Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Cockburn Sound Regatta 2012 - Ends with a splash

by Bernie Kaaks on 31 Dec 2012
Whip It, a Firefly 850 cat, competed in Division 2 and won, wowing spectators with a spectacular nosedive on the finish line on the last day. Bernie Kaaks
Cockburn Sound Regatta 2012 came to a pulsating finish as Greg Hill’s Firely 850 Whip overcame shifty wind patterns to take the final race and Division 2 title on a spectacular fashion, capping a successful four-day sailing event in Rockingham.

Peter Hickson’s Beneteau First 35 Mulberry captured Division 1 IRC crown with a perfect score while Graeme Monkhouse' J122 Lithium placed second with 10 points. On the other hand, Graeme Martin’s Gibsea 42 Sand Crabs Disco took the Jib and Main fleet division while Anita Wyntje’s UFO 34 Flying Sorceress rounded out the top-2 finishers.


With the Cruising Yacht Club’s balcony loaded with sponsors and VIP’s and an unseasonal, gusty 18 to 20 knot north easterly breeze creating a downwind finish, Greg Hill’s Firefly 850 Whip It made the final dash to the line with a devastating burst, then dug the bows in, discharged a crew member over the stern and for several agonizing seconds, sat with her hull perpendicular to the water. Just as it appeared that it would fully turn turtle, the bows popped back up and the little yacht took off again with the spinnaker flogging wildly, until finally, with a rescue boat standing by, it was brought under control.



It was a spectacular finale to a glorious four day regatta, for many of the monohulls also had trouble on the tight reach to the finish line, bringing many a gasp from the spectators.

In the final analysis, most of the favourites finished the regatta off well. The 83-year-old International 9 metre Acrospire, sailed by Gary Martin, took out the trophy for the newly formed Classic Division, from Jay Lawry’s Herreschoff 28 Karoleeya.

The stand-out yacht though, and overall regatta champion, was Peter Hickson’s Beneteau First 35 Mulberry, which cleaned up some well credentialed IRC colleagues to win with a perfect score, dropping her second place from yesterday’s penultimate race. Graeme Monkhouse sailed a very consistent regatta in his J122 Lithium, to take out second place with 10 points.



Although there was an acknowledged problem in accommodating a multihull in a monohull fleet, there was no doubt at all that Greg Hill sailed an excellent regatta, and as his wipeout on the finish line today confirmed, they sailed their little boat very, very hard throughout. That is not to take anything away from the second placegetter, the little Sonar yacht (which is designed for sailors with disabilities and carries no spinnaker) skippered by Paralympic bronze medallist Colin Harrison. Harrison’s control of the boat after finishing, requiring a downwind approach to a steel mooring pontoon (which they needed for wheelchair access) was breathtaking.

Division 3 was always a close affair and with just two points separating first and third places, the last race determined the outcome. Steve Morris took the honours in Freedom, followed by Ally Mounsey’s Austral 24 Lokman, with a further point back to Colin Jones’ little MB21 Anelaua.



The largest division in this year’s regatta was the Jib and Main fleet, with 19 entries. The popular winner, by half a point, was Graeme Martin’s Gibsea 42 Sand Crabs Disco. The fast finishing UFO 34 Flying Sorceress, sailed by Anita Wyntje, with wins in both the final two races, took out second place.

Sports boats sailed under a performance handicapping system, won by Bob von Felton’s Caffe Macchiato ahead of Mark Robins and Natalie Jackson’s Shaw 650 Shaw Thing. Shaw Thing was so dominant during the week that she finished with a higher TCF than the winner.



In the end, everyone was a winner. Even the Catalina distributor, Vicsail’s Tony Bewsher, saw the funny side of his product being misrepresented during one of the acknowledgements. The wholesome support of the entire Rockingham community, led by the City of Rockingham and the Kwinana Industries Council, is one of the factors responsible for the rejuvenation of this regatta. It began in the 1950’s, flourished through the 1970’s and almost died until members Alan Campbell and Roger Smailes made a commitment to put it back on track just three years ago.

Their formula has been simple. Strong support from the local community enabled the club to make the event accessible, affordable and fun. Little give-aways, novelty prizes, and low cost meals were great, but the spirit of enthusiasm that these two have been able to generate from their own membership has created an atmosphere where every visitor to the club is made to feel welcome.



On-water management was provided in the main by the WA Offshore race team, led by race officer Trevor Milton, who did a fine job in ensuring that the full program was delivered despite some difficult conditions early in the week.

It would be a safe bet that numbers will increase for the fourth consecutive year in 2013 as the word spreads about just how good this little regatta has become.

Wildwind 2016 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug
Reading Australia’s Rio 2016 Sailing Report Card
Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. So Tom Burton's Gold in the Laser, and then Silver for the 470 Men’s sailors, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, London 49er Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and then lastly Nacra 17 first time campaigners, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, was a good result.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 U.S. National Championship - Argo advance
The Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course 2016 U.S. National Championship - As the breeze remained in the ESE direction overnight and began bucking an outgoing tide in the morning hours, the Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course, rewarding those teams that started clean and minimized maneuvers.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 Melges 32 Nationals - A daily dose of Vitamina
The 2016 Melges 32 Nationals hosted by Sail Newport began with a whimper as racing was postponed for a couple of hours The 2016 Melges 32 Nationals hosted by Sail Newport began with a whimper as racing was postponed for a couple of hours allowing the northerly drainage breeze to give way to the impending northerly sea breeze.
Posted on 20 Aug
Vendée Globe – Conrad Colman seeks partners to complete his budget
The first New Zealander, Conrad Colman, 32, has got everything going for him to share this great adventure. The first New Zealander, Conrad Colman, 32, has got everything going for him to share this great adventure. But he is still missing part of the budget to be able to take part in the best of shape in what is his dream race. Conrad is now offering firms the opportunity to become the headline sponsor for his boat for a very reasonable price. We met up with him to find out more.
Posted on 19 Aug
Three training courses in Port-la-Forêt before start of Vendée Globe
Between late August and early October the members of the Finistère Offshore Training Centre will attend training courses Eight top class sailors are concerned. They are Jérémie Beyou, Jean-Pierre Dick, Yann Eliès, Sébastien Josse, Morgan Lagravière, Armel Le Cléac’h, Paul Meilhat and Vincent Riou. They are coming together to unite their efforts in preparing for the race.
Posted on 19 Aug
Ten nations represented in the eighth Vendée Globe
This is the most eclectic line-up ever for the non-stop solo round the world race. This is the most eclectic line-up ever for the non-stop solo round the world race. The nine foreign skippers are aged between 23 and 66 and come from a variety of backgrounds.
Posted on 19 Aug