sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - The elusive Tattersall’s Cup
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - The elusive Tattersall’s Cup

'(L to R) Roger Hickman owner of WILD ROSE, Matt Allen owner of ICHI BAN, Jim Delegat owner of GIACOMO, Tony Kirby owner of PATRICE, Jens Kellinghausen owner of VARUNA'    © Rolex/Daniel Forster    Click Here to view large photo

In the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race thr first across the line is easy to follow, and a great deal of time, money and effort goes into winning that particular prize. But what yachties really value, what brings them back year after year after year is the elusive Tattersall’s Cup, awarded to the overall winner on IRC handicap.

Sometimes the first boat to finish will also win the race – Wild Oats XI has done that twice – sometimes one of the very last across the line will break open the champagne. Because the Tattersall’s Cup isn’t about waterline length or how new your boat is.

To win you have to sail whatever boat you have at 100% for however long it takes, make all the right tactical decisions in one of the most complicated ocean races in the world, and then get the weather that really suits your size and style of yacht.

In Ichi Ban and Patrice Matt Allen and Tony Kirby have built brand new boats to win this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Each design is meticulously calibrated to the particular demands and idiosyncrasies of the race. The designers, the builders and sail makers have done their bit, the preparation is complete. At the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, with the race just days away, the two agreed that now it is all up to the crews.

'We’ve got a lot of experience on board including a number of guys from the last Volvo race,' Allen says,' including Will Oxley who navigated Camper, Gordon McGuire, our sailing master who’s done a lot of ocean racing, Neil Cox, also from Camper and Phil Harmer who was on Groupama, (which won the 2011/12 Volvo round the world race).

'So we have a lot of experience and a lot of Rolex Sydney Hobart experience,' Allen added.

'I've got a good mix of old and new crew,' says 27 Hobart race veteran Kirby. 'I’ve a few young crew who are doing their third, fourth and fifth races.

'But in my old crew, I have Michael Green who some 35 years ago did his first Sydney Hobart. It was in my father's Patrice 3. Peter Messenger is doing his 25th. He has won four times on four different boats and he wants to make it five on five. I think behind my crew we have some 200 Rolex Sydney Hobart's between us.'

Jim Delegat owner of GIACOMO -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster   Click Here to view large photo
New Zealander Jim Delegat has loaded his VO70 Giacomo (formerly Groupama) with a who’s who of Volvo and America’s Cup sailors. 'We've got a fantastic crew, a great afterguard,' Delegat says.

'Juan Vila from Spain is coming in today as our navigator, you'll know him from the Alinghi days, he's done four Hobart's before so he'll be great at the table. Steve Cotton has done a number of Volvos, Chris Dixon of course, he'll be on the helm. All in all we think we have a great package that will bring lots of excitement.

Allen’s Ichi Ban, Kirby’s Patrice and Delegate’s Giacomo are all state of the art racers. When they commence their blast across Bass Strait, the Farr 43 Wild Rose will still be a long way back along the New South Wales coast.

Wild Rose was once a state of the art racer too, but that was back in 1985. Still, her owner Roger Hickman believes he can reprise her 1993 success, when he rode her to an IRC win when she was called Wild Oats.

'The fundamental difference is new boats go fast, old boats go slow,' Hickman jokes, 'but the handicap allows us a fair bit of time. If Wild Oats XI takes a day to get there, we can take two. If it takes her two days, we can take four. There is a lot of current this year, and that makes a big difference to the slower boats.

'Michael Clarke says you can take wickets with the old ball as well as the new,' Hickman laughed.

Alas though, at this stage the race forecast does not appear to be favoring the back of the fleet.

'I think the boats that haven’t gone around Tasman Island by Sunday will struggle,' Allen predicts. He thinks that because the faster boats will get the best of the weather, this year will belong to one of the quick, mid-sized boats between 55 and 80 feet. A promising forecast for Ichi Ban, as it is for a host of crack yachts.

'I don’t think there’s any race in the world where you’d see such an eclectic mix of boats. A lot of them such as (the Hong Kong 80 foot maxi) Beau Geste, and to some degree Patrice and Ichi Ban are almost unproven boats.

'I know Patrice has been winning a lot of races recently, but we haven’t seen Beau Geste race. There’s lots of unknown commodities out there, so it’s very hard to pick a winner,' Allen concedes.

Hickman is philosophical. 'It is what it is. We are all out there to experience the race first and foremost, and take what spoils we get.'

Jens Kellinghausen Owner of VARUNA -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster   Click Here to view large photo
For German Jens Kellinghusen and his crew on the Ker 51 Varuna the experience is everything.

'We aren’t dreaming of a win. We are just thrilled to be racing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart because it is the top of the pyramid. It is the top race in the world and this has always been our dream.' Still, he has included a professional navigator, trimmer and boat captain in the crew. Truth be told no-one really is ever there to make up the numbers.

And Roger Hickman has some advice for all Tattersall’s Cup wannabes.

'Enjoy the running under spinnaker, but when the southerlies come you have got to enjoy that too.'


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=117814

11:51 AM Mon 23 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

Catch the live coverage of the Leg 4 Finish in Auckland, presented by Team Vestas Wind. Check the video timer for a countdown to the start of coverage and the expected race finish time ... [more]  

For the Finn World Masters in Kavala, Greece pre-registration is open. So far 130 Masters have entered. 2015 will be the first time the Worlds Masters have been held in Greece. ... [more]  

The website for the 2015 Finn Open and Junior Europeans in Split, Croatia, is now live, with online entry open. The last time the Finns had an event there the wind did not cooperate and the fleet ended up sailing some races as the sun set. ... [more]  

After having moved to the west coast for the past three years, US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards ceremony returned to the iconic Model Room at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan to celebrate the sailing accomplishments of Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) and Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.). ... [more]  

If, in the end, the Pacific gave up race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat without too much of a fight and since Wednesday morning the Atlantic, in turn, has opened its fastest toll-free lane north east to Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, the Pacific seems rather more keen to hold on to second and third placed Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos. ... [more]  

America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA and Challenger, Artemis Racing lined up for a series of try-outs on San Francisco Bay. Videographer John Navas was shoreside with a new high resolution video camera and provided these videos of the training sessions and hook-ups. ... [more]  

The HPYD conference is jointly organised by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (NZ) and The University of Auckland and will be held at the Marine Event Centre in Auckland to coincide with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover. It attracts some of the world’s most preeminent yacht designers and is recognised as one of the top three conferences in this area internationally. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
Ryan Houston is a watch captain aboard Team Alvimedica. He sailed in two previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race – in 2008-09 aboard Delta Lloyd and 2011-12 on the incident plagued Volvo 70, Sanya. With the switch to the one design, ruggedly constructed Volvo 65 for this race many of the issues that bedevilled the competitors and organisers in the previous races appear to have been resolved. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
The Volvo Ocean Race and its forerunner, the Whitbread Round the World Race, used to be dominated by Kiwi crews. In the current edition, there are just three New Zealanders competing. Two of those are on Team Alvimedica, the US and Turkish flagged entry. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Victory in the fourth leg was so close that Dongfeng Race Team skipper Charles Caudrelier (FRA) could almost taste it on Thursday, but with just over 500 nautical miles (nm) to go, he was taking nothing for granted ... [more]  

The 2014-15 Etchells North American Midwinter East Series wraps up in Miami this weekend with the three-day Jaguar Southeastern Midwinter Regatta for the Schoonmaker Cup. The Jag, as the series has become better known, attracted over 50 boats for the four regatta series. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World’s NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with David Swete one of three New Zealand crew in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race Swete was reporting in from Team Alvimedica the US and Turkish flagged entry, currently lying in fourth place on leg 4 of the race from Sanya China to Auckand. ... [more]  

Oracle Team USA AC45 Turbo Feb 25 Training images provided by pressure-drop.us. Flat flood conditions and winds 12-18 and then picking up late in the day. Boat is matching the olars established with the AC 72's. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Emirates Team New Zealand has pushed the start button on their campaign for the 35th America's Cup, with a budget that has been reduced by an estimated 20% from the San Francisco campaign. The decision to relocate the Venue for the Match to the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda has resulted in reduced attractiveness to sponsors, which in turn has led to cuts in the program ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Dongfeng has pulled another mile from Abu Dhabi, and MAPFRE looks like they have been making some good gains on the two leading boats. ... [more]  

AWT Goya Pro Cabo Verde kicks off in style! by American Windsurfing Tour
Last night saw the Opening Party for the Goya Cabo Verde Pro contest here on the beautiful island of Sal. In attendance were some of the biggest names in windsurfing along with local watermen, business men and dignitaries. The true spirit of the American Windsurfing Tour came out in force which was both mirrored and complimented by the spirit of this island ... [more]  

With Cheminées Poujoulat making good progress up the Atlantic, making close to 18kts, 120 miles SW of the Falklands, Cape Horn marks the frontier between the two different worlds inhabited by skippers on the Barcelona World Race. ... [more]  

Emirates Team New Zealand has announced a team restructuring ahead on next week's expected announcement that the Qualifier for the 2017 America's Cup will be held in Auckland. The statement issued by the team early this afternoon, indicates the team has secured substantial funding and sponsorship for its 2017 campaign. ... [more]  

2015 CYC Midwinters Race – Pictures by pressure-drop.us ... [more]  

CYC Midwinters Racing – 'Mid Winter racing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get' ~Forrest Gump~Skipper of SS Jenny ... [more]  

Laser Standard Men’s World Championships (June 29-July 8), the Laser Masters World Championships (July 10-18), and the Laser Radial Youth World Championships (August 14-20) are being hosted by the CORK. ... [more]  

Kaenon's Steve Rosenberg talks with Team SCA crew members Sally Barkow and Annie Lush before the start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Both are former Olympic match racers, who have switched to ocean racing. Both are wearing the new prescription Kaenon sunglasses in the 40,000nm race around the world. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Overnight Ian Walker reported getting ahead of Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng only to have Mother Nature take it all back again, getting caught under a rain cloud in light winds ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Mythical, revered, renowned, legendary.....but above all Cape Horn is a time for extra care and caution. While observers and race fans may be poised to share and enjoy the passage of the race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat this Tuesday evening, Swiss co-skipper Bernard Stamm of race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat was clear that there will be little time for celebration ... [more]  

Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3 crossed the finish line in Antigua at 20:35:30 AST on Tuesday 24th February 2015 in an elapsed time of 1 day, 9 hours, 35 minutes and 30 seconds. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Cheminées Poujoulat, which has lead the two handed round the world race for 39 days, has passed Cape Horn (67°15 11 W) at 01:00 UTC (02:00 Barcelona time, 22:00 Chilean time). ... [more]  

For the seventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 records are predicted to tumble, which has one of the most spectacular line ups of high performance boats racing anywhere in the world. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - The Notice of Race for the 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship has been released. Set to be held in Middelfart, Denmark from 8-12 July, the 2015 edition of the Women’s Match Race Worlds will welcome the world’s finest female match racers as they fight for the title. ... [more]  

Many exciting changes have been implemented this year for the 35th St.Maarten Heineken Regatta, and one of those will be the Saturday night party, which will take place on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay. This evening promises to be a night filled with undeniable sex appeal and a line up that boasts not one but two powerful female performers. ... [more]  

RS Sailing and BIC Sport North America announce a joint effort to promote a new-age pathway for kids to find their passion for sailing. The goal is to provide a more formalized learning track parallel to what has been done traditionally, and excite youth sailors with modern sailing craft. ... [more]  

On day 2 of the RORC Caribbean 600 by dawn the vast majority of the 64-strong fleet were negotiating the chicane of islands to the northern end of the course, weaving through the stunning islands of Saba, St.Martin and St.Barths. However Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3, was literally miles ahead of the fleet. ... [more]  

Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - About to begin by Jeremy Leonard, Los Angeles
Ten of the best collegiate sailing teams from across country will descend on Los Angeles Yacht Club® March 13 through15 to test their sailing prowess as they battle it out for the prestigious Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Trophy. This perpetual trophy was deeded to Los Angeles Yacht Club by Port of Los Angeles in 2008, to encourage, '…young men and women to enjoy benefits of competitive sailing.' ... [more]  

Airbnb may a popular 'peer-to-peer' lodging site on the web, but if you want to rent a boat in your local area or away, you’ve got options, too. Boatbound.com, Boatsetter.com and Cruzin.com are just a few of the new crop of online websites offering a chance to rent a boat for the day or weekend. ... [more]  

Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta – Notice of Race online
2015 CYC Mid Winters images by h20shots
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from February 23 show
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston looking forward to his Kiwi home
Volvo Ocean Race: Wislang expected to lead Kiwis home after fast ride
Volvo Ocean Race – Now the race to Auckland is truly on
America's Cup: Spooner fails in attempt to have Oracle AC45 arrested
2015 505 Midwinter Championship - Final race
Barcelona World Race – Renault Captur resume, Spirit of Hungary stuck
2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World – Emerging Nations Programme announced
Barcelona World Race - Spirit of Hungary to make surprise pit-stop
US Sailing Match Racing Committee launches The Dial Up Newsletter
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Michael Chittenden's images from Race 7
Volvo Ocean Race – The Doldrums outside the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 Winner expected in Auckland on Saturday
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Biggest challenges are around the corner
86th SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Day 2 overall
SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Farr 40 and Cal 25 class winners announced
Barcelona World Race - The Bountiful Horn Beckons for Stamm and Le Cam
Geelong boat Phoenix wins Sydney 38 National Title
JJ Giltinan 18 foot Skiff Championship 2015 images by Bruce Kerridge   
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 restart from the Doldrums   
Melges 24 U.S. Championship is enjoying early success   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Records set as rookie Kiwi crew second in Race 7   
Around Antigua Island Race - Unofficial record   
Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners honored   
86th SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Day 1   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta crew forum - place to find crew or a ride   
J/24 Midwinter Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar hanging on by a claw   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Watch Race 7 here - Live and then in Replay!   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA goes out past the Golden Gate + Video   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Michael Chittenden's images from Race 6   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Race 6 interviews with Hamlin, Thurlow and Yamaha   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA report on their new foiler   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Images from Race 6 by Christophe Favreau   
RORC Caribbean 600 - The young ones   
Malibu’s Evolution Pro Series to feature as one-third of WBW Series   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Gotta Love It 7 creates history as US wins Race 6   
Career Day comes on the heels of industry growth   
J/24 Midwinter Championship Day 1   


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