Despite not being on board, Tim Ryan was thrilled that his J/70 JAMES 007 won Division E victory in the hands of friend Peter Ryan. It gave them a clear four-point victory over Jonathan Green's Melges 32 Crusader.
Coming in to the day, Crusader, JAMES 007 and Skeeter were on equal 21 points, with Tigger one point behind. Sandor Tomai's Farr 30, Skeeter, ultimately finished third overall on countback, while Tigger maintained fourth place, in this hotly contested division.
Tim Ryan said from France: "I entrusted the boat to Peter Ryan (no relation to Tim) to skipper the boat. I'm in La Rochelle in France to sail in the J70 Worlds - please give him my congratulations."
Back at the CYCA, Peter, who is normally on mainsail duties said, "Tim organized a pretty handy crew and I steered. We're the smallest boat in the division, so we started earlier than our main competition. We must have done about 100 gybes between the Junction Buoy and Nielsen Park and played the eastern side of the Harbour - and it worked. When we got going again after the park-up, the bigger boats, including those in the running to win overall, ran us down and passed us. The only one we passed again was Skeeter. We didn't think we'd won the race - so it's amazing - and to win the series overall!!”