Sunday, December 16, 2012

Challenging Day For 18 Foot Skiffs - Sydney Harbour

Today’s 18ft Skiff race on Sydney Harbour was both Race 2 of the NSW Championship as well as the concluding race (brought about by last week’s postponed race) of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge series.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Provisional results at this time have Lumix (Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack, Aron Everett) as winner of Race 2 in the NSW title, Fisher & Paykel (Gary Phillips, Ewan Duckworth and Tim Baraclough), winner of Race 8 of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge and Pure Blonde (Tom Clout, Rob Bell and Matt Wark) the overall winner of the 3-Buoys Challenge.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Aside from the provisional results, the rest of the day was something to rember as we were treated to the most unusual finish anyone could remember. While the day in Sydney started out with brilliant sunshine and a nice nor’easter, things deteriorated to a point where the race was delayed due to a lack of wind.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The fleet finally got away in a light nor’easter but a variety of wind pressures and directions kept all teams on their toes over the first two laps of the course. Just when things looked normal and reigning Giltinan champion Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris) held a 1m50s at the final windward mark, nobody could have foreseen what was still to come.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
As the champion Gotta Love It 7 team raced under spinnaker to the wind mark off Shark Island, the wind dropped while the rest of the fleet came down to join ‘7’, who was ‘parked’ near the buoy. With just the final short spinnaker run to the finish line off Double Bay, there were 10 boats all in a single line.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Lumix, featuring a radical new wing mast, and Mojo Wine (James Dorron, Ricky Bridges and Mike McKensey) were the first to pick up the new breeze and resulted in Lumix taking the win by 18s.
Third place went to Yandoo (John Winning, Andrew Hay and Jim Beck), which finished a further 11s back.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
These placing are provisional as the team have lodged a protest against the winner over an incident at the critical final wing mark. Early in the race, Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney), (Micah Lane), Mojo Wine and Gotta Love It 7 staged a tough battle to the first windward mark.

AOL and ‘7’ went around together, closely followed (5s) by The Rag, with Mojo another 10s back in fourth place.The breeze had a lot of north in direction and all teams were forced to gybe a number of times to reach the wing mark.

Gotta Love It 7 had edged slightly away from AOL and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel, while Australian champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) had time to be in fouth position. A slightly fresher breeze settled in over the next lap and Gotta Love It 7 increased her lead from AOL and Yandoo.

There will now be a three week break from racing and the season will resume on 13 January with Race 1 of the Australian Championship.

Frank Quealey

Saturday, December 15, 2012

68. Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa setting the AC72 pace - AC Discovered

Lahana Lets It Rip in CYCA Trophy Passage Series Race

The glamour maxi Lahana owned by Peter  Millard and John Honan has kicked of her Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race campaign in fine style taking out line hours and the overall win in today's race, the first of the two day CYCA Trophy Passage Series in Sydney.
Lahana  Photo: Andrea Francolini
Lahana left the the rest of 23 strong fleet for dead as she smoked around the 18 nautical mile course that had the yachts rounding a mark at Long Reef just north of Dee Why. Millard said this afternoon they were "smokin'" all the way to Long Reef and back, sailing upwind to the mark before setting a spinnaker for a speedy run back home to the finish line in Watsons Bay.
Wild Oats XI  Photo: Andrea Francolini
"It was light at the start," Millard said. "The nor'easter was at around eight or nine knots. We tucked in close to Manly on the way out of the Harbour (two thirds of the fleet followed suit) which gave us a good line to the turning mark. Then we had a fast run home when the breeze topped out at 15 knots."
Occasional Coarse Language 2  Photo: Andrea Francolini
Occasional Coarse Language 2, who will make her Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race debut this year, finished second overall and Nine Dragons, a DK46, took out third place.

In the PHS division, Brindabella  finished first, followed by Occasional Coarse Language 2 and Celestial Assistance Dogs in third.

Lulu Roseman

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kurt Arrigo Awarded 2012 Yacht Racing Image of the Year

Maltese photographer Kurt Arrigo's stunning photograph of line honours winner, Nilaya, taken during this year's Rolex Volcano Race with the Isle of Capri reflected on her bow, has won the 2012 Yacht Racing Image of the Year.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Arrigo triumphed amongst an elite field that included many of the world's best yachting photographers including last year's winner, Thierry Martinez.

Lulu Roseman

Catching up with Luna Rossa Freestyler David Carr - AC UNCUT