Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring - Generic

Airlie Beach Race Week -Team Vodafone and Team Australia head to head?

by Ian Grant on 10 Apr 2012
Team Vodafone Sailing seen here in BMW Auckland Regatta, could be doing battle with Team Australia at 2012 Airlie Beach Race Week Ivor Wilkins/Offshore Images http://www.offshoreimages.com/
Airlie Beach Race Week is being held between 10th and 16th August 2012. Whitsunday Sailing Club will dust off the welcome mat and invite a high number of new sailors to enjoy the weather and facilities when they host the event later this year.

The happy group of club volunteers are still talk about witnessing the record breaking New Zealand trimaran Team Vodafone in full flight last year.

There is a strong chance that Sean Langman’s Team Australia which shattered the Multihull Brisbane to Gladstone race before dawn on Easter Saturday morning will add to the excitement at Airlie Beach Race Week 2012.

Team Australia, a similar ORMA 60 to the exciting speed sailing Team Vodafone, expressed her spectacular speed potential when Sean Langman winner of two of three fastest times in the mono hull classic with AAPT Grundig established the fastest ever time for all classes of ocean racer when they completed the race at 3-28-21 on Easter Saturday.

They recorded a top speed of 32.8 knots and a super fast average of 18.70 knots on the way to take 2 hours 26 minutes 48 seconds of the previous record set by the Melbourne Martyn Riley skippered catamaran Raw Nerve in 2004.

Naturally this result and the possibility of the two fastest yachts Team Australia and Team Vodafone going head to head to head off Airlie Beach to resolve which ocean racing team will have the right to claim the fastest ocean racer in The Southern Hemisphere stands alone as a major drawcard.

The usual Trans Tasman rivalry will be the key subject to change however the high powered Team Australia has already proved that her boat speed and its clear Team Vodafone is capable of answering the challenge.

These two exciting triple hull sprint machines raced by talented thrill seeking sailors promise to become the major attraction at Airlie Beach Race Week when their sails are tensioned for what promises to be the most interesting match race ever staged in the Airlie Beach Race Week website
InSunSport - NZNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82Barz Optics - Kids range

Related Articles

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted on 27 Aug
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug