Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring AC72

Farr 40 Queensland Championship - Dramatic start on Day 1

by Peter Campbell on behalf of Aus Farr 40 Class on 27 Oct 2012
Knock Down - Farr 40 Championships 2012 Rob Cruse
Farr 40 Queensland Championship got underway today, Saturday 27th October 2012. A capsize, an all-embracing encounter between a yacht and the finish boat, a protest, and an injury to an Olympic gold medallist all made for a dramatic opening day to the inaugural Aberdeen Assets Management Farr 40 Queensland championship on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Malcolm Page, gold medal winning 470 crew at the London 2012 Olympics, suffered rope burns to his neck and a bruised hip when he got caught in the mainsheet during a gybe on Lang Walker’s Kokomo.

However, he continued his role as tactician, the yacht finishing second in race one and winning race two.

'We are confident he will be well enough to race tomorrow,' team spokesman Richie Allanson said this evening.

Page flew into Brisbane this morning after collecting his Sailor of Year trophy at Friday night’s Yachting Australia’s awards dinner in Sydney. Page shared the award with fellow 470 gold medallist Mathew Belcher, and other Australian gold medal winners Tom Slingsby (Laser) and Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (49er).

Jensen is also sailing in this regatta, assisting tactician David Chapman on Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ world championship winning boat, Transfusion.

Freshening east-south-easterly winds reaching 30 knots forced race officials to curtail racing late this afternoon. Two races were sailed, but the third was cancelled as the breeze kicked in on the course area east of St Helena Island on Moreton Bay.

Transfusion lost its chance for a winning double following a spectacular capsize in race two as the crew hoisted the big spinnaker in 25 knots-plus.

Transfusion and Kokomo, both Sydney-based Farr 40s, each had a first and a second place after a protest by Estate Master (Martin Hill) against Kokomo over a finish line incident in race one was dismissed.


On a countback, Kokomo is currently in first place overall from Transfusion, both with three points. Queensland Farr 40, Keel Train, helmed by Greg Torpy, is in third place on nine points after and fifth and a fourth today.

Another local yacht, Lambourdini, skippered by Howard Lambourne, is fourth overall, also scoring a fourth and a fifth place for nine points. Bribie Star (Ken Down) finished third in race one but seventh in race two to be fifth overall on 10 points, while Estate Master, after missing race two, is sixth in standings on 12 points.

In the protest-provoking incident in race one, both Kokomo and Estate Master were coming into the finish just a few metres apart. Kokomo gybed for the line but Estate Master broached right on the line, draping its spinnaker over the committee boat and also ripping its mainsail.

With mainsail torn, Estate Master was prevented from competing in race two. The committee boats flag masts and signal flags were also damaged.


'It was fresh to frightening out there today,' Belgiorno-Nettis said after Transfusion returned to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

'We had a comfortable win from Lang Walker in Kokomo in the first race and in the second race we got past Kokomo after a close beat to windward as the breeze continued to build to 25 knots-plus.

'We decided to hoist the big chute but as it went up, the lazy brace jammed and we did a Chinese gybe and capsized to windward.

'Kokomo regained the lead, but we made a good recovery, losing only a minute and a half. We still finished second, just a minute and 16 seconds astern of Kokomo,' he added.

Kokomo team spokesman Richie Allanson described conditions on Moreton By as 'testing', adding 'the Queensland guys showed great sailing skills.'

Allanson said RQYS race officials planned to start races earlier on Sunday, aiming to run four races to complete the six race schedule for the championship.

Belgiorno-Nettis, newly elected president of the Australian Farr 40 Owners Association, praised the enthusiasm and hospitality of the Queensland fleet and also the effort made by the owners of the Sydney yachts to bring their boats north for this championship.

'Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron has been marvellous in their organisation and hospitality; the standard of race management has been the highest we could expect,' he said.

'Our sponsors, Aberdeen Asset Management, have been delighted with the organisation and the spectacular racing, and we had two senior executives out sailing with us in a practice race yesterday,' Belgiorno-Nettis added.

Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82T Clewring J-class

Related Articles

2017 Marion Bermuda Race offers front row seats for America’s Cup
Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat
Posted today at 6:15 pm
Dodging ducks, savoring summer—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted today at 4:23 pm
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted today at 12:49 pm
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug
Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted on 28 Aug