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Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race - Clean and quiet start

by Lisa Ratcliff - OCC on 31 Jul 2014
Dunan Hine's Alive from Tas - Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2014 Andrew Gough
The gentlemanly midday start of the eighth annual Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race on Moreton Bay for the record-equalling fleet of 35 yachts from Tasmania to Townsville was clean and quiet.

This afternoon off Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast Bob Oatley’s race record-holder Wild Oats XI comfortably leads the pack. The 100-footer, with one of Australia’s best-known sailors Iain Murray at the helm, is lapping up the building afternoon sea breeze and making good time, averaging 15 knots of boat speed. There’s plenty of clear air when you are the largest in the fleet but not much in the way of company, other than the sea birds.


Peter Harburg’s Juan K 70 Black Jack, sailing for the event host club Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Yachting Australia President Matt Allen’s Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban, Duncan Hine’s RP66 Alive and Wild Oats XI all opted for the pin end of the start line in the gentle five knots of north east breeze.

Black Jack helmed by Mark Bradford tacked right first while Wild Oats XI and Alive hung in and found good pressure close under Green Island. It was high and hot to the left and low and slow to the right where Black Jack wallowed for a bit. Alive put the boot in early and at 4pm on day one is leading the IRC Overall division. Now Hobart based, Alive is the former Black Jack and a fancied handicap chance.

The crew on the second Tasmanian boat in the fleet, Michael Pritchard’s Beneteau First 45 Audere have the choice of Rogan Josh, good ‘ole spag bowl or Thai Green chicken curry for dinner, the two latter dishes cooked in Hobart by the owner’s wife Bianca and one of the crew, Daniella Polita, and hand-delivered to Brisbane in a Coles cooler bag by Daniella.


Audere is a long way from home. Their journey began with the delivery across Bass Strait then the Sydney Gold Coast yacht race that wrapped up earlier this week, now their first Brisbane to Keppel and then onto Audi Hamilton Island Race Week starting August 16, 2014.

Back in the pack yachts are spread out all over Moreton Bay on a cool and sparkling winter’s afternoon, essentially in size order. A whale on the course early on meant crews had to keep a wary eye out and with the mammal’s migration north still going on crews will need to be vigilant throughout the 348 nautical mile coastal passage.

The fleet can expect 15 knot nor’westers tomorrow until the early hours of Saturday morning when a southerly change is set to change up the tempo with 20 plus knots of wind forecast to hit the racetrack.

Club Marine’s acting Queensland state manager Corey Yeung speaks proudly of their association with this annual feeder race. 'Club Marine is extremely proud to support the eighth annual Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race. As a long time sponsor, it’s especially pleasing to see that interest in the race continues to grow, with this year’s event attracting such a large fleet.

'Congratulations to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for putting together such a great event.'



IRC overall

Position Name Rating Start Time Last update DTF (NM) Distance Sailed (NM) VMG* (Knots) Estimated finish time (EST) Estimated finish time (EST corrected)
1 WILD OATS XI 1.9730 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 262.9 90.8 9.9 01 Aug 22:04:08 03 Aug 07:13:05
2 LOCAL HERO 1.0480 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 301.5 47.9 5.1 03 Aug 06:45:41 03 Aug 09:57:58
3 GEORGIA EXPRESS 1.0790 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 297.8 48.8 5.1 03 Aug 06:08:47 03 Aug 11:22:19
4 ALIVE 1.5780 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 276.3 73.9 7.3 02 Aug 09:32:52 03 Aug 11:52:28
5 KERUMBA 1.2600 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 289.9 60.3 5.8 02 Aug 21:30:46 03 Aug 12:27:58
6 MAYFAIR 1.0820 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.8 51.0 5.0 03 Aug 07:02:33 03 Aug 12:32:24
7 BLACK JACK 1.7030 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 272.0 82.3 7.7 02 Aug 06:36:19 03 Aug 12:33:24
8 ICHI BAN 1.5020 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 280.1 70.0 6.8 02 Aug 12:51:39 03 Aug 13:23:21
9 CARBON CREDITS 1.1180 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.7 53.2 5.0 03 Aug 06:29:20 03 Aug 14:20:05
10 AUDERE 1.1040 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.6 53.6 4.9 03 Aug 07:31:35 03 Aug 14:32:57
11 PATRIOT 1.1110 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.4 53.2 4.9 03 Aug 07:07:02 03 Aug 14:34:03
12 OCEAN AFFINITY 1.2470 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 290.8 58.5 5.5 03 Aug 00:43:48 03 Aug 15:43:49
13 RAGTIME 1.0950 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.4 51.6 4.7 03 Aug 10:24:47 03 Aug 17:06:08
14 HASTA LA VISTA 1.1010 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.2 51.7 4.7 03 Aug 10:20:48 03 Aug 17:27:07
15 LEE-WAY 1.0160 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 303.5 46.8 4.4 03 Aug 16:41:55 03 Aug 17:55:33
16 BOBBYS GIRL 1.1660 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 295.0 53.5 4.9 03 Aug 07:09:53 03 Aug 18:18:51
17 PATRICE 1.2820 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 288.7 60.3 5.4 03 Aug 01:10:49 03 Aug 18:26:00
18 AFTER MIDNIGHT 1.1450 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 295.1 53.3 4.8 03 Aug 08:54:59 03 Aug 18:54:33
19 SWISH 1.2410 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 290.6 58.8 5.1 03 Aug 03:58:15 03 Aug 19:23:17
20 BROADSWORD 1.1000 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 297.8 50.7 4.6 03 Aug 12:15:30 03 Aug 19:29:03
21 DEKADENCE 1.1830 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 293.6 55.0 4.9 03 Aug 07:34:52 03 Aug 19:56:54
22 CELESTIAL 1.2670 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 289.4 59.9 5.2 03 Aug 03:20:48 03 Aug 20:15:37
23 FRANTIC 1.1430 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 299.5 49.4 4.6 03 Aug 12:02:15 03 Aug 22:20:19
24 FRANTIC 1.3460 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 288.9 60.2 5.3 03 Aug 01:45:14 03 Aug 23:07:15
25 ITALIAN JOB 1.0720 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 298.6 48.1 4.2 03 Aug 18:11:07 03 Aug 23:48:53


ORCi overall

Position Name Rating Start Time Last update DTF (NM) Distance Sailed (NM) VMG* (Knots) Estimated finish time (EST) Estimated finish time (EST corrected)
1 BLACK JACK 1.5129 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 272.0 82.3 7.7 02 Aug 06:36:19 03 Aug 04:27:27
2 LOCAL HERO 1.0176 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 301.5 47.9 5.1 03 Aug 06:45:41 03 Aug 07:56:11
3 ALIVE 1.5061 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 276.3 73.9 7.3 02 Aug 09:32:52 03 Aug 08:35:59
4 AUDERE 1.0690 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.6 53.6 4.9 03 Aug 07:31:35 03 Aug 12:11:09
5 CARBON CREDITS 1.0896 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.7 53.2 5.0 03 Aug 06:29:20 03 Aug 12:26:47
6 PATRIOT 1.0799 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.4 53.2 4.9 03 Aug 07:07:02 03 Aug 12:28:48
7 DRAKE'S PRAYER 1.0269 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 299.3 49.2 4.7 03 Aug 11:15:26 03 Aug 13:10:26
8 OCEAN AFFINITY 1.2413 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 290.8 58.5 5.5 03 Aug 00:43:48 03 Aug 15:23:02
9 HASTA LA VISTA 1.0736 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.2 51.7 4.7 03 Aug 10:20:48 03 Aug 15:31:28
10 RAGTIME 1.0818 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.4 51.6 4.7 03 Aug 10:24:47 03 Aug 16:10:22
11 AIRSTREAM 1.0214 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 301.9 46.7 4.5 03 Aug 14:56:36 03 Aug 16:32:50
12 SOUTHERN CROSS YACHT 1.0759 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.7 51.3 4.7 03 Aug 11:13:09 03 Aug 16:37:29
13 FRANTIC 1.0752 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 299.5 49.4 4.6 03 Aug 12:02:15 03 Aug 17:27:17
14 BROADSWORD 1.0725 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 297.8 50.7 4.6 03 Aug 12:15:30 03 Aug 17:29:49
15 BOBBYS GIRL 1.1629 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 295.0 53.5 4.9 03 Aug 07:09:53 03 Aug 18:06:21
16 LEE-WAY 1.0200 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 303.5 46.8 4.4 03 Aug 16:41:55 03 Aug 18:13:57
17 AFTER MIDNIGHT 1.1376 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 295.1 53.3 4.8 03 Aug 08:54:59 03 Aug 18:23:57
18 PATRICE 1.2872 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 288.7 60.3 5.4 03 Aug 01:10:49 03 Aug 18:45:05
19 SPIRIT OF MATESHIP 1.4070 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 286.3 63.4 5.9 02 Aug 20:07:21 03 Aug 18:57:52
20 SWISH 1.2380 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 290.6 58.8 5.1 03 Aug 03:58:15 03 Aug 19:11:46
21 CELESTIAL 1.2503 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 289.4 59.9 5.2 03 Aug 03:20:48 03 Aug 19:12:09
22 DEKADENCE 1.1834 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 293.6 55.0 4.9 03 Aug 07:34:52 03 Aug 19:58:32
23 ITALIAN JOB 1.0397 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 298.6 48.1 4.2 03 Aug 18:11:07 03 Aug 21:17:21
24 FRANTIC 1.3202 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 288.9 60.2 5.3 03 Aug 01:45:14 03 Aug 21:31:39
25 YELLOW CAB EUPHORIA 1.0474 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 298.4 49.6 4.2 03 Aug 18:06:05 03 Aug 21:48:12
26 LLOYDS TOO IMPETUOUS 1.0155 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 303.3 44.3 2.7 05 Aug 09:51:26 05 Aug 11:41:03


PHS overall

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Position Name Rating Start Time Last update DTF (NM) Distance Sailed (NM) VMG* (Knots) Estimated finish time (EST) Estimated finish time (EST corrected)
1 SYNCHRONICITY 1.0850 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 17:15:00 311.6 34.7 7.3 02 Aug 11:48:47 02 Aug 15:52:37
2 WILD OATS XI 2.0000 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 262.9 90.8 9.9 01 Aug 22:04:08 03 Aug 08:08:16
3 LOCAL HERO 1.0480 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 301.5 47.9 5.1 03 Aug 06:45:41 03 Aug 09:57:58
4 KERUMBA 1.2280 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 289.9 60.3 5.8 02 Aug 21:30:46 03 Aug 10:37:33
5 GEORGIA EXPRESS 1.0790 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 297.8 48.8 5.1 03 Aug 06:08:47 03 Aug 11:22:19
6 AIRSTREAM 0.9560 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 301.9 46.7 4.5 03 Aug 14:56:36 03 Aug 11:38:45
7 CARBON CREDITS 1.0900 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.7 53.2 5.0 03 Aug 06:29:20 03 Aug 12:28:22
8 MAYFAIR 1.0820 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.8 51.0 5.0 03 Aug 07:02:33 03 Aug 12:32:24
9 SPIRIT OF MATESHIP 1.3000 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 286.3 63.4 5.9 02 Aug 20:07:21 03 Aug 12:57:33
10 DRAKE'S PRAYER 1.0300 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 299.3 49.2 4.7 03 Aug 11:15:26 03 Aug 13:23:42
11 OCEAN AFFINITY 1.2100 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 290.8 58.5 5.5 03 Aug 00:43:48 03 Aug 13:28:59
12 AUDERE 1.0950 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.6 53.6 4.9 03 Aug 07:31:35 03 Aug 13:56:30
13 PATRIOT 1.1050 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 294.4 53.2 4.9 03 Aug 07:07:02 03 Aug 14:09:53
14 THE MATRIX 1.1000 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 295.7 53.6 4.9 03 Aug 07:27:50 03 Aug 14:12:37
15 BROADSWORD 1.0500 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 297.8 50.7 4.6 03 Aug 12:15:30 03 Aug 15:52:16
16 HASTA LA VISTA 1.0880 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.2 51.7 4.7 03 Aug 10:20:48 03 Aug 16:32:14
17 BLACK JACK 1.8000 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 272.0 82.3 7.7 02 Aug 06:36:19 03 Aug 16:41:22
18 SOUTHERN CROSS YACHT 1.0800 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.7 51.3 4.7 03 Aug 11:13:09 03 Aug 16:55:01
19 RAGTIME 1.0950 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 296.4 51.6 4.7 03 Aug 10:24:47 03 Aug 17:06:08
20 ICHI BAN 1.5850 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 280.1 70.0 6.8 02 Aug 12:51:39 03 Aug 17:26:40
21 LEE-WAY 1.0100 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 303.5 46.8 4.4 03 Aug 16:41:55 03 Aug 17:27:56
22 BOBBYS GIRL 1.1600 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 295.0 53.5 4.9 03 Aug 07:09:53 03 Aug 17:54:40
23 FRANTIC 1.0900 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 299.5 49.4 4.6 03 Aug 12:02:15 03 Aug 18:31:15
24 AFTER MIDNIGHT 1.1450 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 295.1 53.3 4.8 03 Aug 08:54:59 03 Aug 18:54:33
25 DEKADENCE 1.1700 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 293.6 55.0 4.9 03 Aug 07:34:52 03 Aug 19:04:11
26 SWISH 1.2500 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 290.6 58.8 5.1 03 Aug 03:58:15 03 Aug 19:57:49
27 CELESTIAL 1.2800 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 289.4 59.9 5.2 03 Aug 03:20:48 03 Aug 21:05:02
28 PATRICE 1.3350 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 288.7 60.3 5.4 03 Aug 01:10:49 03 Aug 21:40:33
29 YELLOW CAB EUPHORIA 1.0470 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 298.4 49.6 4.2 03 Aug 18:06:05 03 Aug 21:46:19
30 FRANTIC 1.3250 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 288.9 60.2 5.3 03 Aug 01:45:14 03 Aug 21:49:26
31 ALIVE 1.8200 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 276.3 73.9 7.3 02 Aug 09:32:52 03 Aug 22:53:50
32 ITALIAN JOB 1.0720 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 298.6 48.1 4.2 03 Aug 18:11:07 03 Aug 23:48:53
33 LLOYDS TOO IMPETUOUS 0.9540 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 303.3 44.3 2.7 05 Aug 09:51:26 05 Aug 04:26:09
34 THE HEALER 0.8070 31 Jul 12:00:00 31 Jul 19:30:00 309.3 40.8 2.2 06 Aug 16:51:51 05 Aug 12:08:00