Eye Candy

Chris Dawson and Gavin launched their new Sydney 38

Wednesday October 2nd 2002, Author: Sydney Yachts, Location: Australasia
Pittwater's Chris Dawson and Gavin Ward have been serious racing and cruising sailors over many years. Their familiar blue hulled Tripp 47 Abracadabra has lined up for an average of 100 racing starts a year up and down the east coast of Australia.

Now we are going to see a lot of Eye Candy instead.

At yesterday's launching of their Sydney 38 'Eye Candy' at the RPAYC Gavin Ward explained "the Sydney 38 is a great combination of an offshore racer and cruiser and we are really looking forward to having a lot of fun with her.'

"The strong competition in this One Design class means Eye Candy will start with L plates, but we will be jumping straight into the Class racing, lining up for the first round of the Sydney 38 State titles at the JPMorgan regatta, the British Trophy series and the Pittwater to Coffs series."

There are now twelve of these One Designs in Pittwater and an amazing forty-two Sydney 38s in Australia in total. In the last three years, this Australian built One Design racer, has become the major offshore racing class, while part of this growth has come from the IMS and PHS fleets, many club racers on Port Phillip Bay, Pittwater and Sydney Harbour have made the jump to the Sydney 38 fleet and this has had a major effect on the size of offshore racing fleets.

Now the new little sister, the Sydney 32 is set to continue this same impact on the Australian racing scene.

Last week Richard Harper, the President of the Cavalier 28. Association announced he was upsizing to a Sydney 32. His choice of the Sydney 32 was simple - 'I wanted to take my wife and her friends on the boat, we will do some twilight racing and I want to race one-design in the mini regattas. We might take the boat in the next Pittwater-Coffs Harbour race,' he said.

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