Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On Water Boat Show

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
Barz Optics - Floatersupffront 660x82Colligo Marine 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