standard Estate Master stars in Rolex Trophy

Martin & Lisa Hill (Estate Master) scored three wins from three races in the Farr 40 class this afternoon.

Estate Master stayed one step ahead of their adversaries on the Manly Circle today and will take some beating, with tomorrow being the final day and only three more races to be sailed.

Estate Master’s win gives them a handy four point lead of the Farr 40 class, with just three races to be sailed tomorrow to decide the winner.

Although he broke the start in Race 3, Lang Walker and his Kokomo crew pulled together to make a stunning recovery and finish third.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and the Transfusion crew have held on to third place overall, but were not able to overcome Estate Master to advance up the board.

“What a great day, but we had to fight every inch of the way,” Hill said.  “The lead changed between the three top boats – it was very tight – you couldn’t let your guard down,” he added.

Hill said the Rolex Trophy was training for Farr 40 Worlds to be held in Sydney in 14 months time – and so far, so good.

He is hoping to emulate the result of Sydneysider Richard Perini, who won the Worlds when they were sailed in Sydney in 2004.

To that end, the Middle Harbour YC Commodore and Farr 40 Class President and his wife Lisa have co-opted some of Perini’s winning crew: New Zealand sailor Hamish Pepper (tactics), Darren ‘Twirler‘ Jones (mainsheet), Tristam Eldershaw and Chris Cook. Add to that already impressive line-up 49er Olympian and double world champion Nathan Outteridge as strategist and you have a gun crew.

“Already Hamish and Nathan are a close-knit team; whispering away together,” Hill says of the crew he will have aboard for the Worlds.

“We’ve just been in Miami competing and the competition here is just as good. We’re in countdown mode for the Worlds,” he said.