sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Are these the Serious Handicap Contenders?
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Are these the Serious Handicap Contenders?

'ICHI BAN, Matt Allen catches the sunrise off Tasman Island - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011'    © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Former CYCA Commodore Matt Allen, one of Australia's toughest offshore yacht racing campaigners, is preparing to sail in his 23rd Sydney Hobart race.

He believes that if the current forecast comes to fruition that only a small number of the 77 boat fleet, the bigger boats in the race will be in a position to take the overall handicap victory in this year’s Sydney to Hobart Race as the faster boats will have the best of the race weather.


His racing yacht Ichiban is in that group. She is an Australian built Volvo 70 which sailed in the 2005-2006 Volvo Round the World Race. Ichiban has delivered some great Sydney to Hobart results for Allen, second on line honours in 2006 and third in 2007 and 2008. He has come so close to winning the race overall on handicap too; fourth in 2006 and fifth in 2007 and is looking for a win in 2012.

Ichi Ban’s skipper Matt Allen explains that the 60 footers are in there with a chance.
- Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2102 -  Crosbie Lorimer  
Allen, who was the CYCA’s 2004 and 2005 Ocean Racing Yachtsman of the Year, explains ‘‘we are very happy with the weather forecast at this stage. It is a bit hard to work out which boat it’s going to suit exactly but it certainly suits all the bigger boats and that includes us as well.

‘We have not done a lot to our boat, the changes we did last year should stand us in good stead and we have got a whole working sailing inventory all in very new condition.

‘We have plenty of experience, with Michael Spies going into his 36th race this year, Robert Case his 27th and we reinforced our crew with a lot of guys who have done the Volvo Ocean Race recently to push it like a Volvo 70.

‘Dave Rolfe who is with Mike Sanderson on Sanya this year as was Daryl Wislang who was on Camper. We have got Rodion Luka, who did the Volvo in the Russian boat in 2008-2009. We have also got Mike Giles who was with the Sanya team in the last Volvo race.

‘I think these guys learn so much when they are going around the world about how they can get the best out of the boats and whilst the configuration of the boat is a little different to the Volvo trim it is essentially the same boat and that experience that they get in that Volvo Round the World Race is hugely valuable time on the water.

‘We also have in boat preparation Timmy Sellars who was one of the senior guys on the Abu Dhabi shore team. He is a great sailor in his own right but he is obviously been used to fixing and rebuilding Volvo 70s at every other stopover during the course of the last Volvo Race.

‘We are keen to do well but are realistic about our chances.

‘Stephen Ainsworth’s Reichel Pugh 63 Loki is obviously the form IRC boat for ocean racing and I think we are going to have a good battle with them.

'And we think we have a chance against them. I would have thought if we go on the wind in the bit of breeze, as obviously we are going to, we have found in the past we get our time on them pretty well on the wind. If it gets light and variable that will be when that might catch us a bit. How the two of those net it out will be the clue.

LOKI, Stephen Ainsworth - handicap winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster  

‘Depending on the weather Blackjack, (the canting keel 66 footer skippered by Mark Bradford, owned by Peter Harburg) will be a serious contender. Downwind they are going to be great. The uphill if it gets a little bumpy or a little windy Black Jack is probably not the ideal boat.

Black Jack - 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge -  Andrea Francolini_©  

‘There are a couple of other boats that have raced pretty well.

‘Grant Wharington’s 100 footer Wild Thing could have the handicap numbers to win.

‘The gap between her handicap rating and say Wild Oats XI is a pretty big and whilst Wharro probably hasn’t had enough time on the water I think he would admit to that, (the boat has had a major rebuild) his rating is really good and his boat is quick so I think he will be a chance of winning if he didn’t have any gear problems.

Grant Wharington’s (Maxi Wild Thing) campaign gets off to a solid start in the first afternoon of the race - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster  

‘The other boat that I quite fancy is Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin-Loyal. For 100 footer Loyal rates pretty well. At the end of the day it she is a big, powerful, fast boat and I think they are sailing it as well as that boat has ever been sailed. She has a good handicap advantage over Wild Oats XI and the gap in the rating band that might prove to be quite significant at the finish line.

Lahana -Credit ROLEX-Daniel Forster -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster  

‘It is hard to pick a winner albeit the fleet of potential winners is probably as small as I have seen it in my 32 years of involvement with the race.

‘Once again I really think that the winners of the race are most likely to come from Loki or bigger. The weather gods could turn that around but I really find it hard to see the TP 52 able to beat the Loki’s etc. given the weather and the way it looks at the moment.

‘All we can do is try and win our division and see what happens from there.’

Of course Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI might be able to get far enough ahead to get a private breeze and then that will be another story.

And of course, skippers like Michael Hiatt with his Farr 55 Living Doll and the 2010 Sydney Hobart winner Geoff Boettcher who will be racing Holden Secret Mens Business 3.5 again this year believe that they will be very well placed if the weather gods change their minds even the slightest.

WILD OATS XI, Bob Oatley - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster  


by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=104980

10:51 AM Tue 25 Dec 2012GMT


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

Click for further information on
2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

26 Dec 2012  Sydney Hobart: Will it be Supermaxi or Sunfish?
26 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 – Faster 50’s are waiting for their chances
26 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Will Wild Oats XI arrive on record pace?
25 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Live Radio Traffic including Skeds
25 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart 2102; Faces of the Race
25 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012; Lead-Up Images by Dale Lorimer
25 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Christmas cheer
25 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Christmas is just the day before Boxing Day
25 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A fleet action pictorial
25 Dec 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart - The ambiance before the race
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas and Dave O’Connor won one of the most amazing NSW 18ft Skiff Championships in the 120-year history of the sport following a brilliant finish in today’s last race of the series on Sydney Harbour. Story includes full video of the race. ... [more]  

In a disturbing report published by Associated Press, a newly appointed Environmental Secretary has said Brazil will not be able to achieve its stated goals of water quality in the venue for the 2016 Sailing Olympics. 'Removing 80 percent of the pollutants? It's not going to happen, it's not going to happen,' said Andrea Correa, who took office earlier this month. ... [more]  

Arranging to fly his family home to Queensland, Australia, was not how Alf Meads was supposed to spend his Thursday. He was supposed to be in the Bahamas with his wife Kelly and adult sons Cody and Zach, to give their 53-foot catamaran sailboat to Alf’s mother-in-law. The boat was going to be her retirement home. ... [more]  

Hugely disappointing news for the sport of disabled sailing worldwide, for Sailing team athletes who are already working hard towards Tokyo, and is a loss to the Paralympic Games itself as sailing provides a unique element to the sporting programme. ... [more]  

The remaining six medals for the Olympic events were decided on Day 6 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, during the Medal racing phase of the regatta, which counts for double points. Despite that points premium, four of the events, 49erFX, Finn, Nacra 17 and RS:X Women were decided yesterday, Day 5. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Medal Races photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

At the VX One Midwinter Championship, hosted by Sarasota Sailing Squadron in Florida, a handful of teams juggled among the top three finishing positions today, as four races were completed. Marty Kullman’s Blue Flame secured three firsts, however it is Christopher Alexander’s Isabelita Con Queso on top of the leaderboard heading into the final day of racing on Sunday with 19 points. ... [more]  

At the VX One Midwinter Championship, hosted by Sarasota Sailing Squadron in Florida, a handful of teams juggled among the top three finishing positions today, as four races were completed. Marty Kullman’s Blue Flame secured three firsts, however it is Christopher Alexander’s Isabelita Con Queso on top of the leaderboard heading into the final day of racing on Sunday with 19 points. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Giles Scott (GBR) has convincingly and unflinchingly shown that he is still the man to beat in the Finn Class as the 2015 season gets underway. Finishing a close second in the medal race at the end of the Sailing World Cup Miami, Scott wrapped up his eighth consecutive major win in the class and defends the title he won this time last year. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Unseasonal sunshine by Barcelona World Race Media
In the Barcelona World Race Cheminées Poujoulat has passed the Kerguelen Islands as Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam continue to lead the Southern Ocean charge. The duo were just over 300 miles north of the largest island of Kerguelen at 1400hrs this afternoon. ... [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]  

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]  

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
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Day 3 images by Ocean Images
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Day 3 - US Sailing have eight in Top 10
ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami: Day 3 - Three back to back winners
Dates announced for Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2016
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing is first to Team to fly in Bermuda
North U 2015 U.S. Youth Match Racing Clinics Underway
Quantum Key West 2015 - Images by Tim Wilkes
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Perfect conditions on Day 2 + Video
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing team on Day 2
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   


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