Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring AC72

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Sherman leans on beginners' luck

by Jim Gale on 23 Dec 2012
First Timers ready to race Press Conference © Rolex/Daniel Forster http://www.regattanews.com
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race rookie Warwick Sherman hopes to lean on ‘beginners luck’ as the cancer-survivor goes all out for his dream aboard his Jason Ker designed Sydney GTS43 Occasional Course Language.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed] Emerging from a serious cancer scare this year, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia member decided 2012 was the year he would turn fantasy into fact aboard his new Occasional Course Language.

'It’s a bit frightening in a way. Something I looked at and always wanted to do, but thought it was something that I would never do. My wife Judi has done three and I felt like a bit of a wimp, but this (cancer) was a trigger,' Sherman admitted today.

'I might get the bug or might not. This might be my first and last.'

Racing to Hobart is a huge physical challenge for a fit youngster let alone a man coming out the other side of cancer treatment. Sherman is confident he will be up to it, but it has been a lot of hard work to get here. 'I’ve been lucky,' he says. 'I’m not a naturally tough person, but I just hit it head on. Through the cancer treatment, I kept sailing on and off, and as I got stronger I could do more and more miles.

'This is the first big race I’ve done since the treatment but we have done a lot of miles.'

Sherman isn’t the only Hobart virgin in his fifties this year. Fifty one year-old Steve Kidson has been a volunteer on the CYCA start team for seven years. 'I did a lot of dinghy sailing and wanted to learn about ocean racing,' he said. 'All the rules and tactics - that’s why I volunteered for the start boat.'

This year, Kidson will be at the start line not as an official, but as a member of the crew of the Mummery 45 Icefire.

'I have often sat on the start boat on Boxing Day and longed to be out there, and this year I am,' Kidson said.

At the other end of the rooky scale are young guns like Owain Brady on Love & War and Clinton Evans on Quest.

Brady is joining the gang, some are from the old Brindabella crew, on Love & War, under the guidance of navigator Lindsay May. It is a tight knit, one would have to say venerable band that has been sailing Hobarts together for many years.

As one of the two younger and fitter crew on board (the other is owner Simon Kurts’ son Phil), 22 year-old Brady can look forward to some heavy lifting. Not for nothing are he and Phil split between the two watches. In return they will learn from some of the best.

The wily Lindsay May is up for his 40th Hobart. 'He’s going to teach me a lot,' Brady acknowledges. 'He knows Love & War inside out, and he looks after his crew.'

Brady has a long, tough slog ahead of him on the near 40 year old timber Love & War. Clinton Evans, a 24 year-old, will get there much faster on Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest.

Brady wants lots of wind over the bow: 'going upwind we can really put it to the racing boats,' he declares, but concedes that down wind is another matter.



Evans can’t wait for the big nor-easter predicted for day two to kick in. 'Quest is a pretty quick boat. We love it downwind.'

By the look of it they will get their fair share of both.

On the Kiwi boat Rikki, Blair Tuke is knuckling down to the business of ocean racing fresh from winning Silver at the London Olympics in the 49er skiff. This is the crack dinghy sailor’s first ocean race, and a whole new experience after the fanfare and excitement of London.

'The Olympics were the pinnacle of what was four years of hard work,' Tuke said. 'I had spent four years aiming for one thing.' Whereas the races then were a culmination, this Hobart race is a beginning. 'This is the start of what I hope will be a sailing career, and the start of a new challenge.'

Perhaps unwisely, Tuke used Rikki’s delivery trip as a chance to catch up on Hobart history. 'I read the 98 ‘Fatal Storm’ book, and watched the clips on YouTube, maybe I shouldn’t have,' he jokes.

'But as long as you know the boat is in good nick and you have done all the hard work, training and properly preparing the boat, you shouldn’t be nervous.'

There is scarcely a boat in the fleet that does not have at least one crew member doing a first Rolex Sydney Hobart. Aboard Brindabella, for instance, there are six, aged in their 30’s and 40’s and none of Enchantress’ crew from South Australia has been in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, but they have done thousands of miles and won the Melbourne Hobart race.

CYCA Commodore Howard Piggott says that whether they are on a crash-hot race favourite or a cruiser/racer hopeful, they are in for one adrenaline rush come Boxing Day. 'This is a life changing event,' he tells them.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed] All will be surrounded by experienced sailors. They are the new chums, there to learn, except of course for Warwick Sherman. He may be the only Hobart virgin in Occasional Coarse Language’s dozen crew, but he is also the owner.

When asked his role on the boat, Sherman proudly declared 'principal helmsman …and cheque Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012

T Clewring AC72Bakewell-White Yacht DesignSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

Gladwell's Line - Does the America's Cup really need a Star Chamber?
The first meeting of the three-man America's Cup Arbitration Panel is believed to have taken place in London The first meeting of the three-man America's Cup Arbitration Panel is believed to have taken place in London in the past week or so. Officially the date hasn't been publicly announced. The venue hasn't been publicly named, and the parties have appeared before a Panel that is publicly nameless.
Posted on 23 Jul
America's Cup - Glenn Ashby on Emirates Team NZ's road to Bermuda
Part 2 of the interview with Emirates Team NZ skipper Glenn Ashby. In this part of the interview we look at what is going to happen once Emirates Team NZ get their 'AC49.5' sailing in Auckland, and how the campaign may shape up before they leave for Bermuda. Ashby wouldn’t be drawn on whether Team New Zealand had started their AC50 build, with July being the usual start of what is usually a five-month build and commissioning period for an end of December launch.
Posted on 10 Jul
America's Cup - Glenn Ashby on Emirates Team NZ's new AC49.5
Sail-World talks with Emirates Team NZ skipper, Glenn Ashby on what is different about the team's new test boat Just under 11 months out from the 35th America’s Cup, Team New Zealand does not seem to be in its customary place at the front of the starting grid to be the first to launch their Challenger, or are they? Although they will be one of the last of the six teams to launch an AC45 Surrogate, Emirates Team New Zealand may have stolen a march with a boat that is as close as you can get to an AC50.
Posted on 9 Jul
Gladwell's Line - Emirates Team NZ launches shadow AC50
Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC4 Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC45S - as the test boats are called in the Protocol which governs the 2017 event. The bloated Protocol, which now runs to 83 pages of legalese, is restrictive on the size of boat that can be built as a test platform but doesn't restrict the number that can be built.
Posted on 22 Jun
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun
Rio 2016 - Double Olympic medallist on the delights of Guanabara Bay
Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist Bruce Kendall updates on the 2016 Olympic venue at Guanabara Bay. Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist, and now a windsurfer coach, Bruce Kendall has made several trips to the 2016 Olympic venue at Guanabara Bay. He updates on the pollution issue which is clearly not going to be resolved in a couple of months, and also shares his views on the venue from a sailing competition perspective.
Posted on 14 Jun
America's Cup - Artemis win Chicago as Team Japan wins two races
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series got three races away on Super Sunday. After losing the first official day of racing due to light winds and the non-arrival of the onshore breeze, Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series got three races away on Super Sunday. From a racing perspective this was probably the best day of racing yet in the series which counts for points in the Qualifying Series of the America's Cup in 11 months time.
Posted on 12 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates TNZ NZ and Oracle capsize in Chicago Practice
Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA capsized in Practice Racing at the Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago There was action aplenty on Practice Day at Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago, after Emirates Team New Zealand capsized in their match with Oracle Team USA, and then Oracle Team USA capsized later in the day. Team NZ's skipper skipper Glenn Ashby performed some impressive acrobatics ejecting from the AC45 capsize, without injury.
Posted on 11 Jun
America's Cup - Changes proposed to control future Cup options
Changes are being mooted to put the America's Cup on a longer-term footing according to the Daily Telegraph (UK) News that changes are being mooted to put the America's Cup on a longer-term footing is being floated in the Daily Telegraph (UK) by the British Challenger, Land Rover BAR. According to the Telegraph, some of the teams in the 2017 America's Cup are keen to lock-in parameters which would bind successive holders of the a style and frequency for the next America's Cup Match.
Posted on 8 Jun
America's Cup - AC50 construction uncovered - Part 2 - Wings and Costs
Second part of a two-part series looking at the AC50 construction progress at Core Builders Composites Second part of a two-part series looking at the construction progress at Core Builders Composites, and features of the AC50 class which will be used in the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. Tim Smyth takes us on a tour of the CBC facility in Warkworth, and hour's drive north of Auckland. Where several AC50's, components and wingsails are under construction or have already been shipped to the teams.
Posted on 5 Jun