Please select your home edition
Edition
Helm Events 728x90

King of the Derwent - Galeforce winds force cancellation

by Peter Campbell on 2 Jan 2014
DSC 0184 - Lexus of Hobart King of the Derwent 2013 Peter Campbell
Lexus of Hobart King of the Derwent 2013 – Galeforce westerly winds, gusting 61 knots this morning, have forced the Derwent Sailing Squadron to cancel the race.

This is the first time in 30 years that the iconic race on Hobart’s River Derwent has been abandoned. Over those years some of the most famous ocean racing yachts from throughout Australia and overseas have contested the event following the ocean races from Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston.

Race officers made the decision after monitoring the wind strengths throughout the morning and obtaining advice from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Bureau recorded a maximum gust of 61 knots in Hobart at 9.00 a.m. Minutes before deciding to abandon the King of the Derwent at 12 noon, a gust of 47 knots was recorded on the DSS’ marina.

'Present and projected wind strengths are considered too high to start the Lexus of Hobart King of the Derwent today, taking into considering the safety of competing yachts, spectator craft and support boats,' Commodore Ron Bugg said in announcing that the race had been abandoned.

'Many of the entered yachts had suffered hard races from Sydney, Hobart and Launceston, with their sails only just, or still being repaired,' he added.

'With visiting boats needing to be in good state for their voyages home, they certainly did not want to suffer further damage.'

Commodore Bugg said it was not feasible to conduct the Lexus of Hobart King of the Derwent tomorrow or on Saturday. In any case, the forecast for those days was still for strong winds on the Derwent.

Event website: click here
Festival of Sails 2017 660x82Hall Spars - BattenAbell Point Marina 660x82 Moor

Related Articles

EXCLUSIVE 20% off Henri Lloyd Rolex Sydney Hobart Essentials Kit
Henri Lloyd Australia are giving a 20% discount to Sail-World readers on Essentials ahead of the Rolex Sydney Hobart! Henri Lloyd Australia are giving a massive 20% discount to Sail-World readers on a range of clothing ahead of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race! Simply use the code: SAILWORLD at checkout when purchasing from their Essentials Kit.
Posted on 8 Dec
Solo Round the World record attempt makes long-term sponsorship work
The recent focus in the sailing news has been on the boats racing in the Vendée Globe and the epic battle Tomas Coville is aboard Sodebo vying for the single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation record. Coville rounded Cape Horn at the tip of South America yesterday and is currently turning his bow north as he deals with the strong currents in the Estrecho de le Maire, or the Straits of le Maire
Posted on 8 Dec
Vendée Globe – Thomson locked in battle for first place
Alex, who has been locked in battle with Armel Le Cléac'h, was sitting in second place as he passed the half way mark Alex, who has been locked in battle with Frenchman Armel Le Cléac'h since the race began on November 6th, was sitting in second place as he passed the half way mark - the tip of New Zealand’s south island.
Posted on 8 Dec
Entries open for another Classic Milang Goolwa Race
The Freshwater Classic is a must-do race for hundreds of families from around the State, that is a unique experience. The Freshwater Classic is a must-do race every year for hundreds of families from around the State, that is a unique experience for all yachties. The 2016 race attracted nearly 200 boats with over 1,000 sailors as crew on the water competing.
Posted on 8 Dec
Solo round-the-world record attempt – Thomas Coville rounds Cape Horn
The skipper of Sodebo Ultim’ sets a new solo reference time between Ushant and Cape Horn. With an average speed over the ground of 25.33 knots, the skipper of Sodebo Ultim’ sets a new solo reference time between Ushant and Cape Horn.
Posted on 8 Dec
Double capsize in thrilling Act 8 opener at Extreme Sailing Series
Sydney Harbour delivered 'classic conditions' in an electrifying opening day of the finale that saw two teams capsize. Sydney Harbour delivered 'classic conditions' in an electrifying opening day of the finale that saw two teams capsize. Clear blue skies were met with a blustery north-easterly breeze of around 22 knots as the eight international crews hit the iconic waters of Australia's largest city, for the eighth and final Act of this season.
Posted on 8 Dec
Oman Air lay foundations for gripping duel at Extreme Sailing Series
Oman Air made a flying start to their final bid for championship honours on a wild and windy day in Sydney Oman Air made a flying start to their final bid for championship honours on a wild and windy day in Sydney to lay the foundations for a gripping duel with rival Alinghi in the ‘winner takes all’ finals
Posted on 8 Dec
Capsize on the Harbour - including Beth Morley images
In race three of Act 8 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Sydney, Land Rover BAR Academy and Visit Madeira capsized In race three of the first day of Act 8 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Sydney, Land Rover BAR Academy and Visit Madeira capsized at around 1500 local time. At the time of the capsizes the wind was around 22 knots. The Extreme Sailing Series' safety protocol was immediately initiated and the event's Safety Team was immediately on site to provide assistance, as were the teams' support boats.
Posted on 8 Dec
SWC Final – Nacra sailors react to Olympic foiling announcement
Last month the World Sailing Council met in Barcelona, Spain, and confirmed the Nacra 17 will convert to foiling Last month the World Sailing Council met in Barcelona, Spain, and confirmed the Nacra 17 will convert to foiling for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the only foiling class among the 10 Olympic sailing classes.
Posted on 8 Dec
Sailing World Cup Melbourne pays tribute to Paul Elvstrom
Sixty years ago, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron welcomed legendary Paul Elvstrom for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Sixty years ago, the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron welcomed the legendary Paul Elvstrom for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. At the time the Danish sailor was carving a legacy that included four consecutive Olympic gold medals, numerous world championships and sporting innovations that are now the norm within the sport.
Posted on 8 Dec