sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race - Hickman makes it three in a row
Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race - Hickman makes it three in a row


'Wild Rose has made it three wins from three races.'    David Brogan, www.sailpix.com.au

Roger Hickman has sailed his 28 year-old Wild Rose to three consecutive wins in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual Blue Water Pointscore after winning the 180 nautical mile Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race this weekend, rating him a favourite for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

The reality of the upcoming Hobart race bit, as yachties and their boats were sorely tested, ending with five retiring because of boat damage, but Hickman’s well prepared boat and crew came into their own, nudging out line honours winner, Celestial, the Rogers 46 owned by Sam Haynes, by a snip under two minutes.

Wild Rose beat third placegetter, Midnight Rambler, Ed Psaltis, Bob Thomas and Michael Bencsik’s s Ker 40, by nearly seven minutes. Tony Kirby’s brand new Ker 46, Patrice finished fourth in its debut race.

A fleet of 30 contested the difficult race, which ended in high hopes for some and back to the drawing board for others.

'A baptism of fire,' was how Roger Hickman described the race. Patience, skill, boats and their gear were tested to the limit. Five retired with damage after taking a battering in excessive winds and seas. In between times, crews were struck by the contrast of conditions thrown at them when lulls and parking lots replaced a harsh sea and winds that ran the gamut of the compass.

Hickman was late to the start because he and the crew were preparing the boat for re-measurement and was on the wrong side of the line when the race was about to start. Flagged OCS by Principal Race Officer, Denis Thompson, it was not the most auspicious start.

Hickman described the race: 'We were off and running in 23 knots with bursts of 27 and 28 knots. One or two miles off the Heads, some boats tacked back in. The agony of ocean racing – what to do – there was conflicting weather information. Tide affects the little boats too, so we made our decision and went out and further out, away from the coast.

'It was blowing from nor’north-east at 25-26 knots and out of the blue the wind went quiet. East of Manly, we heard the airport weather and it said a 28 knot south-west and we thought ‘what the…’. So we were watching the clouds, and saw a big roller and were prepared when the wind swung to the south and south/west at 20 knots and freshening. We saw 30 on the dial and paused to let it settle.'

Hickman said most of the fleet was sailing close to the coast so did not experience all that they did offshore, until the last 50 nautical miles. He said along with the DK 46, Minerva, skippered by William Cox, they sailed towards the Island in a moderate to heavy seaway with green water coming over the bow and white water at the back.

Wild Rose’s crew set a kite, then the wind swung to the north-west and then nor’ north-east. At 2.00am off Nobbys Beach, the wind went back to the north-west at 8-12 knots and by the time they reached Cabbage Tree, they saw Celestial, Victoire (Darryl Hodgkinson’s Cookson 50) and Patrice.

'We crossed Minerva, Balance (a Beneteau 45) and St Jude (a Sydney 47) and realised we were in good shape – and then we got totally becalmed. Canute (a King 40) was two miles behind us, and they sailed through us.'

The way back to the finish was not any easier, with a light nor’ easter increasing to 18 knots, 'Then all hell broke loose when we were hit by a thunder storm and hail; Duende (the Judel Vrolijk 52) was there with us,' Hickman said. Once through that, they faced constantly changing winds which ended with a 25-37 knot south-easterly that gusted to 30 knots as they sailed to the finish.

'It was a great Hobart workout for everyone,' conceded Hickman, who said his crew, and especially those he had sailed with long term over the years; Peter Inchbold, Andrew Scott, David Morris and his best mate Phil Endersbee, made all the difference.

'The old girl was smoking – I looked at Peter Inchbold and said: ‘How lucky are we?’ It was a tough, frustrating, get knocked down and get up again repeatedly sort of race,' Hickman said.

Back at the CYCA, Hickman was told by a Celestial crew member that Wild Rose had beaten them by won by one minute and 56 seconds.

Celestial played bridesmaid in the closest of finishes. -  Andrea Francolini   Click Here to view large photo

'Celestial deserved to win – Sam Haynes and the guys are great competitors who put in the hard yards,' said Hickman, who can’t wait for the Rolex Sydney Hobart. 'I still get excited by that race,' he said.

Record holder Wild Oats XI, did not race, Mark Richards and crew electing to undertake crew training instead. Her record of 12 hours 15 minutes 55 seconds set last year, was left undisturbed as the fleet battled the elements.

Celestial was first boat home at 17:26:41 on Saturday, with Victoire following nearly four minutes later and Patrice five minutes later, causing the new yacht to be quickly dubbed the ‘TK Express’.

Tony Kirby’s brand new Ker 46 Patrice on her maiden race -  Crosbie Lorimer  
Kirby was wearing a big smile back at the CYCA. Rushing to put the finishing touches on Patrice on Friday, he was at the top of the pack heading to and rounding Cabbage Tree Island yesterday in company with Victoire and Celestial. You could not ask for more from your first race.

The rest of the fleet trickled in slowly, the last handful crossing the line in the early hours of this morning.

Rod Jones’ Audi Sunshine Coast was first to retire, Jones commenting: 'We had some hardware failures, including winch and clutch problems among a couple of others'. Lessons learned, they will repair 'we’re looking forward to a competitive summer,' he finished.

Michael Martin’s Frantic was next after also sustaining gear failure in the first hour of yesterday morning. Ian Creak’s Pennant Hills Ford was the next casualty, after her owner reported they had blown out a spinnaker.

Changing down sails in a 30 knot north-easterly, Creak and crew were unexpectedly hit by a 40 knot southerly, with no time to pull down the kite, which was shredded. Then their world went quiet as the wind blew itself out to nothing. This was to be the pattern for most of the race.

On Saturday morning, Andrew Wenham reported keel damage to Southern Excellence II, bringing an end to his race. At 8.55am, Paul Jones’ Canberra entry, Namadgi, reported she was retiring off The Entrance, north of Gosford, while still headed north to the Island. She had been caught too long in an airless pocket and looked likely to finish the race early next week. In the afternoon, Paul Clitheroe pulled Balance because of steering issues.

Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson reported from the start line off Point Piper on Friday evening: 'The yachts started in a 25-27 knot north-easterly wind. It was really blowing,' he said. 'It was a clear start, but a few held back to play it safe.'

Thompson said all mains were reefed (except Wild Rose which had been testing a re-raked mast) and smaller headsails in place in the big conditions. 'Two hours into the race, though, the wind went round to the west and south-west at around 20 knots, which wasn’t predicted.'

On Saturday morning just after 9.00am, Thompson and his crew were sitting in 1 knot of breeze, waiting for the predicted 15-25 knot south-easterly to fill in.

Blue Water Pointscore Series

Hosted By CYCA

Race 4   (8/11/2013) 

Updated:  10/11/2013  6:14:17 AM

IRC results Start : Div1 19:00 Div2 19:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Div No Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor'd T Score Vis
1 4343 WILD ROSE Roger Hickman 2 01:22:16:27 01:03:16:27 1.039 01:04:20:16 1.0  
2 421 CELESTIAL Sam Haynes 1 01:17:26:41 22:26:41 1.264 01:04:22:12 2.0  
3 8338 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER Ed Psaltis/ Bencsik/ 1 01:18:55:40 23:55:40 1.189 01:04:27:00 3.0  
4 360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 1 01:17:36:12 22:36:12 1.280 01:04:55:56   Yes
5 AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 1 01:17:30:39 22:30:39 1.352 01:06:26:05 4.0  
6 A140 ARIEL Ron Forster Phil Dam 2 01:23:37:39 01:04:37:39 1.083 01:07:00:13 5.0  
7 8339 LUNA SEA James Cameron 2 02:01:34:56 01:06:34:56 1.016 01:07:04:18 6.0  
8 6837 MINERVA Edward Cox 2 01:21:50:25 01:02:50:25 1.160 01:07:08:05   Yes
9 6686 ST JUDE Noel Cornish 2 01:21:40:14 01:02:40:14 1.175 01:07:20:16   Yes
10 10007 PRETTY FLY III Colin Woods 1 01:18:19:51 23:19:51 1.352 01:07:32:36   Yes
11 33345 BLACK SHEEP Derek & Martin Shepp 2 01:23:18:40 01:04:18:40 1.118 01:07:39:07 7.0  
12 A169 NAUTICAL CIRCLE Ian Prentice 2 02:00:07:01 01:05:07:01 1.099 01:07:59:58 8.0  
13 6841 PAPILLON Phil Molony 2 02:00:30:59 01:05:30:59 1.092 01:08:13:55 9.0  
14 6689 COPERNICUS Greg Zyner 2 02:01:30:33 01:06:30:33 1.066 01:08:31:22 10.0  
15 N40 ONE FOR THE ROAD Kym Butler 2 02:00:32:53 01:05:32:53 1.103 01:08:35:29   Yes
16 MH60 TSA MANAGEMENT Tony Levett 2 02:00:59:23 01:05:59:23 1.100 01:08:59:19   Yes
17 A147 TICKET OF LEAVE Matthew Prentice 2 02:03:37:02 01:08:37:02 1.061 01:10:36:25   Yes
18 8824 CHANCELLOR Edward Tooher 2 02:05:43:52 01:10:43:52 1.109 01:14:31:00 11.0  
DNC 226 SWISH Steven Proud 1     1.239   19.0  
DNC 1236 LOCAL HERO Peter Mosely 2     1.049   19.0  
DNC 5356 ILLUSION Travis Read 2     0.988   19.0  
DNC 10001 WILD OATS XI Mark Richards 1     1.987     Yes
DNC 11033 KERISMA Grant Dawson/ Brent 2     1.151   19.0  
DNC 52002 QUEST Bob Steel 1     1.351   19.0  
DNC MH85 CANUTE Mitchell Miller 2     1.121     Yes
RET 6755 PENNANT HILLS FORD Jim Lelliott 2     1.076     Yes
RET 7771 BALANCE Paul Clitheroe 2     1.131   16.0  
RET A5 AUDI SUNSHINE COAST Rodney Jones 1     1.282   16.0  
RET AUS03 SOUTHERNEXCELLENCEII David Burt 1     1.591   16.0  
RET GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 1     1.347   16.0  


by Di Pearson, CYCA Media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=116526

5:25 AM Sun 10 Nov 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

At exactly 00:01 on the 29th January 2015, TeamVestas?' VO65 left VTE - Voltri Terminal Europa en route to Persico Marine in the foothills of the Italian Alps. The boat is now safely secured in a purpose-built facility near Bergamo, awaiting full assessment and the beginning of the repair process. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Day 3 - There's a world of difference between skiing a long, smooth run and skiing on moguls. Today, forget the waves, it was the breeze on Biscayne Bay that was 'moguls.' Shift upon shift upon shift upon shift. ... [more]  

Ioannis Mitakis (GRE), the 2012 Finn European Champion, ruled the roost in Miami today with two emphatic race wins and moves up to third overall. Giles Scott (GBR) sailed his worst day so far, but still leads with a five point gap on Jake Lilley, and 12 points over Mitakis as the event reaches its half way stage. ... [more]  

The International DN Ice Yacht World and North American Championships are being held in Kingston, Ontario (right in front of our office). For the Kingston Yacht Club, we skated out to the middle of the lake, and put together a little highlight piece for them to remember the event by. ... [more]  

Doyle Sails had more success last weekend in the Auckland Optimist Championships, taking first and second overall in the 110 strong Open fleet. Six countries were represented in the event, and young sailors came the length of New Zealand to compete in the regatta that is a ranking event for World and International team selection. ... [more]  

EFG's Star Winter Series rules in Biscayne Bay by Connie Bischoff, Miami, FL
The third Star Winter Series presented by EFG (SWS) and hosted by Miami’s Biscayne Bay was a shining success. Not only have all five regattas had stronger participation than last year but the final one, the Mid Winters, grew 35% with 45% of the sailors international (CAN, SWE, BRA, UKR, ARG, ITA and GER). ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 3 photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

Day 3 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella marked the midpoint of North America’s biggest Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. With bright sunshine and fresh breeze in abundance, the world’s top athletes in 13 classes were treated to the conditions that exemplify why Miami is a preferred international sailing destination. ... [more]  

It was windshift upon windshift upon shift upon windshift on Day 3 of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami sailed on Biscayne Bay Presented by Sunbrella, the premier regatta has attracted 599 boats and 768 sailors who were adjusting all day to one thing or another. If it wasn't the wind direction that was changing, it was the wind speed. ... [more]  

Following the success of the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series that concluded last week, the dates of next year’s event have been confirmed for 16-24 January 2016. With overseas competitors from 11 nations represented a large part of the 47-strong fleet overall at the 2015 event ... [more]  

Ben Ainslie Racing, the British Challenger for the 35th America's Cup, have shipped two foiling Nacra 20 catamarans to Bermuda and have become the first team to commence sailing operations at the Venue for the next Cup. The team conducted an initial training camp in Bermuda, last week. ... [more]  

North U kicked off its 2015 season of youth match racing clinics around the U.S. with a successful clinic hosted by the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in Kemah, Texas on Galveston Bay near Houston. Forty high school and college sailors spent two-and-a-half days learning about match racing and training in Sonars on flat water and 6-12 knots of breeze. ... [more]  

A fantastic week of sunshine, warm weather, big breeze and competitive sailing is what sailors were treated to last week in Key West. Several Canadians left the bitter cold of the north to partake in the fun filled week and a few even brought home trophies. Here's a peek at the fun in the sun! ... [more]  

At ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, if the Chamber of Commerce had stayed up all night working at it, they could not have served up a better day for racing. ... [more]  

On day 2 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, the rainstorms of yesterday vanished but the excellent wind conditions remained in place on Biscayne Bay. A more conventional day of racing saw US Sailing Team Sperry athletes finish the day in the top 10 in 5 Olympic classes and 2 Paralympic classes. ... [more]  

Bringing Dragon Sailors from around the world to Antigua. Harmony Hall Yacht Club, with the support of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and the Inn at English Harbour, will host the second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge with nine races scheduled to take place over five days in fantastic Caribbean conditions on identical Petticrow Dragons. ... [more]  

There are so many ways that the Dongfeng Race Team could have lost the chance to win the light-air marathon from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China. Leading from the first 24 hours to the finish, 23 and a half days later, 5,403 nautical miles sailed and eight different gulfs, oceans and seas, is not necessarily the most advisable way to try and take the spoils. ... [more]  

Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden was on Sydney harbour last Sunday and captured these images from Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championships ... [more]  

New Zealand short-handed sailor, Conrad Colman is on his second two handed round the world race, this time aboard the Spirit of Hungary with Nandor Fa sailing in the Barcelona Round the World Race: I had noticed a couple of chafing zones on the mainsail so I prepared some patches and the Dr. Sails flexible epoxy glue so we could drop the main quickly ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami- Photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - It may have been a day late for Australia Day, but on the second day at the Sailing World Cup Miami, the Australian Finn sailors were on a charge with some sparkling performances. Giles Scott (GBR) still leads after winning the opening race of the day, while Jake Lilley (AUS) won the second and moved up to second overall. Ed Wright (GBR) is in third. ... [more]  

2015 Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race is set to begin Friday, February 6. The 32nd edition of the venerable Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race will start in Port Everglades, Florida, and send its 12-boat fleet on a challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica. George Sakellaris’s (Framingham, Mass.) 72-foot Shockwave will be the largest boat competing, so it should be interesting to ... [more]  

VX One momentum is growing with ever larger fleets showing the pure fun and easy performance of this true thoroughbred one design. ... [more]  

Last Friday, former Oracle Team USA team member, Matthew Mitchell issued a media release stating that he has lodged a complaint with the International Sailing Federation over the actions of a fellow crew member, Simeon Tienpont, and inaction by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, in San Francisco. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: A warm and colorful welcome for Team SCA into Sanya by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, Auckland, NZ
The all-female crew, Team SCA, arrived to a warm and colorful welcome including fireworks, Chinese dragons, orchid garlands and traditional costumes into the city of Sanya on Hainan Island in southern China early Tuesday evening (local time). 'It was a really different leg. I wouldn’t say it was hard in terms of the physical side but it just had lots of things coming at all angles ... [more]  

Touch2Play had the great fortune of participating in what would be the largest yet gathering of J88’s to date. Quantum Key West Race Week would serve as a chance to see how boats lined up against one another in conditions that covered the full range. For this event we had Rob and Sandy Butler, Steve Leibel, Keven Piper, Coleen Walsh and myself, Larry Huibers. ... [more]  

As the Barcelona World Race leaders race to the Crozet Islands, once again their paths have diverged – Neutrogena around 200 miles to the south-west of first-placed Cheminées Poujoulat on the water, and gaining around 40 miles in the past 24 hours. ... [more]  

For the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will announce on Saturday (31 January) at 10:00 CET the final line-up of sports. ... [more]  

On a high octane first day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami on Monday (26 January) Giles Scott, Alison Young and the Paralympian Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas saw the best possible start to their 2015 sailing seasons with double race victories. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

RC44 World Championship Leg 1 gets underway on 24th March until 29th March 2015. The RC 44 Class is unlike any 40 foot sailing yacht ever designed, and the reason for that is simple. She is a high performance one design yacht created for top level racing in international regattas. If one was to compare this concept to racing cars, then we would be talking about the F1, NASCAR or similar. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami -Finn class -testing conditions on Day 1
ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images by Ingrid Abery
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica wins first podium place in Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng scores historic victory for China
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng release first DroneCam video from Leg 3
Volvo Ocean Race: Chinese team set historic first with home port win
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind arrives on time in Genoa + Video
America's Cup - Virgin considers backing Ben Ainslie, BAR
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Changes
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview
Barcelona World Race - A game of chase
Quantum Key West Race Week: Four GC32's make spectacular USA debut
Volvo Ocean Race – Frostad says Caudrelier proving them wrong *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Last day drag race to Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Tense onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Dongfeng Race Team pushing hard!
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Countdown begins
Volvo Ocean Race: Donfeng set to create a piece of sailing history
Barcelona World Race - First of the iconic Great Capes has been passed   
Classic 18fters racing on Sydney Harbour   
Volvo Ocean Race - Can Dongfeng still hang on for a Sanya win??   
Stephanie Roble, 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year   
Barcelona World Race - Taking advantage   
Oakcliff Awarded Joe Prosser Award at US Sailing NSPS 2015   
20 Nations head for 2015 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta   
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 500 miles to go   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Fantastic finish   
Barcelona World Race: Weather beacons launched midrace   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5   
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race – Gala prizegiving marks end of event   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5 images by Ingrid Abery   
Volvo Ocean Race Leader - Dongfeng - the right place at the right time   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Notice Of Race online   
Volvo Ocean Race: Changes to Team Vestas Wind crew   
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Highlight video released   
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges complaint against Tienpont   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team preview   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT