Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Preview of The Showdown on the Derwent

by Peter Campbell on 4 Nov 2011
RYCT Showdown Regatta - Laser fleet Jane Austin
The Showdown on the Derwent is scheduled to get underway on Friday 4 November and the big fleet is lining up. From Sabots to SB3s, Lasers to Farr 40s, Paper Tigers to International Dragons, almost every class and type of yacht sailed in southern Tasmania will be out on the River Derwent this weekend for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s annual spring regatta.

The regatta will begin with windward/leeward twilight spinnaker races for the keelboats, International Dragons, SB3s and other sports boats.

On Saturday and Sunday the 30-plus keelboat fleet will be joined by about 110 dinghies, skiffs, sailboards and off-the-beach catamarans, with back-to-back racing on both days.

Division 1 promises some spectacular and close racing between four Farr 40s, Voodoo Chile, Wired, POW and War Games, for line honours, but with strong handicap competition from the likes of wily Don Calvert at the helm of his former Admiral’s Cup yacht Intrigue.

With a dozen SB3 sports boats now racing Hobart, a strong fleet is expected for The Showdown, although top skipper Nick Rogers has elected to sail his International Dragon, Karabos IX, as he prepares for the Prince Philip Cup on the Derwent in January.

One of the major concepts of The Showdown is to provide early season regatta racing for the various classes of dinghies in the lead-up to their national championships over the summer.

The Showdown has thus attracted strong line-ups from the International Cadets, Sabots, Lasers, Mirrors and the Paper Tiger catamarans with many talented young Tasmanian sailors among them.

A class attracting growing interest among the more mature dinghy sailors is the Moth foiler, certainly one of the most spectacular classes now seen regularly out on the river, especially in strong breezes.

While the Sabots, with 24 entries, are the strongest class, the International Cadets have a dozen entries, all contenders for a place in the Cadet World championships to be conducted by Sandy Bay Sailing Club in January 2013. Racing in The Showdown starts at 5.30pm this evening, Friday, 4 November, and at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, 5 and 6 November.

The Showdown website
Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

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 today at 1:34 pm
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 today at 12:58 pm
J22 World Championship - More Day 3 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 3 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 3 action.
Posted today at 7:18 am
2016 J22 World Championship - Day 3 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 3 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 3 action.
Posted today at 7:16 am
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
J22 World Championship - More Day 2 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted on 24 Aug
2016 J22 World Championship - Day 2 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted on 24 Aug
Michael Marshall excels in wind and waves on J/22 Worlds Day 2
The day before J/22 Worlds began Mike Marshall led a panel discussion focused on techniques for heavy breeze and waves. 2016 J/22 World Championship - The day before the J/22 World Championship began at Cork/Sail Kingston in Ontario Canada, Mike Marshall led a panel discussion focused on techniques for heavy breeze and waves.
Posted on 24 Aug
Spring into summer with NCYC’s Inner Spring Regatta
Entry is open 2016 NCYC Inner Spring Regatta to be held over the 10th and 11th of September. Entry is open 2016 NCYC Inner Spring Regatta to be held over the 10th and 11th of September. With six on the entry list in the first 24 hours this will be a regatta not to miss.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug