Osaka Cup results

In one of the best results for a member of the association since David Adams won his division in the BOC Challenge, Rob Drury and John Sayer secured what was an almost all the way win in this years Melbourne Osaka Cup.

Rob Drury commisioned John Sayer to design and oversee the project and then to join Rob for the Race. Johnís past experience in the event and Robs dedication to the project gave them the best possible chance of victory.

The weather for the event at the start was kind but this did not last and the fleet was battered by very strong winds as they turned to head north.

The 10 metre Montana, crewed by Tesesa Michel and David Pryce took a real hammering and as fatigue started to take a toll they sought refuge in Trial bay. They joined the race as soon as the weather abated and in a great chase caught up to many of the boats to come in a very creditable 6th. Below is the transcript of the press release issued after Sayernara crossed the line.

After leading almost from the beginning, Sayernara crossed the line in the Port of Osaka at 18.09.22 hours tonight (Japanese standard time) after a painfully slow sail over the final 200 nautical miles of the 5,500 mile course. However, Sayernara still broke the course record for the Racing Division B with an elapsed time of 30 days 1 hour 39 minutes 22 seconds. The previous fastest time was 35 days 9 hours 43 minutes 8 seconds set by Just Lucky Lady in 1991. Sayernara is skippered by owner Rob Drury (53) a Sydney engineer and member of the Australian Short Handed Sailing Association, with the yachtís designer, Jon Sayer, from Queensland as crew. The boat was designed and built specifically for the Osaka Cup and launched in February this year. Late this afternoon Sayernara was off Hino-misaki, making just 3.4. knots towards the finish line in the Port of Osaka but she arrived right on schedule, greeted as she crossed the line with a shower of coloured water from a fire tug. The boatís name is a mixture of "Sayer" and Japanese word "Sayonara" which means "Till we meet again.". Co-skipper and designed Jon Sayer (42) originally from New Zealand, started sailing at the age of five in dinghies. He began designing yachts in 1977, one of his designs, Flying Fish, won her class in Yamaha Osaka Cup in 1991.

The Association owes a great debt to Bill Oxley for his encouragement of all the competitors and his continual updating of the assocation as to the progress of the next race.

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