Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 33 728x90

Crash Test Dummies live up to their name- HCW 2010 War Story

by Steve Brajkovic on 19 Sep 2011
Crash Test Dummies...while she still has her mast. - HCW 2010 War stories HCW Media
Lake Macquarie's annual Heaven Can Wait charity yacht race -- which is on again in less that two weeks, on the October Long Weekend (October 1-2) -- is as much about having fun sailing on a fantastic body of water as it is about raising funds for men's cancer research and support programs.

Relive last year's Heaven Can Wait and read what a great (short) time some participants had, in this Heaven Can Wait 2010 'War Story' by Crash Test Dummies. And there's more to come over the next few days. Enjoy!This is a short but sweet story from a boat whose Heaven Can Wait 2010 race lasted less than an hour.


Unfortunately for us, we were on the poorly named Crash Test Dummies, a Boatspeed 23 launched earlier this year.

Wow! What a great start and first 50-odd minutes as we skipped away from the fleet.

Okay, the 18 and a few of the foiling moths were in front of us -- when they were upright.

My crew kept advising me that the Melges 32 was about to roll us as we looked back and watched it get spat out in our wake.

Stealthy, the 8m flyer, passed us on the short upwind leg.

The main was eased very quickly, to the point of not in hand of the mainsheet hand.

The masthead kite did short work of inverting and snapping the carbon rig.

As we cleaned up the mess and watched the fleet go by, we thought about our 50 minutes of fame and motored away smiling, realising what we had entered was for such a great cause.

As we motored back, we were amazed that the first three moths had the time to sail past and wave to us, as they were doing approximately 20 knots to windward, seemingly relaxed.

Packing up the boat was a lot faster than normal, but not recommended if you want to complete a race.

A special thanks to the race committee and all the organisers of the event.

See you next year.

-- Steve Brajkovich, Bob Stoddard, Tim Byford and Rick Plain, crew of Crash Test Dummies
InSunSport - NZT Clewring J-classupffront 660x82

Related Articles

RS Aerocup - Another magic day at Lake Garda - Day 2
Per Christian continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves. Per Christian of Norway continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves.
Posted on 25 Sep
2016 Star Sailors League Finals – Count down to Nassau
The reigning Star World Champion, Miami's Augie Diaz (USA) will be competing in Nassau but is yet to announce his crew. As always the top 12 skippers in the SSL Ranking for the year are invited to challenge and join 13 VIPs sailors selected for the successes achieved in their sailing career.
Posted on 22 Sep
Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2
It’s been another big year for the NZ based company, there's lots of exciting things to talk about the Monaco Yacht Show It’s been another big year for the New Zealand based company, giving us lots of exciting things to talk about at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show like our two big projects Adix and Aquijo. Adix, the three-masted 65-metre Dykstra schooner, has been transformed by a rig refit by Southern Spars and Future Fibres.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - Ken Read reflects on the recent World Series - Toulon
Commentator Ken Read on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. North Sails President, Ken Read, doubles as a live commentator for the official TV feed from the America's Cup World Series. Here's his thoughts, from his blog on the North Sails website on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. Read also looks ahead to the final round of the America's Cup World Series is Fukuoka, Japan and the strategies
Posted on 22 Sep
North Sails pays tribute to former owner Terry Kohler
Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come The North Sails Group is deeply saddened by the passing of Terry Kohler, owner of North Sails from 1984-2014. North Sails and all of its employees around the world would like to pass their condolences to the family Terry leaves behind, especially his wife Mary. Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - CNN Mainsail goes inside the teams in Bermuda and UK
CNN goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes Double Olympic Gold medallist and presenter of the outstanding CNN Mainsail series, Shirley Robertson, goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes and angles being pursued by the teams. Then she goes on the water and sees the design teams and sailing teams working together.
Posted on 20 Sep
WIM Series moves on to the US
Next week will see the WIM Series midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA. Next week will see the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA.
Posted on 19 Sep
52fter Worlds - Another level of excellence
Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points From a difficult, and at times confusing second day of racing at the 52 World Championship 2016 on the beautiful waters off Menorca, Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points at the top of the high calibre 12-boat fleet.
Posted on 16 Sep
New Sailing World Cup strategy snub to Southern Hemisphere
Australian Sailing expressed its disappointment in elements of World Sailing’s new strategy/format for Sailing World Cup Australian Sailing has expressed its disappointment in elements of World Sailing’s new strategy and format for the Sailing World Cup released earlier this week.
Posted on 16 Sep
2016 Rolex Big Boat Series begins tomorrow
A record fleet of 127 boats has registered for the 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series. A record fleet of 127 boats has registered for the 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series. The regatta begins tomorrow and is hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay.
Posted on 15 Sep