Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Geographe Bay Race Week - Cream rises to the top

by Bernie Kaaks on 20 Feb 2012
Hoodoo Man and Just Cruisin now share the lead in the IRC Blue fleet. - Redink Homes Geographe Bay Race Week Bernie Kaaks
Redink Homes Geographe Bay Race Week - After two days of racing, the favourites in each of the eight classes are starting to jostle for position.

Today’s long passage race started with a steady easterly breeze, which in typical Geographe Bay fashion, tailed off to a drifter during the dreaded 'noon lull', before a gentle breeze brought the fleet home late in the afternoon.


In the IRC Blue fleet, Hoodoo Man, an Archambault 40 sailed by Craig Carter has been joined at the top of the leader board by Tony Carter’s Beneteau First 40, Just Cruisin. Carter had the narrowest of wins today ahead of Gary McNally’s Black Betty and Hoodoo Man. The first three boats finished within one minute of each other on IRC corrected times.

In the small boat IRC division, Mike Finn’s S&S34 Constellation, which was built using the vacuum infusion system, is proving too good for her rivals with two wins and a second in the three races to date, but a trio of Beneteau 34.7’s will be keeping her very honest during the week.


Premier Cruising fleets had the best of the weather pattern. Their shorter course enabled the bigger boats to complete the course before the breeze softened and predictably the placings were dominated by big boats – Brian Todd’s Sue Sea was first, followed by the X-55 Audeamus. Brian de Vries’ Steel de Breeze and David Clifton’s Eftel, both S125’s, shared third place. John Moore’s Marten 49 Charlotte lost a heap of time after a promising beginning with halyard problems.


Sadie Blessas made amends for a disappointing day yesterday in the Premier Cruising Green race today, with Hans on Deck edging out Spritzig 2 to take line honours and winning corrected time ahead of Rod Turner’s Nexus and John Wallis’ Golden Eagle.

Sports boats and the Under 10 metre division sailed three windward and return races today in difficult conditions, with light and shifty breezes. Race Director Ken Waller has handed his Fremantle 8 The Jean Genie to Peter Godley for the week, and must be smarting over the fact that Godley heads the leader board. Two Bakewell White 8’s from Royal Perth Yacht Club are also in the mix at this early stage.

Rod Beurteaux continues his good form in the Viper Don’t Forget Alice in the sports boat division, returning two firsts and two seconds from the four races run to date. Competition for the minor places is very tight.

Tomorrow’s program takes cruising fleets to Dunsborough for an evening barbeque while the racing fleets continue their windward leeward program. The highlight will undoubtedly be the night race, which for the past few years has produced good breezes and exciting racing.

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

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 today at 2:51 am
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 on 27 Aug
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 on 27 Aug
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