Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

85-year-old Gnome not hiding in the garden

by Peter Campbell on 10 Nov 2013
Gnome got a good start in Group 6, placed third in today’s race Peter Campbell
The Derwent class yacht Gnome, launched 85 years ago, is the oldest yacht racing in the Hobart Combined Clubs Harbour Series on the River Derwent.

On Saturday the Huon pine built 24-footer showed she is still competitive against modern yachts, finishing third in Group six and moving up to be equal point score leader in the group.


Skippered by current owner Derek Adams, Gnome has finished fifth and third on corrected time in Group six so far this season, yesterday sailing an excellent race in the fresh to strong southerly breeze, which earlier in the afternoon gusted to 25 knots.

Gnome was launched in 1928, one of the original of the D-classers which became the first one-design class to race on the Derwent, still racing a class in the 1950s. Among Gnome’s pre-WWII owners was the late Les Gabriel, later to become a Commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

Hobart’s harbour racing yachtsman today enjoyed near perfect sailing conditions on the River Derwent for only the second time this summer, although there must be reservations about the description ‘summer’.

The Combined Clubs Harbour Series Day three was sailed in a cold southerly breeze, gusting to 25 knots early in the afternoon.

The peak of Mount Wellington was blanketed with snow, Hobart’s maximum temperature of 11ºC, converting to wind chill factor on the river of about 6ºC.

Groups one and two sailed two windward/leeward races on a mid-river course, with the full force of the 18-25 knot S to SSW winds coming up the river. Groups four and six started and finished off Castray Esplanade, sailing a course around the harbour, mostly in more sheltered waters.

Bellerive Yacht Club entrants did well, with Ian Stewart’s Mumm 36 TasPaints, Colin Denny’s The Protagonist and Jeff Cordell’s Host Plus Executive, another Mumm 36, each finish a winner or placegetter in the Group one divisions.

Group one produced intense competition in both races with Wayne Banks-Smith’s Farr 40 War Games turning on a fine display of downwind sailing in the strong southerly that the fleet encountered in the first race of the day.

War Games took line honours and won PHS and IRC on corrected time, finishing third under AMS scoring. Don Calvert’s Castro 40 Intrigue was the other winner, taking out the AMS division.

In the second race, another Farr 40, POW, with Michael Cooper at the helm, led the fleet home and won the PHS division. Intrigue again won AMS while Colin Denny’s The Protagonist took out IRC as well as placing second under AMS scoring and third under PHS.

Grahame Inglis’ Rousabout won both Group two races on corrected time after some close racing. In the first day of the day, Rousabout and Trouble (Dave Willans) crossed the line six seconds apart and placed first and second in that order on corrected time.

Rousabout had a close duel with Hot August Night (Nat Morgan) in the second race, winning on corrected time by just 13 seconds.


In Group six, line honours and first place on corrected time went to Greg Rowlings’ J24 Another Toy, winning from Innovator (Ian Smith) and the elderly D-class Gnome, skippered by Derek Adams.

upffront 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignZhik ZKG 660x82

Related Articles

Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Lone bullets for the Brits
Despite three more inshore races being held on day five France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Despite three more inshore races being held on day five of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews, France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday, but Flanders North Sea is now the team that has relieved France White of second place overall.
Posted today at 2:10 am
Supermaxi Scallywag has her first outing on Sydney Harbour
Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Yesterday the boat took it first sail on Sydney Harbour in preparation for this weekend's start of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race
Posted on 28 Jul
Extreme Sailing Series– Oman Air sneak early lead despite bump on nose
Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today, with the narrow river, passing traffic, high walls, shifty light winds and strong currents challenging the fleet on the opening day
Posted on 28 Jul
Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan wins Tour de France à la Voile
With last Act in Nice still to come this weekend, Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan wins today on day two of Act eight With last Act in Nice still to come this weekend, Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan wins today on day two of Act eight. With 56 point lead, Quentin Delapierre and Matthieu Salomon are mathematically out of reach, no matter what happens in the next two days of racing in Nice.
Posted on 28 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Quantum Racing top of the pops
Quantum Racing stand on the threshold of their third regatta win of the season after sailing to their fourth win today. The Bay of Palma lived up to its one way traffic reputation for most of the time. The risk-reward equation for those pressing for the pin end launch was high. But significantly both of today’s race winners – Quantum Racing and Bronenosec– favoured the lower risk mid line starts where they had a better chance of coming away from the gun at maximum speed by staying clear of the jousting and jostling
Posted on 28 Jul
Debriefing the 2015-16 Clipper Round The World Race with Huw Fernie
Sail-World talked with Huw Fernie of Visit Seattle to learn more about a Clipper Round The World Race skipper’s life. Skipper Huw Fernie and his Visit Seattle crew took top honors in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, marking their second podium finish during the 2015/16 Clipper Round The World Race. I recently caught up with Fernie to learn more about Visit Seattle’s success in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, and to learn more about the life of a Clipper Round The World Race skipper.
Posted on 28 Jul
Oman Air quick to master light airs on Day 1 of Extreme Sailing Series
Last year’s wild and gusty winds gave way to light simmering airs but the Oman Sail was quick to master the conditions. The compact River Elbe race course, bordered on all sides by cargo containers and all the handling equipment associated with one of the busiest ports in the world, was expected to be tricky for the GC32 fleet even though the race area had been expanded.
Posted on 28 Jul
Finale of Clipper Race global series starts in The Netherlands
The 198nm race to London is going to be one of the most nail-biting yet with just six points separating the top teams After a Departure Ceremony from Willemsoord Marina and a Parade of Sail in the presence of Dutch Royal Navy ship ZrMs Luymes, the fleet started the final short sprint to London off the Dutch coast.
Posted on 28 Jul
Thousands of spectators expected to welcome home Clipper Race fleet
Hurricane winds, giant waves, freezing conditions, battered boats and tragedy fail to quell fighting spirit of the crew. The tenth edition of the famous biennial race for novice sailors led by professional skippers is regarded as the most challenging on record after the event endured the most extreme conditions it has ever faced in its 20-year history.
Posted on 28 Jul
Trans-Atlantic record- Comanche sets new monohull record
Comanche has crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, England in her attempt to set two new world sailing records Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark's supermaxi Comanche has crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, England in her attempt to set two new world sailing records. She finished at 11:45 UTC on Thursday July 28,2016, having left New York on Saturday July 23, 2016.
Posted on 28 Jul