Three of the top performers in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart – Wild Rose, After Midnight, and Ariel – were all equipped with the latest design Code Zeroes from Ian Short Sails.
Co-incidentally all three yachts come from the drawing board of Bruce Farr – continuing Ian Short’s record in developing winning sails for Farr designed yachts.
Roger Hickman’s Farr 43, Wild Rose, placed First Overall on IRC, Second Overall on ORCi, and First in Division in both ORCi and IRC.
Phil Damp and Ron Foster’s Beneteau 40 First, Ariel, placed First Overall on ORCi, Third Overall on IRC, and First in Division in both ORCi and IRC. Ariel is fully equipped by Ian Short Sails and had Ian Short and Glenn Cooper on board for the race.
Mark and Greg Tobin’s Farr 40 Mod, After Midnight, placed First on ORCi Division 2, Second IRC Div 3 and Fourth overall on IRC. After Midnight used a full set of the latest Ian Short Sails Genoas, in addition to the Code “O”.
Wild Rose, First Overall IRC, flying Ian Short Sails Code ‘O’
Ariel, First Overall ORCi, equipped with the latest Ian Short Sails GraphX working sails
These three boats put their code zeroes to good effect off Tasmania and the NSW coast on the first night after the breeze lightened. These powerful new sails helped put the Farr designed boats in favourable positions from which Overall and Division wins were possible.
The race started in a 25- 30 knot Southerly lasting well down the NSW coast. The new design fractional Code “0”were deployed when winds lightened and went East during the night. Spinnakers went up around mid-morning ensuring a fast run across Bass Strait. Conditions favoured the 40 footers as the larger yachts had sailed into lower pressure causing the fleet to compress. Breezes strengthened again off the Tasmanian coast for the smaller yachts and heavy weather genoas were sometimes deployed. Spinnakers were dropped off Tasman Island, with the race finishing with a beat up Storm Bay.
Ariel‘s new design Carbon GraphX GPL working sails performed admirably both on the beat up Storm Bay and before the strong Southerlies in the early stages of the race.
After Midnight, First ORCi Division 2, flying Ian Short Sails #4 Genoa