Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race - Clean and quiet start

Dunan Hine's Alive from Tas - Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2014
Andrew Gough
The gentlemanly midday start of the eighth annual Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race on Moreton Bay for the record-equalling fleet of 35 yachts from Tasmania to Townsville was clean and quiet.

This afternoon off Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast Bob Oatley’s race record-holder Wild Oats XI comfortably leads the pack. The 100-footer, with one of Australia’s best-known sailors Iain Murray at the helm, is lapping up the building afternoon sea breeze and making good time, averaging 15 knots of boat speed. There’s plenty of clear air when you are the largest in the fleet but not much in the way of company, other than the sea birds.

Mainsails at the start - Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2014
Andrew Gough

Peter Harburg’s Juan K 70 Black Jack, sailing for the event host club Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Yachting Australia President Matt Allen’s Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban, Duncan Hine’s RP66 Alive and Wild Oats XI all opted for the pin end of the start line in the gentle five knots of north east breeze.

Black Jack helmed by Mark Bradford tacked right first while Wild Oats XI and Alive hung in and found good pressure close under Green Island. It was high and hot to the left and low and slow to the right where Black Jack wallowed for a bit. Alive put the boot in early and at 4pm on day one is leading the IRC Overall division. Now Hobart based, Alive is the former Black Jack and a fancied handicap chance.

The crew on the second Tasmanian boat in the fleet, Michael Pritchard’s Beneteau First 45 Audere have the choice of Rogan Josh, good ‘ole spag bowl or Thai Green chicken curry for dinner, the two latter dishes cooked in Hobart by the owner’s wife Bianca and one of the crew, Daniella Polita, and hand-delivered to Brisbane in a Coles cooler bag by Daniella.

Audere Tas boat - Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2014
Andrew Gough

Audere is a long way from home. Their journey began with the delivery across Bass Strait then the Sydney Gold Coast yacht race that wrapped up earlier this week, now their first Brisbane to Keppel and then onto Audi Hamilton Island Race Week starting August 16, 2014.

Back in the pack yachts are spread out all over Moreton Bay on a cool and sparkling winter’s afternoon, essentially in size order. A whale on the course early on meant crews had to keep a wary eye out and with the mammal’s migration north still going on crews will need to be vigilant throughout the 348 nautical mile coastal passage.

The fleet can expect 15 knot nor’westers tomorrow until the early hours of Saturday morning when a southerly change is set to change up the tempo with 20 plus knots of wind forecast to hit the racetrack.

Club Marine’s acting Queensland state manager Corey Yeung speaks proudly of their association with this annual feeder race. 'Club Marine is extremely proud to support the eighth annual Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race. As a long time sponsor, it’s especially pleasing to see that interest in the race continues to grow, with this year’s event attracting such a large fleet.

'Congratulations to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for putting together such a great event.'

Iain Murray at the helm of WOXI - Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2014
Andrew Gough


IRC overall
PositionNameRatingStart TimeLast updateDTF (NM)Distance Sailed (NM)VMG* (Knots)Estimated finish time (EST)Estimated finish time (EST corrected)
1WILD OATS XI1.973031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00262.990.89.901 Aug 22:04:0803 Aug 07:13:05
2LOCAL HERO1.048031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00301.547.95.103 Aug 06:45:4103 Aug 09:57:58
3GEORGIA EXPRESS1.079031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00297.848.85.103 Aug 06:08:4703 Aug 11:22:19
4ALIVE1.578031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00276.373.97.302 Aug 09:32:5203 Aug 11:52:28
5KERUMBA1.260031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00289.960.35.802 Aug 21:30:4603 Aug 12:27:58
6MAYFAIR1.082031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.851.05.003 Aug 07:02:3303 Aug 12:32:24
7BLACK JACK1.703031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00272.082.37.702 Aug 06:36:1903 Aug 12:33:24
8ICHI BAN1.502031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00280.170.06.802 Aug 12:51:3903 Aug 13:23:21
9CARBON CREDITS1.118031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.753.25.003 Aug 06:29:2003 Aug 14:20:05
10AUDERE1.104031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.653.64.903 Aug 07:31:3503 Aug 14:32:57
11PATRIOT1.111031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.453.24.903 Aug 07:07:0203 Aug 14:34:03
12OCEAN AFFINITY1.247031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00290.858.55.503 Aug 00:43:4803 Aug 15:43:49
13RAGTIME1.095031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.451.64.703 Aug 10:24:4703 Aug 17:06:08
14HASTA LA VISTA1.101031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.251.74.703 Aug 10:20:4803 Aug 17:27:07
15LEE-WAY1.016031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00303.546.84.403 Aug 16:41:5503 Aug 17:55:33
16BOBBYS GIRL1.166031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00295.053.54.903 Aug 07:09:5303 Aug 18:18:51
17PATRICE1.282031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00288.760.35.403 Aug 01:10:4903 Aug 18:26:00
18AFTER MIDNIGHT1.145031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00295.153.34.803 Aug 08:54:5903 Aug 18:54:33
19SWISH1.241031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00290.658.85.103 Aug 03:58:1503 Aug 19:23:17
20BROADSWORD1.100031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00297.850.74.603 Aug 12:15:3003 Aug 19:29:03
21DEKADENCE1.183031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00293.655.04.903 Aug 07:34:5203 Aug 19:56:54
22CELESTIAL1.267031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00289.459.95.203 Aug 03:20:4803 Aug 20:15:37
23FRANTIC1.143031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00299.549.44.603 Aug 12:02:1503 Aug 22:20:19
24FRANTIC1.346031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00288.960.25.303 Aug 01:45:1403 Aug 23:07:15
25ITALIAN JOB1.072031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00298.648.14.203 Aug 18:11:0703 Aug 23:48:53


ORCi overall
PositionNameRatingStart TimeLast updateDTF (NM)Distance Sailed (NM)VMG* (Knots)Estimated finish time (EST)Estimated finish time (EST corrected)
1BLACK JACK1.512931 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00272.082.37.702 Aug 06:36:1903 Aug 04:27:27
2LOCAL HERO1.017631 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00301.547.95.103 Aug 06:45:4103 Aug 07:56:11
3ALIVE1.506131 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00276.373.97.302 Aug 09:32:5203 Aug 08:35:59
4AUDERE1.069031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.653.64.903 Aug 07:31:3503 Aug 12:11:09
5CARBON CREDITS1.089631 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.753.25.003 Aug 06:29:2003 Aug 12:26:47
6PATRIOT1.079931 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.453.24.903 Aug 07:07:0203 Aug 12:28:48
7DRAKE'S PRAYER1.026931 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00299.349.24.703 Aug 11:15:2603 Aug 13:10:26
8OCEAN AFFINITY1.241331 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00290.858.55.503 Aug 00:43:4803 Aug 15:23:02
9HASTA LA VISTA1.073631 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.251.74.703 Aug 10:20:4803 Aug 15:31:28
10RAGTIME1.081831 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.451.64.703 Aug 10:24:4703 Aug 16:10:22
11AIRSTREAM1.021431 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00301.946.74.503 Aug 14:56:3603 Aug 16:32:50
12SOUTHERN CROSS YACHT1.075931 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.751.34.703 Aug 11:13:0903 Aug 16:37:29
13FRANTIC1.075231 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00299.549.44.603 Aug 12:02:1503 Aug 17:27:17
14BROADSWORD1.072531 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00297.850.74.603 Aug 12:15:3003 Aug 17:29:49
15BOBBYS GIRL1.162931 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00295.053.54.903 Aug 07:09:5303 Aug 18:06:21
16LEE-WAY1.020031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00303.546.84.403 Aug 16:41:5503 Aug 18:13:57
17AFTER MIDNIGHT1.137631 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00295.153.34.803 Aug 08:54:5903 Aug 18:23:57
18PATRICE1.287231 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00288.760.35.403 Aug 01:10:4903 Aug 18:45:05
19SPIRIT OF MATESHIP1.407031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00286.363.45.902 Aug 20:07:2103 Aug 18:57:52
20SWISH1.238031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00290.658.85.103 Aug 03:58:1503 Aug 19:11:46
21CELESTIAL1.250331 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00289.459.95.203 Aug 03:20:4803 Aug 19:12:09
22DEKADENCE1.183431 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00293.655.04.903 Aug 07:34:5203 Aug 19:58:32
23ITALIAN JOB1.039731 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00298.648.14.203 Aug 18:11:0703 Aug 21:17:21
24FRANTIC1.320231 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00288.960.25.303 Aug 01:45:1403 Aug 21:31:39
25YELLOW CAB EUPHORIA1.047431 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00298.449.64.203 Aug 18:06:0503 Aug 21:48:12
26LLOYDS TOO IMPETUOUS1.015531 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00303.344.32.705 Aug 09:51:2605 Aug 11:41:03


PHS overall
PositionNameRatingStart TimeLast updateDTF (NM)Distance Sailed (NM)VMG* (Knots)Estimated finish time (EST)Estimated finish time (EST corrected)
1SYNCHRONICITY1.085031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 17:15:00311.634.77.302 Aug 11:48:4702 Aug 15:52:37
2WILD OATS XI2.000031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00262.990.89.901 Aug 22:04:0803 Aug 08:08:16
3LOCAL HERO1.048031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00301.547.95.103 Aug 06:45:4103 Aug 09:57:58
4KERUMBA1.228031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00289.960.35.802 Aug 21:30:4603 Aug 10:37:33
5GEORGIA EXPRESS1.079031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00297.848.85.103 Aug 06:08:4703 Aug 11:22:19
6AIRSTREAM0.956031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00301.946.74.503 Aug 14:56:3603 Aug 11:38:45
7CARBON CREDITS1.090031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.753.25.003 Aug 06:29:2003 Aug 12:28:22
8MAYFAIR1.082031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.851.05.003 Aug 07:02:3303 Aug 12:32:24
9SPIRIT OF MATESHIP1.300031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00286.363.45.902 Aug 20:07:2103 Aug 12:57:33
10DRAKE'S PRAYER1.030031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00299.349.24.703 Aug 11:15:2603 Aug 13:23:42
11OCEAN AFFINITY1.210031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00290.858.55.503 Aug 00:43:4803 Aug 13:28:59
12AUDERE1.095031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.653.64.903 Aug 07:31:3503 Aug 13:56:30
13PATRIOT1.105031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00294.453.24.903 Aug 07:07:0203 Aug 14:09:53
14THE MATRIX1.100031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00295.753.64.903 Aug 07:27:5003 Aug 14:12:37
15BROADSWORD1.050031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00297.850.74.603 Aug 12:15:3003 Aug 15:52:16
16HASTA LA VISTA1.088031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.251.74.703 Aug 10:20:4803 Aug 16:32:14
17BLACK JACK1.800031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00272.082.37.702 Aug 06:36:1903 Aug 16:41:22
18SOUTHERN CROSS YACHT1.080031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.751.34.703 Aug 11:13:0903 Aug 16:55:01
19RAGTIME1.095031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00296.451.64.703 Aug 10:24:4703 Aug 17:06:08
20ICHI BAN1.585031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00280.170.06.802 Aug 12:51:3903 Aug 17:26:40
21LEE-WAY1.010031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00303.546.84.403 Aug 16:41:5503 Aug 17:27:56
22BOBBYS GIRL1.160031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00295.053.54.903 Aug 07:09:5303 Aug 17:54:40
23FRANTIC1.090031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00299.549.44.603 Aug 12:02:1503 Aug 18:31:15
24AFTER MIDNIGHT1.145031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00295.153.34.803 Aug 08:54:5903 Aug 18:54:33
25DEKADENCE1.170031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00293.655.04.903 Aug 07:34:5203 Aug 19:04:11
26SWISH1.250031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00290.658.85.103 Aug 03:58:1503 Aug 19:57:49
27CELESTIAL1.280031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00289.459.95.203 Aug 03:20:4803 Aug 21:05:02
28PATRICE1.335031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00288.760.35.403 Aug 01:10:4903 Aug 21:40:33
29YELLOW CAB EUPHORIA1.047031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00298.449.64.203 Aug 18:06:0503 Aug 21:46:19
30FRANTIC1.325031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00288.960.25.303 Aug 01:45:1403 Aug 21:49:26
31ALIVE1.820031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00276.373.97.302 Aug 09:32:5203 Aug 22:53:50
32ITALIAN JOB1.072031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00298.648.14.203 Aug 18:11:0703 Aug 23:48:53
33LLOYDS TOO IMPETUOUS0.954031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00303.344.32.705 Aug 09:51:2605 Aug 04:26:09
34THE HEALER0.807031 Jul 12:00:0031 Jul 19:30:00309.340.82.206 Aug 16:51:5105 Aug 12:08:00


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