Menace takes MC38 regatta win on Pittwater

Howard Spencer’s Menace sailing for the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland opened its 2015 MC38 Australian Season Championship with a decisive 10 point break at the Summer Pittwater Regatta that wrapped up today, Sunday February 15, 2015.

Victory was always the intention and the owner is delighted said boat captain Chris Reid this afternoon as those not on a flight back to New Zealand tonight packed up Menace for delivery back to Woolwich Dock. Sydney Harbour. “It’s a nice little jump to start with. We were expecting it to be a tightly fought battle, this fleet is packed full of great sailors.

“We have a very good group on Menace. When you get into situations it’s not a big deal; there’s no yelling… it’s a happy boat.” As the Australian fleet lay idle over Christmas, Menace campaigned the Auckland summer. Time on the water combined with the talent and tactical nous of Ray Davies from Emirates Team New Zealand and other world class sailors delivered fat gains to the foreign entry. 

Second by 10 points was John Bacon’s local Dark Star, a win and a second bringing them up from yesterday’s third overall on progressive points, and the final placegetter in the seven-race series was Royal Prince Alfred clubmate Hooligan, skippered by Marcus Blackmore.

A full U turn for Leslie Green’s Ginger (CYCA) started with them in a wretched place yesterday, forced to send the rigger on board aloft to make temporary repairs on a mast track problem that cost two full race scores, and boat of the day today, owing to a win and two seconds.

On their stunning comeback Ginger’s tactician David Chapman said, “It was great the boys re-grouped. Will Parker from Sydney Rigging did a terrific job to get us racing again yesterday. We would have liked a top three finish overall but that wasn’t realistic after what happened with the mast track. We are happy with fifth.

“Menace is a bit crisper than us. It’s time on the water and they’ve had a full summer racing in Auckland. They menaced us on and off the water,” Chapman added, hinting at the team’s customary après racing bonding sessions, one of the key reasons the Menace crew perform so well when the gun goes, according to Davies.

Ginger is the reigning Australian class champion and last season’s stand out MC38. If only the championship series concept began a year sooner rues Chapman. “We had a great year last year; hopefully we can come back and replicate that. You never know how much time you have at the top of this fleet.”

Prominent offshore yachtsman Gordon Maguire’s first try out of an MC38 came as tactician of Chris Hancock’s Vino (MHYC) which finished fourth on the table. Maguire has oodles of cred, but on this tickled-up one design there’s a lengthy breaking in period to get the high-strung beast to cooperate. “Gordon did a really really good job; he also had to start to learn the boat while we were racing,” said Hancock.

On where the Vino program is at this point in time Hancock sums up, “We are on an improvement cycle. We have several new crew and new sails so we have to re-learn. These boats are stimulating to sail, it’s not hard to get good crew. The more top sailors who race on them and the more positive things they say, the more chance the class has to grow.”

Hancock reckons one of the best additions to the current regatta format is having international umpire Richard Slater in charge of the on-water umpiring. “It’s changed the attitude of the owners towards racing, and each other, in a totally positive way. Instead of spending two hours in the jury room at the end of the day, it’s a whistle then one turn on the water, which is a significant penalty in these boats.”

Principal Race Officer Steve Merrington and his team hosted another superb series for the eight boat fleet over two days in tricky nor’easterly sea breezes up to 17 knots yesterday and lighter today, up to 10 knots and fluky.

They’ll be back out next weekend for the Sydney Yachts Pittwater Regatta incorporating the Sydney 38 Australian Championship starting Friday, February 20th. “It’s great to see so much one design racing back on Pittwater being run by the RPAYC. Next weekend will be even bigger with 20 Sydney yachts entered,” Merrington promises.

A decision will be made shortly on whether the MC38s are to be listed on Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Sydney Harbour Regatta program next month. If not then the standalone Australian title on Pittwater over the weekend of April 10-12 will be the class’ next gathering.

MC38 Summer Pittwater Regatta 2015 final scores

Series Results [OD] up to Race 7

Place

Ties

Sail No

Boat Name

Skipper

From

Sers Score

Race 7

Race 6

Race 5

Race 4

Race 3

Race 2

Race 1

1

 

NZL38014

MENACE

Howard Spencer

RAYC

14.0

4.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

2

 

AUS38002

DARK STAR

John Bacon

RPAYC

24.0

1.0

6.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

4.0

5.0

3

 

AUS521

HOOLIGAN

Marcus Blackmore

RPAYC

27.0

7.0

4.0

4.0

2.0

1.0

3.0

6.0

4

 

HI101

VINO

Christopher Hancock

MHYC

30.0

3.0

3.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

6.0

4.0

5

 

38011

GINGER

Leslie Green

CYCA

32.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

5.0

4.0

9.0S

9.0F

6

 

403

GHOST RIDER

Ross Hennessy

RPAYC

35.0

5.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

6.0

1.0

2.0

7

 

AUS38883

KOKOMO

Anthony Bell

CYCA

42.0

6.0

5.0

6.0

6.0

7.0

5.0

7.0

8

 

AUS9999

ASSASSIN

Clare Crawford

CYCA

50.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

7.0

3.0

 – Lisa Ratcliff/MC38 Media

 

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