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One Ton Revisited wraps up



Bernard Hyde’s Farr 40 Pacific Sundance, the biggest boat in the One Ton Revisited Regatta, led the fleet home again on Saturday for a perfect first-to-finish record in the inaugural series only to drop to fifth place overall when handicaps were calculated.


Chris Bouzaid’s Rainbow II finished the racing in style with a second in the points-and-a-half final race on IRC corrected time, despite a broken spinnaker pile. The restored and refitted little Sparkman & Stephens-designed kauri sloop had already wrapped up the contest with victory in the double points long race yesterday.


“It’s been a fantastic competition,” said Bouzaid. “The boat’s going really, really well. I’ve been lucky with my crews throughout the series – Richard Bouzaid, my son, and my brother Leo, with Gil Littler at the mast and Pete Shaw in the cockpit. We’ve been rotating another three crew so everybody had a sail.


“It’s been just great to get out and race this old girl after 48 years. She’s owned now by the Classic Yacht Trust and she’ll be sailing on the Waitemata in classic yacht regattas in future.”


Today’s course was a 25-miler from the start off Northern Leading Beacon, counterclockwise around Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands, then back into the harbour to the finish off Princes Wharf. The breeze at the start was a 10-knot east-north easterly.


At Billy Goat Point, on the north-eastern tip of Motutapu, Sundance led by 400 metres from the Farr 36 Revolution sailed by Tony Wallis and Max Cossey. Rainbow II was next, followed by the Carter 39 Wai Aniwa. Astern of them, the Lidgard designs Result and Impact were locked in their own titanic battle.


At the Rangitoto Light mark, the two Farr boats, Pacific Sundance and Revolution were revelling in the downwind sailing with the breeze now puffing more than 12 knots. Sundance led from start to finish for a perfect score of five bullets. Behind her, the order was Revolution, Rainbow II, Impact, Wai Aniwa and Result.