congratulations to the 11 divisional winners from the 2021 Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Winter Series. With the final two races of the series abandoned due to COVID-19 restrictions, the winners were crowned from the seven completed pointscore races.

Division A1

1Wild ThingAdam Lavis16
2ZenGordon Ketelbey17
3TritonDavid Gotze17

Adam Lavis’ Inglis/Dovell 50 Wild Thing got off to the perfect start with victory in Race 2 of the Winter Series. She went on to claim five podium finishes from seven races and surged into the overall lead thanks to consecutive second-place finishes in the final two pointscore races. Gordon Ketelbey’s TP52 Zen and David Gotze’s Lyons Cawse 60 Triton were hot on the heels of Wild Thing, finishing just one point back.

Division A2

1IndiNoel Cornish13
2KhaleesiSandy Farquharson/Rob Aldis15
3ShapeDean Harrigan18

Commodore Noel Cornish guided his Farr 40 Indi to overall victory, two points clear of Sandy Farquharson and Rob Aldis’ DK46 Khaleesi. After winning Race 3, Indi never relinquished her lead, finishing second on four occasions. Khaleesi enjoyed a fine run towards the end of the Winter Series, winning three of the last four races. Dean Harrigan’s Reichel Pugh 42 Shape secured third place overall thanks to a podium finish in Race 8.

Division B

1Wax LyricalLes Goodridge15
2Secret Men’s BusinessDavid De Coster20
3Llama IIJonathan Linton23

Consistency was the key for Les Goodridge’s X50 Wax Lyrical. Despite not winning a race, Wax Lyrical featured on the podium three times and was never lower than fifth, finishing second in the final race to overtake David De Coster’s Secret Men’s Business. Jonathan Linton’s Dehler 46 Llama II was third overall on 23 points.

Division D

1One More No MoreIan Guanaria20
2PhilosopherDavid Henry26
3SpeedwellColin Geeves27

12 of the 13 competitors in Division D were on the podium throughout the Winter Series. Ian Guanaria’s Beneteau First 35 One More No More took the overall lead after winning Race 4 and never looked back, reclaiming the Division D title she won in 2019. David Henry’s Sydney 36 Philosopher was third in Race 8 to pip Colin Geeves’ Beneteau First 34.7 Speedwell to second.

Division E

1Roger ThatDavid Ingram/Bradley Hastings10
2KrakatoaDon Young10
3Rapid TransitAndrew Wyllie/Beth Abbott/Michael McLean23

There was a thrilling tussle at the top of Division E throughout the Winter Series. David Ingram and Bradley Hastings’ Melges 24 Roger That finished on the podium in all eight races, scooping three pointscore wins in the process. Don Young’s Super 30 Krakatoa closed the gap with a first and second-place finish in the final two races to sit level on 10 points with Roger That. Roger That got the edge on a tie-breaker, with Krakatoa second overall and Rapid Transit (Andrew Wyllie, Beth Abbott and Michael McLean) third.

Division F

1Sagacious VDavid Hundt24
2Crystal Cutter IIICharles Parry-Okeden24
3ChancellorTed Tooher32

A tie-breaker was also needed to decide the Division F champion, with David Hundt’s Farr 40 Sagacious V getting the better of Charles Parry-Okeden’s Beneteau First 40.7 Crystal Cutter III. Sagacious V won three of the first four pointscore races, with 13 of the 15 competitors across the division claiming at least one podium finish during the series. Ted Tooher’s Beneteau First 47.7 Chancellor was second in each of the final two races to round out the overall pointscore podium.

Division G

1CheckmateFernando Tiglio8
2ZaraJohn Griffin15
3PacatackWendy Tuck17

Division G belonged to Fernando Tiglio’s J24 Checkmate. Checkmate won the first four races and although John Griffin’s Cheoy Lee 47ft Ketch Zara closed out the season strongly with three consecutive wins, Tiglio was second in each of those races to secure an impressive overall victory. Wendy Tuck’s J24 Pacatack was third on the back of four podium placings to start the series.

Division J1

1SOLyMARJason King20
2It HappensCraig Young21
3MarlooGeorge Girdis22

A second-place finish in Race 8 proved decisive for Jason King’s Farr 40 SOLyMAR. Just two points separated the top three in Division J1, with Craig Young’s Payne 38 It Happens and George Girdis’ Jarkan 12.5 Marloo also on the podium.

Division J2

1TrimByran Moore15
2Star FerryJohn Conroy19
3SalonaPhil King24

Shaaron Walsh’s Northshore 369 Trim was the only Division J2 competitor to claim multiple pointscore wins in the Winter Series. John Conroy’s Adams 10 Star Ferry was second, while Phil King’s Salona 37 Salona closed the series with a first and second-place finish to take third spot overall.

Division K

1DanielleChristopher Taylor13
2La VelaChris Pentland15
3First LightDavid Jacobs/Roy Melick21

Christopher Taylor’s Beneteau Oceanis 34 Danielle ended the Winter Series with three consecutive wins to be crowned Division K champion. Chris Pentland’s Beneteau Oceanis 37 La Vela was two points adrift in second place thanks to five podium finishes. CYCA Rear Commodore David Jacobs and Roy Melick’s Dehler 41DS First Light rounded out the podium.

Sydney 38

1The GoatMitch Gordon/Tony Clift/Daniel Hawkins13
2Shine OnPhil Herscovics15
3Dal-Trans Wld1Larki Missiris17

Mitch Gordon, Tony Clift and Daniel Hawkins’ The Goat made it back-to-back Winter Series wins in the Sydney 38 division. The 2020 champion was rewarded for her consistency, having finished on the podium in each of the pointscore races. Phil Herscovics’ Shine On was second after winning three of the seven pointscore races, while Larki Missiris’ Dal-Trans Wld1 – the Race 7 winner – was third overall.

– The CYCA

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