Newcastle to Port Stephens Yacht Race - Emphatic win for Iota

Craig Wakefield – Iota (John McNamara) – Line Honours and 1st PHS - Auto Advantage - Newcastle Port Stephens Yacht Race
In the 2013 Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Yacht Race, modified Farr 40 OD Iota (John McNamara) has punched well above her weight to take line honours and PHS.

Following a short delay in the harbour the fleet were ushered offshore for a start off Stockton beach due to variable breeze in the Hunter River. The start gun fired with ‘clear start’ announced to a gentle eight knots Nor-westerly. Without a cloud in the sky the question on everyone’s mind, especially the Race Committee’s, was for how long was the gradient breeze going to hold. As the yachts settled in to a tight spinnaker reach up Stockton Bight tacticians were hard at work deciding whether to take the ‘high road’ along the breakers in an attempt to stay in the morning Westerly for longer or the ‘low road’ in anticipation of a light NE sea breeze building through the North.

As the 36 yacht fleet approached the Northern end of Stockton Bight the breeze started to swing to the NE however rather than rotating through the North it surprisingly swung through the South allowing those yachts inshore to consolidate on their positions by sailing hotter spinnaker angles up the beach to Birubi Point. With the final 10 miles of the race to the Point Stephens finish gate being a light upwind work the fleet ‘rocked hopped’ along the Port Stephens coastline in an attempt to get relief form the Southerly current and stay in best pressure.

Iota finished the race in four hours and 21 minutes with Swish (Steven Proud) and Nine Dragons (Bob Cox) rounding out the podium Line Honours places. On PHS Iota took a convincing win from Secret Men’s Business (Rob Curtis) and Nine Dragons while on IRC Secret Men’s Business took the honour with Nine Dragons and Tow Truck (Anthony Paterson) taking second and third, respectively.

As the reminder of the fleet edged up past Fingal Bay and across the finish line there appeared to be smiles all round from the crews who enjoyed a tactical battle, glorious weather and some great socialising at NCYC on the Saturday evening and Sunday morning prior to the race commencing.

Interestingly, of the 36 entrants in this year’s Auto Advantage Newcastle Port Stephens Yacht Race nine yacht clubs were represented indicating the broad appeal of the race and the Sail Port Stephens regatta for yacht owners. With the majority of the fleet competing in Sail Port Stephens there will no doubt be plenty more battles on the water and socialising off the water over the coming days.

Race 1   (14/04/2013)  Race Sponsor: Auto Advantage Updated:  14/04/2013  17:19:19
PHS results
PlaceSail NoBoat NameSkipperElapsdETOrdAHCCor'd TBCHCHCFrom
16838IotaJ McNamara04:21:3311.05204:35:091.3231.078LMYC
28300Secretmensbusiness 1R Curtis04:33:4741.11205:04:271.2641.140RPAYC
318889Nine DragonsB Cox04:29:4031.14005:07:251.2831.168MHYC
4M6Tow TruckA Paterson05:22:15140.96605:11:181.0740.990LMYC
5226SwishS Proud04:23:3721.19005:13:421.3131.220MHYC
6AUS5077Long Time DeadM Fensom04:54:2661.08505:19:281.1751.108NCYC
7N40One For The RoadK Butler05:08:36101.04805:23:251.1211.066NCYC
8USA40063Pt 73T Lobb04:51:2251.11205:24:001.1881.131NCYC
9N349Schouten PassageR Howard05:19:30131.03205:29:431.0831.045NCYC
10236Skinny Flat WhiteG Lowe05:36:17160.98105:29:541.0290.993GSC
 Race 1   (14/04/2013)  Race Sponsor: Auto AdvantageUpdated:  14/04/2013  17:19:20
IRC results
PlaceSail NoBoat NameElapsdETOrdAHCCor'd TBCHSkipperFrom
18300Secretmensbusiness 104:33:4731.16405:18:411.247R CurtisRPAYC
218889Nine Dragons04:29:4021.19205:21:271.266B CoxMHYC
3M6Tow Truck05:22:15100.99905:21:561.060A PatersonLMYC
4226Swish04:23:3711.24005:26:531.295S ProudMHYC
5N349Schouten Passage05:19:3091.03805:31:381.069R HowardNCYC
6N40One For The Road05:08:3671.10505:41:001.107K ButlerNCYC
7USA40063Pt 7304:51:2241.17205:41:291.172T LobbNCYC
8M3Close Halled05:16:5181.08405:43:281.078G HallLMYC
95845Botany Access Cocomo05:40:58121.03605:53:141.002J BrownbillCYCA
1035000Next Light05:41:25141.04905:58:091.000C RyanRPAYC
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