Balance tops Nine Dragons in the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore Race 6

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  • By Damian Maclennan
  • 05 Feb 2018 17:02:37
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Bob Cox's DK46, Nine Dragons


Race 6 of the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore saw a fleet of 10 competing in a ripping run down to Port Hacking and back to Sydney Harbour at the weekend, with a familiar name topping every division.

Fresh from a strong performance just a week prior, Paul Clitheroe’s TP52, Balance, took out the IRC, ORCi and PHS divisions ahead of Bob Cox’s DK 46, Nine Dragons, (IRC and PHS) and Dennis Cooper’s Sydney 36cr Mod, Amante (ORCI).

The results saw Balance race to the top of the IRC, ORCi and PHS series scores, ahead of Julian Farren-Price’s Cookson 50, About Time, with just two races remaining. Ian Short’s TP52, Fifty Two Hundred, sits third on IRC with Nine Dragons fourth following their second place at the weekend.

The result was a good one for Bob Cox (Nine Dragons) who took a lot of delight in the conditions, “It was a rough, very confused, messy sea. Initially there wasn’t much breeze and then we saw around 17-20 on the way back.

“My boat being quite heavy handles that messy seaway very well and if you sail it a bit fat you it can actually end up pointing quite high. So we were very pleased with the uphill and that’s where I think we made our biggest gain.”

“These asymmetrical boats can get up to around 15 knots while we can’t. The wind was favourable for us in that we were able to get a code zero up very quickly after the rounding mark. We then got an S4 up and went directly downhill managing to get the old girl up to 17 knots.”

“Uphill, the two boats around our size, Smuggler and UBS Wild Thing, weren’t very far ahead at the rounding mark so we knew we were in it. We just had to hang in there and use the benefits of having a pole boat to go downhill at 160 and that got us home.”

Full results here



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