Friday, November 27, 2015

J/122 Hits the JACKPOT In Botany Bay Race

J/122 Jackpot sailing off Sydney, Australia offshore series (Sydney, Australia)- There was near perfect conditions for the 54nm offshore round trip- the Sydney to Botany Bay race, held by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

The second race of the Ocean Point Score Series started on time at 10am on Sydney Harbour. Principal Race Officer, Robyn Morton, said: “We started them in a nice north to north-easterly of 10-12 knots, but there was more pressure the further they got down the Harbour, around 15-16 knots. We got 25 starters away in perfectly pleasant conditions on an incoming tide.”

The fleet split almost in two off the start, some choosing the eastern side, the rest going west, which they seemed to benefit from.

It was a quick downhill ride to Botany Bay, with the fleet under spinnaker, but the return journey was not as comfortable, with fleet beating into the increasing breeze.

Adrian van Bellen’s J/122 JACKPOT continued her great performances of last season, winning the race quite handily in ORCi.