Varuna Cup at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

Tingari - Varuna Cup 2012
Rob Cruse
The Varuna Cup, the final race of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s summer season for 2011-2012, was held on Saturday 14th April. The East Coast 31 Tingari, owned and skippered by John Jeremy, has won the Varuna Cup, the traditional end-of-season handicap race between the winners and top placegetters in each division and class in the Squadron’s Main Series.

Tingari won the Division 3 Main Series for the second consecutive season and in the Varuna Cup sailed up to her optimum in winning from the Yngling Black Adder (Gary Pearce) and Division 1 champion ISuper (Peter Campbell).

Jeremy is one of Sydney’s most active yachtsmen, as a competitor and as volunteer administrator. A former Commodore of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, he edits that club’s magazine, serves on the Sailing Committee of the RSYS, and is chairman of the Australia Day Regatta organising committee.

A naval architect by profession, he is also editor of the magazine ‘The Australian Naval Architect’ and is a noted authority on naval ship designs.

Results were well spread between the wide variety of competing boats, with fourth place going to Lahaina II (Len Buttenshaw), fifth place to the Dragon class yacht Liquidity (Richard Franklin and Damien Hannes).

Charles Curran’s Sydney took line honours but placed ninth on corrected time in the rather slow race that saw an hour and 19 minutes between first and last boats.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron website