sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Hamilton Island Race Week - Svanika heads to Singapore
Hamilton Island Race Week - Svanika heads to Singapore

'Svanika racing - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012'    Andrea Francolini ©    Click Here to view large photo

When Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 lights are turned out most of the near 2,000 sailors competing will return to their home port and their families to resume jobs and normal daily life.

Having sailed his tiny Bonbridge 215 with a waterline length of 21.5 feet, more than 1,000 nautical miles from Sydney, 38 year-old Simon King is only part way through his latest adventure with the next stage a 3,000 nautical mile crossing to his new home, the city state of Singapore.

King, the skipper of Svanika, started sailing an eight foot Optimist class dinghy at age 12 in an Olympic size swimming pool in Christchurch, New Zealand. After that he tried out a few catamaran classes on the Swan River, Western Australia. Only in his twenties did he start keelboat racing in Sydney, finishing up club champion the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club one year.

After Audi Hamilton Island Race Week where he’s racing in Cruising division 3, King will relocate his prized toy, but not in the way most think. He will sail his classic Bonbridge largely solo to Singapore, with a little help from family and friends for some of the stages. He is aiming to complete the ocean passage within two months, before the cyclone season starts.

Relocation to Singapore comes after King’s girlfriend moved there three months ago for work commitments. King is currently on leave from the same workplace to join his girlfriend.

This journey is not for the faint hearted but King says he doesn’t fear much other than the swells, which could get up to five metres, and thieves at marinas along the way. ‘Lucky for me there aren’t known pirates between here and Singapore.’

It may be more than 30 years old but the elegant 1979 built vessel has the latest technology aboard, including a brand new radar and TP20 Simrad auto pilot known affectionately as ‘Bettsie’.

In terms of communicating with the outside world, King has on board all the gadgets needed for a trip of this magnitude. On the list is an AIS receiver, a satellite phone, VHF radio, EPIRB and personal locator beacons. In case the worst comes to worst there is also a life raft on board.

King averaged 6 knots over the 1,060 nautical miles from Sydney. He chose his departure date, July 1st, in order to compete at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and made it ‘just in time’.

The next journey is away from the protection of the Australian east coast and a much more dangerous prospect, particularly on this size boat.

King and his Svanika crew, all from Sydney Amateur Sailing Club won their handicap in cruising division three for Tuesday’s long race.

Back in Sydney Svanika has taken out the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club’s winter series.

This is King’s third Race Week and despite the distance he might have to travel to do it all again next year, he says he ‘would love to come back to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week next year for the 30th anniversary’.

Svanika racing - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 -  Andrea Francolini_©   Click Here to view large photo


Hamilton Island Race Week website


by Stephanie Hobbs

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101316

9:48 AM Fri 24 Aug 2012GMT


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

Click for further information on
2012 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Related News Stories:

24 Aug 2012  Hamilton Island Race week day 7 images by Andrea Francolini
24 Aug 2012  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Team Australia stranded
24 Aug 2012  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Dale Lorimer's Images of Day 7
24 Aug 2012  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week forecast and course changes
23 Aug 2012  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - South Pacific Trophy contest
23 Aug 2012  Audi Hamilton Island Race week day 6 images by Andrea Francolini
23 Aug 2012  Hamilton Island Race Week - Black Jack scores second overall win
23 Aug 2012  Audi Hamilton island Race Week - A change of plans
23 Aug 2012  Audi Hamilton island Race Week - Melges 32 competition
23 Aug 2012  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 5 weather
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




















America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   


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 VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT