Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring AC72

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race - Experience counts

by Ian Grant on 4 Apr 2012
Rod Jones - keeps his head out of the boat in winning style © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
The 64th edition of the QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race will commence at 1100hours on Good Froiday, 6 April 2012.

Personal experience accrued from winning two Audi Australian Ocean racing championships have contributed to the creditability of Rod Jones being accepted as a good judge of fast sailing yachts.


Normally the master Sunshine Coast yachtsman has been faced with an accepted task of cleaning the builders dust and race tuning a new production built yacht.

Thankfully in recent months that has not been the case as he has placed his faith, experience and ocean racing budget in providing a re-introduction to the ‘blue water set’ for the tried and tested older generation yacht Heaven Can Wait.

In her heyday the Hugh Welbourn designed 15.4m Heaven Can Wait launched in 2000 was raced by original owner Warren Johns of Sydney to win recognition as the best in the class on the International circuit while also winning a Grand Prix class trophy at the Hamilton Island Race Week.

Six years ago Heaven Can Wait added the Brisbane to Gladstone line honours trophy to her impressive log book when she was owned by former dual World Contender champion Peter Hollis of Brisbane.

Following a refit in a Mooloolah River boat yard and some short crew training sessions the new look and renamed sloop will test her speed under the Audi A5 / Alegria V battle flag during the 308n/ml Brisbane to Gladstone race over the Easter weekend.

The now sleeker looking ocean racer will test her pace against a very competitive fleet which includes previous Gladstone Race line honours champions Lahana, Black Jack and the present record holder Grant Wharington’s super maxi Wild Thing.

Size and sail area advantage favours this trio of larger rivals to set the pace while skipper Rod Jones and his high performance crew face a challenging learning curve to follow the wake of the slightly larger Royal Geelong Yacht Club TP 52 Shogun V now rated as the favourite to win the 64 year old Courier Mail Cup.

The Robert Hanna owned and skippered Shogun V has not made the long trip from her home port in Geelong’s Corio Bay to allow her crew to experience what promises to be a coastal sprint race in warmer waters.

They have the form guide and intention of becoming the first Victorian crew to win Queensland’s premier blue water classic.

This is no idle boast as the Shogun V crew scored a short course championship win over the 2011 Gladstone Race champion Hooligan and the weather forecast of moderate to fresh spinnaker sailing trade winds are expected to show that the Victorian crew will be on the pace to chase the larger yachts Wild Thing, Lahana and Black Jack when the fleet sail on a fast pace past the Sunshine Coast on Good Friday afternoon.

The ideal forecast and associated three metre ocean swell will also provide the champion team of Sunshine Coast sailors to also experience a fast spray drenching sail in what promises to become another exciting chapter in the log book of this impressive blue water racing champion.
Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Colligo Marine 660x82Naiad

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 today at 5:49 am
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 today at 4:40 am
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