Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

Bruny Island Yacht Race – Line honours to Cougar II

by Peter Campbell on 12 Feb 2012
Cougar II at the start of the Bruny Island Race this morning - Bruny Island Yacht Race 2012 Rob Cruse
Bruny Island Yacht Race, hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, is the oldest ocean yacht race in Australia. Cougar II, Tony Lyall’s Transpac 52, tonight took line honours in the 86th edition of the race.

The powerful sloop crossed the line at 22:54pm , outsailing a fleet of 25 of southern Tasmania’s best offshore racing yachts to complete the circumnavigation of the island south of Hobart in 13 hours 14 minutes, more than five hours outside the race record.

With the moon occasionally breaking through the clouds to cast a pale shimmer on the River Derwent, Cougar II slowly edged up the Sandy Bay shore in a light south-westerly breeze.

As she crossed the finish line, close reaching under a Code 0 sail, her nearest rival, Mr Kite, Andrew Hunn’s Cape/Barrett 40, was sailing equally slowly past the southern Hobart river suburb of Taroona, possibly up to an hour astern in the light winds.

It was the first Bruny Island Race for Cougar II which Lyall bought just before last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in which the powerful sloop finished 13th in fleet.

After a near windless start on the River Derwent just south of the Tasman Bridge this morning, the fleet finally picked up a moderate to fresh south-easterly breeze out in the Tasman Sea as they tacked down the eastern coastline of the island to the south of Hobart.

All the fleet had rounded Cape Bruny, the southernmost tip of Bruny Island and entered the D’Entrecasteaux by early this evening, with Cougar II opening up a commanding lead from Mr Kite.

Vying for third place in the fleet as they sailed up the Channel and back towards into the River Derwent were Justin Wells and Edward Fader’s Ker 11.7 Dump Truck and the two Farr 40s, POW (Michael Cooper) and War Games (Wayne Banks-Smith).

However, late tonight most of the fleet appeared to have run out of wind and were still struggling to complete the sail up the Channel.


The slow race is likely to favour the smaller, and lower handicapped boats in the fleet which tonight were making good speed up the Channel with the Young 88 Footloose (Stewart Geeves) looking well placed for a handicap win under AMS ratings and the Mumm 30 Cleopatra (Scott Sharp) and the Tradition 30 Take Five (Ian Gannon) strong contenders for PHS honours.

Late this evening the wind in the Derwent had eased to less than five knots and the tailenders are not likely to finish the 89 nautical mile course until after sunrise.

Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

LVACWS Portsmouth 2016 – standing room only.
There are no half measures where English weather is concerned. There are no half measures where English weather is concerned. Happily, that means that when it’s good it very, very good. Blue skies, sunshine, 23 deg C, clean air, and the whole place looks as if has put on a party frock and got lit up. Wonderful.
Posted today at 7:41 pm
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – More Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one
Posted today at 6:59 pm
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – Race Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one
Posted today at 6:50 pm
America’s Cup World Series – Sir Ben jumps into the lead in Portsmouth
Hot, sunny conditions and thousands of fans lining the Portsmouth seafront was the backdrop to crowd-pleasing action. The home team, Land Rover BAR, led by skipper Sir Ben Ainslie, recovered from a poor first race result to win the second two contests and complete the day at the top of the leaderboard, much to the delight of the tens of thousands of cheering fans lining the shorefront.
Posted today at 6:30 pm
LV America's Cup World Series 2016 – Poised to pounce for Super Sunday
Oracle Team USA showed determination and fightback in claiming two second place finishes from the first two races Unfortunately, in the third race, the team was pushed right to the back of the pack and couldn't recover. The results leave the team on equal points for third place with SoftBank Team Japan, just three points behind the leaders, Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France.
Posted today at 6:12 pm
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – More action images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images
Posted today at 6:05 pm
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – Some action images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images
Posted today at 5:53 pm
Bumper action on Day 1 of Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series
Feedback from teams put this down to a tight start line, tidal influence and the constantly shifting breeze to the right Feedback from all of the teams put this down to a tight start line, tidal influence and the constantly shifting breeze to the right resulting in 'bumper car' action that kept spectators on their toes, wondering what was going to happen next.
Posted today at 5:18 pm
ORC World Championship 2016 – Final race action shots by Max Ranchi
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from final race Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from final race
Posted today at 4:27 pm
Last call! Counting down to a good time! - Register today
We are a week away from the start of the inaugural Camden Classics Cup and busy confirming numbers with our caterers We are a week away from the start of the inaugural Camden Classics Cup and busy confirming numbers with our caterers and libation suppliers. Meanwhile, the race committee is finalizing courses for a variety of possible conditions and making offerings to the weather deities. It is going to be a great time.
Posted today at 10:41 am