Southern Cross victory for TP52 Team Beau Geste

The Karl Kwok owned and Gavin Brady helmed TP52 Team Beau Geste has comfortably out-sailed the Australian fleet contesting round one of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup on Port Phillip. Hong Kong registered and campaigned by a majority New Zealand crew, Team Beau Geste proved too strong for the locals, finishing four points ahead of Marcus Blackmore’s class act, Hooligan.

Team Beau Geste wins TP52 Southern Cross CupClick image for a larger image

The full eight-race series was completed over three days, today’s equally fluky but fresher sou’east to south breezes averaging 12 knots and gusting up to 18 knots allowing Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson to squeeze a third and final race in before the cut-off designed to give interstate and overseas crews an early mark to make flights this afternoon.

Rob Hanna’s Shogun V finally found its groove today, the lumpy seas and pressured-up conditions suiting the Geelong boat, which, given their Audi IRC Australian Championship win a fortnight ago, was surprisingly left found wanting in the wake of the dominant trio of Team Beau Geste, Hooligan and Calm 2. Today’s two race wins from three starts were Shogun’s saving grace and they managed a fourth when all points were tallied.

ShoGun V - TP52 Southern Cross CupClick image for a larger image

Given they are without a benchmark to race against on the winterish waters of the Derwent River, Tony Lyall’s Cougar II from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania sailed an impressive regatta, their slippery speed in light air and tidy crew work delivering a fifth on the points table. Their best result was a second in race two.

Round one prize for first was the owner’s weight in Coopers 62 Pilsener, which Brady donated back to the post-race celebration. The stunning perpetual trophy donated by Marcus Blackmore will be awarded at the series conclusion.

Based on early indications, a fleet of 10 TPs could be on the start line for the remaining three stages of the first-ever Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup.

The next stage of the Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup will be held back at Sandringham Yacht Club from 26 – 28 April, taking advantage of the Anzac long weekend and coinciding with the Sandringham Yacht Club Centenary Trophy Regatta.

TP52 - Southern Cross Cup, Final scores after 8 races (8 entries)
1 IVB1997 Team Beau Geste, Karl Kwok, RHKYC 12.0pts 3.0 [3.0] 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0
2 AUS521 Hooligan, Marcus Blackmore, RPAYC 16.0pts [4.0] 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
3 SM2052 Calm 2, Jason Van Der Slot, SYC 17.0pts 2.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 [6.0] 1.0
4 AUS280 ShogunV, Rob Hanna, RGYV / RYCV 26.0pts 1.0 1.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 7.0 [7.0] 5.0
5 5200 Cougar II, Anthony Lyall, RYCT 35.0pts 6.0 7.0 [7.0] 5.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 4.0
6 SM11 Scarlet Runner, Rob Date, SYC 37.0pts [7.0] 6.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 4.0 6.0
7 SM5252 Calm, John Williams, SYC 40.0pts 5.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 5.0 5.0 [7.0]
8 GBR52111 Frantic, Michael Martin, LMYC / NCYC 56.0pts 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 [8.0]

Lisa Ratcliff
10 February 2013 8:28 GMT


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