Derek and Martin Sheppard’s Beneteau 45 Black Sheep has claimed overall honours in the 200 nautical mile Newcastle Bass Island Race. Last year Black Sheep finished in third place overall. Black Sheep also took out ORCi honours from Chinese Whisper.
Derek Sheppard described the race as long and hard featuring a lovely spinnaker run from Newcastle lightening around Nora Head. From Stanwell Park to Bass Island the wind was in the low to high 20’s and Black Sheep changed down to her A5 spinnaker. Wiping out near Corrimal, the crew of Black Sheep were forced to cut a halyard to free a trailing spinnaker. Despite these problems, Black Sheep remained in contention and enjoyed a lovely spinnaker ride to the Rushcutter’s finish line in 8-10 knots.
The overall win was a first for Black Sheep in the CYCA Blue Water Series.