Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Maria Island Race - Four yachts in running for handicap win

by Peter Campbell on 16 Nov 2013
Whistler and Martela are strong contender for handicap honours in the Maria Island Race. Peter Campbell
At the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Tasports Maria Island Race tonight, four potential handicap winners were line astern, less than a sea mile between them, as they sailed back down the State’s East Coast to Hobart.

'You could throw a lady’s handkerchief over the four of them', was the description of the duty race officer at the RYCT.

The four yachts, Tony Williams’ Sydney Hobart entrant Martela, David Rees Whistler, David Taylor’s Pisces and the larger yacht, Audere (Mike Pritchard) came charging down the coast from Maria Island under spinnaker in the afternoon, closing up with race leader The Fork in the Road, Gary Smith’s 52-footer.

The Fork in the Road had overtaken the fleet on Friday night after her embarrassing entanglement with the ‘pin end’ buoy of the starting line on the Friday evening start off Hobart’s Castray Esplanade.

The Fork in the Road led the fleet around the top end of Maria Island around midday today but apparently ran out of wind off Marion Bay on the leg back south. The four boats astern, enjoying a northerly breeze from astern, caught and actually overtook the bigger boat for a short time..



At that stage, as they headed south, the last yacht in the race, the 62-footer cruising boat Magic Miles, was still heading north…. slowly. Like Martela, she is an entrant in the Sydney Hobart.

With The Fork in the Road’s satellite tracker not functioning, race officials early this evening estimated her position at 7:00pm at between Eaglehawk Neck and Yellow Bluff on the Tasman Peninsula. The other four leaders were only a few miles astern, north of Pirates Bay.

Of the four yachts close astern of The Fork in the Road, Pisces looked the best placed on corrected time, the modified Sydney 36 sailing well above her rating in competition with Whistler, Martela and Audere, a larger Beneteau First 45 sailing its first ocean race in Tasmanian waters.

At that time, three yachts still had to round the northern tip of Maria Island.

Sail Exchange 660x82 New SailsSail Port Stephens 2017 660x82Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Foresight Natural Energy Day 109 - Ancient Homer
The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. Even the rippling laughter of the wake down the side of the hull has dulled as Foresight Natural Energy lethargically crawls across the dark disk of the horizon. The bright orange jib is the only flash of colour in a quiet world where a dull lead coloured sea lolls under a pewter sky.
Posted today at 4:36 am
CCA welcomes America's fastest non-stop solo circumnavigator
The CCA is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race The Cruising Club of America is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016.
Posted today at 3:44 am
RORC Caribbean 600 - Rambler 88 takes Monohull Line Honours
George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking Monohull Line Honours.
Posted today at 1:14 am
Vendee Globe - Colman progressing in right direction - speaks to BBC
Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become more direct. Although Kiwi solo sailor Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become much more direct. After a frustrating passage through an area of light winds, Colman is now heading for a weather system which should allow him to hook in a wind system that will take him to the finish. He spoke to BBC's Radio 4 today:
Posted on 22 Feb
Vendée Globe – Costa to cross Thursday morning for 14th
Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge which stands between him and the favourable westerly breezes which should finally allow the jury rigged Foresight Natural Energy to sail more directly towards the French coast and the finish line
Posted on 22 Feb
Sanya awarded Youth Sailing World Championships
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded.
Posted on 22 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 3 – Phaedo3 takes multihull line honours
While the multihull race record was not broken this year Phaedo3 and Maserati had an incredible 600 mile high-speed duel Phaedo3 held on to win the battle of the trimarans, just 12 minutes ahead of Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70, Maserati. The high-speed battle saw the lead change hands at least four times during the race.
Posted on 22 Feb
Volvo Ocean Race – Pablo Arrarte joins MAPFRE as watch captain
With just 242 days to go until the start of the 2017-18 edition on October 22, preparations are already well underway. Arrarte, who raced onboard Brunel in 2014-15, will also assume the role of deputy to Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández, who was named as skipper on Friday.
Posted on 22 Feb
Maserati Multi70 finishes a close second in RORC Caribbean 600
Soldini and his seven-man crew brought Maserati Multi70 across the finish line off Charlotte Point in Antigua. Soldini and his seven-man international crew brought Maserati Multi70 across the finish line off Charlotte Point in Antigua.
Posted on 22 Feb
Red Bull Sailing Team returns to the Extreme Sailing Series
The team will have eight Acts to out-sail the world's best in what looks to be the most competitive season yet. The team will have eight Acts to out-sail the world's best in what looks to be the most competitive season yet.
Posted on 22 Feb