Closing date approaching

Entry for the Rolex Trophy One Design Series closes on 8 December

Thursday November 24th 2005, Author: Nicole Browne, Location: United Kingdom
The first entries for the Rolex Trophy One Design Series to be held 10-12 December have come from the Farr 40 design yachts - Evolution (Australia), Ichi Ban (Australia), Venom (New Zealand) and Mascalzone Latino (Italy). All four yachts took part in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Sydney earlier this year, with Richard Perini’s Evolution taking the world champion crown for an Australian victory.

The Rolex Trophy One Design Series is for yachts in the Farr 40 and Sydney 38 one design classes. Yachts of the same length, weight and all identical in design will compete over three days in up to nine challenging races.

With entries also expected from the Sydney 38 one design class, potentially including yachts entered in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the first three days of this year’s Rolex Trophy should prove highly competitive.

“We are looking forward to seeing Mascalzone Latino back to race in Sydney again and to defending our title from last year’s Rolex Trophy series,” said Richard Perini, skipper of Evolution which won the 2004 Rolex Trophy series in the Farr 40 class.

“Many of the crews on the Farr 40’s are also sailing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart so it is a great opportunity for time on the water for them.”

Entries for the Rolex Trophy One Design Series close at 5.00pm on 8 December, 2005.

Six yachts have already applied for entry in the 2005 Rolex Trophy Ratings Series to be held 15-18 December, 2005.

The 2005 Rolex Trophy will be sailed over mostly short windward/leeward courses and will comprise of three to four rating divisions which will give boats of vastly different size and performance the opportunity for an even playing ground.

Nips 'n' Tux won the PHS (Performance Handicap System) Division in last year’s Rolex Trophy Rating Series while Yendys finished fourth in the IRC (International Rule Club) Division in 2004.

The event provides spectacular ocean racing, with yachts battling it out for points from each race which are tallied for overall results.

“The competition in the Rolex Trophy Rating Series can be incredibly close,” said Geoff Ross, skipper of Yendys. "Last year, Targé took victory by just one point so you’re always looking to do your very best in each race over the four days. It’s fast and furious out there and every mistake could cost you a point so its pretty intense.”

The fleet for the 2005 Rolex Trophy Rating Series includes a PHS division and three IRC divisions as follows:

-Division 0 IRC - includes boats at the larger end of the fleet including the 30m maxis such as Alfa Romeo, Konica Minolta and the new Wild Oats plus those around the 50ft mark like Yendys and Cookson 50 Living Doll,
-Division 1 IRC - includes boats such as the Eagle 46 Fincorp More Witchcraft and IMX 40 Nips 'n' Tux,
-Division 2 IRC - covers smaller and older boats in the fleet, such as Gillawa and low rating, older boats.

For the Notice of race, please visit www.cyca.com.au under ‘Sailing’.

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