Sydney 38 crew celebrate their first SSORC regatta victory

Paul Jenkins and his Sydney 38 crew aboard the Mille Sabords won their first ever regatta on a wild and wet weekend in Sydney, racing for the host club of the annual Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship.

The event attracted 55 mixed keelboats from various New South Wales clubs.

Winner SSORC 2021 Division 2 – Mille Sabords. Photo – Andrea Francolini / MHYC

“The perseverance in the offshore race on Saturday and a reasonable Sunday allowed us to win our first regatta after buying the boat in January,” Jenkins said. “The youngest of the crew is 50 – we keep saying where are the 25 years who were us? Everyone had three jobs today with only a broken winch handle to replace. We’ve been a team for a long time and have done the Hobart 2019 race together – they’re a great bunch of guys. “

After a grueling coastal crossing race on Saturday in strong southerly winds, the crew of the Middle Harbor Yacht Club de Mille Sabords placed six in all three Premier Division 2 windward / downwind races in the harbor of Sydney, the race management team adjusting the schedule before the second day of racing. and choosing to keep all coastal fleets out of the nasty swells.

Bob Cox’s DK46 Nine Dragons saved the best for last, weaving through the two RPAYC boats in Premier Division 1, Gerry Hatton’s Bushranger and Mark Griffith’s Old School Racing, with handicap in the final short three-for-one race. add another SSORC trophy to Dragon’s awesome collection.

Nine Dragons on a kite track, with a competitor behind them and a Manly ferry.
SSORC 2021 Premier Division 1 winner – Nine Dragons. Photo – Andrea Francolini / MHYC

Surprisingly, this was the first time the boat had lined up after more than a year after undergoing major repairs after hitting the South Reef in a Short Ocean Pointscore race. “It’s pretty amazing that we were able to come back so strong to take a point,” said the surprised skipper. “Special thanks to the crew who never gave up, especially Billy Sykes and Will MacKenzie.”

Bushranger, Mat 1245 of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and third on a countdown, the DK46 of his teammate Mark Griffith. “I would say these two RPAYC boats are the best in the country on IRC; for the old maid [his boat] coming back like this is amazing, ”Cox added as the beer flowed at The Spit where MHYC hosted the post-race trophy presentation.

Victory on a kite scope.
Victoire won the Super 40 Spring Regatta. Photo – Andrea Francolini / MHYC

Darryl Hodgkinson’s Carkeek 40 Victory (CYCA) narrowly won honors in the four-race Super 40 Spring Regatta series which was one of the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship scores – a countdown to InfoTrack Indy Beck’s MC38 separating the top two teams. Full Super 40 results.

“It was an exciting weekend and it’s always great to race against the MC38 teams,” said Hodgkinson. “We love competing in the Middle Harbor regattas and really enjoyed the race. Earlier, I thanked my wife, who loves golden things, for the new yellow A4 kite which made it very easy for us to find our way around the harbor on a dull, rainy weekend.

Although there were a few moments of nervousness, Hodgkinson managed to keep Victoire on her feet for Saturday’s Seven Island race and Sunday’s two coastal crossing races.

Fleet sailing on kite run.
Fifty-five mixed keelboats participated in the regatta. Photo – Andrea Francolini / MHYC

Conditions moderated Sunday November 28, to 15-25 knots S-SE compared to the rolling rain squalls on Saturday, rough seas and southerly gales which peaked at around 35 knots offshore.

MHYC is grateful for the support of the CYCA Race Direction and thanks the main sponsors of the SSORC Marin Club, Sailing race, Wines Robert Oatley and Short navy for their generosity.

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