In his first foray into competition, Kirby finished fourth overall in the CYCA's hairy Cabbage Tree Island Race in November--the weather threw everything at the fleet.
In this season's OPS, after two races, St Jude was in a comfortable second place, but she missed the third, as Cornish, one of three CYCA directors who will skipper a yacht in the race, instead used the tough 180-nautical-mile Cabbage Tree Island Race to hone his crew's skills for Hobart and finished ninth overall.
In between these races, entrants contested the Bird Island, Flinders Islet, Cabbage Tree
Island and Lion Island-Botany Bay races.
Darryl', as he is known by some at the club, won the CYCA's 2011 Blue Water Pointscore Series from Ragamuffin by five points, having won the Cabbage Tree
Island and Flinders Islet yacht races and finished first in IRC Division 3 in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Blue Water Pointscore Race - Cabbage Tree
16 Nov CYCA
Victoire hung in, her Flinders Islet and Cabbage Tree Island wins keeping the Beneteau 45's chances afloat.
The Flinders Islet and the Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Races were included in his BWPS win.
Stephen Ainsworth's Reichel/Pugh 63 is one of the form boats of the moment, having followed up her line, IRC and recordbreaking win in this year's Audi Sydney Newcastle Race by taking line honours in record time in the CYCA's Cabbage Tree Island Race, the final Bluewater Point Score race before the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Sailed most impressively to win the Cabbage Tree Island Race in early November and could well score rare back-to-back wins in the blue water classic.