sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race - Brannew leads chase to win
Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race - Brannew leads chase to win


'Crew morale on Close Halled wasn’t good until they found a stowaway who could steer at the 2013 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race'    Graeme Hall    Click Here to view large photo

On the morning of day four of the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, and with line honours taken yesterday afternoon by Queensland’s Wild Thing (Grant Wharington) in one of the closest finishes in history, the chase continues to win overall the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual 384 nautical mile race.

After sunrise on a windless ocean in Southport this morning, Chris Bran’s Beneteau 40 CR, Brannew(NSW) continued his overnight lead for the major trophy, with earlier race leader, Phil Molony’s A40, Papillon (NSW), still clinging to second place. The two need to keep those still on the race course behind them on handicap, and to finish before 4.54pm and 4.08pm respectively today. At 7.30am, both were on track to do so.

Also in the mix for the overall win are those sitting in third and fourth place; Wild Rose, Roger Hickman’s Farr 43 and Andy Kearnan’s Summit 35,L‘Altra Donna, both from NSW.

Waiting in the wings to see what pans out are the likes of Rod Jones’ Welbourn 50, Audi Sunshine Coast, which finished at 4.51am this morning and is currently placed fifth overall. Jones will have to wait and see if the current top four finish in the allotted time to beat him.

Jones and his crew sailed a near-perfect race given the conditions and the fact their boat is originally a 1989 build. She was the original Heaven Can Wait, which her then owner, Warren Johns represented Australia and won with during her heyday. Since his purchase, Jones has brought the boat bang up-to-date with help from English designer, Hugh Welbourn.

Only 12 yachts had finished the race at 7.20am. Most of those still racing are due in throughout today and this evening.

Celestial with their A3 up at the 2013 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race -  Sam Haynes, Celestial   Click Here to view large photo

The latest to finish, shortly after 7.15am, was Sam Haynes’ Rogers 46, Celestial. The NSW yachtsman reported last evening: 'We went out to sea last night - it was a decision not without risk- and it looked bad at first, as the inshore boats we were with were well up.'

'But then the predicted east-south-east breeze got up and we changed the A1 to an A3 and had a good run, then several park ups etc. There are heaps of holes out here! We caught up to Scarlet Runner, which was stopped about 35 mile south of Ballina - it's that sort of race.

'Saw a Marlin fish, a first for me in the wild, like that and several whale pods, dolphins, etc. We are giving it all we have got and working the boat hard,' Haynes said.

Darryl Hodgkinson sailed his new purchase, the former Cookson 50, Jazz, now known as Victoire, into what has translated to a Division 0 victory after crossing the line at 2.22am. The Sydney plastic surgeon was thrilled with their first ocean race on the new boat, after upgrading from his successful Beneteau 45 that won him the 2011 Blue Water Point Score.

'We’re all thrilled with the boat’s first major shakedown we’re all chuffed,' Hodgkinson said. 'It looks like we’ve won our division in our first big race together, so we’re very pleased.

'It was a long, lumpy and variable wind race,' he said. 'The only real downside was Danny (McConville) forgot to bring the apples, so the crew weren't too happy and haven’t forgiven him,' said the jovial doctor who claimed: 'We’ve moved up into the high rent district with the Cookson and we’re looking forward to the next race.'

Yacht crews have been finding ways to fill in the slow hours, including whale and other wild life spotting. But on Close Halled, Graeme Hall and his crew found other diversions, including a new helmsman, who Hall claimed: 'Crew morale? Wasn't so good till they found a stowaway. At least she could steer!

Chris Bran’s Beneteau 40 CR, Brannew, leads the race overall at the 2013 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race -  www.SailPix.com.au   Click Here to view large photo

'Race has been a bit up and down. Had a great first day with Code Zero, but got caught a little wide on the first night. It’s been a bit of catch up since.'

Mortgage Choice Rumba (Robert Carr/Stephanie Cook/Kerry Burke) is last on line, sailing at four knots of Coffs Harbour at 7.15am this morning. Her nearest competitor is Greg Zyner’s Copernicus, 15 miles ahead.

The good news for those left at sea is today’s weather report, which predicts 10-15 knot south/south-easterlies for those nearing Southport, while the back marker will have it even better, with winds set to increase to 20/25 in the afternoon a nice kite ride to the finish.

On Wednesday, the forecast includes a strong wind warning, with 20-30 knots by midday, by which stage the last of the fleet should have arrived in Southport.

So far, only nine yachts have finished the first race of the CYCA’s Blue Water Point Score, with Wedgetail (Bill Wild), finishing fourth on line shortly after midnight, Andrew Wenham’s Southern Excellence II finished next, just after 2.00am, followed by Jim Cooney’s Brindabella, Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire, Bob Steel’s Quest and then Audi Sunshine Coast.

Three more yachts retired last evening; Illusion, Icefire and Chancellor, bringing the total to eight retirements. Most were due to time constraints, with crew having to return to work.

The CYCA’s proven yacht tracker system will allow family, friends and yachting enthusiasts to follow the race and their favourite yachts for its duration. Each yacht will be fitted with a Yellowbrick tracker that will obtain a position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmit that position back to Yellowbrick HQ using the Iridium satellite network.

Each yacht’s position is then visualised on the race yacht tracker map via http://goldcoast.cyca.com.au, or overlaid on Google Earth. In addition, the yacht tracker system also shows distance to finish line and progressive corrected time positions under the IRC, ORCi and PHS handicap divisions throughout the race.

Gold Coast website


by Jennifer Crooks

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=112626

4:09 AM Tue 30 Jul 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World









470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,
















































Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3   
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target   
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage   
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified   


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