The Farr 40 season started off in picture perfect sailing conditions off Port Stephens today, with Kokomo, winning the first race of the season.
Each of the four races saw a different winner, with the boats that moved to the front of the fleet managing to maintain their place during the race, and over the finish line.
Kokomo, being steered by Matt Allen, has taken the overall lead and Boat of the Day, with 9 points, and Marcus Blackmore, on Emotional Hooligan in second on 13 points. Tight crew work and strategic tactics saw a number of boats challenge for the top spot, in the east - sou' east breeze with a top of 12 knots being seen on the course.
New boat to the Australian fleet, Panther, owned by Steve O'Rourke, worked their way back through the fleet during their first race in the One Design class. Elizabeth Walsh, a graduate of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Youth Sailing program, is the bow on Panther for this regatta.
Protest flags were flown in three of days four races, with the regatta jury looking to be being busy tonight. Race two saw Emotional Hooligan protesting Richard Perini on Corinthian Doors after some interesting finish line manoeuvres. As can be expected with one design racing the finishes were very close, with four seconds separating the first and second placed boats in race two. Kokomo sailed well in race two to come back from fifth place at the first bottom mark rounding to finish in second place.
At the start of race three, Dennis McDonald, on One Step Ahead, nearly took a souvenir, the RPAYC burgee, with them from the bow of the start boat. Steve Ellis, on Buon Giorno had a protest flag up at the first top mark rounding, after Dick Voorderhake on Rapscallion and Kokomo rounded inside them.
Race four saw a great start, with a number of boats jostled for positions on the line with Rob Brown on Weapon, Corinthian Doors and Buon Giorno charging out of the gates and high fives could have been exchanged between the race committee and crews. . All races saw positions being changed within the fleet, some choices of course side paying handsomely and others shutting boats out.
Supporting sponsor, Club Marine, will be presenting a $2000 gift certificate, to the overall winner of the Corinthian Doors regatta. Peter Ryan, of Club Marine, said ' We are proud to be associated with the Farr 40 class in Australia, and have enjoyed a long and close partnership with the class over the last four years'.
Provisional results after day 1 of racing (Protests pending):
1. Kokomo (M. Allen - CYCA) 1,2,4,2 9
2. Emotional Hooligan (M. Blackmore - RPAYC) 4,5,1,3 13
3. Corinthian Doors (R.Perini - RSYS) 3,4,6,1 14
4. Weapon (R.Skinner - CYCA) 2,7,3,6 18
5. Buon Giorno (S.Ellis - RPAYC) 6,3,5,4 18
6. One Step Ahead (D. McDonald - CYCA) 5,1,7,7 20
7. Rapscallion (D.Voorderhake - CYCA) 9,8,2,5 24
8. Leroy Brown (W.Wieckmann - RPAYC) 8,6,9,8 31
9. Panther (S. O'Rourke - CYCA) 7,9,8,9 33