Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Isotak Ocean

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - South Pacific Trophy contest

by Stephanie Hobbs on 23 Aug 2012
GEORGIA - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
On day 6 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week there is an ever-present rivalry simmering away. The contest is on for the South Pacific Trophy, and three boat teams from New Zealand and Australia are going head-to-head.

Australia’s team line-up are all IRC class A grand prix division yachts and include Hooligan, the current defending Race Week champion, and Yendys in the TP52 category as well as the Victorian 50-footer Terra Firma.

New Zealand is the defending team, this year represented by two TP52s, Jim Farmer and Chris Meads’ Georgia and Chris Hornell’s Kia Kaha, and their smaller Kiwi cousin, Connel McLaren’s Ker 40, Ice Breaker.

As it stands the current pointscore has Australia convincingly on top with 44 points to New Zealand’s 83 points.
Despite all the rivalry on the track the ANZAC spirit is very alive off the water.

Australian skipper of Terra Firma, Nicholas Bartels, says the rivalry is a friendly one, and at the end of the day they all ‘have a drink together’.

In the Kiwi’s defence, Bartels concedes that the New Zealand team has ‘one of the smallest boats in Ice Breaker, which makes it more challenging’.

For Georgia’s New Zealand mainsail trimmer, Harry Dodson, the competition may be on once the gun goes at Race Week, but he was happy to join with the mostly Australian crowd who cheered the Aussie Olympic sailing team when they came to the Island on Tuesday.

‘When push comes to shove, we Kiwis feel a part of your success.’

Dodson says the alleged trans-Tasman rivalry is ‘superficial’ and likens the Aussies to long lost cousins.

The trophy on the line is an original design commissioned by Hamilton Island’s brand and event manager, Nicky Tindill. Its concept is elegant, simple and concise, three glass sails each one symbolising a team yacht.

While not part of the South Pacific Trophy, the fascinating Orma 60 trimaran showdown that has played out between Team Australia sailed by Sean Langman, and Team Vodafone Sailing, skippered by Simon Hull, has been claimed by the Australians.

Langman’s Team Australia can’t be beaten on the bullet count, even though he’s had to switch to his delivery main following a tear in his racing mainsail that is irreparable.

Hull says the rivalry between the two sailing nations is light-hearted, but still exists.

‘The competition between the two trimarans is no different to the rivalry between any other boat’.

Australia might have the final say on the water at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, but when it comes to rugby field Hull has the last word.

‘Tell the Aussie’s to have another look at last Saturday night’s game.’

South Pacific Trophy pointscore here.

Hamilton Island Race Week website

InSunSport - NZBarz Optics - Floatersupffront 660x82

Related Articles

52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Bouncing back on Day 1
Quantum Racing pretty much carried on from where they left off in Sardinia earlier this month, ferociously consistent Quantum Racing pretty much carried on from where they left off in Sardinia earlier this month, ferociously consistent and proving the value of every point gained on each race course. After their ninth and tenth places respectively at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec and Takashi Okura’s Sled both bounced back with a strong opening day to the third regatta of the five
Posted today at 7:04 pm
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Races 1 and 2 images
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two
Posted today at 4:59 pm
New challenges for Oman Air at halfway stage of Extreme Sailing Series
Race organisers have extended the race area on the River Elbe to cater for the higher speeds of the new foiling GC32s. Race organisers have extended the race area on the River Elbe to cater for the higher speeds of the new foiling GC32s but Oman Air skipper Morgan Larson says avoiding errors will still be the biggest challenge if they are to extend their overall lead with their third Act victory of the season.
Posted today at 4:35 pm
Rolex Swan Cup – A noble approach to sailing
Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage.
Posted today at 3:41 pm
Comanche's Trans-Atlantic record attempt hits soft spot
Light air zones threaten record-breaking pace as 100ft yacht charges across mid-Atlantic With 1,548 nautical miles left to sail to the finish of the Transatlantic record (as of 08:30 GMT today) at Lizard Point, UK, Comanche remains on course to break Mari Cha IV’s 2003 record. Stan Honey, Comanche navigator, noted this morning: Chilly here. Set the A-3 Gennaker to go deeper. Very flat water. Smooth sailing. Not much wind down low near the cold water. Visibility 10meters.
Posted today at 12:13 pm
World of Sailing in review - July 2016 edition - Round the Island Race
World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race (around the Isle of Wight) and preview several personalities and aspects of the upcoming Rio Olympics
Posted today at 11:50 am
America’s Cup World Series – More final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted today at 11:37 am
America’s Cup World Series – Final race day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted today at 11:21 am
PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds - Practice and opening day
164 boats completed registration and had their practice race just out of the harbour entrance in front of the city beach 2016 PA Consulting/Allen RS Feva World Championship - It’s officially Fiesta Week in Santander! Oh yes, in addition to the traditional massive fair and circus and two public holidays this week there is this year the RS Feva Worlds. 164 boats completed registration and had their practice race just out of the harbour entrance in front of the city beach.
Posted today at 7:13 am
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - And not a lot of people know that...
As well as bearing a remarkable resemblance to Michael Caine, RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine leads an extra-ordinary life. 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - As well as bearing a remarkable resemblance to Michael Caine, RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine leads an extra-ordinary life.
Posted today at 6:11 am