A 25-knot blustery southerly greeted the fleet for the passage race from Fremantle to Rockingham for the annual Cockburn Sound Regatta today. A tiny start boat sent competitors on their way despite rolling fiercely in the normally placid waters of Cockburn Sound. Winds up to 30 knots challenged the fleet but all arrived safely with minimal breakages reported.
Garth Curran’s Walk on the Wild Side was blind sided at the Division 1 start, pushing up the Marten 49 Sue Sea to ensure clean access to the line, but failing to notice Sue Sea’s sister ship Optimus Prime coming from beneath her, resulting in a frantic last minute luff and a late start. Despite the inauspicious beginning however, Walk on the Wild Side recovered well to claim first place on both IRC and performance handicap.
In the job and main division, the catamaran Whip It maintained excellent boat speed and although its inability to point as high as the mono’s in its division, finished first and also won on handicap. With reaching and running legs over the next few days, this little rocket ship will be hard to beat.
Gary Martin’s beautifully restored 1929 metre boat Acrospire was always going to be the headline act for the newly Created classic Division. The yacht is a real head turner wherever she goes, and surprised many commentators when she won last month’s Fremantle Harbour Classic, a thirty boat pursuit race run within the confines of Fremantle Harbour.
Acrospire did not disappoint, crossing the line some four minutes ahead of Peter Joiner’s Sir Henry Merkin, and winning the Classic Division on handicap.
The Longboat (Ole Otness) narrowly won the Premier Cruising Division ahead of Kim Jamieson’s Intension.
Division 2 has an interesting mix of entries, ranging from Mirko Moeller’s Leonie, which unfortunately retired from today’s feeder race, down to Colin Harrison’s Sonar, Noel Robins. The Sonar is a purpose designed boat to be sailed by people with disabilities, and it is great to see Paralympian gold medallist Harrison, joined by a crew who also have disabilities, enjoying their sport as much as any of the able bodied sailors in the regatta.
Dieter Strauss won the division result today with Unhinged, ahead of the S97 Mistress Quickly, which might have enjoyed a better results had she made it to the start on time.
The feeder race does not count for overall points, so racing begins in earnest on Thursday morning.
Ensign Ship Brokers
Ensign Ship Brokers was established in 1980 and has spent the last 28 years expanding our marine knowledge and developing our reputation! We strive to provide the very best service! [More info]
Festival of Sails
The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400 yachts and 4300 competitors annually taking part in the event. [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Hood Sailmakers (Aust) P/L is 100% Australian owned and operated. The first sail loft outside of the USA to be granted a franchise in 1968 by the founder Ted Hood. [More info]
Mauri Pro Sailing
Your direct access to sailing solutions. 8,000+ products for cruising and racing sailors and sailboats. We search for appropriate sailboat hardware or sailing gear and offer them at competitive prices [More info]
Navionics is proud of its superb cartographic database comprising more than 25,000 charts and port plans; the largest privately owned database of its kind, the only one using full seamless technology [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Quantum Australasia Pty Ltd
Quantum Sail Design Group designs, engineers and manufactures sails for racers and cruisers who demand the highest levels of quality and performance. [More info]
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is an annual four-day event which attracts buyers and marine industry representatives from across Australia and around the globe. [More info]
Sydney Rigging Specialists
Sydney Rigging Specialists is a leading company in the supply of yacht rigging, cordage, marine fittings and accessories. We are based in Sydney and work from our specially fitted out rigging shop. [More info]
Ullman Sails Australia
The Ullman Sails Australia team provides service to customers all over Australia with four main locations in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and the Whitsundays. [More info]
Vicsail Sydney Pty Ltd, launched into the Australian sailing fraternity in 1983 and has been sailing strong ever since. At Vicsail, “We Sail the Boats We Sell”. [More info]