Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Bird Island Race - Wild Rose crew makes it two in a row with victory

by Jennifer Crooks on 12 Oct 2013
Ariel’s crew was bolstered by Darren ’Twirler’ Jones. Brett Hemmings, www.sailpix.com.au
At the Bird Island Race, Roger Hickman and his Wild Rose crew have made it two wins in a row in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Blue Water Pointscore Series, with victory in the 85 nautical mile this afternoon.

In September, Hickman won the Flinders Islet Race, but today’s was even more rewarding in some respects, in his opinion, because of the calibre of people in the fleet.

'You’ve got Twirler (Darren Jones) sailing on Ariel today, Gavin Brady’s now on Celestial (Sam Haynes’ Rogers 46 which finished eighth overall today) and Sean Kirkjian on Victoire – they’re great sailors,' said Hickman, adding: 'forget about an Aussie beating a Kiwi (himself and Brady), it was a Tassie beating a Tassie (himself and Jones).'

'Seriously, we’re privileged to sail against the likes of Ariel, Papillon and Black Sheep,' said Hickman, likening the BWPS to 'a war of attrition; first you have to turn up to do every race, and then you have to do well in all of them.'

Derek and Martin Sheppard are sailing Black Sheep (a Beneteau 45) in their first BWPS and their fifth place today keeps them in third place overall for the series.

'Give them a bit of time and who knows what they could do,' Hickman said of the Sheppards.

Wild Rose was the star of the day though. Her corrected time surplus was an impressive 14 minutes over nearest rival, Ariel (the Phil Damp skippered Beneteau First 40), with a further 15 minutes to third placed Papillon (Phil Molony’s Archambault 40).


Fastest around the course was Andrew Wenham’s Southern Excellence II, finishing at 10.58.07am this morning, only 29 seconds ahead of Victoire, Darryl Hodgkinson’s Cookson 50. The two were matching it gybe for gybe up the Harbour to the finish in a light nor’easter this morning.

Wenham’s Volvo 70 completed the race in in 15 hours 58 minutes and seven seconds, well outside the record of six hrs 38mins and 56secs set by the RP63, Loki (Stephen Ainsworth), in 2011.

Principal Race Officer, Denis Thompson, said he started the 14 yachts in 'a little nor’ easter that got them to Long Reef off Manly before it petered out. They got a light westerly around Terrigal on the Central Coast, but there was a strong wind warning for later on Saturday, which will help the smaller boats come home quickly if it eventuates.'

Roger Hickman said of the conditions: 'It was a very hard race when you had to sail a boat that’s terrible to steer because it’s so old,' he said of his 28 year-old Farr 43.

'Leaving the Heads, we could see some of the fleet on the horizon, but we hung in. The wind was up and down; in and out and it was very shifty on the way up to the Island.'

'Coming home, about an hour and a half before we got to the Heads, we thought it (who would win) was marginal – we could see Ariel and Papillon – there was nothing in it, but then the breeze went from 12 to 13 knots and it gave us just enough to get away from them,' he said of the north easterly which was expected to reach 25 knots plus, but never did.


A second win has established Hickman and the Wild Rose crew as ‘the ones to beat’ for BWPS honours. With three races now completed, they have a seven point advantage over Papillon, with a further three points to Derek and Martin Sheppard’s Black Sheep.

All three are entries in the final race of the series, the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Coincidentally, Hickman, a veteran of 36 Hobart races, won it with this same boat in 1993 and has come close on other occasions, until the weather dictated otherwise, including last year.

The Bird Island race started on Sydney Harbour at 7.00pm last evening and finished at Rushcutters Bay this afternoon.

Race four of the Blue Water Pointscore Series is the Cabbage Tree Island Race, starting at 7.00pm on November eight.

IRC results Start : Div1 19:00 Div2 19:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Div No Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor'd T Score Vis
1 4343 WILD ROSE Roger Hickman 2 01:13:18:33 18:18:33 1.038 19:00:18 1.0  
2 A140 ARIEL Phil Damp 2 01:12:46:02 17:46:02 1.083 19:14:31 2.0  
3 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 2 01:12:51:15 17:51:15 1.092 19:29:48 3.0  
4 8338 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER Ed Psaltis/ Bencsik/ 1 01:11:54:01 16:54:01 1.189 20:05:40 4.0  
5 33345 BLACK SHEEP Derek Sheppard 2 01:13:14:15 18:14:15 1.118 20:23:22 5.0  
6 5356 ILLUSION Travis Read 2 01:15:50:55 20:50:55 0.988 20:35:54 6.0  
7 8339 LUNA SEA James Cameron 2 01:15:18:29 20:18:29 1.016 20:37:59 7.0  
8 421 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1 01:11:32:46 16:32:46 1.264 20:54:51 8.0  
9 6689 COPERNICUS Greg Zyner 2 01:15:10:36 20:10:36 1.066 21:30:30 9.0  
10 AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 1 01:10:58:36 15:58:36 1.352 21:36:02 10.0  
11 6232 MORTGAGECHOICE RUMBA Rob Carr & Kerry Bur 2 01:16:19:53 21:19:53 1.042 22:13:38   Yes
12 GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 1 01:11:40:09 16:40:09 1.347 22:27:12 11.0  
13 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 2 01:15:59:42 20:59:42 1.109 23:17:00 12.0  
14 AUS03 SOUTHERNEXCELLENCEII Andrew Wenham 1 01:10:58:07 15:58:07 1.591 01:01:24:22 13.0  
DNC 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1     1.239   17.0  
DNC 1236 LOCAL HERO Peter Mosely 2     1.049   17.0  
DNC 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 2     1.131   17.0  
DNC 11033 KERISMA Grant Dawson/ Brent 2     1.151   17.0  
DNC 52002 QUEST Bob Steel 1     1.351   17.0  
DNC A5 AUDI SUNSHINE COAST Rodney Jones 1     1.285   17.0  
DNC A169 NAUTICAL CIRCLE Ian Prentice 2     1.099   17.0  
Safety at Sea - Baltic - 3Mondo Travel - Americas Cup - 5785Pantaenius - Worldwide Support

Related Articles

Volvo Ocean Race - Deck of Boat 8 leaves builder
The deck for the only new entry in the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race has completed construction at Multiplast The deck for the only new entry in the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race has completed construction at Multiplast - Groupe Carboman in Vannes, France. In this video the deck is rolled out of the building facility and is loaded onto a truck, ahead of a 1,200km trip to Persico Marine in Bergamo, Italy.
Posted on 11 Jan
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA - Tech Tuesday - Structural Platform
Learn more about the carbon fiber structure of OTUSA's America's Cup class catamaran with Oracle Team USA. Learn more about the carbon fiber structure of OTUSA's America's Cup class catamaran. How does the fact that the boats are airborne for most of the race affect the hull design, structural engineering - structural engineer Kurt Jordan explains in this video.
Posted on 11 Jan
America's Cup - Ashby confirms that Kiwis will sail AC50 in Auckland
Glenn Ashby has confirmed that Emirates Team NZ will launch their AC50, in Auckland and will do a substantial build up Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Glenn Ashby has confirmed that Emirates Team New Zealand will launch their AC50, in Auckland and will do a substantial build up on the Waitemata harbour before shipping to Bermuda. Speaking on Newstalk ZB, Ashby said the Emirates Team New Zealand AC50 had been assembled and was having hydraulics, daggerboard systems and electronics being installed at present.
Posted on 8 Jan
America's Cup - Team NZ has a re-think on launch after Protocol change
As a result of the Protocol amendment, Emirates Team New Zealand, like all of the other teams, face a strategic decision Emirates Team New Zealand is back hard at work this week as 2017, the year of the 35th America’s Cup, kicks off at the frantic pace. As a result of the Protocol amendment, Emirates Team New Zealand, like all of the other teams, face a strategic decision of when to launch their America’s Cup Class race boat
Posted on 4 Jan
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ win 28 day sailing blackout- Updated
The Protocol for the 35th America's Cup has been modified to institute a 28 day blackout sailing period In an deal, apparently brokered by the anonymous Arbitration Panel, the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup has been modified to institute a 28 day blackout sailing period, beginning January 9, 2017. The move follows a Hearing by the as yet unnamed Arbitration Panel for the 35th America's Cup, over the removal of the sailing of the America's Cup Qualifiers from New Zealand.
Posted on 3 Jan
Another WMRT back-to-back heads for Miami
This Easter will present a perfect opportunity to watch World class sailing if you get yourself out on Biscayne Bay This Easter will present a perfect opportunity to watch World class sailing if you get yourself out on Biscayne Bay in Miami. The venue will host not only one but two back-to-back World Match Racing Tour events in the M32 high-speed catamaran during April 2017.
Posted on 3 Jan
Volvo Ocean Race - On for the hat-trick
Meet the man eyeing his third consecutive Volvo Ocean Race win. Phil Harmer, lifted trophy with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Meet the man eyeing his third consecutive Volvo Ocean Race win. Phil Harmer, who lifted the trophy with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in 2014-15, and Groupama in 2011-12, could get the hat-trick next edition – and we sat down to chat to him about what's he's been up to since the end of the race, his views on the evolutions ahead of 2017-18, and his plans for the future.
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
America’s Cup accelerating into 2017
The oldest trophy in int'l sport and a competition that will see six teams fighting it out on Bermuda’s Great Sound 2017 is the year of the 35th America’s Cup. The oldest trophy in international sport and a competition that will see six teams fighting it out on Bermuda’s Great Sound for the ultimate prize in sailing, and, arguably, the hardest trophy to win in sport.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Racing take delivery of their VO65
Just before Christmas, Dongfeng Racing took delivery of their good as new, refitted Volvo Ocean 65. After an outstanding result in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Dongfeng Racing now turn to the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race which gets underway in ten months time. Just before Christmas the team took delivery of their good as new, refitted Volvo Ocean 65.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA on the significance of a botched tack
Softbank Team Japan were the first of the America's Cup teams to perform a successful foiling tack in their AC45S. In this video from Oracle Team USA, the team traces the history of the foiling tack and claim that a missed foiling tack could be the difference between winning an America's Cup race - same as a missed foiling gybe had major repercussions in the 34th America's Cup sailed in AC72's.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016