Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – Performance Racing Division 2 overall

Euphoria - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - The two Performance Racing divisions, which drew to a close today, provided the closest racing among the regatta’s 195 entrants.

A range of conditions, from plenty of puff in the early part of the week trending down to today’s ‘barely there’ and the subsequent postponement of the final Molle Islands Race, served up a mixed bag and as is always the case, consistency was key.

Edward Earl’s Beneteau 47.7 Ishtar, sailing for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, had enough top results on the board to hold onto Performance Racing Division 1. Multiple second places reaped Earl the highest result on a countback from Ross Wilson’s Eagle Rock, also a Beneteau 47.7.

Third was Davie Currie’s stunning IY60 representing Royal Brighton Yacht Club and sailing in style with Bruce Taylor (Chutzpah) and a number of 'retired legends, Living Doll cast-offs and Sydney Hobart veterans who don’t want to be cold anymore' said Currie, who believes this year is his 15th consecutive Race Week.

One of the best looking boats from the 195 strong fleet, Belle is of only two IY60s in the world and the only one in Australia.

In Performance Racing Division 2 it was always going to be a tough call separating Tony Coleman’s J133 Euphoria, sailing for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, from the chasing pack. Three boats were sitting on 38 points going into today’s Molle Islands Race and two more were just one point adrift.

This afternoon Coleman is euphoric that luck went their way.

'We are not unhappy with the postponement,' admitted a somewhat relieved Coleman, adding, 'sometimes the chips fall your way'.

It’s the second divisional win at Race Week for Coleman, the last was in 2003 sailing his J120 also called Euphoria.

Second in Performance Racing Division 2 was Tony Ross’ Farr 40 Cracklin’ Rosie and third was Ben McGrath’s Beneteau 40 Iago, sharing 38 points with Euphoria but consigned to second and third on a countback.

'Performance 2 results in particular show how close the racing was and how spot on the handicapping,' said a pleased principal race officer Denis Thompson this afternoon.

Performance Racing Division 1 
Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 7 (Drops = 1)
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperSers ScoreRace 7Race 6Race 5Race 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
12.0SYC477ISHTAREdward Earl17.0[7.0]
2 7744EAGLE ROCKRoss Wilson17.0[8.0]
3 B2700BELLEDavid Currie20.0[9.0]
4 6111NEVER A DULL MOMENTCol & Denise Wilson23.0[6.0]
5 RQ101THE MATRIXJane Virtue29.[10.0S]
6 NOR2SOUTHERN EXCELLENCEAndrew Wenham30.02.0[8.0]
7 MH888SPIRIT OF THE MAIDBruce Absolon33.[10.0S]
8 K9550WILDDavid Jackson34.[10.0F]9.08.0
9 8848THE STICKRick Christian40.[10.0F]8.09.0

Performance Racing Divison 2  
Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 7 (Drops = 1)
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperSers ScoreRace 7Race 6Race 5Race 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
11.0S7133EUPHORIAAnthony Coleman38.[14.0]
27R6530CRACKLIN ROSIETony Ross38.02.0[13.0]
3 6815IAGOBen McGrath38.[10.0]2.0
42.0S7407WHALEWATCHINGSYDNEYIan Ford39.0[12.0]
5 1424ENSIGN RACINGTony Ross39.0[13.0]
61.0S5935ALPHA CARINAEDamian Barker43.[13.0]11.05.0
7 53LIKATIGERDavid Turton43.[15.0]
81.0S6834CHANCELLORKiwamu Takahashi44.014.010.0[16.0]
9 6603BIG KAHOONAKeith Creighton44.08.0A5.04.0[15.0]
101.0S6689COPERNICUSGreg Zyner47.[13.0]
11 P1PANDORAGeoff Weir47.015.0[15.0]
12 1109ONE O NINERobert Salteri48.0[17.0]
13 R6572ICEFIREPeter Tucker55.07.0[17.0]
14 6833LEEWARDJohn Quinn62.0[16.0]
15 599MUSTARD CUTTERScott Creedon68.[18.0F]1.016.0
162.0S816AMIGOSGeoff Fogarty69.[18.0S]2.014.0
17 M42SYNCHRONICITYKingsley Fletcher69.[18.0S]17.017.0

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