The Rockingham Weekend: Dolphin Race and Gordon Craig Race

The first race for the Gordon Craig took place in 1949 and the Dolphin Race in 1953. Over the last 60 years these races have been made up of a number of different course formats from windward-leeward racing to short passage races.

Saturday 2 December 2017: The Dolphin Race is a 27 nautical mile race from Fremantle to Rockingham with The Cruising Yacht Club as our arrival hosts. 15 yachts were on the start line with 8 in Division One, and 7 in Division Two.  On the back of the previous weekends sailing, many boats were chasing the Trophy for the IRC Offshore Championship. With clear skies, sunshine and a starting breeze of 10-15knts, the boats headed down the channel towards Jervoise Bay. Gary McNally’s Black Betty led the fleet, followed closely by Alan Stein’s Dirty Deeds and Paul Arns’ Obsession around the first mark.  In Division 2, Scott Glaskin’s Cougar led with Dennis Vincent’s Wyuna and Laurie Flynne’s Dynamic in hot pursuit. By lunchtime Cockburn Sound was a mill pond with hardly a zephyr, the fleet resembled a restart, and eventually it filled in from the south, with all boats arriving at TCYC by late afternoon.

Congratulations to all participants and the podium places go to Chris Higham’s Argo taking out 1st on both IRC and YAH, with Obsession taking 2nd and 3rd, respectively, Black Betty 2nd on IRC and Ian Clyne’s Joss 2nd on YAH.  In Division 2, pennants will be presented to Andrew Waldby’s Swagman on their 1st in Division 2 IRC and YAH with Dynamic 2nd on IRC and Lyn Powell and Ian Whitehead’s Fourth Dimension 3rd on YAH.

Sunday 3 December 2017: A windward leeward race followed by the Gordon Craig back to Fremantle, and the passage race is 20 nautical miles. A similarly sized fleet and a stronger breeze than predicted, which swung around to a ENE, favoured some boats more than others.

On the Gordon Craig race back Obsession and Black Betty held their 1st and 2nd places respectively, with Peter Chappel’s The Cadillac taking 3rd on IRC and Mark Nagle’s Weapon of Choice 3rd on YAH.  Again in Division 2, Cougar and Dynamic were 1st and 2nd, 3rd spot went to Wyuna on IRC and Bill Henson’s Circa on YAH.

Overall the IRC State Championships races, one point separated Obsession taking 1st to Black Betty in 2nd, and Argo 3rd in Division 1, while Division 2 celebrated Cougar in 1st, Dynamic 2nd and Swagman 3rd.

Click here for the results for all races including progressive tallies.


The IRC Youth Cup Series
was also ran in addition to the overall results to promote and encourage the younger adult sailing.  To quality, yachts needed to have a minimum of one crew person under the age of 25 racing on-board. There were 17 sailors aged 25 and under involved in these event.

All results and presentations are this Thursday 7 December at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 1900 (7pm)    

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