sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Karl Kwok‘s Beau Geste aiming for a double
Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Karl Kwok‘s Beau Geste aiming for a double


'Karl Kwok onboard his previous Beau Geste'    © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo    Click Here to view large photo

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2013 - Hong Kong Businessman Karl Kwok won the 1997 Hobart at his first attempt in a Farr 40 called Beau Geste. Now he is back, as he says putting his batting average on the line with another attempt.


His new Cookson built boat, a Botin designed 80 footer again called Beau Geste, launched just a month ago is a replacement for his Farr 80, which split in two in a swelly but not heavy weather Auckland Noumea Race off Norfolk Island last year.

TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - Team Beau Geste offshore -  Peter Andrews  

Kwok and his crew know what it takes to win, they flew from Sydney to Auckland after an impressive TP52 circuit victory in Sydney, with yet another Beau Geste and then hit the ditch with the Botin 80 heading for Sydney.

It’s been an intense program as Kwok’s long time fleet manager New Zealander Gavin Brady explains:

‘Obviously the last boat wasn’t an option to repair. The boat was incredibly sound in nearly every area but the deck of the boat was too light. We would have just been putting bandages on the boat and after our quite serious issue we had with the boat we didn’t want to put ourselves in that position again.

'So the new boat choice had to be made. The Volvo Race has proved countless times now that the canting keelboat is now mainstream offshore and hard to beat because they are so efficient. They don’t rely on the crew weight and other things, hence our move in that direction.

'There is a lot more structure in the boat, especially in the deck and some other engineering aft,' Brady explains.


'It’s designed to be more of a coastal boat - for the Fastnet, Rolex Sydney Hobart, and Bermuda and so on. With a coastal race you’ve got to sail to VMG, both upwind and downwind, so a coastal boat is more of a Mediterranean style, maxi-worlds type of boat than say a Volvo 70. It also has similar foils to a Volvo 70, with dagger boards and a canting keel that is lighter than most in its division.'

‘We also believe that 80 feet is an efficient size for the human beings on board to be physically able to sail the boat. If you see a wind shift in front of you we would like to think that we can roll into a tack pretty quickly.

‘We can gybe and we can manoeuvre the boat and we can manoeuvre sails a lot more efficiently than a 100 footer. We think we have also kept it to a size that you can actually get more out of the boat.

‘You can never sail a boat offshore a 100% as you well know but it is always about how close to a 100% can you keep this machine going and we know the 100s they rely on their length more than their efficiency to win the Hobart.

‘We have taken different approach to this Hobart. We did our build up in Auckland with the sailing team and fairly aggressive sailing positions and then we set sail the boat to Sydney with the race team on 17th December.

'Really Sydney is like a pit stop for us. Basically we have got to be ready for the Sydney to Hobart when we leave Auckland.

Beau Geste - November 21, 2013 -  © Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo


'We took it easy at certain times because we could not afford to break the boat but on the other hand we certainly tested the boat and the crew and the systems all the way across.

'The race crew, with the navigator, with all the guys in their race positions. The watch systems were fully operational. Before that we had a good amount of time in Auckland sailing together as a full race team as well.

'I have looked at all the other Hobart’s and I actually think ironically we are going to be better prepared for this one more than any other Hobart I have ever done and yet the boats was quite late being built.

'Hopefully on Constitution dock we will talk about the advantages we gained from the hard sailing we've just done as being the preparation that delivered the result that kept our batting average intact.'


by Rob Kothe & 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=117805

6:57 PM Sun 22 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:

23 Dec 2013  Vivre Victorians as they prepare for Rolex Sydney Hobart broadside
23 Dec 2013  Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi versus Sunfish - Ready to foil the party??
23 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Having a Tasmanian Beer and going to sleep
23 Dec 2013  Reindeer, raceboats and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
22 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Beau Geste arrives in town
22 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Cannar undaunted about skippering smallest boat
22 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Wild Oats XI crew encouraged by final trial
22 Dec 2013  Video Coverage of 2012 Sydney to Hobart race
22 Dec 2013  Sailing legend prepares for thrill of Rolex Sydney Hobart chase
22 Dec 2013  From Concept to Start Line: Winning the Rolex Sydney Hobart
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



















2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco
















































America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing underway in Santander +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Erika Reineke claims Radial race win   
Santander Worlds 2014 Mat Belcher (Part II) *Feature   
Rolex Swan Cup - Mistral keeps fleet shoreside   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup rescued by wave of local support   
ISAF Sailing World Championship, Santander - Opening ceremony images   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team Alvimedica geared up for Leg Zero   
J/70 World Championship 2014 - Healy surfs into lead   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Gripping first day on the Bay   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1 images by Erik Simonson   


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