Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring - Cruising

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Bertarelli roped in

by Lisa Ratcliff on 23 Aug 2013
Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2013 - Hamilton Island, Queensland (AUS) 17-24/08/2013 © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi team sailing on Wild Oats X won on the water today, but lost on the rope. The penultimate day at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week finished on a fun note with the finals of the Audi Tug O’ War Sports Challenge held in front of the Tavern.

A six man team from Wild Oats XI and Wild Thing went head to head in the final, the Oats boys straining on the rope and dragging the Audi A3 Sportback across the marked line.


Then a late international challenge came from Ernesto Bertarelli and his Alinghi crew. A huge crowd gathered to watch the two sides of 11 strong men, with an impressive number of America’s Cups between them, pitted against each other. With island owner Bob Oatley in the passenger seat of the Audi, the Wild Oats team showed their strength and prowess, easily beating the overseas challengers and rousing the patriotic gathering.


On the water it was a different story in today’s island race in a shifty SE breeze which transitioned to the east throughout the afternoon, catching a few out midstream then settling into a pleasant eight knot sea breeze.


The Reichel/Pugh 66 Wild Oats X, skippered by Bertarelli with Brad Butterworth as tactician, beat the favoured TP52 Hooligan around the island course. Hooligan still comfortably wrapped up the IRC Racing division with one day remaining.

'It’s been a fantastic week,' declared a smiling Bertarelli this afternoon.

Rob Hanna’s TP52 Shogun V, with Stu Bannatyne in the brains trust, swallowed a bitter pill in the fluky breeze when they parked up for an hour and a half in zero wind, even throwing the anchor out to try and stop the slow drift backwards. Shogun is hanging onto second place overall with Celestial still third.

At the completion of today’s two windward/leeward courses, Performance Racing 1’s top spot is in the hands of Philip Grove’s Sydney 39 Huntress from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Grove’s boat load of mates have been entrusted with finishing off the job tomorrow as he has to fly to California, where he lives for part of the year.

'With one more race we’ll have to see if we can hold them [Ichi Ban],' said Grove.

'I’ve given them crew a reasonable start,' joked the leading skipper this evening.

Huntress is leading Matt Allen’s Farr 400 zippy Ichi Ban, which has just one race to mount its Performance Racing division one defence. Allen, Yachting Australia’s Vice President, and his top crew only have to close a three-point gap to Huntress.

'We are still in for a prize, it’s all on for tomorrow,' said Ichi Ban’s navigator Brett Filby, adding 'Huntress belted us at Airlie Beach so we are dying to beat them at Hamilton Island.'

First on the Performance two division scoresheet is Tassie boat Rum to Paradise, 1.5 points out in front of Greg Hyde’s Jump and on equal points with Peter Briggs’ Hitchhiker, the media star of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week given Briggs is the only owner with the same boat which he raced at the inaugural Race Week in 1984.

The jousting for top spot in the MC38s is even tighter at the end of the penultimate day of racing, just one point now between Chris Hancock’s Vino and Leslie Green’s Ginger following the class’ two windward/leeward races to the east of Hamilton Island.

Vino’s navigator, Brett Ellis, says his advice to the crew will be the same for tomorrow, even though there is a lot more on the line.

'I’ve been saying that every day is a new day and for us the regatta starts again tomorrow.'
It will be a restless night for those hovering near the top of the scoresheet, many planning to take it easy and hit the pillow early.

Tomorrow is the series deciding Lindeman Island Race, which is expected to be another light air affair as a weak high pressure holds firm over the Whitsundays. Cruelly, 20 knot south east trade winds are due on Sunday through to the middle of next Hamilton Island Race Week

Related Articles

So, thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 4 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
Pantaenius – Smooth sailing is more than a favourable weather forecast
Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia As Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia, we get to see why they continue to grow their happy crew of customers. Sitting down with Pantaenius Australia’s MD, Jamie MacPhail, you immediately get a sense that the smooth sailing is a direct result of both their unique product and the marketplace’s willingness to embrace the better mousetrap
Posted on 27 Apr
100 days to Rio, are there potholes and bumps ahead?
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for most crews.
Posted on 26 Apr
Is George Lucas a sailor?
He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic, which has been instrumental in the making of many of the special effects that have made the digital world so impressive. Gone are the smears of Vaseline along the bottom edge of the clear filter to hide the trolley that was actually transporting Luke Skywalker’s Speeder, for instance.
Posted on 25 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Barz Optics - FloatersSouthern Spars - 100Lancer Inflatables - BJ