sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney Hobart - All in Hobart for New Year's Eve

Rolex Sydney Hobart - All in Hobart for New Year's Eve

'WAVE SWEEPER, Sail No: 7407, Owner: Morgan Rogers, State: NSW, Division: IRC & ORCi, Design: Beneteau 40.7, LOA (m) : 11.9, Draft (m): 2.3'    © Rolex/Daniel Forster    Click Here to view large photo

Rolex Sydney Hobart - last of the fleet arrives in Hobart.

It was 4.00pm at Constitution Dock on New Year’s Eve and only four yachts remained at sea in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but in quick succession, Illusion, Charlies Dream and Polaris of Belmont sailed to the finish line, leaving Wave Sweeper the last yacht to finish the race.

The smallest yacht in the fleet, Illusion crossed the finish line in 66th place on line. A Davidson 34 owned by Jonathan Stone, she won the harsh 1988 race overall for her original Victorian owners and many in Hobart were happy to see her cross the finish line again.

This afternoon, Stone was thrilled to arrive in Hobart, particularly as it was his first ever Rolex Sydney Hobart. As a crew member mentioned: 'We should have been last here, so we’re proud to beat three boats home.'

It was nearly four, but Ian Miller’s Young Ones from Victoria pipped them by just over three and a half minutes, after trailing the smaller yacht for some time.

'It was dangerous but beautiful,' said Stone, describing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual 628 nautical mile race.

'We loved the last two days of the race, just beautiful sailing, but we had three nights of bedlam. Fortunately we have terrific sailors aboard, especially some of the younger guys,' Illusion’s owner said.

The Sydney yachtsman loves his yacht. 'She’s not the most modern; she’s 22 years old, but she stood up well and we’re very proud. The only damage we did was a tear in the main, shredded a couple of sheets – and the usual – crew lost some winch handles over the side!'

Like the rest of the fleet, Stone and his crew saw their fair share of hard weather. 'We got winds into the 30’s; gale conditions off the NSW and Tassie coasts. We really got belted and had very unsettled seas of Tassie.'

New Year’s Eve, Stone says, 'will be big for the young guys on the crew, but for me, it’ll be a couple of beers and off to bed. I’m just happy we’re here.'

A keen sailor, Stone said he would definitely do the race again. 'But I’d make some modifications; I’d change some of the amenities.'

When Polaris of Belmont arrived 68th over the line into Hobart, shortly after 4.30pm, her owner Chris Dawe was not particularly bothered one way or the other that he’d lost his 'last on line' tag. 'But I’m happy to relinquish the title for this year,' he laughed.

Dawe’s Cole 43 has just completed its 26th race to Hobart and he says he’ll be back for more. 'We’ll absolutely be back next year. Just because the boat has done 26 is no reason to stop. We love this race.'

The Gosford sailor said the first day of the race was the toughest. 'But that’s OK, we also did the Gosford Lord Howe Island race this year and that was a hard one, so we were prepared for this.'

Arriving into Hobart is Dawe’s favourite part. 'We love the arrival; that’s why we keep coming. The welcome we get is second to none.' He’s right. As Polaris turned the corner into the King Street Pier, the clapping and whistling began.

Dawe has a favourite part of every one of his seven Rolex Sydney Hobart’s; 'The dawn. There’s nothing quite like sailing at dawn. It’s so beautiful and so peaceful.'

Wave Sweeper, a Beneteau First 40.7 owned by Morgan Rogers of the CYCA, holds the distinction of being the last yacht into Hobart. He and the crew sailed into the dock at 7.08 this evening in the time of 5 days, 6hr 8min 30sec.

Formerly campaigned as Le Billet and Chancellor, this is Rogers’ third race to Hobart on the newly named Wave Sweeper. Arriving dockside with a relatively young crew, Rogers threw himself into the tide, not waiting for his crew to do the honours.

His crew were bearing a sign in big letters Did Finish Last. Rogers defended his slow trip to Hobart: 'We had a quick trip actually. We were leading our division for 18 hours, but then we blew up our stormsail and stopped off Montague Island to gather ourselves.

'After that, we had a crew man injured with a suspected broken ankle, so we dropped him off at Eden.'

The biggest cheer was reserved for this happy crew who did not mind in the least being last to Hobart.

'We had a great time; we saw every part of the paddock (Bass Strait) and used every sail in the inventory.'

Asked what the plans for New Year’s Eve were, Rogers said: 'I’m meant to be at home with my wife. I also missed our anniversary. My marriage frequent flier points are in deficit. I guess we’ll have a few beers and think about it…..' he said.

ILLUSION, Sail No: 5356, Owner: Jonathan Stone, State: NSW, Division: IRC, Design: Davidson 34, LOA (m) : 10.3, Draft (m): 2.5 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster?nid=78645   Click Here to view large photo


Website click here




by Di Pearson

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=78645

9:56 AM Fri 31 Dec 2010 GMT






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

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

20 Dec 2011  Sydney to Hobart 2010 photos by Carlo Borlenghi
23 Jan 2011  Mewstone Race winner Dump Truck now aims for Sydney Hobart
14 Jan 2011  Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2010 - Reichel/Pugh Designs take top spots
12 Jan 2011  Sydney to Hobart - Report from the Beneteau fleet
03 Jan 2011  Rolex Sydney Hobart - When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
02 Jan 2011  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Sydney 38s finished 29 seconds apart
01 Jan 2011  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Just rewards in Hobart
01 Jan 2011  Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rani Trophy for outstanding seasmanship presented
01 Jan 2011  Rolex Sydney Hobart ORCi win to British yachtsman
31 Dec 2010  Sydney Hobart 2010 - Last three boats almost home
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

The Gold medals have been decided in four events on Day 5 of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami. Finn sailor Giles Scott (GBR), is not the only one guaranteed to finish in a gold medal position tomorrow. Nacra 17 team Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA), Women’s RS:X dominator Bryony Shaw (GBR) and the breakaway 49erFX Kiwis, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) join him with gold in the bag. ... [more]  

VX One Midwinter Championship Day 1 by Christopher E. Howell
In the VX One Midwinter Championship, hosted by Sarasota Sailing Squadron, three races were completed today for 28 teams competing in Florida. ... [more]  

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 22 sports, with badminton and taekwondo included for the first time but the shock news is that sailing will not be a 2020 Paralympic sport. ... [more]  

Day five of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, saw the stage set for the Saturday’s medal races in the Olympic classes, while on the Paralympic side US Sailing Team Sperry athletes Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) secured a silver medal in the three-person Sonar. ... [more]  

2014 - 2015 Barcelona World Race - After a month of racing, the Barcelona World Race fleet is through into the Southern Ocean. As is often the case, the distances between the boats have widened as they’ve entered the Roaring Forties. The leading crews, who were first to hit the strong winds of the southern latitudes, had a great opportunity to make good their escape. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Giles Scott (GBR) has assured himself his first victory of the year after two more races were sailed Friday in the lightest winds of the week at the Sailing World Cup Miami. He now sits 23 points ahead of Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO), who had the best day to rise from fourth to second. Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) is third, just one point further back. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - The gaps widen by Barcelona World Race
Barcelona World Race - Another landmark will be ticked off tomorrow for Barcelona World Race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat when they sail north of the lonely Kerguelen Islands. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 5 photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

GC32 Racing Tour - The future of sailing is, quite literally, flying. The catamarans that soared above the waves in the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francsco have taken the sailing world by storm. The boats have revolutionised sailing technology and competition, giving rise to the creation of new classes. ... [more]  

The Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce its partnership with Gill North America as official crew merchandise provider for the seventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, starting in Antigua on Monday 23 February. ... [more]  

American Windsurfing Tour - The Goya Pro Cabo Verde is shaping up to be the latest AWT edition of the ‘Clash of the Titans.’ The mega stars of windsurfing are currently tuning up their gear, and making final adjustments before the long journey to the remote island of Sal, Cabo Verde. ... [more]  

The second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge will be hosted by Harmony Hall Yacht Club, with the support of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and the Inn at English Harbour, with nine races scheduled to take place over five days in fantastic Caribbean conditions on identical Petticrow Dragons. ... [more]  

Roger Hickman skipper of Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race IRC winner Wild Rose sat down with Geoff Waller of www.boatson.tv and described just what went into his boat winning the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. His was a 'full-on' race (with dramatic 'on-board' video) which included a knock-down, broken steering, a wild 'Chinese gybe', storms and only a small amount of blood spilt. ... [more]  

The world’s elite sailors are preparing to meet in Singapore for the opening Act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™, which is set to bring the world famous Marina Bay alive with its pioneering Stadium Racing concept. With the transfer window now closed, some new players will enter the arena as the Series launches into its ninth season, with continued support of Series Main Partner Land Rover. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 4 photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

2014 - 2015 Barcelona World Race - No scape south because of South Indian Ocean Antarctic Exclusion Zone means a painful wait for Anna Corbella and Gérard Marin on GAES Centros Auditivos. ... [more]  

The expansion of sailing into so-called developing countries, continues at the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Miami, with newly embraced Cuba joining the 64 nation line-up encompassing 600 boats. The 2015 fleet on Biscayne Bay is a record turnout, for this second event on the 2015 Sailing World Cup Circuit ... [more]  

Day 4 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2015, Presented by Sunbrella, saw the US Sailing Team Sperry make steady gains in the Laser and Laser Radial classes as gold fleet racing approaches its conclusion. In the Sonar, Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) will go for gold tomorrow in the final day of Paralympic racing. ... [more]  

At exactly 00:01 on the 29th January 2015, TeamVestas?' VO65 left VTE - Voltri Terminal Europa en route to Persico Marine in the foothills of the Italian Alps. The boat is now safely secured in a purpose-built facility near Bergamo, awaiting full assessment and the beginning of the repair process. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Day 3 - There's a world of difference between skiing a long, smooth run and skiing on moguls. Today, forget the waves, it was the breeze on Biscayne Bay that was 'moguls.' Shift upon shift upon shift upon shift. ... [more]  

Ioannis Mitakis (GRE), the 2012 Finn European Champion, ruled the roost in Miami today with two emphatic race wins and moves up to third overall. Giles Scott (GBR) sailed his worst day so far, but still leads with a five point gap on Jake Lilley, and 12 points over Mitakis as the event reaches its half way stage. ... [more]  

The International DN Ice Yacht World and North American Championships are being held in Kingston, Ontario (right in front of our office). For the Kingston Yacht Club, we skated out to the middle of the lake, and put together a little highlight piece for them to remember the event by. ... [more]  

Doyle Sails had more success last weekend in the Auckland Optimist Championships, taking first and second overall in the 110 strong Open fleet. Six countries were represented in the event, and young sailors came the length of New Zealand to compete in the regatta that is a ranking event for World and International team selection. ... [more]  

EFG's Star Winter Series rules in Biscayne Bay by Connie Bischoff, Miami, FL
The third Star Winter Series presented by EFG (SWS) and hosted by Miami’s Biscayne Bay was a shining success. Not only have all five regattas had stronger participation than last year but the final one, the Mid Winters, grew 35% with 45% of the sailors international (CAN, SWE, BRA, UKR, ARG, ITA and GER). ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 3 photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

Day 3 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella marked the midpoint of North America’s biggest Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. With bright sunshine and fresh breeze in abundance, the world’s top athletes in 13 classes were treated to the conditions that exemplify why Miami is a preferred international sailing destination. ... [more]  

It was windshift upon windshift upon shift upon windshift on Day 3 of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami sailed on Biscayne Bay Presented by Sunbrella, the premier regatta has attracted 599 boats and 768 sailors who were adjusting all day to one thing or another. If it wasn't the wind direction that was changing, it was the wind speed. ... [more]  

Following the success of the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series that concluded last week, the dates of next year’s event have been confirmed for 16-24 January 2016. With overseas competitors from 11 nations represented a large part of the 47-strong fleet overall at the 2015 event ... [more]  

Ben Ainslie Racing, the British Challenger for the 35th America's Cup, have shipped two foiling Nacra 20 catamarans to Bermuda and have become the first team to commence sailing operations at the Venue for the next Cup. The team conducted an initial training camp in Bermuda, last week. ... [more]  

North U kicked off its 2015 season of youth match racing clinics around the U.S. with a successful clinic hosted by the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in Kemah, Texas on Galveston Bay near Houston. Forty high school and college sailors spent two-and-a-half days learning about match racing and training in Sonars on flat water and 6-12 knots of breeze. ... [more]  

A fantastic week of sunshine, warm weather, big breeze and competitive sailing is what sailors were treated to last week in Key West. Several Canadians left the bitter cold of the north to partake in the fun filled week and a few even brought home trophies. Here's a peek at the fun in the sun! ... [more]  

At ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, if the Chamber of Commerce had stayed up all night working at it, they could not have served up a better day for racing. ... [more]  

On day 2 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, the rainstorms of yesterday vanished but the excellent wind conditions remained in place on Biscayne Bay. A more conventional day of racing saw US Sailing Team Sperry athletes finish the day in the top 10 in 5 Olympic classes and 2 Paralympic classes. ... [more]  

Announcing the second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng - History, Joy and Tears
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship: Images from Race 4
Barcelona World Race: Conrad and Nandor’s 'No Good Very Bad Day!'
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami- Photos by Ocean Images
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami images by Ingrid Abery
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Aussie Finn sailors charge on day 2
Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race - In for a blast
2015 VX One Midwinters action is heating up
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges ISAF complaint against Tienpont
Volvo Ocean Race: A warm and colorful welcome for Team SCA into Sanya
Touch2Play at Key West Race Week
Barcelona World Race leaders split paths
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Final line-up to be announced
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Day 1 - Brits off to a flying start
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Tough Day 1 + Video
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Tough Day 1 + Video
RC44 World Championship Leg 1 - RC44 Valletta Cup preview
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami -Finn class -testing conditions on Day 1
ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images by Ingrid Abery   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica wins first podium place in Sanya   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng scores historic victory for China   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng release first DroneCam video from Leg 3   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chinese team set historic first with home port win   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind arrives on time in Genoa + Video   
America's Cup - Virgin considers backing Ben Ainslie, BAR   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Changes   
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview   
Barcelona World Race - A game of chase   
Quantum Key West Race Week: Four GC32's make spectacular USA debut   
Volvo Ocean Race – Frostad says Caudrelier proving them wrong *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - Last day drag race to Sanya   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Tense onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Dongfeng Race Team pushing hard!   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Countdown begins   
Volvo Ocean Race: Donfeng set to create a piece of sailing history   
Barcelona World Race - First of the iconic Great Capes has been passed   
Classic 18fters racing on Sydney Harbour   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT