MHYC Log May 1979
This year's Ampol Brisbane Race was started by Sir Percy Joske from Tom Bryant's luxury cruiser BAN-YANDAH in beautiful weather, with George Mottle's CASABLANCA winning the start and leading the fleet of 35 yachts out of the Heads. While the easterly breeze prevented the use of spinnakers which would have added colour to the scene, if was a picturesque sight as the yachts tacked for position with John Garner also prominent in CONSTELLATION.
Light conditions prevailed almost throughout and it was only in the last thirty miles from Cape Moreton to the finish that some yachts had to shorten sail when hit by thunderstorms. An unusual feature of the race was that some yachts found better breeze by going slightly offshore rather than hugging the coast to avoid the southerly set.
Warwick Rooklyn in APOLLO gained line honours, finishing at 1.10 p.m. on Saturday in front of a battery of television cameras 72 minutes ahead of CASABLANCA with whom she had duelled throughout the race. This is the fourth time that APOLLO has won the City of Bris-bane Trophy for gaining line honours in the race and Jack Rooklyn and son Warwick, must be congratulated for their consistency in getting the gun in this year's Hobart, Brisbane and Gladstone events. Jim Allen's FANNY ADAMS also did well to finish third across the line in her first major race.
A major duel went on among the one-tonners and the close eye-ball racing between Bart Ryan's STREAKER, Keith Le Compte in WHITE POINTER, PRYORITY, skippered by John Pryor and Peter Hankin in RELENT-LESS was probably responsible for them filling the first four places in that order. Only an hour separated these four yachts across the line and Alan Sweeney in DIAMOND CUTTER another one tonner, also did well to finish in sixth place behind first division winner, SWEET CAROLINE.
The wind seemed to lighten progressively after the early yachts had finished, pushing the smaller yachts into comparatively low places but Kendal Barry Cotter's brand new Peterson 3/4 tonner GHOST II did well to gain tenth place and win third division from Dick Perini in CORIN-THIAN, with Jim Robson Scott in FAIR DINKUM third. Predictably, the last boat to finish was Michael Green's quarter tonner EVERGREEN but she did well on handicap to finish sixth in third division, a result that would have been even better but for drifting conditions in the last twenty-four hours.
Jim Robson Scott's consistent sailing in FAIR DINKUM gained him the Ampol Tasman Sea Trophy for the second time with PRIDE OF OLERON and FLIGHT gaining second and third placings. This year, for the first time, five yachts were in contention for the Ampol trophy and jumpers and Ampol's perseverance with the series is now being rewarded. Ampol's identification with the Brisbane Race was particularly noticeable in Mooloolaba with the yachts flying the special identification burgees and the Queensland media showing keen interest in the race.
Ansett's identification with the race was most pleasing as was their notification of future involvement.
Ron Youngman and his crew in SOUTH PACIFIC did their usual impeccable job with radio reports and we are very pleased to announce that Ron will address a future members' night about cruisers and yachting - a most interesting evening is undoubtedly in store. Mooloolaba Yacht Club members and officials were their usual tireless selves and we must also express our gratitude to the many Middle Harbour members who helped with the organisation.
1979 AMPOL SYDNEY TO BRISBANE RACE - PLACEGETTERS AND TROPHY WINNERS
FIRST ON CORRECTED TIME "Streaker" - B. Ryan, H. E. Godden Memorial Trophy Mayors Cupresented by the Mayor of Mosman.
FIRST YACHT TO FINISH "Apollo" - W. Rooklyn. City of Brisbane Trophy.
NAVIGATORS TROPHY "Streaker" - B. Walpole
VIC ENGLISH TROPHY "Deception" - D. Hankin