Was the BWPS leader going into the Cabbage Tree Island Race, but it was dominated by the 40 footers, so dropped to third place, but there was little in it.
With his previous Celestial, a Rogers 46 that has since raced as The Goat and Smuggler, Haynes was second in the 2012 BWPS and took the trifecta of IRC, ORCi and PHS crowns in the 2014 BWPS--one of the closest on record, including winning the 2014 Sydney Gold Coast race and ending with 11th overall and second in Division 2 of the RSHYR 2014, following on from third overall in the 2013 race.
is contesting the CYCA's BWPS, placing ninth and eighth in the Flinders Islet and 200nm Newcastle Bass Island races, then won IRC, ORCi and PHS in the light-air 180-mile Cabbage Tree Island Race.
Ironically, Celestial's (Sam Haynes' Rogers 46) BWPS
win last year (he finished fourth overall with his recently purchased TP52 Celestial this season) was in the same circumstances as Balance's this year, when the latter led the series going into the Sydney Hobart.
With three races completed, the three also rule the top of the BWPS
leader board on an equal 14 points.
She is doing well in this season's BWPS
, finishing second in the Flinders Islet Race.
When Hobart conditions smiled down on the smaller yachts, Balance finished 36th overall, but was top TP52 and therefore accepted second overall in the BWPS
He is competing in the BWPS and finished 37th overall in the Sydney Gold Coast race and 19th overall in September's Flinders Islet Race.
This is the former Celestial, which finished 11th overall and second in Division 2 of last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart, to win the CYCA's BWPS in both IRC and ORCi classes, inclusive of overall victory in the 2014 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.
Dr Darryl was named 2012 Ocean Racer of the Year after winning the 2012 BWPS.
The annual BWPS
comprised the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast, Flinders Islet, Newcastle Bass Island, Cabbage Tree Island, Bird Island and Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht races.