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Drawn out Cabbage Tree Island victory goes to Balance

Posted on 11 November 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source:CYCA] ‘Money Man’ Paul Clitheroe has sailed his TP52 Balance to its first major win in the drawn out Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race this weekend, beating St George Midnight Rambler to the punch by close to five minutes, the two cleaning on the rest of the fleet.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 180 nautical mile race, the fourth in its prestigious Blue Water Point Score, was in a vast contrast to last year’s difficult race which threw explosive winds, storms and lulls at the fleet. Instead, competitors faced the ‘big parking lot’ on Friday evening and well into Saturday, after clearing Sydney Harbour in a light easterly on Friday evening at 7.00pm.

Balance’s crew sailed the tactically challenging race well throughout, as did those on the Ed Psaltis/Bob Thomas/Michael Bencsik owned Ker 40, St George Midnight Rambler. Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin, was third overall, with grandson Brenton skippering the TP52. The three also finished top three under ORCi, while Psaltis and crew took out PHS from Terra Firma (Nicholas Bartels) and Frantic (Mick Martin).

Enjoying a steak and a bottle of red at the CYCA last night, Clitheroe was unaware that the race was playing into his hands, but was thrilled to be told of his win this morning. “Fabulous. That’s great for the Balance crew. I hope we can do the Rolex Sydney Hobart justice,” the CYCA board director said.

Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI finally took line honours at 16.34.47 on Saturday afternoon, Mark Richards and crew finishing more than nine hours behind their record time set two years ago. Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal followed nine minutes later. At 8.30am this morning, seven yachts remained at sea.

Since purchasing Quest, the 2008 overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Clitheroe has sailed inside the top five at each event. In this race, he bested the other three TP52’s, including Rob Hanna’s Shogun, which won the last two races of the BWPS. It bodes well for his upcoming Hobart campaign.

It was a long, long 180 nautical miles, just ask the competitors. An overnight parking station kept the yachts in close touch, not even the canting keel super maxis were immune, as Paul Clitheroe reported just after rounding Cabbage Tree Island yesterday afternoon: “Wild Oats first to Cabbage (by miles) then ichi Ban, Ray Roberts (OneSails), Balance, Perpetual Loyal, then Terra Firma and Ragamuffin.

“Earlier, the fleet was pretty much together, mixing it with the big boats. Sad to say, Perpetual Loyal passed us after rounding Cabbage Tree. We’re in a lovely 15 knots from about 75 degrees (almost due east), pointing straight at home,” he said.”

Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson started the fleet off Point Piper on Friday evening in a light 6-7 knot easterly breeze amid various fleets of twilight racers and the CYCA’s Short Haul Night Harbour Race.

“It was very busy on the Harbour; our fleet got mixed up with the other fleets, so it was hard to see who was who,” Thompson said. “Three boats were OCS, so had to return to the start,” he said of Victorian yachts Hartbreaker and Terra Firma, along with NSW entry, Anger Management.

Conditions did not improve during the night, Patrice’s navigator, Richard Grimes reporting: “The pressure was OK on the Harbour, enough all the way to get us out and heading north. There’s a good moon, so we can at least see all around us without resorting to a torch,” he said.

“The big decisions for all will be between midnight and 3.00am, when the breeze is supposed to have some west influence in it, but weather models are giving us conflicting information, so we’’ just have to wait and see.”

Little did crews know then how many difficulties the night would was to bring, but Grimes was right as breezes fluctuated with some westerly influence.

At 7.30am, Patrice’s owner, Tony Kirby reported, “We’ve got our A2 up. We’re off Swansea still heading to the island in a soft breeze. The fleet was packed pretty tight last night, but as the breeze started to come in this morning, those close to shore, like Roger Hickman (Wild Rose) picked it up first.” It helped Hickman at the time, but he finished well back as conditions continued to hamper the smaller yachts.

On Saturday, Paul Clitheroe reported: “Well, it is not often a 52 footer keeps a light cover on a 100 footer, but as noon approaches, it’s 17 hours into the race and we’re amusing ourselves watching Loyal rapidly hauling us in as we approach Port Stephens.

“Wild Oats has already passed us on their way home, Balance is trundling along behind Ichi Ban and Ray Roberts’ new boat (the Farr 55 he has renamed OneSails Racing). Given the fantastic talent on Ray’s boat, we are very happy to tag along.

“Terra Firma (Nicholas Bartels’ Cookson) has had a great night and is a couple of miles back with Ragamuffin. That will teach us not to laugh so much next time they (Terra Firma) break the start.”

Clitheroe and others reported that after a beautiful start in the light easterly, the breeze had died completely at 8.00am. The fleet drifted aimlessly for an hour or so before the predicted east-nor-easterly kicked in.

Not expecting the night time park up, crews were running out of food and drinks, sending messages via friends to have staff at the CYCA fire up the barbecue and have the drinks ready – Clitheroe was among them.

At 3.30pm on Saturday, Tony Kirby reported from on board his Ker 46 Patrice: “We’re off Stockton heading home in 15 knots; the east-nor-easterly is slowly building.”

Finally, the pressure all had been waiting for. Lovely east-nor-easterlies and north-easterlies (depending on where you were on the course) arrived. Sam Haynes, the owner/skipper on ADA Celestial reported at 4.00pm: “We will be out of food soon… but we’re OK, because we’ve turned for home and in nice downwind conditions now – 15 knots and slowly building.”

At 6.00am this morning, Love & War (Simon Kurts) was wallowing off Manly, so close and yet so far, leaving a trail of others behind him, to finally finish shortly before 8.00am.

Bear Necessity (John Blair) and Let’s Go (Danielle Ovenden) retired, citing time constraints.

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Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race a Rolex Sydney Hobart prequel

Posted on 06 November 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: CYCA] Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal will lead a fleet of 48 yachts, most of them entries in the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, when the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Cabbage Tree Island Race starts on Sydney Harbour at 7.00pm on Friday.

Starting off Point Piper, the 180 nautical mile 70th Sydney Hobart qualifier will give the public a first glance of Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI and Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal since the pair updated with modifications earlier in the year. It remains to be seen if either can break Oats’ record of 12 hours 15mins 55secs, set in 2012.

Syd Fischer’s new Ragamuffin 100 is in the finishing touches stage, but the elder statesman is not staying idle. Entering his TP52, Ragamuffin 52 will at least allow some of the crew to hone their skills and teamwork.

Other big names entered for Race 4 of the CYCA’s Blue Water Point Score (BWPS) includes defending Rolex Sydney Hobart winner, Victoire (Darryl Hodgkinson), three-time Sydney Hobart winner, Love & War (Simon Kurts), ‘Money Man’ Paul Clitheroe (Balance), and former rugby players Mick Martin (Frantic) from Lake Macquarie and Bruce Foye (The Goat).

The Cabbage Tree Island race will also provide Ray Roberts the first opportunity to race his recently purchased Farr 55, One Sails Racing. The former Living Doll is a solid performer, a good vehicle for Roberts to make his return to competitive racing in Australia.

Michael Cranitch and David Gotze are in the same boat with Triton. The two made a good purchase, when they bought the former Vanguard from Dick Cawse who won his share of trophies with the LC60.

Eight interstate entries are also racing for the 52nd Halvorsen Brothers Trophy as they prepare for the 628 nautical mile race to Hobart on Boxing Day. Among them is Thorry Gunnersen’s 20 year-old timber yacht, Tilting at Windmills (Vic) with Andrew Roberts at the helm.

Rob Hanna’s Shogun (Vic) is aiming for a hat trick, having won the Races 2 and 3 of the BWPS. One of four TP52’s in the race, Shogun was the overall winner of the 2013 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge and Hanna is no doubt preparing to defend that title.

Two yachts from the West will also contest the race. Craig Carter, the reigning WA Bluewater Siska champion with a former yacht, has entered Indian, the Carkeek 47 launched by him in January. Sailmaker Paul Eldrid, one of the best from the West, should keep the new boat on the straight and narrow.

Todd Giraudo bought the Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 he christened Kraken at the Sydney Boat Show in August. His brother skippered the yacht in Race 3 of the BWPS and the two will use this race to qualify for the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Kraken will therefore get a look at Tasmania before Giraudo sails her home to Perth.

Meanwhile, the BWPS could not be any closer. There is just one point between each of the top four; Sam Haynes’ ADA Celestial, Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire, Matt Allen’s year-old Ichi Ban and Paul Clitheroe’s Balance, with Tony Kirby’s Patrice two points in arrears.

The current weather synopsis from the Bureau of Meteorology is for east to northeasterly winds of 10 to 15 knots late on Friday afternoon and into the early evening. On Saturday, a north-easterly of about 10 knots is forecast, increasing to 15 to 25 knots.

While the current predictions will provide the fleet with a quick ride home, the record will ride on the big boats making it to Cabbage Tree Island in good time.

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Entries close with 119 for 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart

Posted on 05 November 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: RSHYR] The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is pleased to announce that 119 entries have been received for the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race and the 70th edition is bringing new, old, large and small together for the start on Boxing Day.

Due to the large number and sheer size of some yachts, there will be three start lines this year. The last time numbers topped 100 was in 2004, when 116 boats started, though just 59 finished, the rest unable to withstand the punishing weather of the 60th race.

Five super maxis, 10 international entries, previous overall and line honours winners, old timers, record breaking boats and people – and the faithful. Last year’s entries went beyond expectation; this year has exceeded them again.

“We could not be happier with the quality and quantity of this years’ Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet. It’s such a high standard and represents a good cross section of yachts from all over Australia as well as 10 international entries,” CYCA Commodore, John Cameron said.

“We are also extremely pleased to see 36 entries for our inaugural Corinthian Division; it will provide another dimension to our great race and is open to all yachts meeting the Corinthian amateur standard. The winner’s name will be engraved on a trophy donated by dedicated CYCA members, Michael and Jeannette York.”

Super maxis

One cannot go past two-time treble crown winner and reigning record holder and line honours champion, Wild Oats XI owned by Bob Oatley and skippered by Mark Richards, for line honours. In 2013 they won a protracted battle with Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal (former Rambler), allegedly the fastest super maxi in the world.

The two are constantly evolving, undergoing further modifications during the year. Their owners have recruited crews strewn with yachting identities and they will need everything they can muster to take on the other 100 footers in the frame.

Syd Fischer’s new Ragamuffin 100. The modified deck of his previous yacht (it took line honours in 2011 under Anthony Bell’s ownership) has received a new water ballasted hull. A canting keel completes the picture. Fischer, 87, will tick off his 46th Hobart this year.

Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark’s new Comanche (USA) illustrates the latest technology and is the most talked about boat in the fleet. A second American entry is RIO 100 (previously Lahana). Purchased by Manouch Moshayedi, he has lengthened her to 100 feet.

Danger under 100 feet

Conditions play a big part in deciding the outcome of the race. The Volvo 70’s, Peter Harburg’s Black Jack (Qld) and Jim Delegat’s Giacomo (NZL), lap up hard running and reaching conditions. The two were fourth and sixth respectively on line last year, and are genuine threats if the weather is in their favour.

Alive is the rebirthed RP66, Black Jack, purchased by Tasmanian Philip Turner earlier in the year. He obliterated the 1885 nautical mile Melbourne to Vanuatu Ocean Race record by almost two days. Turner is confident in her ability for line and overall honours.

A tilt at the Tattersall’s Cup

There is a variety of contenders for the main prize, the Tattersall’s Cup, awarded to the best yacht overall over the 628 nautical mile course. It has eluded some of the best in the business and is won by the yacht and crew that sail best in the weather dished out to them.

Defending champion Victoire (Darryl Hodgkinson) is back. As Jazz, the canting Cookson 50 finished second in 2010 and fourth in 2011 and 2012. Returning to the fold after a five-year absence is Victoire’s original owner, Ray Roberts, who last took the boat (then named Evolution Racing) to Hobart in 2009 and scored a divisional second.

Roberts, who has been winning regattas in Asia, has purchased the productive Farr 55, Living Doll, and renamed her OneSails Racing. He rates highly among the potential contenders for the Tattersalls Cup, which has come within reach over his 19 Hobart races.

Tony Kirby’s Ker 46, Patrice, has shown promise since her launch last November. Although she retired from the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart with hull damage, Patrice won the SSORC last November and Airlie Beach Race Week in August.

ADA Celestial, Sam Haynes’ Rogers 46, was third overall in last year’s race and won the 2014 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast race. He leads the CYCA’s Blue Water Point Score (BWPS) after three races and is primed for the race ahead.

Ichi Ban, Matt Allen’s year-old Carkeek 60 kept up a steady pace last year for eighth on line and overall. Allen has since tweaked and refined the boat he hopes will carry him to victory.

Previous winners up to the challenge

One cannot exclude the likes of Simon Kurts’ Love & War. The 41 year-old S&S 47 is one of only two boats to win the race three times. Simon’s father, Peter, took victory in 1974 and 1976. In 2006, Simon loaned the boat to Lindsay May who steered her to a third victory.

Martin Power’s Bacardi (Vic), was second overall in 2006 with her previous owners. Now 36 years old, and with 28 Hobart races to her credit, the Peterson 44 holds the record for the most Hobart races by any yacht.

In conjunction with an IMS winner, Roger Hickman and partners won overall IOR victory in 1993 with Wild Rose. Now her sole owner, Hickman is the defending BWPS champion with the 29 year-old Farr 43.

Luna Sea, James Cameron’s Hick 35, famously won the fatal 1998 Hobart when owned by Ed Psaltis and Bob Thomas. One of the smallest in any fleet, it was forced out of the race last year after losing its rudder in harsh winds.

The 2008 Hobart winner, Quest, returns as Balance. Paul Clitheroe purchased the TP52 earlier in the year and continues to uphold the yacht’s great performances. John Newbold’s Primitive Cool won the race as Secret Mens Business 3.5 for South Australian Geoff Boettcher in 2010. Newbould (Vic) has owned the boat for a year and could succeed.

Internationals

Foreign boats are: Giacomo from New Zealand, Caro from the Cayman Islands, Clipper Ventures 10, Louise and Titania of Cowes from the UK, Katharsis II and Selma Expeditions from Poland, Passion 4 C from Germany and US entries, Comanche and RIO 100.

Corinthian spirit

Yacht owners and their crew who meet the Corinthian criteria, as defined by the ISAF Classification code, will compete for the York Family Corinthian Trophy, newly dedicated by prominent CYCA members Michael and Jeanette York.

Among the entries are: Danielle Ovenden’s Let’s Go, an Adams/Radford 52 which last went to Hobart in 1994; Jason Ward and Shevaun Bruland’s Beneteau First 40, Concubine (Tas), Tilting at Windmills, Thorry Gunnersen’s Joubert Modified 42 (Vic), Trevor Taylor’s Marten 49, Optimus Prime (WA) and Michael Lazzarini’s modified Farr 39, Samurai Jack (Qld).

Points of interest

Peter Riddell’s (SA) 12.5m sloop, Southern Myth, was launched in 1953. She was first owned by Norm Howard from Adelaide, who contested the Sydney Hobart from 1954 until 1965, only missing 1964. Best result was third overall in 1958 and she finished every race.

Andrew Strachan launched Ninety Seven, a Farr 47, in 1993. He took line honours and second overall that year (one of the worst Hobarts on record). Graham Gibson sailed her to fourth in 2000 and second in 2001. Now owner, Alan Saunders (Vic) finished 59th in 2009.

Spirit of Mateship (Qld), a Volvo 60 with Charles McCart at the helm, will again be crewed by wounded Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, known as ‘Brave Mates’, to raise money for the Mates4Mates charity. In 2013, was third overall in PHS and first in Division.

Caro, a Botin 65 (Mark Bartlett) is the first entry received from the Cayman Islands, while Clipper Ventures 10’s crew includes the first South Korean sailor to take part.

The CYCA has invited previous competitors to participate in a Parade of Sail at 10am on 26 December. They will motor-sail a short Harbour course, led by the historic naval vessel HMAS Advance. And in collaboration with the Australian National Maritime Museum, the CYCA has assembled a static exhibition of photos, yacht design plans and other material to be displayed at the Museum from November until the end of February.

Starting at 1.00pm AEDT Boxing Day, December 26 on Sydney Harbour, the fleet will set sail from three start lines off Nielsen Park, Vaucluse. The largest yachts will start off the front line and the fleet will round a mark outside the Harbour one nautical mile east of the Heads before heading to Tasmania, where the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania finishes the race.

The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be broadcast live on the Seven Network throughout Australia and webcast live to a global audience on Yahoo!7.

The final fleet for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart will be announced at the Australian National Maritime Museum on the morning of Tuesday, 25 November, 2014.

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New super maxis gear up for Rolex Sydney Hobart

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: RSHYR] While Syd Fischer continues to prepare his super maxi Ragamuffin 100 for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race after the new hull was delivered 19 days ago, American Jim Clark has launched his colourful new Comanche in the USA and trials are underway.

The 70th running of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race is living up to expectation with 98 high-calibre entries received so far, from Sean Langman’s 1932 built Maluka of Kermandie, the oldest and smallest boat at 9 metres, to the super maxis. The most talked about boat though, is the Verdier Yacht Design & Vplp 100 footer, Comanche.

Built at Hodgdon Yachts in Maine, and designed to break records, Comanche was sailed for the first time on October 13, and will be spiced with Australian flavour come the 628 nautical mile race in December; partly because her co-owner is Kristy Hinze-Clark, a former super model from Australia married to Jim Clark.

Her mainsail also reflects Comanche’s Australian connection, as does Aussie crew; boat captain Casey Smith, Ryan Godfrey in the pit and Chris Maxted ‘floating’.

“Crew for this race is finalised,” says skipper, Kenny Read. “As there is such a small window to work the boat, any good skipper knows the best thing is to surround yourself with people you know and trust. They’re people I’ve done a million miles with,” he says of other big names in navigator Stan Honey and New Zealand’s Kevin Halrap on tactics.

“We leave early next week for Charleston to put the boat on a ship – next stop Sydney. We look forward to seeing you all down there,” says Read, a world champion sailor of Volvo Ocean Race fame.

Jim Clark, an American entrepreneur and computer scientist, founded several prominent Silicon Valley technology companies, such as Silicon Graphics Inc. and Netscape Communications Corporation. He says: “I’m certainly excited about Comanche’s potential to do what it was designed to do – break some speed records.”

Clark has some reservations though. “It was not designed for the Sydney Hobart, which is an unusual race, especially in the past few years, as it’s turned into a lighter air downwind race. In those sorts of conditions, I’d say Comanche is unlikely to have any commanding advantage.

“In many other conditions, I think Comanche should do pretty well. However, the boat and crew will have had only a couple of weeks on the water before we ship it to Australia. There’s a lot of work to do before the race start. In the short term, I don’t have high expectations, but in the long term, I think this boat could really set a mark.”

Ken Read is excited about the prospect of racing the yacht. Asked how it felt to sail a boat designed to push the boundaries of technology and to aim for line honours in all of the world’s major races, he said: “We’ve only been out a few times, but I’m very excited to sail Comanche. It’s an amazing boat that very quickly earns your respect.

“Working out how we unleash the potential without breaking anything is going to be a steep learning curve for us all, and that transfers to the race as well. We need to be going at full throttle, but we also need to work out her limits.”

Of their competition for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart, their first major race, Read conceded, “The other maxis are all tried and tested in this race, so we’ve a lot of catching up to do – I’m as anxious to see the results as anybody. We have to keep remembering there is a three-year schedule for this boat and this is just the beginning.”

Ragamuffin 100’s owner, Syd Fischer, is not overly concerned about Comanche or his other line honours rivals. At Friday night’s Australian Yachting Awards, where he received the coveted Yachting Australia President’s Award, Fischer said: “I’m happy with the boat I’ve got on the way and I’m looking forward to racing the other 100 footers.”

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50 entries and counting for Rolex Sydney Hobart

Posted on 03 September 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Rolex Sydney Hobart] It’s all about the numbers for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with entries in the 70th edition of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s blue water classic swelling to 50, including classic yachts such as Love & War and the high-tech flying machines like Ichi Ban.

Noel Sneddon’s Vickers 41 C.Q.R IT Inca (pronounced secure it) was the 50th entrant to be received by the CYCA. The sturdy workhorse from the ACT also serves as Sneddon’s home and spends most of her time in Airlie Beach.

The 2014 fleet showcases the cream of Australian yachting and an ever growing number of international entries that will traverse the globe just to reach the Sydney Harbour start line this Boxing Day.

Yachting Australia President and Past CYCA Commodore Matt Allen worked with the Carkeek team to ensure his latest 60 foot Ichi Ban, was at the cutting edge of yacht racing design when he launched the boat just 10 months ago. Since then, Ichi Ban was declared overall winner and claimed line honours in the CYCA’s Sydney Newcastle Race and finished second at Airlie Beach Race Week.

Allen will be competing in his 25th Sydney Hobart, joining 116 yachties who have achieved this milestone, including 12 who have completed 40 plus Hobarts.

Other notable entries include Tony Kirby’s year-old Patrice, which made a big impression winning the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship, then reeled of second places at the Festival of Sails, Sail Port Stephens and the Audi IRC Australian Championship. In August, the Ker 46 won six from six races at Airlie Beach Race Week.

Roger Hickman’s 29 year-old Farr 43 Wild Rose, the 1993 overall IOR winner and reigning Blue Water Pointscore champion always performs, and John Newbold’s Primitive Cool from Victoria is worth watching. The Reichel Pugh 51 won the 2010 race as Secret Men’s Business 3.5 for original owner, Geoff Boettcher.

Heading the classic yacht entries are: Bacardi, Victorian Martin Power’s Peterson 44, which last year sailed her 28th race to record the most Sydney Hobarts by a yacht; Maluka of Kermandie, Sean Langman’s classic gaff-rigger will be the oldest and smallest yacht to compete and Love & War, Simon Kurts’ S & S 47, one of only two yachts to win three times overall in the history of the race.

A strong contingent is building from interstate. Victorian entries are at 15, Tasmania can boast six, Western Australia has five, while Queensland numbers four.

Two international entries have been received; Caro, Mark Bertlett’s Botin 60 from the Cayman Islands, and Passion 4 C, Stefan Lehnert’s Tripp 56 from Germany. Entries are also expected from New Zealand, Hong Kong, USA and United Kingdom.

As a nod to the race’s founding fathers, the CYCA has extended an invitation to those yachts that have competed in previous Sydney Hobarts to participate in a Parade of Sail, which will commence at 10am on 26 December.

Participants will motor-sail a short Harbour course led by the historic naval vessel HMAS Advance. Competitors from the early years of the race such as Kathleen Gillett, Archina, Wayfarer, Christina and Defiance have already signaled their intentions to be part of this historic event.

CYCA Commodore John Cameron announced the commemorative Parade of Sail would be conducted in keeping with the Club’s ongoing tradition of celebrating key anniversaries of the Race.

“The 70th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a significant milestone and what better way to pay tribute to the sport of ocean racing than conducting a Parade of Sail featuring veteran yachts from the great races south to Hobart.

“We trust that the Parade of Sail will be a perfect curtain-raiser to the main event, which could see up to 120 yachts take to the start line on Boxing Day, December 26 at 1pm. Man and machine will battle the elements down the eastern seaboard for 628 nautical miles to see who will be crowned the overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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Overall Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race confirmed

Posted on 31 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Rolex Sydney Hobart] Andy Saies’ Two True survived a protest this afternoon to be confirmed as overall winner of the Tattersall’s Cup, the major prize in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the overall IRC handicap winner.

After a two-hour hearing, the International Jury dismissed the protest entered by the Inglis 39 She’s the Culprit (Todd Leary), the Hobart yacht damaged in a crush of boats approaching the first rounding mark after the race start on Sydney Harbour.

Two True, one of the first new Farr-designed Beneteau First 40 stock production racer/cruiser to be imported into Australia, won IRC overall by 42 minutes from another new First 40, (Mike Welsh) after a close race-long duel in which they followed a similar strategy – stay well east of the rhumbline.

Ian Mason’s Sydney 38 Next, in third place, another 1hr 19min behind, was similarly pushed by close competition in the six-boat Sydney 38 fleet racing one-design, as well as on IRC handicap. Another Sydney 38, Swish (Steven Proud) from the strong Sydney fleet, was fourth and Tony Kirby’s Jeppersen X-41 Patrice Six, fifth.

Two True, overall winner of the Tattersall’s Cup. Photo copyright Rolex / Daniel Foster

In sixth place was the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner Ran (Niklas Zennstrom), from the UK.

Two True, from the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, is the first yacht from South Australia to win the Tattersall’s Cup since Kevan Pearce’s win with SAP Ausmaid in 2000. The South Australians continue to be strongly committed to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, sailing 1000 nautical miles just to get to the start.

Owner-skipper Saies said he was absolutely elated at the win after being in the surreal situation of not knowing the outcome until after the protest hearing. “Obviously we are very happy with the jury’s decision. We believe we did everything in the circumstances to avoid significant damage to the other boat. We gave our intention to protest, we did a 720 (degree penalty turn), though the damage to the other boat was minor and superficial.”

“I respect the decision of the skipper of She’s the Culprit not to continue racing in those circumstances, but obviously we are very happy and delighted with the outcome.”

He thanked his crew, which raced the two prior Sydney Hobart Races on his previous boat True North, a Beneteau First 40. “The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race cannot be won without a great team, a great boat and an ounce of Sydney Hobart luck. Our team are fabulous guys. We have worked together for the past three years on my previous boat True North.” Saies particularly thanked Brett Young, his team and boat manager. “Energetic, tireless work ethic, great understanding of the rules.”

He said the race was a physical endurance event over 628 miles. “The wind was in, the wind was out, we drifted, we went backwards, we lost internet access, we didn’t know what was going on until the last few minutes. It was a classic Rolex Sydney Hobart event and we were in it up to our back teeth and it came our way in the end.

“Great boat, this new Beneteau it just jumps out of the water, jumped a bit too hard in the last day or so in those big short waves. It’s a fast boat, we had belief that this boat was going to rate well and do okay in this event, if the weather conditions allowed a small boat event.

“We may be privileged enough to have a boat and a team that gets to this position as people have in the past. But in yacht racing to have everything going right in one event at the right time is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“So it meant so much to get this right this time. So celebrations, back to normal, business as usual, great boat, great team looking forward to the next regatta in Melbourne, the next Sydney Hobart.”

The last boat to finish, Chris Dawe’s Polaris of Belmont (AUS/NSW) was due to cross the finish line at 0830pm tonight.

The 100-boat fleet that started the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart had crews representing the USA, UK, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands, and New Caledonia, as well as every Australian state.

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Overall Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race confirmed

Posted on 31 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Rolex Sydney Hobart] Andy Saies’ Two True survived a protest this afternoon to be confirmed as overall winner of the Tattersall’s Cup, the major prize in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the overall IRC handicap winner.

After a two-hour hearing, the International Jury dismissed the protest entered by the Inglis 39 She’s the Culprit (Todd Leary), the Hobart yacht damaged in a crush of boats approaching the first rounding mark after the race start on Sydney Harbour.

Two True, one of the first new Farr-designed Beneteau First 40 stock production racer/cruiser to be imported into Australia, won IRC overall by 42 minutes from another new First 40, (Mike Welsh) after a close race-long duel in which they followed a similar strategy – stay well east of the rhumbline.

Ian Mason’s Sydney 38 Next, in third place, another 1hr 19min behind, was similarly pushed by close competition in the six-boat Sydney 38 fleet racing one-design, as well as on IRC handicap. Another Sydney 38, Swish (Steven Proud) from the strong Sydney fleet, was fourth and Tony Kirby’s Jeppersen X-41 Patrice Six, fifth.

Two True, overall winner of the Tattersall’s Cup. Photo copyright Rolex / Daniel Foster

In sixth place was the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner Ran (Niklas Zennstrom), from the UK.

Two True, from the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, is the first yacht from South Australia to win the Tattersall’s Cup since Kevan Pearce’s win with SAP Ausmaid in 2000. The South Australians continue to be strongly committed to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, sailing 1000 nautical miles just to get to the start.

Owner-skipper Saies said he was absolutely elated at the win after being in the surreal situation of not knowing the outcome until after the protest hearing. “Obviously we are very happy with the jury’s decision. We believe we did everything in the circumstances to avoid significant damage to the other boat. We gave our intention to protest, we did a 720 (degree penalty turn), though the damage to the other boat was minor and superficial.”

“I respect the decision of the skipper of She’s the Culprit not to continue racing in those circumstances, but obviously we are very happy and delighted with the outcome.”

He thanked his crew, which raced the two prior Sydney Hobart Races on his previous boat True North, a Beneteau First 40. “The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race cannot be won without a great team, a great boat and an ounce of Sydney Hobart luck. Our team are fabulous guys. We have worked together for the past three years on my previous boat True North.” Saies particularly thanked Brett Young, his team and boat manager. “Energetic, tireless work ethic, great understanding of the rules.”

He said the race was a physical endurance event over 628 miles. “The wind was in, the wind was out, we drifted, we went backwards, we lost internet access, we didn’t know what was going on until the last few minutes. It was a classic Rolex Sydney Hobart event and we were in it up to our back teeth and it came our way in the end.

“Great boat, this new Beneteau it just jumps out of the water, jumped a bit too hard in the last day or so in those big short waves. It’s a fast boat, we had belief that this boat was going to rate well and do okay in this event, if the weather conditions allowed a small boat event.

“We may be privileged enough to have a boat and a team that gets to this position as people have in the past. But in yacht racing to have everything going right in one event at the right time is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“So it meant so much to get this right this time. So celebrations, back to normal, business as usual, great boat, great team looking forward to the next regatta in Melbourne, the next Sydney Hobart.”

The last boat to finish, Chris Dawe’s Polaris of Belmont (AUS/NSW) was due to cross the finish line at 0830pm tonight.

The 100-boat fleet that started the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart had crews representing the USA, UK, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands, and New Caledonia, as well as every Australian state.

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Video: Rolex Sydney Hobart update #1

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Rolex Sydney Hobart update #1. Sydney, 28 December 2009. Video copyright Seven Network

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