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2014 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Cruise control

by Lisa Ratcliff on 24 Aug 2014
Spinnaker start from Dent Passage Andrea Francolini
2014 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - It was the year of the cruisers at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, though the word ‘cruise’ is misleading. A cutthroat finish to the regatta on day six, Saturday August 23, 2014, brought out this division’s competitive edge at the critical part of the regatta.

Overall regatta numbers were boosted by 29 entries over last year thanks to growth in the cruising and multihull divisions. The standard of the cruising boats coming to Hamilton Island over the past five years has also increased considerably.

Downwind starts in downwind current in Dent Passage are where many cruisers, and racers, have in the past come unstuck. Barely a boat was caught out this year for misjudging and jumping the start before the signal sounded, an encouraging trend noticed by the race management team

A 16 knot average SSE tradewinds generated a final and very spectacular spinnaker start in Dent Passage yesterday, Saturday August 23, 2014, for the cruising fleet, which left the channel adjacent to Hamilton Island carrying a plethora of rainbow coloured kites.

Cruising

It was Charles Cupit’s Bavaria 45 Three C’s that had the last hoorah overall in cruising division one, coming in ahead of Four Bells and Infinity.

Division two skipper Peter Byford and his three-month-old L’esprit pipped Boadicca by one point in a nail-biting race on day six of racing. Byford has raced in five Audi Hamilton Island Race Weeks but had never tasted success. 'I’ve never been on a podium in five years,' he said. 'We are over the moon.'

The 46-footer’s crew of 11 included two of Byford’s sons. 'They are 36 and 31 years old. I’ve been sailing with them since they were seven. It’s got better as we’ve all got older,' he laughed.

The crew demonstrated their competitiveness when they continued to the finish line in fresh breezes on day five having offloaded a crewman who had taken the top of his finger off in an accident.



In cruising division three, it was the magic produced by Wizard of the Wind that hailed the Brisbane crew as champions. Skipper Michael Waldie said the Catalina 42 showed she had the goods on the final day of racing. 'We are stoked, it was fantastic. We worked better and better every day, that was the highlight of the week. Also, the Piper Heidsieck lunch at qualia was amazing.'

The 14-year-old boat, built in California, competed last year but didn’t pick up any silverware. Armed with some brand new sails and three fresh crewmembers, it was their turn this year. There was one bumpy moment during the six-day regatta that didn’t have the crew laughing, though. 'We had to evict a snorer from our apartment and onto the boat. It was affecting the performance,' Waldie chuckled.

Second placed Synergy may not have taken the gold but they got the surprise of a lifetime when a whale showed its belly right in front of their boat.

Oasis rolled in third for division three overall results.



Cruising non-spinnaker

Still Dangerous proved their moniker is apt with victory in non-spinnaker division one, beating Russian skipper Mikhail Beleoborodov in his Sunsail boat, Rhythm. Skipper Ivor Burgess was thrilled with his second division win in four years.

The odds of taking out the competition weren’t looking good on the final day. 'We didn’t think we had a cat’s chance in hell on the final morning with the handicap. It was very tough competition out there, we had the Russian crew behind us and it was an international contest. We were sailing for Australia,' he laughed.

The 74-year-old, who has raced in five Audi Hamilton Island Race Weeks, said sailing at Hamilton Island was a luxury he and his mates treasured. 'The week was great; there were beautiful sails, scenery and blue water. It was just beautiful, it’s magic. We’ve had a lot of parties.'

The 45-footer is a favourite toy for Burgess’ and his veteran crew from Sydney. 'One of the crew members said to me ‘Ivor, you are saving some elderly guys from a boring retirement’,' he said.



Division two saw 46-foot Supertramp take out the top spot overall. The Mooloolaba-based boat was steered by Alan Pick, accompanied by his wife Sue.

Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson commented on the standard of the cruisers, 'The level of sailing has lifted considerably over the last five years. Ten years ago we’d get boats turning up 15 minutes late for the start with whatever sails they had up. Now we’ve got a lot of privately owned cruises/racers, Beneteaus, Jenneaus, Bavarias all with the latest sails.'

Complete Results:

Cruising Div 1

Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   THREE C'S B45 Charles Cupit 35.0 3.0 2.0 7.0 [31.0] 15.0 8.0
2   FOUR BELLS 6408 David Bell 46.0 [29.0] 10.0 9.0 4.0 20.0 3.0
3   INFINITY AUS52 Edward Fader 49.0 4.0 12.0 25.0 5.0 3.0 [28.0]
4 4.0S SMOOTH OPERATOR SB509 Russell Durham 51.0 12.0 11.0 17.0 [20.0] 4.0 7.0
5   TAKANI 6981 James Whittle 51.0 7.0 13.0 5.0 13.0 [26.0] 13.0
6   SPIRIT SIN230 Paul Blakeley 55.0 2.0 6.0 16.0 22.0 9.0 [30.0]
7   COOPERS BOW30 Craig Watson 58.0 18.0 [25.0] 13.0 14.0 7.0 6.0
8   ANTIPODES OF SYDNEY 500 Greg Newton 59.0 1.0 23.0 18.0 6.0 [27.0] 11.0
9 2.0S HELSAL3 262 Rod Fisher 62.0 21.0 19.0 15.0 2.0 5.0 [29.0]
10   MISS MINX 0505 Chris & Lauren Thorpe 62.0 [26.0] 17.0 10.0 7.0 8.0 20.0
11   THAT BOAT 6782 Darryle Dransfield 63.0 11.0 30.0 [32.0] 10.0 10.0 2.0
12 9.0S VANILLA BOW17 David Perkins 64.0 9.0 1.0 19.0 21.0 14.0 [22.0]
13 1.0S VITESSE 1021 Ian Thomson 64.0 10.0 24.0 [28.0] 12.0 17.0 1.0
14   ARGO BLUE C1 George Snow 64.0 15.0 16.0 12.0 16.0 [34.0F] 5.0
15   TARDIS 6585 Stephen Richardson 66.0 17.0 9.0 [29.0] 24.0 12.0 4.0
16   BUNDABERG G16 John Kint 69.0 14.0 26.0 3.0 8.0 [31.0] 18.0
17   CONDOR KB80 David Molloy 70.0 22.0 5.0 26.0 11.0 6.0 [31.0]
18 1.0S MAXI RAGAMUFFIN 7007 Keith Batt 74.0 8.0 33.0 30.0 1.0 2.0 [33.0]
19   VELOCE 1027 Dean Corbett 74.0 5.0 3.0 21.0 18.0 [34.0F] 27.0
20 6.0S SECOND NATURE BOW01 Paul Mentiplay 75.0 24.0 18.0 6.0 [27.0] 18.0 9.0
21   SIR THOMAS SOPWITH 6892 Heath Walters 75.0 13.0 [27.0] 11.0 26.0 13.0 12.0
22 7.0S WHITEBIRDS 788 Paul / Robert White / Bird 76.0 28.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 24.0 [32.0]
23   HOLY COW! 6797 John & Kim Clinton 76.0 [23.0] 14.0 14.0 19.0 19.0 10.0
24   CHAMPAGNE SM45 Chris Barlow 77.0 6.0 29.0 4.0 17.0 [29.0] 21.0
25   ANTIPODES AUSTRALIS CY200 John Culshaw 78.0 [27.0] 15.0 1.0 23.0 16.0 23.0
26   BIDDY HU 11 R187 Paul Lindemann 82.0 20.0 4.0 20.0 [25.0] 22.0 16.0
27   TONIC 6842 Robert Pizzie 85.0 [34.0C] 8.0 2.0 30.0 30.0 15.0
28   SILVER MINX 331 Geoff & Vicki Player 87.0 19.0 [28.0] 23.0 15.0 11.0 19.0
29   PHARLAP 8885 Alexander Spencer 94.0 [34.0C] 32.0 33.0 3.0 1.0 25.0
30   CEO1 BOW03 Ray Sweeney 96.0 16.0 21.0 24.0 [32.0] 21.0 14.0
31   SAILING ADVENTURES BOW02 Brian Pozzey 117.0 25.0 20.0 27.0 [29.0] 28.0 17.0
32   KIND OF BLUE BOW23 Phillip Somerville 130.0 30.0 22.0 31.0 [33.0] 23.0 24.0
33   MISS DEVEREUX BOW04 Chris Butchers 132.0 31.0 [31.0] 22.0 28.0 25.0 26.0

 Cruising Div 2
Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   L'ESPRIT 7041 Peter Byford 20.0 4.0 1.0 3.0 [10.0] 7.0 5.0
2   BOADICCA 7717 Jason Antill 21.0 2.0 5.0 8.0 [13.0] 3.0 3.0
3   ENCORE 00100 Tim Lewis Jim Milledge 24.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 [15.0] 4.0 7.0
4   ZOE 98 Wayne Millar 36.0 1.0 20.0 [23.0] 2.0 1.0 12.0
5   ROGUE 826 Peter Hrones 37.0 6.0 21.0 [22.0] 4.0 2.0 4.0
6 1.0S THE POACHER MK6 John Foster 38.0 3.0 18.0 [18.0] 1.0 15.0 1.0
7   ONE O NINE 1109 Robert Salteri 38.0 11.0 2.0 4.0 5.0 [19.0] 16.0
8   VIRAGO II 6813 Dave Rooke 40.0 [15.0] 3.0 11.0 7.0 5.0 14.0
9   KITE RUNNER 11000 Phil Jobe 48.0 18.0 9.0 1.0 14.0 [22.0] 6.0
10   SALACIA RQ1600 Stephen Everett 52.0 8.0 19.0 16.0 3.0 6.0 [22.0]
11   AVVENTURA 7044 Peter Mumford 53.0 13.0 8.0 10.0 [21.0] 9.0 13.0
12   SOLUTIONS 3242 Stephen Dadour 56.0 7.0 11.0 12.0 [23.0] 11.0 15.0
13   PILGRIM E226 Paul Ley 57.0 20.0 7.0 6.0 8.0 16.0 [21.0]
14   MOONSHINE 2118 Allan McClintock 58.0 16.0 15.0 5.0 20.0 [23.0] 2.0
15   MAKO WS40 Cameron Wiklund 59.0 10.0 10.0 14.0 12.0 13.0 [19.0]
16   ERESSEA 6590 John Bankart 61.0 12.0 [22.0] 15.0 18.0 8.0 8.0
17   FLYINGFISH LET LOOSE M604 Jonathan Threlfall 66.0 14.0 13.0 7.0 [22.0] 21.0 11.0
18   CARPE DIEM SM1750 Paul Commins 67.0 19.0 4.0 9.0 17.0 18.0 [20.0]
19   SAILTIME SWIFT 447 Graham Raspass Anthony Bishop 68.0 9.0 16.0 [21.0] 16.0 10.0 17.0
20   PRIME EXAMPLE 214 Leigh Dorrington 69.0 17.0 14.0 20.0 6.0 12.0 [23.0]
21   DRAKES PRAYER RQ6165 Rod Johannessen 71.0 [24.0C] 17.0 19.0 11.0 14.0 10.0
22 9.0S RUN RUN RUN SM2800 James Heywood 79.0 24.0C [24.0C] 17.0 9.0 20.0 9.0
23   SHAZAM PD447 Doug Ryan 79.0 [24.0F] 12.0 13.0 19.0 17.0 18.0

Cruising Div 3
Series Results [EHC Div3] up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Sail Num Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   934 WIZARD OF THE WIND Michael Waldie 22.0 1.0 10.0 [10.0] 1.0 7.0 3.0
2   RQ410 SYNERGY Ron James 24.0 2.0 7.0 4.0 5.0 [10.0] 6.0
3   662 OASIS Merv Stephensen 27.5 3.0 8.0 [15.0] 3.5 5.0 8.0
4   6702 JOIE DE VIE Rob Aldis 31.0 4.0 4.0 [17.0] 12.0 1.0 10.0
5   RQ1982 OSCARS RIDE Peter Driml 34.0 [16.0] 14.0 6.0 2.0 8.0 4.0
6   6990 GREAT WHITE Bob Penty 35.0 8.0 9.0 3.0 6.0 [13.0] 9.0
7   MB643 BAD HABITS Barry Thompson 40.0 10.0 [16.0] 12.0 7.0 4.0 7.0
8   8047 PEGGY Benjamin Meakin 41.5 11.0 [20.0] 16.0 3.5 9.0 2.0
9   6632 PSYCHO 11 Philip Bates 43.0 6.0 6.0 11.0 8.0 12.0 [12.0]
10   448 FLY 'N HIGH Gary Bruce 43.5 7.0 [27.0F] 20.5 9.0 6.0 1.0
11   5050 MANDALA Gerard Webb 47.0 5.0 12.0 [18.0] 11.0 3.0 16.0
12 2.0S B48 KARM Ray Nankervis 57.0 17.0 1.0 2.0 17.0 20.0 [22.0]
13 1.0S BOW06 KARMA David Angus 57.0 14.0 3.0 1.0 18.0 21.0 [23.0]
14   1566 ELYSIUM Dean Hansen 57.0 12.0 18.0 [24.0] 20.0 2.0 5.0
15   BOW18 ESCAPADE Mike Schmidt 62.0 [20.0] 13.0 9.0 15.0 11.0 14.0
16   6421 POHONO Andrew Williams 63.0 15.0 5.0 [20.5] 10.0 15.0 18.0
17   6294 INEZ Ian Ritchie 67.0 21.0 2.0 [23.0] 14.0 17.0 13.0
18   PH385 VALHALLA Peter Cox 75.0 9.0 27.0C 5.0 [27.0C] 14.0 20.0
19   BOW07 KAOS Duncan Blake 78.0 [27.0F] 15.0 7.0 16.0 16.0 24.0
20   19 JO Mark Bucknall 79.0 18.0 21.0 8.0 13.0 19.0 [21.0]
21   276 STARKERS Alan Stark 80.0 [27.0C] 11.0 13.0 19.0 18.0 19.0
22   C192 NORTHERN MOMENT Vic Stevens 92.0 13.0 27.0F 19.0 22.0 [27.0F] 11.0
23   3900 SATISFACTION James Hogan 94.0 27.0F 17.0 14.0 21.0 [27.0F] 15.0
24   T92 VAN DEMON Steve Woodfine 101.0 19.0 19.0 22.0 24.0 [27.0F] 17.0
25   M BANSHEE Rob & Kerry Kasmarik 131.0 27.0C 27.0C 27.0F 23.0 27.0F [27.0F]
26   BOW20 WILDFLOWER2 Dan Clougherty 133.0 27.0C 27.0C 25.0 27.0C 27.0F [27.0C]

Non Spinnaker Div 1

Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   STILL DANGEROUS 7022 Ivor Burgess 12.0 4.0 3.0 [10.0] 2.0 1.0 2.0
2   RHYTHM BOW05 Mikhail Beloborodov 13.0 3.0 [16.0C] 1.0 4.0 4.0 1.0
3 5.0S MIM 450 Mike Walter 21.0 1.0 7.0 [7.0] 5.0 3.0 5.0
4   JEMSON SM301 Andrew Molnar 21.0 5.0 1.0 6.0 3.0 [7.0] 6.0
5   GEOMATIC ALLEGRO 6723 Adrian Lewis 22.0 7.0 9.0 [11.0] 1.0 2.0I 3.0
6   NAMADGI C444 Michael Martin 27.0 2.0 8.0 4.0 [9.0] 6.0 7.0
7 4.0S PRIORITIES BOW12 Tim Butler 31.0 8.0 [16.0F] 2.0 8.0 9.0 4.0
8   YANTARA SM107 Mike Sheppard 31.0 9.0 2.0 5.0 7.0 8.0 [9.0]
9   MISTA GYBE W888 Linda Gorry 40.0 6.0 4.0 8.0 6.0 16.0C [16.0C]
10   SMART CHOICE H50 Smart Christine 50.0 [16.0C] 6.0 14.0 10.0 10.0 10.0
11   HURRICA V 1924 Steve Gunns 56.0 16.0F 10.0 3.0 11.0 16.0F [16.0F]
12   CURLEW ESCAPE RQ67 Scott Turner 57.0 16.0C 16.0C 12.0 [16.0F] 5.0 8.0
13   SASSAFRAS GBR96767 Andrew Senn 62.0 16.0C 5.0I 9.0 16.0C 16.0F [16.0C]
14   CONDESA BOW19 Mark Gaskell 77.0 16.0F 16.0F 13.0 16.0R 16.0C [16.0F]
15   SOUTHERN SWELL B1 Geoff Adams 80.0 16.0F 16.0C 16.0C 16.0C 16.0C [16.0C]

Non Spinnaker Div 2

Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   SUPERTRAMP 6678 Sue & Alan Pick 7.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 [2.0]
2   CZECH MATE 6361 Phil Dressler 17.0 2.0 [8.0] 7.0 3.0 2.0 3.0
3   UNTAMED 8 John Parkes 18.0 3.0 [11.0] 9.0 2.0 3.0 1.0
4   PLAYLIST BOW08 Matt Powell 23.0 5.0 5.0 1.0 6.0 [15.0F] 6.0
5 3.0S RENATA BOW16 Lachlan Jackson 30.0 [15.0C] 10.0 3.0 4.0 9.0T 4.0
6   CHAMPAGNE 326 Allen Richards 30.0 7.0N 7.0 5.0 7.0 4.0 [7.0]
7   BULA! BOW14 Fabian Baez 31.0 4.0 1.0 [11.0] 8.0 9.0T 9.0
8 4.0S KRYSTAL B178 Mark Strobel 35.0 11.0T 4.0 6.0 5.0 9.0T [11.0]
9   CHAMPS ELYSEES 4151 Ray Fraser 35.0 6.0 6.0 8.0 10.0 5.0 [10.0]
10   IDLE TIME 588 Mal Dennis 42.0 15.0C 3.0 4.0 15.0C [15.0F] 5.0
11   REVE BOW11 Keith Cooper 47.0 [15.0C] 9.0 10.0 11.0 9.0T 8.0
12   SANUK 11 547 Harvey Michael 54.0 8.0 12.0 13.0N 9.0 [15.0F] 12.0
13   KEITA BOW21 David Barnes 57.0 11.0T [15.0C] 12.0 12.0 9.0T 13.0
14   RUBY CHARLOTTE A65 Jonathan Hickling 75.0 15.0F 15.0C 15.0F 15.0F 15.0F [15.0F]


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