Please select your home edition
Edition
Ensign 728

Hobart Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Galeforce winds stop racing

by Peter Campbell on 12 Oct 2013
Moored yachts off Hobart’s Nutgrove Beach being buffeted by the nor’wester today. Peter Campbell
Hobart Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Galeforce winds blow out Hobart yachting – again! Galeforce north-westerly wind today blew out yachting activities on the River Derwent – for the second consecutive Saturday.

With winds blasting at more than 40 knots and churning up short steep waves on the river, yacht club officials postponed the opening day race of the Series.

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania a week ago abandoned the traditional sail past to mark of the official opening of the yachting season because of similar, albeit stronger galeforce winds.

At noon today race officers RJ Badenach and RG Martin announced there would be no racing for the 53 yachts entered for the Harbour Series ‘due to adverse weather conditions.’


However, by hoisting on the club’s mast the ‘AP’ pennant over code flag ‘A', they advised yacht owners that ‘programmed races will be sailed at another date to be advised as the sailing program allows and as determined by the Combined Clubs.’

In France, a storm near the Bay of Biscay, has delayed the sailing of another Tasmanian, Richard Hewson, and 83 other solo sailors in the famous Mini-Transat race across the Atlantic.

Hewson, who grew up and learned to sail in Hobart, skippered the winning yacht in the 2011-2012 Clipper Race Around the World.

The Mini-Transat, for the tiny 6.5m LOA yachts, was to have started on Sunday, but the severe storm has seen race officials postpone it until sometime next week.

The Mini-Transat comprises two legs, 1200 nautical miles from Douarnenez on the coast of France to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, followed by a 2800 nautical mile leg across the Atlantic to Pointe a Pietre, capital of Guadeloupe.

Race officials said had the Mini-Transat fleet been sent away as scheduled they were likely to encounter the storm at the worst possible place, as they rounded Cape Finistere. Latest reports expect the fleet not to set sail until later this week when the Atlantic weather situation has moderated.

InSunSport - NZWildwind 2016 660x82Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1

Related Articles

18ft Skiffs Fiji Fizz - Aussie's win on Practice day in Denerau
Perfect conditions welcomed the fleet to Fiji for the Mark Foy Championship and round three of the Triple Crown Trophy. Perfect conditions welcomed the fleet to Fiji for the Mark Foy Championship and round three of the Triple Crown Trophy. Sailing in a 12knot sea breeze and two windward/leeward races, Race 1 got underway with a clear start and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers stuck their nose out in front and lead till the finish. The fight for second was a good one with a group of boats all close together.
Posted today at 7:32 am
Superyacht Cup - Win Win fastest of the fleet and overall winner
This year's 22-strong fleet is teeming with the latest flyers, carbon rockets, and offshore racers. This year's 22-strong fleet is teeming with the latest flyers, carbon rockets, and offshore racers. Moreover, most competing yachts boast having some of the biggest names in sailing on board. From America's Cup supremos to Olympic champions: stunning entries are handled by the world's racing elite.
Posted today at 5:13 am
Oman Air dominate in Cardiff with Act 3 masterclass
Extreme Sailing Series™ maestro Morgan Larson will take his Oman Air team into the finale of Act 3 Extreme Sailing Series™ maestro Morgan Larson will take his Oman Air team into the finale of Act 3, Cardiff in pole position following a masterclass of big breeze sailing.
Posted today at 1:42 am
Celebrating final moments of spectacular week at Newport Bermuda Race
Of the 185 boats registered, 133 boats set out expecting to be sorely tested by difficult conditions in the Gulf stream Of the 185 boats officially registered to race, 133 boats set out expecting to be sorely tested by difficult conditions in the 635-mile Gulf stream crossing. Forecasters were wrong. 122 finished with just ten dropouts coming from equipment failures or just drifting conditions.
Posted on 25 Jun
49er World Champions clinch Kieler Woche title with day to spare
Burling and Tuke stepped up a gear today in difficult gusty, puffy conditions and were visibly better around the courses Burling and Tuke stepped up a gear today in difficult gusty, puffy conditions and were visibly better around the courses, taking three race wins in a row to give themselves a margin of 26pts going into Sunday’s Medal race. They extend their tally of major regatta wins to 27.
Posted on 25 Jun
Heart rates soar as Oman Air raises the bar at Extreme Sailing Series
Morgan Larson’s crew enjoyed an impressive and unbeatable run of form late afternoon to boost their total points. Morgan Larson’s crew enjoyed an impressive and unbeatable run of form late afternoon to boost their total points for the day by 73, giving them a 17-point cushion over second placed SAP Extreme Sailing Team with one day of racing remaining.
Posted on 25 Jun
RORC IRC Nationals – Some great shots by Richard Langdon
Day 2 of the RORC IRC Nationals with Lloyd Thornburg’s Farr 280 - FOMO. Day 2 action with Lloyd Thornburg’s Farr 280 - FOMO. On board for the regatta: Lloyd Thornburg, Nick Rogers, Miles Seddon, Anders Thomsen, Stuart Bithell and Liam Gardner.
Posted on 25 Jun
Tornado Europeans – Tough fight on Day 3
Two difficult races today in Cesenatico! The very light wind from northeast – east was shifty and current was decisive! 2016 Tornado Europeans - Two difficult races today in Cesenatico! The very light wind from northeast – east was shifty and the current was decisive!
Posted on 25 Jun
Could blistering progress slow as fleet prepares to head north
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It has been another fantastic day’s progress in the North Atlantic. It has been another fantastic day’s progress in the North Atlantic. 30 knots of wind from the south-southwest, sun, and current has seen teams blast reaching and reporting record runs of approximately 300NM VMG in the past 24 hours, but that could end today as teams approach the edge of the Ice Box and prepare to head north into the light winds of the Azores High.
Posted on 25 Jun
One month to go for Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2016
“The response this year has been fantastic,” said Mr. Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers MBS. “The response this year has been fantastic,” said Mr. Byron Jones, Managing Director of organisers Media Business Services Co. Ltd. (MBS).
Posted on 25 Jun