Chris Bran’s Beneteau First 40, Brannew, recorded a convincing first place in IRC Division 3 in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. The Division win in the Rolex Hobart followed on the heels of a First Overall in the Audi Gold Coast Race. Brannew is fully equipped with Carbon GraphX long lasting performance offshore sails from Ian Short Sails.
Approaching the eastern tip of Tasmania trackers had Brannew first overall and well positioned for a win. However, the Westerly front hit after dark bringing stronger westerlies winds for only a little more than an hour before swinging to the south. Brannew‘s chances of an overall win faded away rapidly as the Beneteau 40 was forced to slog into the very strong southerly blow down the Tasmanian coast. The bigger boats had enjoyed a sleigh ride by comparison and took off the major prizes. In the wash up Brannew recorded 11th place overall. Under the circumstances, this was an impressive result. Brannew crossed the line second in her Division, despite being one of the lowest rating entries in Division 3.
Two other yachts equipped with Ian Short Sails recorded second in category placings. The Sydney 46, Art Equity Mahligai, placed second in Division 1 PHS. Art Equity Mahligai was equipped with new Carbon GPL GraphX long life performance offshore sails. The Beneteau 47.7, Pennant Hills Ford placed second in IRC Division 3 in her maiden Hobart Race. Pennant Hills Ford was fitted with new No 1, 2 and 3 genoas in the very latest sail shape moulds.