Philoso­pher’s wild ride to clinch Divi­sion 1 lead

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - PETER CAMP­BELL

SHAUN Tiedemann’s Syd­ney 36cr Philoso­pher, a for­mer Aus­tralian yacht­ing cham­pion, yes­ter­day im­pres­sively wound up her prepa­ra­tion for an­other tilt at the cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne next Jan­uary.

On an af­ter­noon of fresh to strong southerly winds, gust­ing in rain squalls to 26 knots, Philoso­pher scored two wins and a third out of three races un­der AMS scor­ing and a 2-3-1 score un­der IRC.

Un­der her pre­vi­ous Syd­ney owner, 18-footer world cham­pion Peter Sorensen, the yacht, then named Philoso­pher’s Club, won her class at the Aus­tralian yacht­ing cham­pi­onships at Hamil­ton Is­land.

After yes­ter­day’s day of heavy weather rac­ing Philoso­pher heads the pointscore in all three hand­i­cap divi­sions of the Com­bined Clubs short course cham­pi­onships.

Three wind­ward/lee­ward races were sailed in what Bel­lerive Yacht Club sail­ing man­ager Peter Wat­son de­scribed as a true test of crews and boats.

“Con­di­tions were test­ing with fresh to strong southerly winds . . . with sloppy one me­tre waves turn­ing the Der­went into a river of white­caps,” Wat­son said.

“A premium was placed on good crew work with any mis­takes bru­tally pun­ished by the fresh breeze and lumpy waves.”

Wat­son said there had been sev­eral se­vere broaches in­clud­ing Filepro (Tim Gadsby) los­ing both her spin­naker brace and sheet in a se­vere knock­down.

“The re­sult was hav­ing the spin­naker fly high in the breeze hor­i­zon­tal with the top of the mast,” Wat­son said.

“It took great skill and per­se­ver­ance by the crew to re­trieve the spin­naker un­dam­aged and they were able to re­group and con­tinue rac­ing.”

In Divi­sion 2 the crews were more con­ser­va­tive and only hoisted spin­nakers in the last race.

Just to add fur­ther drama, two ships tran­sited through the race area dur­ing the blus­tery first race.

Bel­lerive Yacht Club mem­ber Jeff Cordell’s Mumm 36 B&G Ad­van­tage, won all three hand­i­cap cat­e­gories in race one for Divi­sion 1, PHS, AMS and IRC. How­ever, she was forced to re­tire from race three.

Sis­ter­ship TasPaints won IRC and PHS cat­e­gories in race two while Philoso­pher clinched her over­all pointscore leads in Divi­sion 1.

The other Divi­sion 1 race win­ners yes­ter­day were Mem (Paul Boutchard) in the PHS cat­e­gory in the first race of the day and Filepro (Tim Gadsby) in the PHS cat­e­gory of the fi­nal race.

In Divi­sion 2, Ben Latham’s J24 T42 An­other Toy won all three races un­der PHS scor­ing.

Pic­ture: PETER WAT­SON

TROU­BLE LOOMS: Filepro starts her wild broach in strong southerly winds.

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