Ambition wins 2018 Cock of the Bay

26-Dec-2018
Chris Dare’s Tp52, Ambition lived up to expectation today when it took Line Honours in the traditional Cock of the Bay race held on Port Phillip Bay. The boat is new to The Bay and is crewed by a mix of enthusiastic high performance youth and more experienced keel boaters. After only having the boat for six weeks Dare has sent an emphatic message to the rest of the Melbourne fleet about the capability of him and his crew.

Dare said, “I wanted a boat that provided a youthful new platform. Something that is fast and Fun.” Despite the exceedingly light wind conditions, Ambition crossed the line at 16:00:21 for an elapsed time of 4 hours 30 minutes and 21 seconds.

Second across the line and just three minutes behind was the Tasmanian boat Oskana, skippered by Mike Pritchard. Pritchard and most of his team have had a long day. They caught the six o’clock flight out of Hobart this morning to make the rendezvous with their boat at Sandringham Yacht Club. They will be looking for an early night tonight after they straighten up the boat ready for the start of the Melbourne to Hobart race tomorrow. Oskana was already favoured to take Line Honours in the 435 nautical mile race down the west coast of Tasmania and the competitiveness of their race today has confirmed their favouritism.

It will be some hours before the overall winner on handicap can be confirmed with most of the rest of the 77 entry fleet still to finish. The light and fickle breezes are likely to favour the smaller boats in the fleet.

Jennifer McGuigan
ORCV Media

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