Once again Russell Bellamy has finished in the top three places in a BBIC event. Rarely does a BBIC Series go by without Russell and his Hood 23, Cecilia, featuring in a podium position at least once! This time, Cecilia finished in second place under two minutes behind the Beneteau 31.7, Pinta, from the Palm Beach Yacht Club. The Northshore 340, Bow Wow, also from PBYC, finished in third place.
The Gosford Gallop is traditionally the first race in the four race BBIC series. This year the race returned to Brisbane Waters. Twenty boats contested the race which was sailed in a variable north westerly wind. The race featured only one true windward leg – the long last leg to the finish off the Gosford Sailing Club clubhouse.
Gosford provided about half the racing fleet and great hospitality to visiting boats, making overnight marina berths available and after race refreshments and entertainment. Russell Bellamy made the trip up mid week, and Cliff Sutton and crew sailed Eikon up on Friday afternoon with a stopover at Patonga. Unfortunately, two BBIC regulars from HRYC, All Our Girls and Crossbow were unable to make the race – All Our Girl’s compression post footing, mast step and deck were still being repaired. Hopefully both Crossbow and All Our Girls will be on the water for the BBIC Three Islands Race on the second Saturday in December.
Eikon put in a creditable performance finishing in 18th place on handicap, and crossing the finish line just six minutes ahead of Cecilia.
After one race Gosford Sailing Club leads on the series on 20 points (Charlie Hill crewed on the GSC Elan 37, Aeolian). RMYC is just 6 points behind on 26 points. Both HRYC and PBYC fielded just two entries and are well back on 52 points and 46 points respectively. Catching up will be a challenge.
The picture above shows Russell receiving second prize at GSC club house after the race.