ORCV Port Fairy Race

by Alexandra Doran

The ORCV Port Fairy Race was held last Easter weekend, starting in the wee hours of the morning on Good Friday and enjoying reasonable conditions before all yachts crossed the finish line the following morning within 8 hours of each other.
 
After 22 hours of racing, first to the line was Royals yacht, Jaffa, sailed competently by skipper Terry Posma and crew to achieve the Runnalls 39's best ocean racing results since moving east from WA a couple of year's ago and winning a trifecta of 1st places in all her divisions in Line Honours, AMS and PHS. Jaffa, under pressure from the next two yachts, finished just five minutes ahead of Lord Jiminy, crewed double handed by Jamie Christensen and Paul Roberts, with a second Royals entrant, One For The Road, following an hour later in 3rd place. One For The Road also achieved podium results in all her other divisions with 2nd places in PHS and IRC and 3rd in AMS.
 
With a string of 1st places for the Jaffa crew, it would be very easy to assume that these 'winners are grinners', however, results are under a cloud for Jaffa and Lord Jiminy due to a protest by One For The Road for entering an obstruction zone at Port Phillip Heads, so it will be a nail-biting time over the next week or two until the protests are finalised and we see who is entitled to sport that final grin.
 
Below is a more detailed race report by the ORCV, this report and more may be seen on the ORCV Facebook page. Full results can be found on the ORCV website.
 

"The 2017 Melbourne to Port Fairy yacht race started from Queenscliff in the small hours of Good Friday morning 03:30 to be precise. As is customary the yachts made pledges to the Royal Children's Hospital appeal as part of their scheduled calls to Ocean Racing confirming that Easter is not just about racing to a cold beer and a hot sausage in Port Fairy. 

Whilst the weather gods delivered strong sailing conditions in the first phase of the race, the breeze lightened and delivered a more fickle environment as the fleet passed Apollo Bay and headed to Warrnambool. The boats headed out seeking more speed before tacking back for the run to the line outside Port Fairy. 

Terry Posma's 39 footer Jaffa had battled all the way with the double handed 40 footer Lord Jiminy skippered by Jamie Christensen. Gary Prestedge steering One For The Road was close on their stern and kept them honest all the way. 

After 22 hours of hard fought racing, navigation and best weather decisions Jaffa narrowly beat Lord Jiminy for the Line Honours victory by just five minutes. Jaffa crossing at 01:27:31 and Lord Jiminy at 01:32:48. 

One For The Road came across the line at 02:31:46."




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