Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Team Australia now chasing Wild Oats XI’s record

by Lisa Ratcliff on 21 Feb 2013
Sean Langman at the helm of Team Australia - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com
<>Sean Langman’s Orma 60 trimaran, Team Australia, has a new target for its passage record attempt from Sydney to Hobart after the World Sailing Speed Council records were updated.

Team Australia now has to beat supermaxi Wild Oats XI’s fastest time of 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds for the 630 nautical mile course.

The Mark Richards skippered 30m monohull, Wild Oats XI, beat its own previous record in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This record now appears on the Council website and recognises Wild Oats as both the outright passage record holder and race record holder.

WSSRC member and Australian representative, John Brooks, explained this afternoon, 'Should Team Australia beat Wild Oats’ time, they will be added to the list as the passage record holder and Wild Oats XI will remain on the list of ratified records as the race record holder.'

Brooks is overseeing Team Australia’s passage record challenge.

The previous fastest passage time set by Marie Cha III in 1999 has now slipped out of the annals.

Team Australia still has to average 14.83 knots and, assuming a 10.30am start tomorrow between Sydney Heads, finish off Battery Point just before 5am on Sunday morning, 24 February, to better Wild Oats XI’s time. The giant multihull is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots.

Based on the current forecast, the 60ft long by 60ft wide trimaran could potentially slice half a day or more off the fastest time.

BIA 2016 Sydney Boat Show 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82Safety at Sea - Baltic - 3

Related Articles

Just make it all about the gold…
It was certainly the title that got me thinking about said precious metal. It was certainly the title that got me thinking about said precious metal. The email simply said, ‘Unlocking the potential of the Broadwater through sport.’ I had been in and out of the Gold Coast Seaway a few times in the last couple of months, with the last the most memorable. You see Maverick had decided to buzz the tower, so to speak.
Posted today at 8:09 am
PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds 2016 – Day 2
Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points. Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points. A number of boats went into the day in much lower positions than expected for a variety of reasons. Could they make it up?
Posted today at 7:34 am
Airlie Beach Race Week - Sports boats help boost numbers
Entries for ABRW close in nine days, and boat owners continue to pledge their support for the popular Whitsundays event 2016 Airlie Beach Race Week - Entries for Airlie Beach Race Week close in nine days, and boat owners continue to pledge their support for the popular Whitsundays event, with 113 entered as of today, including a boost in sports boat numbers that have helped surpass last year’s 104 starters.
Posted today at 3:01 am
New French leader on Day 3 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Breakfast time today saw some furious adding up to resolve the winning team in the high scoring offshore race Initially France Blue, overall leaders after day one, looked strong with their two big boats, Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine, and the Prietz family's JND 39, GOA, in front. As boats started finishing the Flanders North Sea team edged ahead.
Posted on 26 Jul
Gstaad Yacht Club's Racing Team trio for Rio 2016
Pre-Olympic Brunch at the GYC clubhouse – members, guests and friends gave a Brazilian farewell to the GYC Racing Team. The Gstaad Yacht Clubs sport members are: the Nacra 17 team with Matías Bühler and Nathalie Brugger who qualified for Switzerland, the 470 sailor Will Ryan, who starts with his helmsman Matthew Belcher for Australia and Billy Besson, who starts in the Nacra 17 class too, together with his crew Marie Riou for France.
Posted on 26 Jul
J/111 Garmin World Championship less than a week away
Championship is less than a week away, fourteen teams from seven different countries will be taking part. Forming a truly international fleet, the teams come from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America. Racing on tight Solent courses the fleet will enjoy a five day racing programme and a lively social schedule, organised at the Island Sailing Club in the heart of Cowes.
Posted on 26 Jul
Reducing weight aloft with composite backstays
Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Every kilogram you take out of the rig is roughly equivalent to 4kg added to the bottom of your keel!
Posted on 26 Jul
America's Cup World Series - Ian Roman's Images from Portsmouth
Ian Roman was in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series and provided this first of two galleries from the event Top international photographer, Ian Roman was in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series and provided this first of two galleries of the racing across the three days of the regatta.
Posted on 26 Jul
Owners work together on new 52fter project to kick-start SoCal fleet
Manouch Moshayedi owner and skipper of the Bakewell-White 100 Rio100 is behind establishing a 52fter fleet in California The 52fters will be based on the latest design by Judel/Vrolijk. “There are some improvements over the boats in the SuperSeries in the Med that we have made specifically for California sailing, including taller masts, larger mains, larger jibs, larger spinnakers and lighter displacement,” explains Manouch Moshayedi.
Posted on 26 Jul
Pacific Cup - Riding Rufless across the Pacific
The former Bronco was a well sailed class boat the ridden hard and put away wet. 2016 Pacific Cup - We begin this tale with the fundamental roots. The Melges 32 featured in this story is not a tock Melges 32' by any means. The former Bronco was a well sailed class boat the ridden hard and put away wet. When found a few years ago in a San Diego boat yard, she was in sad shape and in need of a good home.
Posted on 26 Jul