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International Dragon Prince Philip Cup at Botany Bay Yacht Club - Overall

by Peter Campbell 16 Jan 2013 09:16 GMT 3-11 January 2013

Squadron member Matt Whitnall has helmed Akula to a dominating victory in the prestigious Prince Cup 2013, sailed on Botany Bay last week with a fleet of 26 International Dragons from New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Matt's consistent performance was to the point he did not need to sail on Friday - which was a good thing as his toddler son had covered the house in honey and Matt spent the day cleaning up...so much for glory!

Matt and his crew of of Rob Bishop and Christian Brook, the Squadron Club Captain, sailed a near faultless series, notching up four wins, a second and a third to finish with a net 17.4 points under the old Olympic scoring sytem.

It gave Akula a huge winning margin from runner-up Whimsical, helmed by Gordon Ingate, in itself a remarkable effort by the octergenarian yachtsman, a past Prince Philip Cup, America's Cup, Admiral's Cup and Olympic yachtsman. Whimsical, with Gordon's crew comprising David Giles and Bruce Hollis, won race six of the regatta and finished with 35.0 points.

A close third overall, on 35.4 points, was Sidewinder, helmed by another past Olympian, Carl Ryves, along with Dick Sargent, his co-Olympian in the Flying Dutchman class, Kevin Burman and Lindsey Burman.

Squadron members and their boats filled six of the top ten placings in the fleet, with with Martin Burke's Riga, helmed by Ian McCrossin, fourth on 47.7 points, followed by Hoolign (Marcus Blackmore) on 42.7 points and Shapes (Wolf Breit) on 53.1 points. Anthony Armstrong helmed French Connection into ninth place on 83.7 points.

The regatta was a huge success with no days lost. In fact, only one race was delayed in either the seven races of the Prince Phillip Cup or the Archie Robertson Memorial lead up three races. The interstate view was that Botany Bay is among Australia's leading race courses with true breezes, no power boat orfFerry traffic and the ability to run long windward legs of around 2nm

Thursday saw one race in nor'wester in 14 knots. Again some strong shifts made it interesting and saw Gordon Ingate win from Marcus Blackmore who improved consistently throughout the regatta as he builds momentum for a European Campaign starting in Cascai next month.

Friday's race started in around 7 knots at 11am and slowly build to mid teens shifting left all day, with Matt Whitnall out of the race cleaning up honey, Wolf Breit won after a hard fought battle with Ian McCrossin on Riga.

Winner of the Charles E Davies Memorial Trophy for the winner of race one of the Ted Albert Memorial Race Series was Wolf Breit in Shapes. The overall winner of three race series was Akula which also added the Jack Linacre Memorial Trophy to its collection as winner of the first race of the Prince Philip Cup Australian Championship.

The Botany Bay Yacht Club, a entirely volunteer club, worked well with the PRO Rob Lowndes with APRO Daryl McManus adding local colour to Rob's superb race management.

BBYC members made the 66 Dragon sailors who invaded their club most welcome. The Dragon Association thanked them by presenting a model of a Dragon to Commidore Brian Christenson and his club.

The Sydney International Dragon fleet is now one if the youngest in Australia, with new owners and a highly active program which includes the National Dragon Circuit, made up of all the States.

Attendance and success in these Super States is now recognised by a National Ranking List (part of the global Dragon ranking list). Gordon Ingate presented the Wingnut Trophy to the first winner of the Australian Ranking List for 2012, Sandy Anderson fron West Australia.

Sandy, skipper of Linnea, races successfully on the Super Circuit as well as having a active international program. She placed seventh overall in the 2013 Prince Philip Cup.

Overall Results:

PlaceSail NoBoat NameSkipperR7R6R5R4R3R2R1Pts
1AUS224AkulaM WhitnallC5.700011.7017.4
2AUS217WhimsicalG Ingate80838O835
3AUS189SidewinderC RyvesB103835.75.735.4
4AUS200RigaI McCrossin3135.7161001747.7
5AUS226HooliganM Blackmoore5.73101011.72011.752.1
6AUS213ShapesW Breit011.71511.75.7141053.1
7AUS210LinneaS Anderson108F21208370
8AUS221SaphiraI Malley11.715131519101377.7
9AUS211French ConnectionA Armstrong1318175.717171483.7
10AUS184TaranuiG Totterdel141911.72615151690.7
11AUS154Murka3R Chatfield1514231422131593
12AUS216LiquidityR Franklin1623141313O23102
13AUS212XanthosM WilkinsonB22F1714319103
14AUS218IndulgenceR AlpeB161619211618106
15AUS220Tom Thumb IIIN Longworth19171822182221115
16AUS192AbracadabraN Hogg1821S20241922124
17AUS176Amazing GraceA Merrett21241924251820126
18AUS194LylaA Roney17202123232425128
18AUS209AscalonJ HawkinsB272218162124128
20AUS167IsisP Crane20252027262327141
21GBR600TarakonaH HowardB262425272526153

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