Stronger breeze blows results wide open at Sail Port Stephens

Sail Port Stephens Red William 1st Non-spinnaker Commodores Cup. Pic_Mark Rothfield.

“Sunny with winds 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the late afternoon” was how the official forecasters optimistically described today’s weather for Sail Port Stephens. At least they were right about the sunshine …

The breeze built to a fresh 20+ knots, with more than a sniff of southerly, and it blew away the chances of some of the fancied frontrunners in the Bannisters Port Stephens Commodores Cup fleet, along with an overnight adjustment of PHS handicaps.

Of course, it also brought other boats roaring back into contention.

Today’s inshore race favoured yachts with longer waterlines and the flexibility to power and de-power as required, with no better example than Little Nico. To its hat-trick of line-honours wins, the Shaw 11 added an overall handicap victory in Division 1.

A fourth placing today allowed it to overtake overnight leader Highly Sprung, a Beneteau First 45, while the Marten 49 Indigo II held on for third despite a 13th today. The podium for Race 3 was actually filled by three less-fancied newcomers – LaTroisieme Mitemps, a Beneteau 50 Sense, from the Hanse 458 Travelling Light and Dehler 46 YKnot.

In Division 2, the consistent Italia 11.98 Cicero held onto its overnight lead after posting an 11th today – again a step down from the 1-2 of previous days. Peter Horne’s Bling finished second overall, while the Bavaria 41 Elusive climbed to third.

Honours today went to Antipodes, Greg Newton’s Oceanis 45, from Namadgi and Tensixty.

While it was so far so good for Sofarr, leading into today’s race, a 19th placing gave the Farr 31 a nervous moment as it waited for the MASRM Liquid Force to finish. Ultimately the two yachts were tied on 21 points, victory going on countback to Sofarr owner Dale Sharp. The Jeanneau Sunfast 3200 Hells Bells claimed third place.

Race 3 honours in this division went to Ca Va, Wings 11 and Escape.

The handicappers caught up with Smoke and Mirrors in Division 4 after it had proven unbeatable in the two previous races. A 23rd dropped them back to second overall, allowing the popular Fareast 28R Chicken Lips to leapfrog them for the series win.

Skipper Mark Hillis hails from the NSW rural town of Wagga Wagga and only gets to sail three or four times a year. He caught the sailing bug after trying a catamaran on his home waters before stepping up to 28R. The Azuree 33fc The Italian Job was third overall in Div 4.

Finally, in the non-spinnaker division, Peter Hamilton’s classic S&S34 Red William revelled in today’s breeze and snared overall victory from the Jeanneau SO349 Pinta Bay and evergreen East Coast 31 Kulani.

Sail Port Stephens 2021 is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism agency Destination NSW, along with Port Stephens Council and key sponsors Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance, Alloggio, Bannisters Port Stephens and Flagstaff Marine.

DAILY VIDEO: https://fb.watch/4-Br9ioMMr/

  • Mark Rothfield
Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Rolex Middle Sea Race Fleet Building Steadily

With six months to go to the start of the 42nd Rolex Middle Sea Race on Saturday 23 October, the Mediterranean’s premier 600-mile offshore classic looks well set. Some 47 yachts from 17 countries have entered, currently ranging in size...

Star World Championship will be held during Kiel Week

The Star World Championship returns to Kiel. And this September, two events are on the schedule at once. For the Junior Star World Championship (August 31 to September 3) 40 boats are expected and for the Star World Championship (September...

World’s fastest sailboats sign up for Rolex Fastnet Race

While the Vendée Globe grabbed headlines over the winter with a record fleet of 31 boats, France boasts a yet more extraordinary fleet of boats – the Ultimes. Developed over the last 30 years by teams attempting to break the...

Day 5 of the 470 Europeans – Champagne Sailing

Champagne sailing in Vilamoura, with an excellent breeze with 10/12 knots all along the day, D Flag going up at 13:00 for the 3 fleets.  The French teams, Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz in the women’s fleet and Kevin Peponnet...

Day 4 of the 470 Europeans – Perfect Conditions

A sunny and warm day in Vilamoura (air temp. 27 C), with excellent breeze, allowed, again, to complete the 2 scheduled races. Sailors were back ashore just past 16:30, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the Portuguese spring. Paul Snow-Hansen...

Aerial view of a gravity wave. Credit: NASA/GSFC/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team and Jeff Schmaltz

Four rarely-heard ocean terms

1. Gravity Wave Gravity waves, not to be confused with gravitational waves, form when air is pushed up and gravity pulls the air back down. On its way down, air displaces ocean water, forming waves that look like vertical channels. There...

High Speed action Video from SailGP

Experience life onboard the F50 with GoPro, SailGP’s adrenaline action content partner for Season 2. SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and New York, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology...

CHALLENGING CONDITIONS ON DAY 3 OF 2021 470 EUROPEANS

Day 3 of the 470 Europeans – Challenging Conditions

Day 3 of the 470 European Championship in Vilamoura.  Two races sailed for the 3 fleets with the D Flag going up at 12:35 for the 3 fleets. “It’s really enjoyable to be back sailing with the 470 fleet, after...

Cascais 49er & 49erFx Championship

Day 1 – Cascais 49er & 49erFx Championship

On the first day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49er Fx Championship races, the Olympic fleet consisting of 28 boats, of the 49erFx class plus 10 boats, of the 49er class, fulfilled the day’s schedule when holding the three...

Heavy hitters heading to Airlie Beach Race Week

A trio of past Sydney Hobart winners in Geoff Boettcher, Darryl Hodgkinson and Phil Turner, along with yachting champion Marcus Blackmore, are among the heavy hitters heading north to race in the IRC Passage Division at the 33rd running of...

Finn - Robert Deaves

World’s Best Sailors Ready for Epic Finn Gold Cup in Porto The Finn Gold Cup has been part of the fabric of the sport of sailing for 65 years, an iconic trophy that is reputed to be more difficult to...

Latest Posts

Latest

Read all of the latest Sailing News

Racing Posts

Racing

Dinghy and Yacht Racing News

Offshore Posts

Offshore

News from the Offshore World

Cruising & Destinations Posts

Cruising & Destinations

Cruising Stories from around the World

Boat & Gear Posts

Boats & Gear

The Latest Boats and Yachting Gear

Video Posts

Video

Watch everything Sailing and Boating

Processing...
Thank you! Your subscription has been confirmed. You'll hear from us soon.
Join Our Newsletter
Latest Sailing News, Racing, Cruising, Boats, Gear and more
ErrorHere