Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Airlie Beach Race Week - TP52 Frantic seeks special crew member

by Tracey Johnstone on 7 Jul 2013
Mike Martin’s TP52Frantic, formerly Geoff Hill’s Asian circuit campaigned Strewth - Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week 2013 Tracey Johnstone
Lake Macquarie’s John Woodruff is looking for a specialised crew member to complete his team for this year’s Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week.

Woodruff will be skippering the TP52 Frantic in the IRC Racing division for this year’s regatta to be held from ninth to 16th August. He has borrowed the boat from another Lake sailor, Mick Martin, who will race Frantic in the Sydney to Southport Yacht Race before handing the boat over to Woodruff’s team.

'This dovetails well for us to pick the boat up in Southport, take it up to Airlie and go have some fun. It’s a great little regatta because of the islands. They put a lot of judges out on the course so people don’t then tend to muck around. It doesn’t tend to be quite as silly, ownership-wise. Like coming into marks, coming in to buoys, people tend to treat islands with a little bit more respect.'

Frantic was previously Geoff Hill’s Asian-campaigned Strewth before the boat returned to Australia where she was sold to Martin. Frantic most recently took out overall and IRC honours in the 39th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race.

The challenge for Woodruff’s team is finding time to discover the nuances of this TP52. 'They are a bit of handful, these TP52s. It’s an older TP52 so it’s not in the class of Bob Steele’s Quest. It’s a more sturdy one which makes it a little bit easier to handle and a little harder to break.

'I am certainly not going to hurt Mick’s boat, but since it’s not my boat, we will sail it rather conservatively I would think. I want to have some fun on these race weeks. I’m not here to kill anyone,' Woodruff said.

Woodruff might want others to think he is all about fun, but the wise opponents will recognise he has a solid history of good results in big boat racing, albeit under Performance Handicap with his previously owned Volvo 60 Seriously Ten, and an impressive team of 12 sailors to rotate through the crew positions.

'The crew will basically be guys that have all done a lot of sailing together over a period of years.' The list includes Peter Davison who was the crew chief on Woodruff’s 55-foot catamaran Fantasia, and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race veteran Gary Telford. Then add in Tom Braidwood of America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Transpac fame to make up a very solid crew base.

'The crew will be a bunch of us who have been around for a while. We certainly won’t be the youngest crew on the race track. We plan to get on board, go have fun and then probably afterwards go and find a jug of margaritas.'

Woodruff said he is looking for just one more, very specialised, crew member. 'I used to have the chap that owned the Hogs Breath café. Now I need to find a replacement. Can you add to the end of the story the following; we are looking for one more crew member. Needs to own a bar.'

For event information and online entry

ww.airliebeachraceweek.com.au
www.facebook.com/airliebeachraceweek2013
www.twitter.com/whitsundaysail1
Doyle Sails NZ - Never Look BackZhik Yachting 660x82Zhik Hydrobase

Related Articles

PredictWind - Stunning new forecast maps
When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. The mapping technology was rebuilt to be faster, have smaller downloads and be able to smoothly animate PredictWind’s advanced forecasts. Following the success of the Offshore App, we’re releasing this unique display technology across all other platforms, including the forecast website, Android and iOS Apps
Posted on 24 Jun
Gladwell's Line - Emirates Team NZ launches shadow AC50
Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC4 Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC45S - as the test boats are called in the Protocol which governs the 2017 event. The bloated Protocol, which now runs to 83 pages of legalese, is restrictive on the size of boat that can be built as a test platform but doesn't restrict the number that can be built.
Posted on 22 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ launch their AC45S - Video
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their first AC45 S (Surrogate) on Tuesday afternoon at their Auckland base. Emirates Team New Zealand launched their first AC45 S (Surrogate) on Tuesday afternoon at their Auckland base. The team is expected to start their on the water testing program in a few days.
Posted on 22 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race makes key changes to its leadership team
The re-shuffle which follows Mark Turner’s appointment as CEO, is aimed at driving innovation of sailing’s offshore race Lawrence is currently Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, and arrives with bags of sailing and commercial expertise, having previously managed events in all of the territories that will be visited during the 2017-18 edition.
Posted on 21 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ launch new boat and new sponsor
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their new development boat at their Beaumont Street Emirates Team New Zealand celebrated a long awaited milestone today at their Beaumont Street base in Auckland by launching their first custom designed development boat. The boat is the first true development boat of which Sweden, Britain has two and USA has three. Japan has one passed on from the USA Defender. Team New Zealand also announced a welcome new sponsor.
Posted on 21 Jun
Top 20 sailors invited to compete at 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne
Medallists from the Rio 2016 Games will each receive a travel grant and logistical support to attend this regatta. Medallists from the Rio 2016 Games will each receive a travel grant and logistical support to attend this regatta. That, along with the $200, 000 AUD in prize money shared across the various events, aims to attract Olympians wanting to not only claim the Olympic podium but also that of the penultimate fleet racing dinghy event.
Posted on 20 Jun
Volvo Round Ireland Race starts with eclectic mix of boats and crews
The Volvo Round Ireland Race started in 10 to 11 knots of southerly wind and a fair tide. The Volvo Round Ireland Race started in 10 to 11 knots of southerly wind and a fair tide. The first fleet away were the 55 monohulls consisting of a vast mixture of boats and crews. From one of the fastest offshore race boats in the world, George David’s Juan K designed Rambler 88 to Darryl Hughes’s Shepherd 43’ Classic, Maybird.
Posted on 18 Jun
Phaedo^3 lines up for the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016
Phaedo^3 led the field off the line, and at time of publication, all trimarans are within miles of each other off Waterf Phaedo^3 led the field off the line, and at time of publication, all three trimarans are within miles of each other off Waterford on the South East corner of Ireland. A tricky night lies ahead before the multihulls followed by the rest of the 60 plus strong fleet enter stronger South Westerlies ready for a fast ride up the West coast.
Posted on 18 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ goes to the market for shore crew
Emirates Team New Zealand is looking for enthusiastic staff to join their composite building team. Emirates Team New Zealand is looking for enthusiastic staff to join their composite building team. The 30year old America's Cup team are building carbon composite parts for the team's America's Cup sailing yacht, and have positions available for entry-level or experienced boat builders.
Posted on 17 Jun
America's Cup World Series - Ainslie gives Chicago a big tick
Sir Ben Ainslie has come away pleased with the outcome of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago. Sir Ben Ainslie, four times Olympic Gold medalist and skipper/CEO of British America's Cup team Land Rover BAR, has come away pleased with the outcome of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago. After giving the last event in New York a spray in the Daily Telegraph (UK) Ainslie was pleased with both his team's performance, and the Chicago event itself.
Posted on 14 Jun