Please select your home edition
Edition
Gold Coast Marine Expo 2017 728x90

Etchells Worlds 2012 Day 5 - New Leader after race 7

by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team on 24 Feb 2012
John Bertrand, Tom Slingsby & David Giles ’Triad’ now lead the 2012 Etchells Worlds after seven races. Damian Devine
At the start of the Etchells World Championship 2012 on day 5 the fleet waited on the Manly Circle course off Sydney Heads, in brilliant sunshine, for the all important races seven and eight in the nine race Series.

Principal Race Officer Ross Wilson called a postponement at the scheduled 12 noon start time as the breeze was patchy across course.

Earlier on, the top mark had about two knots at 030, while the bottom mark had 050/055 at four knots, but as the AP went up, it had built to four knots at the top and six at the bottom marks

Wilson was expecting to see an in-fill at about 10 knots and was waiting for more consistency in the breeze angle.

In case you did not already know ‘sailing teaches you patience‘.

Finally the Attention flag went up at 12:45. The Committee set Course 2, axis 040, 1.8nm for first beat.

After waiting, sailors were impatient and the first start was a General Recall, the port pin appearing to be the problem. The next start was under a Black Flag and resulted in another General Recall.

The sailors were visibly anxious as the fleet finally got away.

Graeme Taylor (Magpie) looked to be boxed in mid line. Vince Brun (Menace) was right up at the port pin end. John Bertrand (Triad) was about ten up from port pin and well advanced.

Dirk van der Struyf (Animal House) coming from the starboard pin was amongst the best placed, Tom King (Iron Lotus) was back a little as was Jud Smith (Roulette), who started mid line at the port end, possibly a start he feared at this stage of the competition.

At the top mark the wind was about eight knots from 035 and it was still flat.

Bertrand came in from the left, leading David Clark (Fifteen) and Noel Drennan (Boat X), van der Struyf crossed behind Clark and Drennan. Smith was next, then King in the following bunch.

Down the run Bertrand was leading Clark, Drennan and Van der Struyf . Tom King was 13th, Smith was buried almost three minutes behind the leader in 24th place.

This Championship has closed right up!!

Coming to the bottom mark for the first time Bertrand was heading for the left hand buoy, behind him Clark, then Drennan. Mark Bulka (Perfect Balance) was close behind with Van der Struyf coming in from the left. Clark rounded second ahead of Van der Struyf, Drennan and Bulka.

Ante Razmilovic (Swedish Blue) rounded the right hand pin. Tom King gained a little on the run and was now 10th, a world of hurt for Jud Smith who was 24th, in the right hand procession. It got worse up the work, this is the new drop for Smith, it seemed he would need to pick up his 19th from yesterday's trash bin and dust it off as a 'keeper'.

Graeme Taylor was eighth and Tom King picked his way up the centre of the course from the right hand pin and was ninth but began to fall back.

Up at the front, Bertrand cleared out by eight to ten lengths on Dave Clark.

There was still only eight knots of breeze and in these conditions Tom Slingsby, Bertrand's red bearded tactician, was in his element. (Tom considers it bad luck to shave after the start of a regatta and is currently sporting two weeks growth.)

They were a minute 16 seconds in the lead at the top mark for the second time ahead of Clark, then Razmilovic, Graeme Taylor (Magpie) was fourth, King back in 12th.

However Jud Smith was back up to 17th, out on the left half way down the final run.

Bertrand finished some 350 metres ahead of Dave Clark, David Giles from Triad had finished his sandwiches before the second placed boat crossed the line.

Third was Razmilovic, then Bulka, Jean Claude Strong (Yandoo XX), Tom Braidwood (Extra Bad Doll), Taylor was ninth, King 16th, Smith 17th (an amazing recovery) might be 14th and 15th - these places are of course unofficial.

But regardless ... John Bertrand and crew Tom Slingsby and David Giles (triad), are the new championship leaders, with two races to sail.

Sail Port Stephens 2017 660x82Festival of Sails 2017 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Suck it up, sunshine!
The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, another two million watching on TV, and the constant buzz and whir of media helicopters overhead. 88 boats, from Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, oh and New Zealand, had lined up on three start lines.
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - More merriment on the airwaves
Here are more examples of merriment on the airwaves between the boats and Hobart Race Control So on December 29, 2016, after the River Derwent had let just three boats home (Perpetual Loyal, Giacomo and Scallywag, all inside the old race record, she went to sleep for a lot of the day. This made it frustrating for the sailors, some of whom saw the lighter side. So after seeing some of those in Dark & Stormy, here are more examples of merriment on the airwaves between the boats and HRC
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Sydney Hobart Race-Dark and stormy, well because it is Dark and Stormy
Proving that there is a lighter side to the frustrations that is a race to Hobart Well it is now dark and the rain 'storms' have passed, but proving that there is a lighter side to the frustrations that is a race to Hobart, the custom Murray 37, Dark & Stormy had a wonderful exchange on the radio. Quite possibly it was co-owner and Navigator Terry Courts on the VHF in the super-frank exchange with Hobart Race Control at around 1928hrs on 29/12/16.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Wicked
ather and Son outfit, Wicked, are Matt and Mark Welsh from Melbourne. Matt is at home on the couch after knee surgery Father and Son outfit, Wicked, are Matt and Mark Welsh from Melbourne. Matt is at home on the couch after knee surgery, but Mark is out on the water, approaching Hobart. From on board he said, 'Amazing race. Barely any windward work. Just does not get better than this. Bit of gear damage cost us early, and we had to sail a little conservatively.'
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Accepting the Challenge
When you buy a boat like the late Lou Abrahma's Sydney 38, Challenge, you're almost obliged to keep taking her South When you buy a boat like the late Lou Abrahma's Sydney 38, Challenge, you're almost obliged to keep taking her South at Christmas time. Luckily this has not been a problem for Chris Mrakas and his new crew, which includes Bruce Reidy
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – 67 out of 70
It's a pretty awesome score in anybody’s language. When it is the number of hours you spend under kite It's a pretty awesome score in anybody’s language. When it is the number of hours you spend under kite in the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race so far, then it is more than A+++. Anto Sweetapple from on board the Jones 40, Quetzalcoatl, reports in from at sea for us.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2016 - The 60 Hour report card
60 hours into the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart race. 16 boats finished,five boats retired and 67 boats at sea. The state of play 60 hours into the 72nd running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. At 0100hrs Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time this morning, 16 boats had finished the 2016 race. Five boats had retired, and 67 boats were still on the water.
Posted on 28 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – the second step for CQS and 2017
It was a frustrating end to a frustrating race for the newest supermaxi in the 2016 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race It was a frustrating end to a frustrating race for the newest supermaxi to compete in the 2016 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. It was just her second ever race, with her first, the White Island Race in New Zealand, producing a line honours win. While Ludde Ingvall’s radical new 98-footer CQS had a very slow passage across an almost windless Storm Bay and River Derwent.
Posted on 28 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – Derwent sleeping it off?
We spoke about how anyone with an interest in ensuring Perpetual Loyal got Line Honours, also a new record in the race In the article Right-turn-means-record-in-mortal-danger, we spoke about how anyone with an interest in ensuring Perpetual Loyal got Line Honours and also a new record in the race should go down and pour a rum into the River Derwent from Constitution Dock. Looks like they did. However, they may have poured the entire barrel in, because now the River is sleeping it off.
Posted on 27 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – Race record smashed
On Day Three (just) of the 72nd Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Perpetual Loyal smashed the race record On Day Three (just) of the 72nd Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, in the strongest downwind conditions in recent times, certainly as good as the 1999 iteration of the blue water classic, Anthony Bell’s supermaxi, Perpetual Loyal, the former Speedboat and then Rambler 100, smashed the race record for the famous 628-nautical mile event.
Posted on 27 Dec 2016