Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Hempel Gosford-Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013 - Race at halfway mark

by Tony Evans on 8 Apr 2013
Hempel Gosford-Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013 - Ocean Affinity approaches the halfway point Stewart Lewis
Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013. Competitors continue to struggle in the light and tricky conditions. As of this morning’s scheduled radio contact, the maxi Southern Excellence II had passed the halfway mark and now has its sights set on a Tuesday pm finish at the Island.

However, frustration and the reality of missing flights home appear to have got the better of the crew aboard the Jutson 39 Sweethart, as skipper Laurence Pidgeon advised that they are heading back to the mainland.

Like many, Sweethart headed south in search of a southerly airstream, but unfortunately they were unable to make enough east to pick up their breeze.

Stewart Lewis from Ocean Affinity has provided this report from the southern Tasman Sea.
' The breeze is holding out a little better than anticipated on Ocean Affinity on the way to Lord Howe (touch Wood).

We had anticipated around three knots of wind all day today - so far we have been becalmed for around two hours overnight, around three knots of wind for a few hours this morning and now have around five – eight knots from the south south east.

Wind is dominated by local clouds - gradient wind is almost nil.

The attached Photo tells the story - flat sea, light wind - Alegria is three miles ahead slightly to starboard - Exile slightly north and three miles behind - both in sight.

Southern Excellence and Frantic seem to have picked up a bit of pressure about 30 miles to the south of us - they overtook us in the last hour as expected.

Balance seems to have taken a very northern route - whilst Zoe and Wild Rose are mid way north - south - a very spread out fleet.

The latest forecast for Monday looks good with a light south easter forecast - suggesting a midday Tuesday finish for Affinity - however as the wind has not yet been what has been in any of the forecasts we are not booking our flights just yet.'

With several of the larger boats now in the breeze and humming along at seven-plus knots, race organisers anticipate a faster second half for the race.

In the race for line honours, Southern Excellence II leads from Alegria and Frantic.

The Yellowbrick leaderboard shows Rod Jones' Alegria V leading all three handicap divisions with AFR Midnight Rambler second in both ORCi and the premier IRC Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013
T Clewring CruisingSouthern Spars - 100Naiad

Related Articles

Sundrenched Quiberon heralds great start to OK Dinghy World Champs
The European heat wave shows no sign of letting up as more than 100 OK Dinghy sailors made their final preparations 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship - The European heat wave shows no sign of letting up as more than 100 OK Dinghy sailors made their final preparations for the start of the 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship, which was opened today in sunny Saint-Pierre Quiberon.
Posted today at 3:05 am
LV America’s Cup World Series – Big Ben takes a big win in Portsmouth
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to present the awards and it was a fitting end to an amazing weekend. It really was Super Sunday for Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR whose second place in the last of Sunday’s three races gave them the overall regatta win at the Portsmouth event.
Posted on 24 Jul
America's Cup World Series - Big win for Big Ben in Portsmouth
A Royal handshake, a big yellow spot, personalised LV handbags and the adulation of the home crowd You’ve heard the news – for British sailing fans it was a big day in Portsmouth at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series as Sir Ben Ainslie and Team Land Rover BAR scored a bullet and two second places against Team Oracle USA’s second and two firsts to take the ‘regatta’ and climb to the top of the LVACWS leaderboard overall.
Posted on 24 Jul
America's Cup World Series – Two win day closes the gap on leaderboard
Oracle Team USA opened Super Sunday with a second place finish and followed it up with two race victories Oracle Team USA opened Super Sunday with a second place finish and followed it up with two race victories to close within just one point of the winning home team.
Posted on 24 Jul
Transat Québec Saint-Malo – A battle from start to finish
After a quick transatlantic race time of 12 days, two hours and 24 minutes, team Imerys crossed the St Malo finish line. The 3000nm downwind adventure from Quebec City to St Malo proved seven days faster than May's 3000nm upwind Transat bakerly from Plymouth to New York.
Posted on 24 Jul
Azzurra now in the Balearics for third event in 52 Super Series 2016
The fleet of ten TP 52s had their Practice Race today in the thermal breezes that are so typical of Mallorca. The fleet of ten TP 52s had their Practice Race today in the thermal breezes that are so typical of Mallorca. It was a day of fine-tuning before the Puerto Portals Sailing Week officially begins.
Posted on 24 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Oiling the wheels
The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The MedCup was hosted four times by the marina between 2005 and 2008 and 2016 is now the second time that the 52 Super Series will race out on the Bay of Palma based from Puerto Portals Marina.
Posted on 24 Jul
Nevin Snow wins the 50th Governor's Cup
Nevin Snow and his team were victorious this year, defeating Sam Gilmour and his team from the Royal Freshwater Bay Club Nevin Snow and his team from San Diego Yacht Club were victorious this year, defeating Sam Gilmour and his team from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Each had defeated their opponent in the final four.
Posted on 24 Jul
Comanche - On board report - 175nm ahead of trans-Atlantic record pace
Comanche is currently 1?76? miles ahead of the record (correct at 09.45 BST) Sunday July 24, 2016 Update from Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark's supermaxi Comanche on Sunday 24th July, 2016 as she chases the Trans-Atlantic monohull record Comanche is currently 1?76? miles ahead of the record (correct at 09.45 BST). Visit the Yellow Brick tracker for latest position updates
Posted on 24 Jul
Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge - Race 13 arrivals complete
Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, arrivals are now complete following arrival of IchorCoal at 2300 local time As Visit Seattle, PSP Logistics and Da Nang – Viet Nam celebrated their podium finishes in race 13, the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, arrivals are now complete following the arrival of IchorCoal at 2300 local time this evening.
Posted on 24 Jul