Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Sail Ports Stephens 2011 - Hanna’s Hooligan headache

by Lisa Ratcliff on 16 Mar 2011
Sail Port Stephens Regatta 2011. Rob Hanna’s defence of his Yachting NSW IRC Championship title with Shogun just got a whole lot tougher with Marcus Blackmore’s all-conquering TP52 Hooligan ready to create a headache for the Victorians at this year’s Sail Port Stephens.

Blackmore might think to pack Hanna a little Migraine Aid from his own range of health products. Based on Hooligan’s recent dominance, consecutive wins at Audi Victoria Week and Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta and top scoring boat at the Rolex Trophy Rating Series last December, Hooligan is without question the form IRC boat heading into the state championship.

'He’s bringing a loaded gun to a knife fight,' said Hanna, continuing the theme of his defence electronics business.

'Marcus has set the bar so high, the hull shape and systems are all tricked up and he’s got a great crew. He’s sticky in light airs and lump. We need 15 knots plus to level the two boats out but even if we get it right, we can narrow the gap but I’m not sure we can beat him. We’ll be trying though,' Hanna added.

Dom Grundy, Commodore of Corlette Point Sailing Association, the organising authority of Sail Port Stephens, is thrilled to see another quality fleet gathering for this year’s Yachting NSW endorsed IRC Championship.

'We are still a month out and we are expecting more gun boats to enter what is already a classy IRC fleet' Commodore Grundy said.

Hanna took a lot away from the recent Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta where his 2006 built Shogun finished fourth, changing his light air rig setting and replacing the wheel with a tiller, the same set up as Hooligan.

Blackmore’s TP52 was launched three years after Shogun as Emirates Team New Zealand. He snapped up the two-time Med Cup winner last year and converted the lighter, faster and newer generation TP52 to race under IRC.

'We’ve got our set up pretty well tagged, our crew work is top notch and we have good speed against the other 52 footers. We need to work on our starts though. There’s always room for improvement' Blackmore warns.

Another warning signal has been fired over the rest of the IRC fleet with America’s Cup legend Grant Simmer appointed Hooligan’s tactician.

Having sailed at Port Stephens with the Farr 40 class many times before, Blackmore is familiar with the local vagaries. 'It’s a great place to sail, we are really looking forward to Sail Port Stephens,' he commented today.

The six race IRC state title will be run in conjunction with Sail Port Stephens over three days, Friday 15 to Sunday 17 April.

So far 13 skippers have put their hand up to contest the NSW IRC Championship including a number of well sailed Beneteaus, CYCA Commodore Garry Linacre and past Commodore David Fuller’s Corby 49 Vamp and John Streeter’s successful Bull 9000 Raging Bull.

Sail Port Stephens begins Monday 11 April with the Commodore’s Cup and culminates in two Championships, the IRC state titles and the national titles for the SB3s with Hamilton Island’s CEO Glenn Bourke the first to sign on. Other classes will also race from Friday to Sunday including sports boats, Performance Racing and Performance Cruising.

Entries for Sail Port Stephens, now in its fourth year, close 5pm Friday 2 April.

Website www.sailportstephens.com
Zhik ZKG 660x82InSunSport - NZNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Lone bullets for the Brits
Despite three more inshore races being held on day five France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Despite three more inshore races being held on day five of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews, France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday, but Flanders North Sea is now the team that has relieved France White of second place overall.
Posted today at 2:10 am
Supermaxi Scallywag has her first outing on Sydney Harbour
Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Yesterday the boat took it first sail on Sydney Harbour in preparation for this weekend's start of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race
Posted on 28 Jul
Extreme Sailing Series– Oman Air sneak early lead despite bump on nose
Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today, with the narrow river, passing traffic, high walls, shifty light winds and strong currents challenging the fleet on the opening day
Posted on 28 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Quantum Racing top of the pops
Quantum Racing stand on the threshold of their third regatta win of the season after sailing to their fourth win today. The Bay of Palma lived up to its one way traffic reputation for most of the time. The risk-reward equation for those pressing for the pin end launch was high. But significantly both of today’s race winners – Quantum Racing and Bronenosec– favoured the lower risk mid line starts where they had a better chance of coming away from the gun at maximum speed by staying clear of the jousting and jostling
Posted on 28 Jul
Debriefing the 2015-16 Clipper Round The World Race with Huw Fernie
Sail-World talked with Huw Fernie of Visit Seattle to learn more about a Clipper Round The World Race skipper’s life. Skipper Huw Fernie and his Visit Seattle crew took top honors in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, marking their second podium finish during the 2015/16 Clipper Round The World Race. I recently caught up with Fernie to learn more about Visit Seattle’s success in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, and to learn more about the life of a Clipper Round The World Race skipper.
Posted on 28 Jul
Oman Air quick to master light airs on Day 1 of Extreme Sailing Series
Last year’s wild and gusty winds gave way to light simmering airs but the Oman Sail was quick to master the conditions. The compact River Elbe race course, bordered on all sides by cargo containers and all the handling equipment associated with one of the busiest ports in the world, was expected to be tricky for the GC32 fleet even though the race area had been expanded.
Posted on 28 Jul
Finale of Clipper Race global series starts in The Netherlands
The 198nm race to London is going to be one of the most nail-biting yet with just six points separating the top teams After a Departure Ceremony from Willemsoord Marina and a Parade of Sail in the presence of Dutch Royal Navy ship ZrMs Luymes, the fleet started the final short sprint to London off the Dutch coast.
Posted on 28 Jul
Thousands of spectators expected to welcome home Clipper Race fleet
Hurricane winds, giant waves, freezing conditions, battered boats and tragedy fail to quell fighting spirit of the crew. The tenth edition of the famous biennial race for novice sailors led by professional skippers is regarded as the most challenging on record after the event endured the most extreme conditions it has ever faced in its 20-year history.
Posted on 28 Jul
Trans-Atlantic record- Comanche sets new monohull record
Comanche has crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, England in her attempt to set two new world sailing records Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark's supermaxi Comanche has crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, England in her attempt to set two new world sailing records. She finished at 11:45 UTC on Thursday July 28,2016, having left New York on Saturday July 23, 2016.
Posted on 28 Jul
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - France Blue blasts back
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup race course took on a different complexion today. The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup race course took on a different complexion today. A front passed through early morning leaving behind it a lumpy sea, further kicked up by a strong eastbound tide.
Posted on 28 Jul