Prescott Wins 2012 Sydney Harbor Regatta

12 March 2012

The fleet of Melges 32’s were showcased at the weekends seventh Sydney Harbour Regatta hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club boasting 237 entries.

In the Melges 32 fleet, it was hard to get past Greg Prescott’s 2 Unlimited Seven Star from Tasmania, which was skippered this weekend by gun Farr 40 owner, Martin Hill, who dragged Olympian and fellow Farr 40 sailor Bobby Wilmot along for the ride to trim mainsheet, and world champion one-design sailor and coach, Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones to call tactics. The crew pulled a win either side of a second place for an early series lead at the end of day one.

"It was fantastic; we were doing 15 knots in 19 knots of breeze and in a building easterly we went so fast downwind – you can really stretch out downwind – and we did,” Hill said after having his first ride on a Melges, the Middle Harbour YC sailor described steering the boat as “light and responsive.”

Of the regatta in general, Hill, the past commodore of the host club said: “It’s great to see such a hot and huge fleet out on the Harbour – it’s a real carnival of sail. 

By the end of racing, day two, the Melges 32 One-Design fleet was dominated by Tasmanian entry 2 Unlimited Seven Star, five wins from six races. There were three Tassies aboard; Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, who has called Sydney home for many years, Mark Jeffrey and Ollie Nicholas. And although the crew had not sailed together before, they dominated from go to whoa and are thrilled to be heading to the National Championship at Pittwater next Friday as ‘the boat to beat’.

Ollie Nicholas admitted he was surprised by their domination in the hot fleet: “It’s been good to come up to Sydney and sail with a good bunch of blokes and to finish this well – we had no idea how we’d go – to win so many races was a bit of a surprise,” he said.

Angus Reid’s Maxstar from Canberra Yacht Club stole a win from 2 Unlimited in race two and sailed consistently to take second place, followed three points behind by Middle Harbour Yacht Club representative Geoff Masters Funnelweb third place overall.  

Day one of the regatta MHYC Club Captain John McCuaig skippered Funnelweb positioning them well for Masters who flew in from the USA this morning and was dropped onto the boat prior to racing.

The Melges 32 fleet will be heading to Pittwater for next weekend’s Australian Championship.

Di Pearson

MHYC Media