Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Justin Wells named CYCA Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year

by Peter Campbell/Jennifer Crooks on 14 Dec 2012
Tasmanian S2H entrant Martela broaching dramatically in the Hobart Combined Clubs race on Saturday Fourhills.com.au
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania member Justin Wells has been named the Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year at the Ocean Racer of the Year cocktail party at the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania in Sydney.

The award came as Wells and his crew began preparing for their second Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in the Ker 11.3 Dump Truck (the former Tow Truck) which he and co-owner Edward Fader bought in 2010.

Under Wells guidance, Dump Truck finished last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart 35th overall and second in IRC Division 2, despite being at the mercy of uncongenial winds. Dump Truck was also the first boat under 40 feet to cross the finish line, winning the Battery Point Trophy.

Wells (skippering) and Fader have had considering success in offshore racing in Tasmanian, including winning the 2011-2012 Combined Clubs Offshore Championship.

In late October Dump Truck finished second overall to fellow Tasmanian competitor, Martela, in the Isle of Caves Race, won the Bay of Fires race in mid-October, was second in IRC in the Maria Island Race in November 2011 and won Group 1 IRC division in the Betsey Island Race in January from Rolex Sydney Hobart rivals Whistler (David Rees) and Cougar II.

Dump Truck is one of four Tasmanian yachts contesting this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, the others being Tony Lyall’s TP52 Cougar II, Rob Fisher’s Adams 20 Helsal III and Tony Williams’ IMX 40 Martela.

All except Helsal III are now either in or on their way from Hobart to Sydney, with Martela making a spectacular final appearance on Hobart’s River Derwent in last Saturday’s Combined Clubs harbour racing series.

After placing third in the first two windward/leeward races, Martela broached as she crossed the finish line, clipping the side of the committee vessel. She was recorded DNF which may have cost her a win in the pre-Christmas series.

Fortunately, the damage to both boats was minable and Williams and his delivery crew set sail for Sydney on Sunday. 'We are very happy with the way the boat has been going in local harbour and long distance races,' Williams said in mobile phone call from Wineglass Bay on Tasmania’s east coast. 'The finish line broach was certainly a spectacular finale to the harbour series, but we suffered no real damage.'

The CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards recognises yachting excellence for the 12 month period from July 2011-July 2012.

Darryl Hodgkinson was been named the Ocean Racer of the Year. Hodgkinson, the owner of Victoire, a Beneteau 45, only just last December was named the Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year (2010/2011), and has since gone from strength to strength.

Hodgkinson clinched the CYCA’s 2012 Blue Water Pointscore Series from Ragamuffin by five points, having won the Cabbage Tree Island and Flinders Islet yacht races and finished first in IRC Division 3 in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Gail Harland, a crew member of Patrice Six, was awarded the Sally Gordon Memorial Trophy for Ocean Crew Person of the Year. Harland has completed 17 Sydney Hobarts and is second only to former award winner, Adrienne Cahalan, who has contested 20 Hobarts.

For the second time, Syd Fischer has been named the Ocean Veteran of the Year. Fischer has won the CYCA Blue Water championship a record nine times and has been named Ocean Racer of the Year four times. This is his 50th season of ocean racing.

Phil Eadie, navigator on Victoire, was named Ocean Racing Navigator of the Year. Ironically, he was the inaugural recipient of this award when it was introduced in 2008.

Since its inception in 1985, the Ocean Racer of the Year Award has gone to many of Australia’s most notable ocean racing skippers, starting with Tasmanian, Don Calvert, and including Victorians Gino Knezic and Lou Abrahams; South Australian Kevan Pearce, New South Welshmen Roger Hickman, Geoff Ross, Matt Allen (twice), Bob Thomas and Ed Psaltis (twice), Syd Fischer (four times), Bob Steel and Mike Green and last year, co-winners, Sydney yachtsman Stephen Ainsworth and South Australian Geoff Boettcher.

The Ocean Veteran of the Year winners have included: Alby Burgin (NSW), twice, the late Merv Finn (WA), the late John Bennetto (Tas), Dick Fidock (SA), John Walker (NSW), three times, Lou Abrahams (Vic), Don Mickleborough (NSW), Richard Hammond (NSW), Alex Whitworth (NSW), twice, Bruce Gould (NSW) and Tony Ellis (NSW).

Pantaenius - Fixed ValueKilwell - 3Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1

Related Articles

Oman Air win Act 3 to extend overall Extreme Sailing Series™ lead
Oman Air were today crowned kings of Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ following a tense finale 2016 Extreme Sailing Series - Oman Air were today crowned kings of Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ following a tense finale that saw them only just manage to hold off a late charge from rivals Red Bull Sailing Team.
Posted today at 1:12 am
Surprise tie at RORC IRC National Championship
On a slightly more serene Sunday the race management team was able to hold one windward-leeward in 8-15 knots winds. This year's IRC National Championship, the 14th since the Royal Ocean Racing Club launched its handicap rule in 2000, had the unusual distinction of joint winners in Adam Gosling's brand new JPK 10.80 Yes! (winner of IRC Two) and the French consortium-owned A35, Dunkerque - Les Dunes de Flandre, (which topped IRC Three).
Posted on 26 Jun
Oman Air tightens grip on 2016 Extreme Sailing Series leaderboard
They stretched their lead at the top of the season table to three points over second placed Red Bull Sailing Team. Morgan Larson’s crew notched up ten outright wins from 29 races with another nine podium places to add to the mix, reaffirming their status as the most consistent team in the fleet and confirming them as Cardiff champions.
Posted on 26 Jun
Superyacht Cup 2016 – Final day images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day. Photographer Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day.
Posted on 26 Jun
Burling and Tuke are Box Office Stars of Kieler Woch’s Super Sunday
The Charles brothers take second and Japan’s Daichi Takayama and Akira Takayanagi finished third. The grand finale to the world’s biggest sailing regatta, Super Sunday gave the huge crowds enough to cheer about in the warm sunshine.
Posted on 26 Jun
470 Junior Worlds – Spanish women in gold, Spanish men in silver
Before the start of the Medal Race of the women, the podium places were not decided yet. The last of the five racing days sees another Japanese team make it to the podium.
Posted on 26 Jun
Tasmanian Yachting Awards – Matt Bugg instant Male Sailor of the Year
att Bugg yesterday was named 2016 Tasmanian Male Sailor of the Year – just one hour after flying back to Hobart. att Bugg yesterday was named 2016 Tasmanian Male Sailor of the Year – just one hour after flying back to Hobart following his final on-the-water training at Rio in preparation for the Paralympic Games.
Posted on 26 Jun
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 on 26 Jun
Clipper Race fleet makes a crucial decision to miss the Scoring Gate
The brakes have been put on the rollercoaster ride for now after the teams made the turn north around Ice Box perimeter. The brakes have been put on the rollercoaster ride for now after the teams made the turn north around the Ice Box perimeter and now find themselves caught in the lighter winds of the North Atlantic High, but they are at least now pointing towards finish destination Derry-Londonderry.
Posted on 26 Jun
Perfect day for light air lovers in Land Rover Winter Series
Race eight was for those whose crews thrive in light fluky airs and so those boats prospered in the CYCA hosted series. Race eight was one for those whose boat and crews thrive in light fluky airs and so those boats prospered in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia hosted series today.
Posted on 26 Jun