The last regatta for our summer was the Hardy Cup in Sydney, we flew out on the night of the Warren Jones with the red eye tiger flight. This event is sailed in Elliot 7’s with 4 crew and an asymmetrical kite. For this event we welcomed Seamus Mulholland-Patterson who is currently in the thick of the 470 draft. Upon arrival we were greeted by the organisers of the event who drove us to the club while we waited for out host to collect us. We took the opportunity to walk around Kirribilli and view the Sydney harbour spectacle.
Since the team has sailed the boats less than 10 times we had a challenging first round robin with 4 losses, similar to the Warren Jones we ironed out the problems and picked up the intensity for the second round robin where we only lost 2 races. The Qualified us in 4th place going into the Semi Finals. We were picked by the eventual winner and local legend Jay Griffin who sailed much better than us in the semi-final to win 3-0. We were disappointed to not put up a better fight but Jay knew the boats and out sailed us. We then came up against the Warren Jones winner in the petite final as we battled for 3rd Place. This was a great series and came down to the final race. We managed to beat 36 below racing off the line and held onto the lead for the entire race to Just cross the line in front. We were very happy to walk away with 3rd. We felt that it was a reasonable comeback from our 5th Place at Warren Jones. See photos from the event below.
From here the team will start preparing for the European and US summer where we place to further climb the ISAF world rankings!
Once again the Redline Racing team want to thanks South of Perth Yacht Club and Musto performance gear for supporting us through these events.
Following the success from Nationals the team took 3 days off before commencing the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta. We welcomed back our big man Adam Dubbelman to run the pit for the week. Unfortunately with this addition our total weight was 10 kg over the maximum allowable weight, this was after fasting the day prior and doing a few runs in wet weather gear trying to sweat the weight out. This forced us to drop the last 10kg on the morning of the weigh in. There are a number of ways to do this, we decided to sit in Adams car with the heater on Maximum trying to sweat the weight out. Within two attempts the team had lost all 10kg. A special mention needs to go to Patrick who alone dropped 5kg! After successfully dropping the weight we could then rest in the afternoon replacing all lost fluids.
The Racing kicked off slowly with 3 losses in Round Robin 1 putting us in 4th position, we fixed some boat mechanics to smooth out the boat handling for the second round robin. This proved to be the difference with only 1 loss in the second round robin. The team was happy with how they sailed to improve throughout the round robin series and were ready to fire on the last and penultimate day. After both round robins 3 teams were on the same amount of wins and losses, ourselves, 36 Below Racing from New Zealand and Aschenbrenner Racing Team from Denmark. After looking at the count back system we ended up coming out in first position from the round robin series. This gave us the advantage in choosing opponent for the Quarter Finals and Semi Final.
We choose Jay Griffin’s Team who was skippered by replacement skipper Henry Kernot since Jay twisted his ankle on the day prior to the regatta. We were in the first start in a light and shifty easterly. Before the start we had already made a critical error in sailing upwind checking the coarse when we heard the horn for our start. We had to set the kite to ensure we made the entry for the start, we only just arrived in time for entry. Henry was right on time and sailed a brilliant pre start that had him set the kite to out manoeuvre us. We were second off the line and remained second for the entire race.
We had to switch on for race two. However, once again Henry sailed a great pre start putting us second place off the line. On the first downwind we managed to roll Henry and lead around the bottom mark, we both tacked out of the bottom mark in an attempt to cover Henry except we could not hold our lane. Henry then sailed away for a 2-0 victory. We were out of the Warren Jones, a very disappointed end. Chris Steel and his team in 36 Below Racing managed to take the win against Neptune Racing. Both teams sailed well. Difficult to watch the victory go without much of a fight on the last day, The teams will regroup and be back next year for the 2016 Warren Jones at RFBYC
The Redline team have fought through four long days to come out on top after an exciting penultimate day of racing at the National Championships held by our home club South of Perth Yacht Club.
After finishing the round robin series on top with 21 wins and 1 loss we had the right to choose our opponent for the semi-final, naturally we choose the 4th placed team, Team Gilmour skipper by Peter Nicholas.
The semi-final was sailed in a fresh 12-20 knots with big shifts since we were sailing adjacent to the yacht club. Both Redline Racing and Team Gilmour teams had a win each going into the final race of the semi-final where the winner would proceed to the final. In last minute to the start Team Gilmour were penalised with two penalties. This forced Team Gilmour to take their first penalty as soon as the race started. The team stayed calm and went on to win the semi-final earning a spot in the final.
The team was now waiting for the final with our competitor being Evan Walker and his team from The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Evan was the defending champion and four time winner, he has a habit of lifting his game for the finals series and we were well aware of the quality of our competitor.
The first race started with a Pre-Start manoeuvre where both boats needed to slow down while going downwind. This is a technical manoeuvre and unfortunately Mark, the Trimmer from was hit extremely hard in the nose and was leaking blood all over the boat. Fortunately the bleeding stopped halfway through the race and the team could proceed as usual.
One comical momentum was going down wind when Mark asked “Am I bleeding” to a fast response “Yes we are leading”, Nevertheless the team came over these minor communication errors to push through for a comfortable win in race 1, Race 2 followed similar suit with Evan broaching downwind (pictured below) leaving us 2-0 going into the final.
Evan and his team stepped up for the final race by winning the start and gave us a penalty, We fought hard to hold Evan to the Layline and keep our inside lane before the top Mark, We luffed Evan past the 2 boat length Zone and wiped our penalty, See our Facebook page for a picture of this luff.
After whipping our penalty we continued to hold the slim lead for the final 3 legs to finish as the Champions, see the two following photos of our small lead for the final 3 legs and the team crossing the finish line before the photo of us all.
A big thanks to South of Perth Yacht Club for supporting us and Musto performance gear for keeping us equipped to tackle all conditions. The team is looking to keep pushing for the rest of the summer match racing season.