Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

UON World Championship 2012 - Rod Jones out with injury

by Ian Grant on 12 Dec 2012
Rod Jones withdraws from UON World Championship at Hamilton Island because of a nagging knee injury John McCutcheon

The UON World championship 2012 lost a tough competitor in Rod Jones after veteran Sunshine Coast sailor decided to pull out of the SB20 One-Design sailing battle in Hamilton Island because of a nagging knee injury.


The injury which occurred away from the water during his personal fitness program meant that he would be restricted and virtually become a ‘passenger’ alongside skipper and master tactician Glenn Bourke and the talented Sunshine Coast bowman Greg MacAllansmith.

All three sailors who finished fourth overall in the 2011 World championship held in England have since made a clean sweep of all major regatta trophies including the Australian championship on Hobart’s River Derwent and the SB 20 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week series.

These results confirmed the Glenn Bourke, Rod Jones and Greg MacAllansmith Club Marine racing teams ranking as a front line contender to end the domination by the English fleet, who have won the past four World championships.

However while Rod Jones who introduced this exciting One-Design sport boat class to the Australian sailing scene has stepped aside with his sheet-hand role filled by former champion New South Wales Laser sailor and Americas Cup crew member Andrew York.

The exceptionally talented Andrew York while being unfamiliar with the demands of SB20 fleet racing has spread his experience over a number of classes and will quickly adapt to ‘learning the ropes’ for skipper Glenn Bourke to race Club Marine in the fast lane.

However class racing history at the World championship level places England’s Geoff Carveth as the pre- regatta favourite.

He has won two of the four SB 20 World championships all of which were decided at Northern Hemisphere venues.

How Geoff Carveth and crew will adjust to racing in a warm tropical climate and sailing on an unfamiliar tactical ‘play ground’ laced with swift flowing current and short white crested waves will be revealed when the battle lines are drawn for the proposed 18 race 6 day regatta starting on Friday December 14th with the 2012 champion crowned after the final race on Thursday December 20th.

While England’s Geoff Carveth and the Australian class champion Glenn Bourke remain as the pre-championship favourites they will need to be on the pace to protect their reputations against an impressive list of top line crews including former Olympian Ian Brown and his One Design racing team including London Olympic Gold Medallist Malcolm Page and Noosa Laser sailor Klade Hauschildt.

This trio along with Rodion Luka who has escaped from the freezing winter in Ukraine to enjoy some sun drenched racing in the Whitsunday Islands have the tactical skill to attract respect but the tactical demand for racing on unfamiliar waters in possibly strong trade winds should favour the Glenn Bourke skippered Club Marine who has an enviable undefeated record in racing over the physical and mentally demanding Hamilton Island race track.
Insun - AC ProgramMackay BoatsBarz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

Crystal ball-gazing for the Rolex Fastnet Race winner
The outcome of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event will depend on the weather. The outcome of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event will depend on the weather: A brisk start should favour the big boats; a light start and lively finish the smaller ones.
Posted today at 11:27 am
Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 - It just works
Every now and then a boat just clicks. It has all the right bits, of the correct dimensions, in the appropriate places Every now and then a boat just clicks. It has all the right bits, of the correct dimensions, in the appropriate places, and out of it all you get something that simply sings. The Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 is one of these craft. It was designed and built in parallel to the other, more well known versions of the brand’s vessels, and benefits from being more geared towards performance, without going tot
Posted on 23 May
Volvo Ocean Race unveils ultimate leadership programme
Launching in the edition after 2017-18, the Global Team Challenge will form the centerpiece of the on-water part This race will provide the ultimate challenge for amateur sailors, including those with no prior experience, giving employees a unique experience of offshore and ocean racing, under the highest standards of training and management, but nonetheless in conditions close to those faced by the professionals.
Posted on 23 May
Star alarm at the Europeans in the skiffs and cats
First registrations in the classes came in early, and well-known names from overseas are already on the starting lists. First registrations in the classes came in early, and well-known names from overseas are already on the starting lists.
Posted on 23 May
Volvo Ocean Race to strengthen historic connection with Southern Ocean
The changes include a commitment to race activity in every calendar year and a proposed non-stop lap around Antarctica The race has launched a Host City tender process for three editions after the upcoming 2017-18 race – with a commitment to there being race activity of some kind in each and every calendar year. That marks a clear evolution from the current situation, which features a gap of over two years between races.
Posted on 22 May
Trade in and save 30% off new Zhik clothing at Ocean Leisure
Ocean Leisure, London's leading marine store, have teamed up with Zhik to enable you to upgrade your foul weather gear. Ocean Leisure, London's leading marine store, have teamed up with Zhik to benefit the homeless and enable you to upgrade your foul weather gear all in time for the Rolex Fastnet Race.
Posted on 22 May
World comes to Portsmouth for Clipper Yacht Race crew allocation
Safety was the core of the opening message from both Sir Robin and Clipper Race Director Mark Light. Along the way, the fleet of twelve 70-foot yachts will cross six oceans and stop in ports in six continents.
Posted on 22 May
To the wire at the Vice Admiral's Cup
Bullit came out ahead on second beat in today's first race but was leading at first weather mark rounding in the second. The leaderboard was so tight across the seven classes of one designs and level rating boats that in many, discards decided the outcome.
Posted on 22 May
Antigua Bermuda Race - A thousand miles of emotions
Over 200 sailors from nine different countries attended the Crew Party held at Copper and Lumber Store Hotel The Antigua Bermuda Race organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week is a new fixture in the offshore sailing calendar. Supported by Bermuda Tourism and Gosling's Rum. Well over 200 sailors from nine different countries attended the Crew Party held at the historic Copper and Lumber Store Hotel in Nelson's Dockyard
Posted on 22 May
Commanding Platoon wins Rolex Tp52 Worlds
The 2017 Rolex TP52 Worlds were won by Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon from Germany. The 2017 Rolex TP52 Worlds were won by Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon from Germany. In some respects, they made it look easy, never seeming to put a foot wrong and winning by a seven-point margin from Quantum Racing. This is not even half the story.
Posted on 22 May