Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

Gascoigne Cup - Rolex Sydney Hobart Race entrants amongst fleet

by Peter Campbell on 19 Oct 2012
Bob Steels Quest the defending champion of the Gascoigne Cup http://www.SailPix.com.au">www.SailPix.com.au http://http://www.SailPix.com.au">www.SailPix.com.au
Six Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race yachts are among the fleet of up to 46 boats expected to line up tomorrow for the 104th running of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s prestigious Gascoigne Cup short ocean race.

Heading the Sydney Hobart contenders is Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest which won the Gascoigne Cup last year as well as taking line honours and first place under IRC ratings. The Cup itself decided on Performance handicaps.

This will Steel’s second Rolex Sydney Hobart with the TP52 Quest with which he won in 2008, He also won with a previous boat named Quest.

Others entered for the Cup as part of their preparation for the Hobart race include Ed Psaltis Ker 40 AFR Midnight Rambler, Ron Forster’s Beneteau First 40 Ariel, Warwick Sherman’s Sydney GTS43 Occasional Coarse Language, Chris Bran’s Beneteau First 40 Brannew, and Jonathan Stone’s Davidson 34 Illusion, a past Sydney Hobart Race winner.
Psaltis is also a past Sydney Hobart winner with an earlier AFR Midnight Rambler.

The Gascoigne Cup is one of three short ocean races conducted each summer by the 150-year-old Squadron, the others being the Morna Cup sailed in November and the Milson Cup in February. All three perpetual trophies take pride of place in the Squadron's Kirribilli clubhouse.

The Gascoigne Cup is by the oldest and, arguably, the most prestigious short ocean race trophy on the Sydney short ocean racing calendar. Many famous yachts and yachtsmen have won this iconic ocean race since it was first presented to the club and raced for in 1886.

This Saturday's race, over a course of about 25 nautical miles, starting and finishing in Sydney Harbour, will be the 104th time the Gascoigne Cup has been contested as it was not awarded during the two World Wars.

The fleet includes yachts from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will contest the race, which is also part of the Grant Thornton short ocean pointscore.

Among the fleet is another past winner of the Gascoigne Cup, Paul Clitheroe’s Balance while other prominent entries include CYCA Commodore Howard Piggot’s Flying Cloud and Victorian Rob Hanna’s Judel Vrolk 52 Shogun 5, while Squadron Division 1 yachts entered incude Hell Razor (Ian MacDiarmid), Euphoria (Tony Coleman), Jackie Clare (Geoff and Debbie Davidson), Wine-Dark-Sea (Peter Lowndes and Sarah Goddard-Jones).

Squadron yachts contesting Division 2 include Morag Bheag (John Maclurcan), alouette (John Waring), Senta (Terry and Julie Clarke), Aurelia (Norman and Thomas Longworth), King Billy (Phil and Elesa Bennett), Campeador (Jonathan and Mary Threlfall), Limelight (Alan Husband) and Arcturus III (Peter Davenport).

The Gascoigne Cup was presented to the Squadron in 1885 in honour of Captain Gascoigne, then Aide-de-Camp to Lord Carrington, Governor of New South Wales to honour the Captain for his heroic service in the Sudan campaign, which included an attempt to rescue the embattled General Gordon during the infamous siege of Khartoum in 1884-1885.

The original Deed of Gift specified an annual ocean race for yachts of over five tons measurement, until won three times in succession by the same yacht by the same owner. While a number of Squadron yachts were able to win two consecutive races in the first 45 years and even more in total, none could achieve three in a row. In 1933 the Deed of Gift was amended to make the Gascoigne Cup a perpetual trophy.

Remarkably, it was not until the 1950s that A F Albert's Norn achieved three consecutive wins (1952, 1953, 1954), achieving five wins in total. The most successful yacht, however, has been the famous Admiral's Cup team yacht Caprice of Huon which has won the Cup seven times, but with different skippers.
Henri Lloyd 50 YearsHamilton Island LuxuryBIA 2016 Sydney Boat Show 660x82

Related Articles

Mixed fortunes for Clipper Race fleet as Atlantic High causes pain
The frontrunners have managed to escape the grasp of the light winds associated with the ridge of the Azores High As the front of the fleet heads north the wind has been building, and the battle for positions is intense at the make or break stage of the race with roughly 1300 nautical miles to go until Derry-Londonderry.
Posted today at 11:17 am
Two new teams to make their competitive debuts on the GC32 Racing Tour
For the GC32 Malcesine Cup, taking place as part of Foiling Week, ten GC32 teams will be competing. Japan joins the event in the form of Naofumi Kamei’s Mamma Aiuto! Like Jason Carroll’s Argo team, Mamma Aiuto! comes from the Melges 32 high performance keel boat, where it finished a very respectable third in the class’ last World Championship.
Posted today at 10:31 am
18ft skiffs - Kiwis take lead on Day 2 of Mark Foy Worlds in Fiji
Day 2 started in similar conditions but as racing was underway breeze built to a steady 12 knots and swung to the right. The same three boats remain at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the second day in the Fiji Fizz regatta at Denarau, which is hosting the Mark Foy World Championship for the class. However the order has changed, with Yamaha NZ moving into the top spot after the second day of racing.
Posted today at 8:45 am
SeaLink Magnetic Race Week - Epic birthday adventure for IRC contender
Leaving a bitterly cold Melbourne to head to the warmth of northern Queensland to celebrate a milestone birthday Leaving a bitterly cold Melbourne to head to the warmth of northern Queensland to celebrate a milestone birthday is turning into an adventure of epic proportions for Daniel Edwards.
Posted today at 4:50 am
Ouch!
When the kite’s up, you never look back. Just look at all the videos running around of the wicked Chinese gybes When the kite’s up, you never look back. Just look at all the videos running around of the wicked Chinese gybes that result from even a momentary lapse in concentration on the primary task. Remember, it’s someone else’s job. So grab the helm for second will you? Yours! Cheers.
Posted today at 4:32 am
Volvo Ocean Race 'back on track'
Cape of Good Hope and Australia to port Not since the 2005–06 Volvo Ocean Race has the fleet roared east from the tip of South Africa across the Southern Ocean, but the course now described for the 2017-18 edition has returned the race to its roots.
Posted today at 4:25 am
Volvo Ocean Race adds full Southern Ocean Leg and 5000nm to new course
Volvo Ocean Race has announced a new course for the 2017/18 round the world event. Several major changes are planned including a return to a full Southern Ocean leg, and the addition of a massive Leg 5 of 13,300nm - the longest leg ever sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. A minimum circumnavigation around the planet is approximately 21,600nm to be recognised as, a record for the course.
Posted today at 4:23 am
My Best Olympic Race – Vasilij Zbogar
Memorable moments won’t always be the golden ones. They can be hitting a personal best, breaking a national record Speak to any athlete and ask them about a moment that defines their career. Whether it happened five days, five months, five years or even fifty years ago the chances are the memory of that moment is clearly engraved in their minds.
Posted on 27 Jun
Wild weather opens Fremantle Winter Series
Fremantle Sailing Club’s Arlene race opened the 2016 Valmadre Series on a wet and blustery winter’s day. Fremantle Sailing Club’s Arlene race opened the 2016 Valmadre Series on a wet and blustery winter’s day. Heavy rain fell soon after the start, obliterating the shoreline and presenting a challenge to leaders to find the first mark when visibility closed to no more than a hundred metres.
Posted on 27 Jun
Second round of the FAST40+ Racing Circuit proves to be real thriller
With its double tides, sand banks, channels and numerous land effects, the Solent is a complex place to sail. With its double tides, sand banks, channels and numerous land effects, the Solent is a complex place to sail. The highly changeable weather scenario including thunder and lightening added another dimension to the regatta. However, in the light weight FAST40+ Class, speed is always king.
Posted on 27 Jun