Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Carnage On The Race Course at Hammo

A howling 30+ knot south easterly wind wrecked havoc on the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week IRC fleet today for the regatta's longest race.
Loki Photo: Crosbie Lorimer
In IRC A Grand Prix Loki copped the worst of the carnage just moments after the Dent Passage start when one of her sweptback spreaders smashed a massive hole through the mainsail tearing it to pieces. Two crewmen were hoisted up Loki’s mast to try and bring the pieces down without further tearing.
Loki Photo: Andrea Francolini
“We will try and repair it,” owner Stephen Ainsworth said. “Our crewman Billy Sykes from North Sails thinks it can be fixed with Sikaflex. Luckily we have a layday tomorrow. We do have a spare mainsail but it’s smaller than this one and with the forecast lightening off we need to stay powered up. We will drop today’s race and carry our worst result so far of a third, and if we have to use our spare at least we will be sailing.”
Hooligan Photo: Andrea Francolini
Hooligan grabbed their fourth handicap win ahead of by Living Doll and Shogun, and thanks to Loki's DNF now has a three point advantage on the overall leaderboard.

Wild Oats XI ploughed through the choppy seas of the Whitsunday Passage ahead of Investec Loyal to claim yet another line honours win with an average boat speed of just over 13 knots over the 63 nautical mile course.
Investec Loyal Photo: Andrea Francolini
Investec Loyal suffered from more furling spinnaker issues and lost valuable time.

Today’s race course for the IRC Grand Prix and IRC Passage Class B divisions went past the Molle Islands, around Double Cone and Armit Island and back up to Pentecost via South Molle Island before finishing in Dent Passage.

Racing was abandoned for the cruising and non-spinnaker divisions while the Melges 32 Sports Boats and SB3s raced windward/leewards in Dent Passage.

Lulu Roseman

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