Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Heavenly sailing conditions at Heaven Can Wait 2012

by Heaven Can Wait media on 30 Sep 2012
The 5o5 know as Rum Bucket got away to a flyer and was only beaten by McKnight around the 30 odd nautical mile track. - Heaven Can Wait John Curnow ©
After three tough years in the Heaven Can Wait series, the weather gods smiled on the 2012 Heaven Can Wait race. On Saturday morning just a few minutes before the 11am start, the north westerly hit the fleet; winds went from 10 knots to 25 in a flash. It was a roaring down wind start, with kites, foiling moths and sports boats dominating.

Principal Race Officer Blake Middleton from Minnesota said... ‘The most exciting start we have had in the seven year history of the race... ‘

As the day progressed winds gusted to 30 knots on parts of the course, but gradually eased over the follow half day and for the 24 hour race conditions eased overnight and into today and as the morning eased away winds dropped to 3-4 knots, with warm spring sunshine and bright blue skies.



In the 12 hour race Mark Langford’s Farr 40 Forty won division 1 on line honours and on handicap. Second across the line was Belinda and Tom Braidwood’s beautifully restored Nelson Marek 43 Quest ahead of Peter Hewson’s Sydney 41 Storage King Wallop. Phil King’s Beneteau 42.7 Yes. Second on handicap from Wallop.

In division two line honours Noel Gough’s NSX-38 Excapade, second was Michael McFayden’s S111 Brigus and in third place Glenn Picasso Young 88 Young ‘n Old.

On handicap Serein, Geoff Payne’s Radford 11.9 led from Mark Cherrington’s Van der Stadt 34 with third Excapade.
In the 24 hour race, division 1 it was a war of attrition, Storage King Wallop, then Yes and Quest retired with a torn main but had sailed sufficient miles to secure third place.

On handicap it was Wallop, Yes and Quest.

In division 2, line honours, Bruce Thomas’ Masram 940 Crow Bar ahead of Brigus with Young and Old third. On handicap Serein again, from Windchaser, Young and Old.

Summary – postcard sailing today.

Major announcement – from Royal Motor Yacht Club Commodore Graeme Parr. ‘This was the very last Heaven Can Wait Race – on the October long weekend.

‘The race will now move to November, floating to stay close to Full Moons – the very much preferred conditions for 24 hour racing.’

Royal Motor Yacht Club Sailing Captain Mel Steiner commented ‘The highlight of this race for us is just being in it. As Blake Middleton agreed, this is about participation above all else, these are very challenging races. ‘

Full results will be published over night.




Mackay BoatsNorth Technology - Southern SparsBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Y'all come back now, ya hear - Heaven Can Wait, a personal journey
Heaven Can Wait 24-hour yacht race competitors were greeted by a Robin Williams-style reveille Heaven Can Wait 24-hour yacht race competitors were greeted by that Robin Williams-style reveille harking back to the movie Good Morning Vietnam just after 6am on Sunday as the marathon race drew to a close. The radio wake-up call was a bit of light relief on the part of the cancer charity event’s principal race officer Blake Middleton, delivered in his distinctive North American accent.
Posted on 4 Oct 2011
For 24 Hours - just you, your mates and Lake Macquarie
The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Race lived up to its reputation. The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Race lived up to its reputation, with heavy winds and driving rain producing particularly testing conditions for the sailors in the second part of the race.
Posted on 3 Oct 2011
For 24 Hours - just you, your mates and Lake Macquarie
The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Race lived up to its reputation. The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Race lived up to its reputation, with heavy winds and driving rain producing particularly testing conditions for the sailors in the second part of the race.
Posted on 3 Oct 2011
Heaven Can Wait 2011 – A Challenging Night
For the last three Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour races, wind and rain have kept the sailors company. For the last three Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour races, wind and rain have kept the sailors company. 2011 and it was Déjà vu all over again. A cold night, with a strong southerly change kicking in.
Posted on 2 Oct 2011
Heaven Can Wait 2011 – A Challenging Night
For the last three Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour races, wind and rain have kept the sailors company. For the last three Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour races, wind and rain have kept the sailors company. 2011 and it was Déjà vu all over again. A cold night, with a strong southerly change kicking in.
Posted on 2 Oct 2011
Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Race – The Dash
Line Honours in the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash was not decided until the last mile of the 28.5 nautical m Line Honours in the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash was not decided until the last mile of the 28.5 nautical mile race this afternoon. The most surprising starts were from 2011 Moth World Champion and One Lap Dash record holder Nathan Outteridge and another of Australia’s top Moth sailors Scott Babbage who were both caught on the wrong side of the line.
Posted on 2 Oct 2011
Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Race – The Dash
Line Honours in the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash was not decided until the last mile of the 28.5 nautical m Line Honours in the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One Lap Dash was not decided until the last mile of the 28.5 nautical mile race this afternoon. The most surprising starts were from 2011 Moth World Champion and One Lap Dash record holder Nathan Outteridge and another of Australia’s top Moth sailors Scott Babbage who were both caught on the wrong side of the line.
Posted on 2 Oct 2011
Heaven Can Wait – Sunrise 2011
The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One lap Dash and 24 Hour Race starts in less than five hours The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One lap Dash and 24 Hour Race starts in less than five hours, with a fleet of around 55 boats expected to face the starter’s gun.
Posted on 1 Oct 2011
Heaven Can Wait – Sunrise 2011
The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One lap Dash and 24 Hour Race starts in less than five hours The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait One lap Dash and 24 Hour Race starts in less than five hours, with a fleet of around 55 boats expected to face the starter’s gun.
Posted on 1 Oct 2011
An evening with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge – Part I
An interview with two young Australian sailors, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge. Two Australian sailors are starring at the 2011 Audi Victoria Week, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge. Outteridge after winning the Audi King of Docklands SB3 event is now leading the SB3 series. ISAF sailor of the year Slingsby is calling tactics on todays IRC Division A double winner Hooligan. Today we publish the first part of a three part interview series with them both.
Posted on 23 Jan 2011