2 March 2015

One Ton Revisited 2015 - Race 3

The second 20-mile Olympic course race of the One Ton Revisited series produced another classic day on the inner-Hauraki Gulf. The ENE breeze blew 10 to 12 knots at the start and built to 12 to 15 knots by the finish.

The recently restored, former One Ton Cup winner Rainbow II (Chris Bouzaid) was in her element and won by an impressive 6m 40s on IRC corrected time to increase her lead on overall points. Rainbow II always was a light airs flyer and appears to have lost none of that S&S pedigree during her complete restoration in the Silverdale yard of Wayne Olsen’s Horizon Boats.

The Farr 36 Revolution chasing after Pacific Sundance and Result on her way to third on line and second on corrected time (photo Ivor Wilkins)
The Farr 40 Pacific Sundance (Bernard Hyde) took line honours for the third race in a row, crossing the line more than 10 minutes clear of the second-placed Lidgard design Result (Bevan Hill), but again she was unable to put enough time on the rest of the fleet around the six-leg course to make an impression on handicap.

Behind Rainbow II, it was a real tussle for high placings, the Farr 36 Revolution (Tony Wallis/Max Cossey) finishing second on corrected time (and moving up to second equal overall), just two seconds ahead of the 34ft Lidgard design Impact (Kevin Kelly).

Impact, with Andy Ball on the helm, hammers her way through the chop on the Hauraki Gulf on her way to third on corrected time in race 3 (photo Ivor Wilkins)
It is a lay-day tomorrow (4 March) with Rainbow II and Wai Aniwa both planning to tackle some small remedials – the Rainbow II crew looking to deal to a mysterious small problem with her propeller shaft, while the Wai Aniwa crew will be dealing to a mast that appears to be slightly out of plumb. The series is scheduled to resume with the all-important, double-points, 35-mile Gulf Race on 5 March, before the 1.5 points, 25-mile finale on 7 March.
The One Ton Revisited fleet berthed at Viaduct Harbour, while maintenance is underway on the Volvo 65 yachts alongside the Viaduct Events Centre to the left
Overall placings after three races: 1st Rainbow II (19.5pts), 2nd= Pacific Sundance (12pts), 2nd= Revolution (12pts), 4th Wai Aniwa (11.5pts), 5th Impact (11pts), 6th Result (7.5pts).

Article provided by Alan Sefton

You can catch a TVNZ Sports feature on the One Ton Revisited regatta here.

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