sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Southern Cross Cup: CYCA Trophy - Passage Series preview
Southern Cross Cup: CYCA Trophy - Passage Series preview


'Wild Oats XI will race on the weekend before having her mast removed. - CYCA Trophy - Passage Series 2013'    Andrea Francolini    Click Here to view large photo

CYCA Trophy - Passage Series starts on Saturday 14th December 2013 at 11.00am. Rolex Sydney Hobart and Southern Cross Cup (SCC) hopefuls including Wild Oats XI, Wild Thing and Wild Rose will line up this weekend.

Mark Richards and his Wild Oats XI crew will be out to repeat their SOLAS Big Boat Challenge and Port Hacking Bird Island line honours victories of the last two weeks, while Grant Wharington will be hoping to stick close with his Wild Thing (Qld) and at the same time replicate his overall win of the Port Hacking Bird Island Race.

Ichi Ban and Wild Thing competing in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday - CYCA Trophy - Passage Series 2013 -  Andrea Francolini   Click Here to view large photo

Those vying for the SCC title include the brand new boats Ichi Ban (Matt Allen) and Patrice (Tony Kirby) which is looking very hot since its November launch – the Ker 46 already winning the SSORC. Meanwhile Allen pushed his new pocket maxi hard in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday and finished second overall.

Also in the fray is Rod Jones’ Audi Sunshine Coast all the way from Queensland. He is no newcomer to the winners circle, having twice won the Audi IRC Championship with previous yachts and sharpens his skills in the SB3 class where he has made the podium a few times.

Roger Hickman is eyeing more than one prize - CYCA Trophy - Passage Series 2013 -  Ian Mainsbridge   Click Here to view large photo

Roger Hickman is on a mission with his ‘old girl’ Wild Rose. Seemingly unstoppable leader of the current Blue Water Pointscore Series, Hickman is in the CYCA’s Southern Cross Cup White Team with Patrice and Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire and they are currently second placed in the SCC, one point behind the Australian Team comprising Ichi Ban, Wild Oats XI and Audi Sunshine Coast, with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to decide the winner.

The CYCA Gold team of Balance (Paul Clitheroe), Celestial (Sam Haynes) and Midnight Rambler (Ed Psaltis/Bob Thomas/Michael Bencsik) is also entered. All three boats are equal to the job this weekend, but have some catching up to do, as does the CYCA Blue team of Black Sheep (Derek and Martin Sheppard), Brannew (Chris Bran) and Southern Excellence II (Andrew Wenham).

New Zealand winery owner, Jim Delegat, will have his VOR 70 Giacomo on the start line. All are eagerly anticipating the offshore performance of the former Groupama 4 (winner of the 2011-2012 VOR) which has been turbo charged for its first Hobart.

The Kiwi yacht and its star-studded crew, including Rodney Keenan and Chris Dickson, sailed the yacht across the Tasman to Sydney to get ship-shape. However, Sydneysiders took in their first view of the yacht in full flight during the Big Boat Challenge in which it finished behind Peter Harburg’s Black Jack (ex Telefonica and winner of the first three legs of the VOR) – but that was held in the Harbour.

Others entered include the Mitchell Miller skippered Canute, a Hobart novice which has not been seen at a major event since impressing at the 2010 Audi Victoria Week; and Bruce Taylor has brought Chutzpah from Victoria ahead of his 33rd attempt to win the Hobart.

The race course will be determined on the day, depending on breeze direction and conditions, but all possible courses start near Shark Island and finish at Watsons Bay, and vary between 17 and 27 nautical miles.

The early forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for Saturday is for east to nor-easterly winds of 10 knots, tending southerly at 15-20 knots on Sydney Harbour. While offshore, the compass will swing to all points and peak at around 25 knots.

The CYCA Trophy – Passage Series is the second event of the Southern Cross Cup. For a list of entrants click here.


by Di Pearson

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=117559

1:03 PM Thu 12 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:

11 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Tassies embody Corinthian spirit of ocean racing
03 Dec 2013  Supermaxi Showdown at SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
27 Nov 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Press conference images by Andrea Francolini
26 Nov 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ichi Ban set for launch at CYCA
26 Nov 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart: Saving on Crew shirt costs – Another Ichi Ban
26 Nov 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Strongest fleet in years
26 Nov 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet - Fleet of 95 -Best for Years
26 Nov 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart - Having a Tasmanian Beer and going to sleep
26 Nov 2013  Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi versus Sunfish - Ready to foil the party??
23 Nov 2013  Prime Minister’s blessing for unique Sydney-Hobart challenger
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong






America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   


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.
X6XL NEW US