Team Beau Geste holds out local challengers

The Gavin Brady master class in match racing continued on Port Phillip today, but hot on Team Beau Geste’s stern and chalking up their first win in race five was Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan. The Hong Kong registered Team Beau Geste is still leading the Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup series by four points. Hooligan from Sydney has moved into second and local boat, Calm 2, has slipped back to third. One dropped race will come into play after six races.

TP52 Southern Cross Cup - HooliganClick image for a larger image

Showing plenty of the brilliance that has delivered the primarily Aussie crew pretty much every major regatta trophy on the Australian east coast, Blackmore’s crew out-smarted Team Beau Geste at the start, banging the pin end and gaining the early advantage before serving up some of the same medicine Brady dished out to them yesterday.

Going into tomorrow’s final two or three races, depending on the breeze, Jason Van Der Slot’s Calm 2, representing the host club Sandringham Yacht Club, is six points off Brady and his band of merry men, and counts himself still in the running.

TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Race 5 StartClick image for a larger image

Tony Lyall’s Cougar II from Tasmania is the best performing of the early edition TPs, currently fourth on the points table ahead of Rob Date’s RP52 Scarlet Runner and Rob Hanna’s Shogun. Date has made a hero’s return to sailing this weekend, wearing a support boot while helming as he recovers from foot surgery. Not conventional rehab he admits.

TP52 - Southern Cross Cup, after 5 races (8 entries)
1 IVB1997 Team Beau Geste, Karl Kwok RHKYC 2 1 2 1 2 8 pts
2 AUS521 Hooligan, Marcus Blackmore RPAYC 1 2 3 3 3 12 pts
3 SM2052 Calm 2, Jason Van Der Slot SYC 3 3 1 6 1 14 pts
4 5200 Cougar II, Anthony Lyall RYCT 5 5 6 2 4 22 pts
5 SM11 Scarlet Runner, Rob Date SYC 6 6 4 4 6 26 pts
6 AUS280 ShogunV, Rob Hanna RGYV / RYCV 4 4 7 7 5 27 pts
7 SM5252 Calm, John Williams SYC 7 7 5 5 7 31 pts
8 GBR52111 Frantic, Michael Martin LMYC / NCYC 8 8 8 8 8 40 pts

Lisa Ratcliff
9 February 2013 11:23 GMT


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