Congratulations to Nancy and Bruce Ferguson on the launch of their C&C 30 One Design Whisper 30, the first C&C 30 in Australia.
Whisper 30 arrived in late October after six weeks at sea, traveling from the factory in Rhode Island. It went together seamlessly, overseen by the Australian dealer Yachtspot. Michael Coxon and Billy Sykes from North Sails arrived shortly after she splashed to fit the sails and join us for the first sail. Sydney put on a yet another lovely spring day and the crew fully enjoyed every aspect of this boat’s capability as fine-tuning was carried out on the rig.
After only a few short practice sessions, Nancy entered Whisper 30 in her first race in early November. Sailing a spinnaker twilight race with a predominantly female crew, Nancy and team started the race in 20 knots of breeze. It dropped to around 15 knots about one-third of the way into the race, then to less than 10 for the finish. An elated Nancy reported that they won the race competing on handicap against a Farr 45, MC38, Sydney 38, Melges 32, Cape 35 and Murray 32, to name a few, and that the boat felt fast through the full range of conditions.
“Yep, she’s a beauty,” says Nancy, who races out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport, NSW, on the beautiful waterways of Pittwater, about 20nm north of Sydney. Well done to Nancy and crew!