sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Zefiro seeks full blooded southerly
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Zefiro seeks full blooded southerly

'Jeri Bakker and the Zefiro crew are hoping for southerlies.'    CYCA Staff    Click Here to view large photo

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - It is said that gentlemen do not go to windward - and quite so - it is a bit like scrum time in the rugby, best suited to miners and the unashamedly agricultural who can only gawp at the nonchalant elegance of wingers in stainless white shorts.

Yet on Zefiro, the most elegant, most gentlemanly of yachts, come Boxing Day and the Rolex Sydney Hobart, they want a full blooded southerly. The thought of skipping down the New South Wales coast in a sundrenched sea breeze is anathema.

The racing bug will do that to you.

The drop dead gorgeous Farr 100 Zefiro is a yacht to lust after. Her wide, powerful white hull looks like she is going fast even when tethered to the dock at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Her blemish-free teak deck goes on for ever. The faultless timber joinery below, the plush cabins, the cavernous galley and the eight separate heads (toilets) are Swan like in their understated extravagance. This is a yacht designed and built to circumnavigate the world in absolute comfort.

Which is exactly what German/Cypriot owner Gerhard Ruether is doing.

Built by Italians in a Cape Town yard, Zefiro first cruised north, to the Mediterranean, competing in all the super-yacht regattas that circle the fabled Sea in summer. Then across the Atlantic for more cruising and racing, down to Cuba and on to New Zealand by way of Panama.

In New Zealand she won the Millennium Cup, and now she is in Australia for the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Next year it will be swimming with whale sharks off the West Australian coast before exploring Indonesia, racing in the Kings Cup in Phuket, and then Myanmar.

Ruether’s multinational shipping management group has offices in Cyprus, Germany, Singapore and Myanmar, where he has a maritime training academy that has produced 5000 graduates over the years, who now work all round the world.

Zefiro’s boat captain Jeri Bakker -  CYCA Staff .   Click Here to view large photo

Racing was always part of Ruether’s cruising plans, especially the Rolex Sydney Hobart, 'The Hobart has a history of being a hard race,' says Zefiro’s boat manager, Jeri Bakker.

'You have so many weather patterns and tactics to think about. The start on Sydney Harbour, down the coast in a current, across Bass Strait which is very shallow and then around an island. It is a lot of races in a relatively short distance. For us, the 628 (nautical) mile distance is not an issue. We do passages of 3000 miles.'

Of course, these are 628 very intense miles. Lots of weather, potential storms, countless sail changes. And Ruether and Bakker have assembled anything but a cruising crew for the race, with loads of local knowledge and Sydney Hobarts under their belts.

'Our first goal is to get there, and to give it 100 percent,' Bakker says. They are all there to win.

A huge amount of gear has been stripped out of the boat. Spare parts, essential for long distant cruising but surplice to race requirements, will go to Hobart in a truck, as will Ruether’s 600 kilos of books.

Not all the creature comforts will go though. Proper beds, not pipe births, a well-stocked freezer and capacious commercial oven stay.

'There will be no dry food,' Bakker declares. 'We will have proper meals.' Even in racing mode Zefiro will be a palace compared to the no-frills purity of the four other 100 footers and the V70s in the race.

With all that weight, Zefiro is not a line honours contender, unless the going gets very tough and the winds are coming from in front of the fleet. But a good rating gives her a big shot at winning on handicap.

'The rating reflects the kind of boat she is,' Bakker says. 'We have the same handicap as the 60 foot Ichi Ban,' he says of Matt Allen’s new state-of-the-art grand prix racer and one of the race favourites. 'If you sail to the best of your abilities and the handicap is right, yeh. Maybe we can do some good.'

This is why those on board Zefiro want southerlies. 'I don’t mind a nor-easter across Bass Strait, but for the first day and a half I want wind from the south east,' Bakker declares.

'Up wind we can do 13 knots. In fact making the boat go faster isn’t the issue, but slowing her down, depending on the sea state is.

Downwind in a 60 tonne boat, though, is an altogether different matter. Upwind, weight can translate into power. Downwind it is all drag.

'If it is blowing from the north-east we will go below, put a suckling pig in the oven and sit back,' Bakker sighs, thinking of all the good meals that have gone down on Zefiro.

Rolex Sydney Hobart website


by Jim Gale, RSHYR Media


  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=117748

11:16 PM Thu 19 Dec 2013GMT


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

Click for further information on
2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

10 Mar 2014  Rolex Sydney Hobart: Raw footage from the ABC helicopter
07 Jan 2014  Rolex Sydney Hobart - One of the most exciting editions on record
04 Jan 2014  Rolex Sydney Hobart: America’s Cup heroes take on Sydney-Hobart
01 Jan 2014  Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - The final four
01 Jan 2014  Rolex Sydney Hobart; Rounding Tasman Island -Got a Few Hours To Spare?
31 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bacardi to return for 70th edition
31 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Making tracks to the finish line
31 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race wrap up video
31 Dec 2013  Victoire announced overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart
31 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart 2013 - Television coverage of the start
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World











420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,




















Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,






Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe On the Final two days of the Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
International Moth Worlds - Victory for Nathan Outteridge + Video   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue   
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC   
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014   
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race   
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video   
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   


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