Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Geographe Bay turns it on for the last day

by Bernie Kaaks on 1 Mar 2012
Hugh Warner’s Classic Attitude. - Redink Homes Geographe Bay Race Week Bernie Kaaks - copyright
The vast majority of sailors in this week’s Redink Homes Geographe Bay Race Week finished the final race with huge smiles. The Bay turned on a 15 to 20 knot southerly at the start of the race, giving the well sailed yachts a real blast and causing mayhem among some of the lest experienced.

In IRC Blue, Black Betty turned the windward mark for the first run, which took her near the start line where following fleets were milling around awaiting their start signal, at around 18 knots – unfortunately much too fast for our little camera boat to catch them in action! A radio call from the yacht alerted the waiting fleets to the imminent arrival of the IRC boats and they quickly scattered for safety. Black Betty continued her fine form with her fifth win out of 10 races to comfortable clinch the championship with 11 points, ahead of Tony Carter’s Just Cruisin’ with 19 and Craig Carter’s Hoodoo Man on 23. This was Carter’s first hit out in a regatta and he should be pleased with the yacht’s potential.

Peter Hickson’s Beneteau 35 Mulberry has been the boat to beat all week, and chalked up another win in the final race, helping him to the series win ahead of Brad Skeggs in another 34.7, Mind’s Eye. 'The fastest Adams 10 in the world' (their description, not mine!) Rottnest Express Addams Family, sailed a very consistent series to finish third.
Paralympic gold medallist Graeme Martin, sailing with brother Peter and John Homes, blitzed the jib and main fleet with four wins from 6 races. Des Lord’s Figaro was next, followed by Gary Griffiths’ Heaven Can Wait.

In the multihulls, Allanah Chesterfield-Evans sailed Cosmic Gift to victory. Although the multihull fleet was smaller than usual, they enjoyed good racing. Forte was second and Dulcinea, third.


Premier Blue produced some of the closest racing in the regatta. There were recalls, protests and action a-plenty right up to the final day. Bunbury yachts eventually claimed the quinella. David Clifton’s Eftel had a nervous wait after damaging its mainsail just before the start, but the lead was big enough to retain her place at the top of the table with 15.5 points, ahead of Greg Lowe and Ray LeGuiere’s Fat Wallet Lost with 19. Graham Bishop sailed well all week to snatch third place with 21 points.

Premier Green was also close. The points table from second to seventh covered just 2 ½ points! After two disappointing races prior to the last day which saw her slip from the top of her fleet, Nexus returned to form to finish second in her final outing and win her division. Golden Eagle was second and Bunbury yacht Tokoloshe was consistent all week to finish third.

Local yachts dominated the Under 10 Metre division. Peter Godley, sailing The Jean Genie on behalf of on-water race director Ken Waller finished first, followed by wine maker Mark Blizard in Ziggy Stardust. Narrowly missing second place on a countback, the East Fremantle yacht Double Vision sailed by Graeme Cole, was third.

The sports boats loved yesterday’s conditions, with the possible exception of Terry Foster’s Fizz, which had to be towed back to harbour after breaking a rudder. They enjoyed some spectacular rides in the fresh breeze and the domination of the Viper 640’s in this regatta continued. Rod Beurteaux topped the fleet with 11 points, followed by Chris O’Keefe’s Snake Charmer. Sam Monkhouse and his very young crew from South of Perth Yacht Club finished a creditable third. With legends like Peter Chappell, Rod Beurteaux and Peter Sorensen in the fleet, Sam’s performance suggested that he has a bright future ahead of him.



SUMMARY:

IRC Blue
1 Black Betty Gary McNally 11
2 Just Cruisin’ Tony Carter 19
3 Hoodoo Man Craig Carter 23

IRC White
1 Mulberry Peter Hickson 14
2 Minds Eye Brad Skeggs 18
3 Rottnest Express Add Gomez Addams 21

Jib & Main
1 Sand Crab’s Disco Graeme Martin 6
2 Figaro Des Lord 9
3 Heaven Can Wait Gary Griffiths 15

Multihulls
1 Cosmic Gift Allanah Chesterfield-Evans 6
2 Forte Scott Mills 10
3 Dulcinea David Buzzard 13

Premier Cruising Blue
1 Eftel David Clifton 15.5
2 Fat Wallet Lost Greg Lowe & Ray LeGuiere 19
3 Crews Control Graham Bishop 21

Premier Cruising Green
1 Nexus Rod Turner 17
2 Golden Eagle John Wallis 22.5
3 Tokoloshe Greg Williams 23

Under 10 Metres
1 The Jean Genie Peter Godley 28
2 Ziggy Stardust Mark Blizard 33
3 Double Vision Graeme Cole 33 (countback)

Sports Boats
1 Don’t Forget Alice Rod Beurteaux 11
2 Snake Charmer Chris O’Keefe 17
3 Hissteria Sam Monkhouse 25



Giacomo Yacht SaleKZRaceFurlersMackay Boats

Related Articles

Clipper Race - British Olympians swap sports for new challenge at sea
Joining this year’s Great Britain entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race are two athletes Joining this year’s Great Britain entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race are two athletes who have already spent their lives representing their country at the highest level.
Posted on 19 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Three sleeps to go!
With less than 72 hours before Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on River Mersey to start 2017-18 edition With less than 72 hours before the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on the River Mersey to start the 2017-18 edition of the 40,000 nautical mile race around the globe, anticipation is building in Albert Dock with crowds gathering to wish the fleet well.
Posted on 19 Aug
2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Day 2 - Newport long haul
The sunny skies on Day One of 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship were replaced with low flying southerly squalls The sunny skies on Day One of the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport were replaced with low flying southerly squalls and an on-time 1100 start. PRO Anderson Reggio sent the fleet to the 'inside' Halfway Rock racecourse for what would be a very exciting, four-race day of Melges 20 sailing.
Posted on 19 Aug
29er Hong Kong Open – Notice of race released
With competitors due to start unloading containers of 29ers from the 21 December, a great turn out is expected With mild winter conditions of warm sea and air temperatures, great breeze and boasting some of the best race tracks available anywhere, all eyes will be on the world’s best 29er sailors competing here in Hong Kong
Posted on 18 Aug
Tasar World Championship in Gamagori
As Libby said after the first race day of three races and five hours on the water, it was one of their toughest days The five race day event saw the outstanding North American crew from Seattle YC, former gold and bronze medal Olympians in the Flying Dutchman and 49’er Classes, Jonathan and Libby Johnson McKee, take out their fourth World Tasar Title
Posted on 18 Aug
A Pacific Yankee Doodle Dandy opening day at Melges 20 Nationals
On a traditional sunny, summer day, Newport is known for giving sailors a headfake with a weak On a traditional sunny, summer day, Newport is known for giving sailors a headfake with a weak, northerly, morning breeze, only to have that fade into a solid, southwest seabreeze. Knowing the conditions well and despite the solid northerly morning gradient, PRO Anderson Reggio wisely postponed the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship fleet, and settled on a 2 o'clock
Posted on 18 Aug
Admiral’s Cup Regatta will span the generations
Excitement in the yachting community surrounding the Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta has spread to all corners Excitement in the yachting community surrounding the Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta has spread to all corners of the sailing world. News of the event, to be held in Sydney this December, has also inspired some remarkable reunions.
Posted on 18 Aug
41st Annual Wooden Boat Festival - Overall report
Tall ships and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year on September 8–10, 2017. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food—this is a weekend of fun for all ages
Posted on 17 Aug
2017 U.S. National Championship - Newport Pow Wow
Summer sailing and racing in Newport is at its seasonal high point and smack dab in the middle of it all Summer sailing and racing in Newport is at its seasonal high point and smack dab in the middle of it all, is the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport happening on August 17-19. Three days of competitive sailing will take place under the careful management of PRO Anderson Reggio and his legion of local sailing and race committee volunteers.
Posted on 17 Aug
Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup - Racing postponed for Day 3
As forecast, winds in excess of 30 knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 As forecast, winds in excess of 30 knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 of the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland.
Posted on 17 Aug