Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Audi Showdown at Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania preview

by Peter Campbell on 27 Oct 2012
Cougar II, Tony Lyalls TP52 racing in the Crown Series earlier this year - Audi Showdown 2012 Rob Cruse
Audi Showdown 2012 is being held next weekend. Tasmania’s fastest ocean racing yacht, Tony Lyall’s TP52, Cougar II, will return to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's annual spring regatta on Hobart’s River Derwent.

The weekend of racing marks the start of Cougar II’s preparation for the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, one of four Tasmanian yachts expected to join the 80-90 boat fleet for the Boxing Day start of the blue water classic.

The powerful yacht has not raced in Tasmanian waters since last season and has been undertaking some modifications at Beauty Point on the West Tamar for Dr Lyall, a Beaconsfield-based medico.

The Audi Showdown starts with a twilight race for keelboats and sportsboats next Friday, 2 November, and continues over the weekend with the bigger boats being joined by off-the-beach dinghy and catamaran classes.

Owner/skipper Lyall has nominated Cougar II for the entire regatta which, for Group 1 keelboats, will include the Friday twilight harbour race, a long distance race on Saturday and a long harbour race on Sunday.

Saturday’s race will be part of the Combined Clubs long race series, with a potential fleet of up to 60 boats.

Other keelboats that have so far entered for the entire Showdown program include Don Calvert’s evergreen Intrigue, Ian Stewart’s Tas Paints, Michael Denney’s Wild West, Colin Denny’s The Protagonist, Richard Scarr’s Auch and Julius Szolvik’s Tihany, along with the Farr 40s War Games (Wayne Banks-Smith), Wired (Stephen Boyes) and Voodoo Chile (Andrew Hunn).

Almost the entire SB20 fleet is expected to contest the weekend of racing, an important lead-up to the world championship at Hamilton Island in early December for Toll Shipping (Nick Rogers) and Wedgewood (David Graney).

RYCT officials expect further keelboat and sportsboat entries and a late rush from from off-the-beach classes, including the Lasers, International Cadets, 420s and Optimists which will be holding their Australian championships on the Derwent over the Christmas-New Year holiday period.


The Laser fleet already includes prominent young mainland sailors including national youth champion Jack Felsenthal and top girl sailor Anna Philip, both from Victoria.

Other Laser entries have come from Queensland and Western Australia while Tasmanians lining up against them including Anna Vaughan, Madeline Salter, Emma Barton and Edmund Hargreaves.

The off-the-beach entries so far include boats from the RYCT Dinghy Group, Sandy Bay Sailing Club, Kingston Beach Sailing Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Midway Point Yacht Club, Port Dalrymple Yacht Club and the Tamar Yacht Club.

Sandy Bay Sailing Club, which will host and national and world championships for the International Cadets and the Australian championships for the Optimists in December and January, is well represented in the Audi Showdown 2012 by entries of Cadets and Optimists.

Entries should be made online through the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, here.

Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1Pantaenius - Worldwide SupportHarken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82

Related Articles

Vendée Globe – Vendee2020Vision – Six best solo sailors selected
Vendée2020Vision helped with the coaching and development of a 10-strong squad of Britain’s top aspirant solo skippers. While in Les Sables d’Olonne competitors continue to stream across the finish line after three and a half months at sea, in Southampton work continues to train up British sailing talent to give them the best chance of competing in the Vendée Globe in four year’s time.
Posted today at 1:15 pm
Extreme Sailing Series– ENGIE and Team Tilt to take wildcard challenge
Headed up by highly experienced offshore sailor, Sebastien Rogues, ENGIE come with valuable experience in the GC32 Following their participation in the inaugural GC32 Championship - also being staged in Muscat - the GC32 Racing Tour teams ENGIE and Team Tilt will compete in the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Oman in less than two weeks' time.
Posted today at 11:57 am
Vendée Globe – Didac Costa takes 14th place
The tenacious, driven Costa succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of 29 skippers who started race on November 6th. The tenacious, driven Costa has succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of the 29 skippers who started the race on November 6th.
Posted today at 9:36 am
Vendee Globe - Foresight Natural Energy Day 109 - Ancient Homer
The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. Even the rippling laughter of the wake down the side of the hull has dulled as Foresight Natural Energy lethargically crawls across the dark disk of the horizon. The bright orange jib is the only flash of colour in a quiet world where a dull lead coloured sea lolls under a pewter sky.
Posted today at 4:36 am
CCA welcomes America's fastest non-stop solo circumnavigator
The CCA is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race The Cruising Club of America is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016.
Posted today at 3:44 am
RORC Caribbean 600 - Rambler 88 takes Monohull Line Honours
George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking Monohull Line Honours.
Posted today at 1:14 am
Vendee Globe - Colman progressing in right direction - speaks to BBC
Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become more direct. Although Kiwi solo sailor Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become much more direct. After a frustrating passage through an area of light winds, Colman is now heading for a weather system which should allow him to hook in a wind system that will take him to the finish. He spoke to BBC's Radio 4 today:
Posted on 22 Feb
Vendée Globe – Costa to cross Thursday morning for 14th
Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge which stands between him and the favourable westerly breezes which should finally allow the jury rigged Foresight Natural Energy to sail more directly towards the French coast and the finish line
Posted on 22 Feb
Sanya awarded Youth Sailing World Championships
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded.
Posted on 22 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 3 – Phaedo3 takes multihull line honours
While the multihull race record was not broken this year Phaedo3 and Maserati had an incredible 600 mile high-speed duel Phaedo3 held on to win the battle of the trimarans, just 12 minutes ahead of Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70, Maserati. The high-speed battle saw the lead change hands at least four times during the race.
Posted on 22 Feb