Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - RG

Audi Sydney Gold Coast race entries close mid-July

by Jennifer Crook on 25 Jun 2012
Strewth © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
With just under one month until entries close for the 27th edition of the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, the fleet currently stands at 52 yachts for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual winter passage north.

One man itching to get to the start line is Mick Martin, whose three year search for a slick offshore TP52 has come to fruition, with the recent purchase of Strewth, previously owned by Geoff Hill.

Having looked at other TP52s in Australia, (Ragamuffin, Shogun and Shortwave) and being gazumped on V5 in New Zealand, the deal for the newly named LMR was too sweet.

'They are all great boats, but a mate pulled me into the Strewth deal. We observed it getting some bulkhead and reinforcing work done at Noakes and while it’s a bit heavier than the other TP52s, it means the boat will still be going when the weather gets foul,' Martin said.

'The plan is to have some sailing adventures with LMR to Noumea or perhaps the Transpac; as well as competing in the Audi Hamilton Island Race, Brisbane to Keppel and the Rolex Sydney Hobart,' he said.

In a battle of the ‘TP52s’, four other experienced owners will take on LMR; Cougar II, owned by Tasmanian Anthony Lyall, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin (NSW), Jason Van Der Slot’s Calm (VIC) and David Pescud’s Sailors With Disabilities (NSW), along with other 50-52ft yachts.

Trevor Taylor and his West Australian crew will have already sailed the distance of the race five and a half times, covering more than 2000 nautical miles just to bring Optimus Prime to the Sydney start line.

In last year’s Hobart race, Optimus Prime, a Marten 49, finished less than one minute ahead of fellow West Australian, Phil Childs and his Farr 49 Knee Deep, after battling bow on bow for the entire 628 nautical mile race. The two finished 10th and 12th respectively in their division.

The 13 year-old race record of Brindabella (an entry in the race), of 27 hours, 35 minutes and three seconds still stands. However, Bob Oatley’s super maxi Wild Oats XI is returning and will attempt to break the record that has so far eluded Mark Richards and his crew, who will also take aim at a third consecutive line honours victory.

At the other end of the scale, Kim Jaggar’s Davidson 34 Illusion and Andrew Cochrane’s Pendragon, a Stewart 34 from NSW and overall winner of the race in 2005; are the two smallest boats so far in a fleet that represents the best from NSW, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.



The Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race will start on Sydney Harbour at 1pm, Saturday 28 July, off Nielsen Park at Vaucluse. The course takes the fleet down the Harbour and out through Sydney Heads, before turning left towards the finish line off Main Beach at Southport, on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Entry can be completed online until 1700 hours on Friday 13 July by logging on to: http://goldcoast.cyca.com.au/editorial.asp?key=4366

upffront 660x82Colligo Marine 660x82T Clewring J-class

Related Articles

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - Images from Régates Royales
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales with classic yachts and Dragons. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the penultimate day of the regatta.
Posted today at 11:12 am
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - More images from Régates Royales
Second gallery from the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge at Cannes The 38th Régates Royales, the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this second gallery of images from the penultimate day.
Posted today at 10:56 am
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race champ nominated for WS post
HM King Constantine and the Election Committee are pleased to announce full details of candidates eligible for election World Sailing's President of Honour, HM King Constantine and the Election Committee have announced details of the candidates eligible for election as President and Vice-President to its Board of Directors. The President and seven Vice-Presidents, two of which must be from each gender, will be elected at World Sailing's General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday 13 November 2016.
Posted today at 5:47 am
Swiss stars Alinghi lose mast in collision in action-packed day
The Extreme Sailing Series™ lived up to its name on the penultimate day of Act 6 in Madeira The Extreme Sailing Series™ lived up to its name on the penultimate day of Act 6 in Madeira as a collision between rivals Alinghi and Red Bull Sailing Team resulted in the Swiss crew losing their mast.
Posted today at 3:23 am
Oman Air in peak form going into final day at Extreme Sailing Series
A fresher breeze on the third day gave the GC32 fleet a chance to give the spectators an invigorating show of action A fresher breeze on the third day gave the GC32 fleet a chance to give the spectators lining the shores on the south coast of the island an invigorating show of speed and action and it was Oman Air that led the way with seven podium places – including two outright wins – in seven races.
Posted on 24 Sep
Perfect birthday for Sébastien at GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
The westerly Levante breeze was expected to blow at about 10 to 11 knots for day three of the regatta The westerly Levante breeze was expected to blow at about 10 to 11 knots for day three of the regatta, but the long white cloud hanging over the Rock of Gibraltar signified that there might be less. Even with just five or six knots the GC32s were still able to get on the foils as they launched off the start line of the first race.
Posted on 24 Sep
Extreme Sailing Series – Red Bull Sailing Team collides with Alinghi
At 1515 BST today during race eight, Red Bull Sailing Team collided with Alinghi, resulting in Alinghi losing its mast. At 1515 BST today during race eight of the series in the Madeira Islands, Red Bull Sailing Team collided with Alinghi, resulting in Alinghi losing its mast.
Posted on 24 Sep
Sailing World Cup - Qingdao chances shorten as top tens confirmed
It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the SWC Qingdao as top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets. It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets.
Posted on 24 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - More images from Régates Royales
Second gallery from the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge at Cannes The 38th Régates Royales, the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this second gallery of images.
Posted on 24 Sep
Day 4 - Sailing World Cup Qingdao Medal Race places at stake
There are places in Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one There are places in the Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one.
Posted on 24 Sep