Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Audi IRC Australian Nationals 2013 - Tight racing coming to Geelong

by Craig Heydon on 22 Jan 2013
Hooligan competing at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
Festival of Sails 2013. Close racing is on the cards when Australia’s leading IRC yachts head to Geelong to contest the 2013 Audi IRC Australian Championship, beginning this weekend.

For 2013 the Audi IRC Australian Championship will take place as a part of the Festival of Sails, the second year in a row where the Australian Championship will be decided in just one regatta.

With the 2013 Audi IRC Australian Championship to be run and won over four days of racing, from Thursday 24 until Sunday 27 January, the racing is set to be tight across the fleets, with competitors split into three classes, A, B and C, creating a level playing field.

Marcus Blackmore and his TP52 Hooligan created history in 2012, becoming the first yacht to win the grand prix division back-to-back in 29 years, and the crew is back to race for the triple-crown in 2013.

But Blackmore and crew won’t have it all their own way on the waters of Corio and Port Phillip Bays, with close competition expected in Class A.

Rob Hanna’s Shogun V and Peter Harburg’s Blackjack will be out to take Blackmore’s title, having finished second and third respectively in 2012.

Alongside the top three from 2012 will be another four yachts in Class A, with John Williams’ Calm, Jason Van Der Slot’s Calm II, Sam Haynes and crew on Celestial Assistance Dogs, and Michael Martin’s Frantic all set to give the leaders a run for their money.

There will be a new Australian Champion in Class B with Darryl Hodgkinson and Victoire not defending their 2012 title.

In fact it’s an entirely new Class B fleet with seven yachts making the trip to Geelong for the 2013 event. Included in the fleet is Anthony Dunn’s Equinox II, Leslie Green’s Ginger, Bruce McCracken and crew on Ikon, Stephen Richardson’s Local Mocean, Reverie, owned by Alan Woodward, Denis McConnell’s Schuss and Brendan Garner’s Senna.

There will also be fresh faces in Class C, with a number of boats set to contest their first Audi IRC Australian Championship in a number of years.

Included in the list of returning yachts will be Roger Hickman’s Wild Rose and Sally Rattle’s Archie, with both crews racing in Geelong for the first time in five years.

Taking on the pair for the Class C title will be Grant Botica and crew on Executive Decision, and Harold Clark’s Invincible.

The crews will contest nine races over the four days, with a mixture of windward/leeward and distance races on Corio and Port Phillip Bays, all based out of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

At the conclusion of racing, the winners of classes A, B and C will be presented a letter confirming their prize of an Audi branded Code 2 spinnaker, produced and supplied by North Sails Australia, along with a custom designed Audi IRC Australian Championship trophy.

Second placegetter's receive an exclusive dinner or lunch for two people at either Matt Moran's Sydney or Brisbane restaurant ARIA or Shannon Bennet’s Vue De Monde in Melbourne. Both Matt and Shannon are brand ambassadors for Audi Australia.

Third placegetters in each class will receive an Audi Sailing Sport merchandise pack including sailing jackets, polo shirts and sailing Festival of Sails
Barz Optics - Melanin LensesNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Clipper Race – Constant trimming and little sleep in the North Sea
There is little opportunity for tactical moves and the timings of tacks are crucial if teams want to make vital gains. After a downwind start with spinnakers trimmed in light airs against the tide off Den Helder on the Dutch coast yesterday, the fleet has been match racing across the North Sea towards the Thames Estuary.
Posted today at 12:28 pm
Edgartown Race Week - Overall report
Four races were held today, in nine - twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. This is the third leg of the east coast IRC summer series. Four races were held today, in nine - twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. The three TP52’s had hard fought battles as usual.
Posted today at 6:35 am
Conch Republic Cup - More than just a race to Cuba
When relations between U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a 13-year hiatus. When diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, the Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a forced 13-year hiatus.
Posted today at 6:02 am
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
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