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Last chance to enter Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship

Darryl Hodgkinson with his Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race champion, Victoire, is the latest to enter for Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s 37th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) to be held on November 29 and 30, but those yet to enter should do so quickly, as entries close this Friday, 21 November, at midnight.

Hodgkinson was racing last weekend when his canting Cookson 50’s steering cable broke. “I’m getting all the problems out of the way and the SSORC will be very useful for testing the boat, sail changesand to work the crew under different situations and see how we go against the competition,” he said today.

Victoire - time to get serious - Andrea Francolini, MHYC

Sports injuries among the Victoire crew this season prompted the plastic surgeon to comment: “I’m doubling up as team doctor this year, and the message to my crew is: ‘only go sailing – no more of this running with the bulls stuff’.”

Victoire, the Premier IRC class champion at the SSORC in 2011, will be joined by Blue Water Point Score and Sydney Hobart rivals Balance (Paul Clitheroe’s TP52) and Patrice (Tony Kirby’s Ker 46), along with the likes of Bob Cox’s DK46, Nine Dragons.

Firmly placed to win last year, Victoire was outsailed by Patrice and Nine Dragons on the final day, much to Hodgkinson’s chagrin. No doubt the trio will go head-to-head again, and with Balance in devastating form and others in the picture it is anyone’s to take.

Elsewhere in the fleet, the Jeanneaus will be out in force for the SSORC’s Seven Islands Race on Saturday November 29. Ten have signed up in what will be a Clash of the Titans, as the race counts towards the Jeanneau Cup series.

A competitive fleet is led by Ron Jacobs’ Team Jeanneau. The former ocean racer equates racing to winning only, so it will be hard to get past him. Challengers include Peter Lewis’ Lu Lu Belle, always the belle of an event; the crew always resplendent in colourful gear that matches the gaiety on board. Sharon Angel and her Slac-N-Off will also be there to keep the guys honest.



A mark rounding in the SSORC with city skyline backdrop - Andrea Francolini, MHYC

From the non-Jeanneau brigade, Brian Lees and his quick Adams 10, Contentious, Warren Lesnie’s Hanse 385 Plan B and Carl Braden’s J109 Blue Sky are among the starters.

The two-day Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship series is the gateway to the NSW summer offshore racing season. It creates opportunities for crews to polish their skills against some first-rate performers as they head into the season.

Once ashore, it is all fun. Middle Harbour Yacht Club invites all crews, friends and family back to their post-race beach party, including a sausage sizzle and live entertainment following racing on both days.

Thanks to the SSORC supporting partners - Helly Hansen, Sydney City Marine, Two Rivers Hunter Valley Wines, and Key Sun Zinke.

Notice of Race and entry are online at the official website: www.ssorc.mhyc.com.au Sailing Instructions will be available from Tuesday 25 November.

Di Pearson, MHYC Media

For further assistance or additional information please contact the MHYC Sailing Office on (02) 9969 1244 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

 

Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship – Entry Open

Entry is open and the Notice of Race is online for the 37th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC), to be hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on the weekend of November 29 and 30.

The two-day series traditionally opens the summer offshore racing season and is one of the last times owners and crews can test their mettle against rivals and newcomers. It is also the ultimate opportunity to practice for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race each year.


Dave Forbes' Merlin - Andrea Francolini MHYC

Those contesting IRC, ORCi, PHS and one-design categories are eligible to enter. A varied program is designed to attract the best in the business and opens with a Lion Island and return race. Competitors will need to be wide awake the following day, as a short and sharp windward/leeward course will be followed by a short ocean race.

One of the SSORC races will also form part of the MHYC and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Ocean Pointscore Series’, so serious competition is anticipated.


Just a Dash - well named Division 2 winner in 2013 - Andrea Francolini MHYC

For those preferring to stretch their legs on a long Harbour course, the Seven Island Race, to be held on Saturday November 29, is always a thriller. With a pursuit-style start off MHYC, the yachts then take in some of the famous islands on each side of the Harbour Bridge before the winner gets the gun at the finish line off the Club.

Already four owners have signalled their intention to start, including Brian Lees and Geoffrey Charters with their respective well-named Adams 10’s; Contentious and No Friends, such is the friendly rivalry in the class. Stormaway, the super-quick Sydney 36 owned by Jack Stening and Colin Gunn, and Twitcher, Steve Plante’s Beneteau 35s5 have also signed on.

Middle Harbour Yacht Club Commodore, John McCuaig, summed up the event nicely when he said: “This is a great weekend for everyone – whether you are an offshore sailor wanting the challenge of championship racing, or if you prefer the spectacle of inshore harbour racing.


Nine Dragons finished second overall in 2013 - Andrea Francolini MHYC

“For some, racing up Harbour and under the Harbour Bridge to Goat Cockatoo, Snapper and Spectacle Islands is special as it’s not often the major clubs use that side of the Bridge for racing. Others just want to enjoy a relaxing drink on the picturesque beach at Middle Harbour Yacht Club – so the SSORC is a favourite,” the Commodore ended.

Competitors and friends are always welcomed back to the friendly atmosphere of MHYC following racing, where they enjoy the relaxed post-race beach party, drinks, sausage sizzle and live entertainment.

To download the Notice of Race and to enter online, visit the event website at: www.ssorc.mhyc.com.au. Sailing Instructions will be available from Tuesday 25 November.

Di Pearson, MHYC Media

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