Please select your home edition
Edition
Sail Excchange 728x90 New

Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race - Brannew leads chase to win

by Jennifer Crooks on 30 Jul 2013
Crew morale on Close Halled wasn’t good until they found a stowaway who could steer at the 2013 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Graeme Hall
On the morning of day four of the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, and with line honours taken yesterday afternoon by Queensland’s Wild Thing (Grant Wharington) in one of the closest finishes in history, the chase continues to win overall the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual 384 nautical mile race.

After sunrise on a windless ocean in Southport this morning, Chris Bran’s Beneteau 40 CR, Brannew(NSW) continued his overnight lead for the major trophy, with earlier race leader, Phil Molony’s A40, Papillon (NSW), still clinging to second place. The two need to keep those still on the race course behind them on handicap, and to finish before 4.54pm and 4.08pm respectively today. At 7.30am, both were on track to do so.

Also in the mix for the overall win are those sitting in third and fourth place; Wild Rose, Roger Hickman’s Farr 43 and Andy Kearnan’s Summit 35,L‘Altra Donna, both from NSW.

Waiting in the wings to see what pans out are the likes of Rod Jones’ Welbourn 50, Audi Sunshine Coast, which finished at 4.51am this morning and is currently placed fifth overall. Jones will have to wait and see if the current top four finish in the allotted time to beat him.

Jones and his crew sailed a near-perfect race given the conditions and the fact their boat is originally a 1989 build. She was the original Heaven Can Wait, which her then owner, Warren Johns represented Australia and won with during her heyday. Since his purchase, Jones has brought the boat bang up-to-date with help from English designer, Hugh Welbourn.

Only 12 yachts had finished the race at 7.20am. Most of those still racing are due in throughout today and this evening.


The latest to finish, shortly after 7.15am, was Sam Haynes’ Rogers 46, Celestial. The NSW yachtsman reported last evening: 'We went out to sea last night - it was a decision not without risk- and it looked bad at first, as the inshore boats we were with were well up.'

'But then the predicted east-south-east breeze got up and we changed the A1 to an A3 and had a good run, then several park ups etc. There are heaps of holes out here! We caught up to Scarlet Runner, which was stopped about 35 mile south of Ballina - it's that sort of race.

'Saw a Marlin fish, a first for me in the wild, like that and several whale pods, dolphins, etc. We are giving it all we have got and working the boat hard,' Haynes said.

Darryl Hodgkinson sailed his new purchase, the former Cookson 50, Jazz, now known as Victoire, into what has translated to a Division 0 victory after crossing the line at 2.22am. The Sydney plastic surgeon was thrilled with their first ocean race on the new boat, after upgrading from his successful Beneteau 45 that won him the 2011 Blue Water Point Score.

'We’re all thrilled with the boat’s first major shakedown we’re all chuffed,' Hodgkinson said. 'It looks like we’ve won our division in our first big race together, so we’re very pleased.

'It was a long, lumpy and variable wind race,' he said. 'The only real downside was Danny (McConville) forgot to bring the apples, so the crew weren't too happy and haven’t forgiven him,' said the jovial doctor who claimed: 'We’ve moved up into the high rent district with the Cookson and we’re looking forward to the next race.'

Yacht crews have been finding ways to fill in the slow hours, including whale and other wild life spotting. But on Close Halled, Graeme Hall and his crew found other diversions, including a new helmsman, who Hall claimed: 'Crew morale? Wasn't so good till they found a stowaway. At least she could steer!


'Race has been a bit up and down. Had a great first day with Code Zero, but got caught a little wide on the first night. It’s been a bit of catch up since.'

Mortgage Choice Rumba (Robert Carr/Stephanie Cook/Kerry Burke) is last on line, sailing at four knots of Coffs Harbour at 7.15am this morning. Her nearest competitor is Greg Zyner’s Copernicus, 15 miles ahead.

The good news for those left at sea is today’s weather report, which predicts 10-15 knot south/south-easterlies for those nearing Southport, while the back marker will have it even better, with winds set to increase to 20/25 in the afternoon a nice kite ride to the finish.

On Wednesday, the forecast includes a strong wind warning, with 20-30 knots by midday, by which stage the last of the fleet should have arrived in Southport.

So far, only nine yachts have finished the first race of the CYCA’s Blue Water Point Score, with Wedgetail (Bill Wild), finishing fourth on line shortly after midnight, Andrew Wenham’s Southern Excellence II finished next, just after 2.00am, followed by Jim Cooney’s Brindabella, Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire, Bob Steel’s Quest and then Audi Sunshine Coast.

Three more yachts retired last evening; Illusion, Icefire and Chancellor, bringing the total to eight retirements. Most were due to time constraints, with crew having to return to work.

The CYCA’s proven yacht tracker system will allow family, friends and yachting enthusiasts to follow the race and their favourite yachts for its duration. Each yacht will be fitted with a Yellowbrick tracker that will obtain a position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmit that position back to Yellowbrick HQ using the Iridium satellite network.

Each yacht’s position is then visualised on the race yacht tracker map via http://goldcoast.cyca.com.au, or overlaid on Google Earth. In addition, the yacht tracker system also shows distance to finish line and progressive corrected time positions under the IRC, ORCi and PHS handicap divisions throughout the Gold Coast website

Barz Optics - FloatersX-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 3Cooper Teamwear 660x82 1

Related Articles

Kiel Week - What a difference a day makes
After opening day was blessed with gorgeous sunshine and breeze, albeit shifty, Thursday was a massive contrast. After the opening day of the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships was blessed with gorgeous sunshine and a seven - nine knot breeze, albeit shifty, Thursday was a massive contrast.
Posted today at 3:37 am
Highlights from the 'Racing Forward' forum
The highlights from the 'Racing Forward' forum at the Hamilton Princess brought to you by PwC Bermuda and America's Cup The highlights from the 'Racing Forward' forum at the Hamilton Princess, Bermuda on Tuesday 20 June, brought to you by PwC Bermuda and the America's Cup. The panel featured two fantastic sailors, who also happen to be women and part of the core group from The Magenta Project, Abby Ehler and Libby Greenhalgh. I was lucky enough to be the moderator for the panel,
Posted today at 2:31 am
Audi Sailing Week - 52 Super Series – It's a difficult day for Azzurra
Winners of the day’s races were Quantum and Ran, who is currently at the lead of the event’s provisional scoreboard The Swedish team aboard Ran again showed their excellent boat speed sailing downwind and got to the first gate head to head with Azzurra. Ran managed to inch past and take the lead. Azzurra was right behind, then at the final top mark chose to split off with a gybe set.
Posted on 22 Jun
Para World Sailing Championships – What a difference a day makes
Only the Open 2.4 Norlin OD, One Person Keelboat, managed to sail, and they completed one race in variable 5-16 knot The day had a bit of everything. There were grey skies, heavy showers and no breeze in the morning. Moving into the afternoon, a sudden sunny spell was coupled with a heavy breeze, gusting up to 25 knots. The breeze declined as the afternoon played out before dropping off completely and bringing another rain shower to put an end to the day.
Posted on 22 Jun
Interviews from final day of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Pretty incredible racing, with the final results decided in the final race, on the final leg to the finish! Pretty incredible racing, with the final results decided in the final race, on the final leg to the finish!
Posted on 22 Jun
Rán Racing on top of 52 Super Series Roller Coaster
On day one the defending 2016 champions Quantum Racing finished rock bottom of the leaderboard, counting maximum points Today, in perfect conditions it was the turn of the world champions Platoon to have an unfortunate taste of life down in the nether regions of the fleet.
Posted on 22 Jun
Red Bull Youth America´s Cup – Wrap-up
No one could have scripted a more exciting ending, as New Zealand was toppled from certain triumph in the last seconds No one could have scripted a more exciting ending, as New Zealand was toppled from almost certain triumph in the last seconds of the last race by a determined British team, and Bermuda emerged as the new darlings of sailing.
Posted on 22 Jun
Extreme Sailing Series sailors outshine in RedBull Youth America's Cup
Land Rover BAR Academy squad pulled off a dramatic last gasp victory to beat New Zealand and Switzerland to the title. The Brits were not the only squad showcasing their prowess and finely-tuned skills on the Great Sound in Bermuda. The two other podium finishers also featured faces who at various times have competed in the Extreme Sailing Series.
Posted on 22 Jun
Audi Sailing Week - TP52 Super Series – Day 2 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from day two Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 22 Jun
Barcelona revealed as venue for Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4
Race Village will provide the perfect viewing arena for the racing, and will also offer a host of on-shore entertainment The cosmopolitan capital of Spain's Catalonia, a major tourist destination and one of the world's leading cultural and economic centres, is the final venue to be announced as part of the 2017 global tour.
Posted on 22 Jun