The Valmadre Cup was the final race of the four heat Fremantle winter series; 45 boats came out to race in a gusty 25-knot northeaster on Gage Roads off of Fremantle. In Division Zero, Trevor Taylor’s Marten 49 OPTIMUS PRIME staged an overdue charge in the tough conditions to take the triple crown of line honours, first in IRC and first in YAH handicap. OPTIMUS PRIME’s heroics fell just short of grabbing the IRC component of the series, which was won by Tony Carter’s Beneteau First 40 JUST CRUISIN’ – another UK Sailmakers powered boat. JUST CRUISIN’ dropped a sixth to carry two firsts and a fourth to win the IRC crown for the Winter Series after a tie-breaker with the well sailed Farr 40 YO!2
Tony Carter, owner/skipper of JUST CRUISIN’ was not only thrilled with the boat and his crew, made up of older experienced hands and some novices, he expressed sincere thanks to the UK Sailmakers team headed up by Geoff Bishop in the Fremantle loft. Tony said, “This is a new boat and I have received tremendous support from Geoff and his team – not only in the supply of some great sails but more importantly in the services offered to make sure we are on water and fully prepared to go racing. I have worked closely with Geoff for over 15 years and it is his high standards that keeps bringing me back.”
In the overall series scoring for Division Two, Peter Kennington’s Whiting 32 BAD HABITS was second in IRC and she tied for first under YAH.
In the cut-throat YAH-only Division Three, CLODAGH Irwin’s Beneteau Oceanis 33 Anastasia survived a fourth in the windy Voladora to