Beneteau Classic Moves to Rottnest



Beneteau Classic Moves to Rottnest

 

The annual WA Beneteau Cup Regatta changed its format this year, taking competitors from Fremantle to Rottnest Island instead of heading south through Cockburn Sound.

Yachts were split into spinnaker (racing) and non-spinnaker (cruising) fleets, sailing different courses to their final destination, meeting for a sumptuous evening meal at Aristos Restaurant, who did a brilliant job of catering for 168 hungry Beneteau sailors.

Some of the closest racing for the day was predictably perhaps, in the cruising fleet, where Don Brooker’s new Sense 50 Dorade, enjoyed a virtual match race with her sister ship Banyandah III, sailed by Rob Brown.  Brooker took bragging rights by a couple of boat lengths, and finished third on handicap, behind Mike Campbell’s First 35 La Premiere, which took line honours with his son on the helm, and John Mungavin’s Oui Ca Va, which won the overall handicap prize for the non spinnaker fleet.  The next assignment on Brooker’s “to do” list is the Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally, departing on 4th May.

The racing division sailed a short windward and return race off Port Beach before the long race to Rottnest Island.  Minds Eye, sailed by Brad Skeggs, won the short race, reading the shifty south easterly well. Minds Eye’s third place in the long race was good enough to win the overall spinnaker fleet trophy.

Neil Harrison, one of the more recent owners to join the ever-increasing Beneteau fleet in WA, showed his form with a resounding line honours and handicap double in the long race, a performance good enough to earn him second place on a countback ahead of Laurie Flynne’s consistent 34.7, Dynamic.

The change of venue was so popular with competitors that it seems inevitable that the event will return to Rottnest Island in 2014.

Not satisfied with his win in the cruising division, John Mungavin also won the prize draw for a trip to China, sponsored by Beneteau’s WA distributor, Squadron Marine.

Newcomer Haywire, sailed by Brett Young, leads eventual winner Minds Eye (Brad SNewcomer Haywire, sailed by Brett Young, leads eventual winner Minds Eye (Brad Skeggs) in the windward and return race. 

Don Brooker’s brand new Sense 50, Dorade, showed a clean pair of heels to sisterDon Brooker’s brand new Sense 50, Dorade, showed a clean pair of heels to sister ship Banyandah III sailed by Rob Brown, and will leave Fremantle on May 4th to compete in the Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally. 

Neil Harrison’s Deckchairs Overboard notched a solid win in the long race to RotNeil Harrison’s Deckchairs Overboard notched a solid win in the long race to Rottnest island to finish second overall in the Beneteau Cup.Article courtesy of Peter Pembroke.