Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

The Great Veterans Race 2013 winner announced

by Jennifer Crooks on 21 Apr 2013
Kathleen Gillett competing in the 2013 Great Veterans Race. Credit www.sailpix.com.au - Kathleen Gillett competing in the 2013 Great Veterans Race Jennifer Crooks
Great Veterans Race has been won by David Salter’s Swanson 36 Mister Christian from Mercedes IV and Fidelis. The Great Veteran’s Race, is the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual tribute to those classic Sydney Hobart Yacht race yachts that sailed south in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s and marks the opening of the CYCA Winter Series.

Kathleen Gillett, Jack Earl’s famous double ended ketch that competed in the first Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 1945, and a yacht that is synonymous with the CYCA, competed for the second in a row and finished 11th on corrected time. 20 yachts started the race today and 20 yachts finished the shortened race.

'It’s great to come and see all these boat that have made a contribution to the Sydney Hobart yacht race over the years. It’s terrific to see them in action,' Robert Moore, crew member, Mister Christian said.

Nigel Stokes’ classic Knud Reimers designed 75sqm yacht Fidelis enjoyed the conditions taking line honours in a time of one hours, five minutes and 25 secs from Simon Kurts S&S47 Love & War with three minutes and 35 seconds separating the two boats. The two finished (on line) in reverse order in last year’s race.

'We had a very good start in light weather which is very precious as you can sail in clean air and set your own tactics,' David Salter said. 'We were pretty surprised to hold off Mercedes IV and Caprice of Huon for a couple of legs.

'It got interesting around Clarke Island because the wind dropped out. We thought that there would be a shore breeze on the eastern side and there was – it took us right back up the front.

'From then on, it was a matter of sailing safely and constant trimming,' Salter added. 'Before every race, the crew all have a glass of Sir James champagne and some pistachio nougat as a bit of a nerve tightener – the mixture of the two is our winning streak,' Salter joked.



Mister Christian was built for the last Peter Kurts in 1965 and has completed four Sydney Hobart races and numerous other races on the eastern Australian coastline. Mister Christian now races with the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club and recently won two point-scores in the SASC’s classics division.

Peter Stronach’s Mercedes IV finished second overall behind Mister Christian with Fidelis third.

The non-point score Ladies Day race for the Jill McLay trophy is also sailed in conjunction with the Great Veterans race as part of the opening of the CYCA Winter Series. The Ladies Day race is a tribute to Jill who was a long-term employee of the CYCA and died from cancer.

Fun and colour was the name of the game on board many of the yachts competing in the Ladies Day race. The crew of Never a Dull Moment were instantly recognisable in their yellow and navy striped crew shirts with five ladies taking control of the boat in the absence of owners Colin and Denise Wilson, with the team on Inkonkoni (Evelyn and Arthur Lane) once again donning their pink shirts as a nod to Ladies Day.

Race Officer Robyn Morton got the fleet of 36 Ladies Day and 20 Great Veterans race competitors underway in a light mainly southerly breeze that flicked east and west of south.

All yachts sailed on their respective shortened course A which had them sailing to a laid mark near Garden Island before heading to Bradleys Head, the Junction Bell mark and back to Shark Island before finishing in Point Piper.

Krissy Ukena had a great start on the Elliott 7 Chameleon which led to her winning Division B non-spinnaker 'This is only my second time skippering in a race. We had a good run up to Manly and were following Broulee for a long while but managed to overtake them at the last mark.' Alice McCormick (Applejack) finished second with Bridget Canham (Broulee) third.

Timing was everything for Amanda Hall who was at the helm of the MS369 Trim and pushed it to the front in Division A non-spinnaker. 'We were in the right spot at the right time – I had a good feel for the boat. We managed to catch an advantage when the wind shifted and started to come out of Woollahra. We were one of the boats to pick it up and it just pushed us up the front,' Hall added. Lynne Smith (Sextant) finished second with Vivienne Macmahon (Marloo) third.

Cec Conlon took the helm of Never a Dull Moment for the first time and secured the Division A Spinnaker win. 'It was a great day to be out on the Harbour – such a change from yesterday’s rain. We went round very well – gentle and steady. We had a good battle with Mahligai all day.' Jenny Kings (NSC Mahligai) finished second with Jane Smith (UBS Wild Thing) third.

Grace Franki skippered Saltshaker to a Division B spinnaker win from Bryony Gregory (Devils Lair) and Barbara Maunsell (Sinewave). Grace is a former winner of the Jill McLay trophy (2007) and was not able to attend the prizegiving this afternoon as she had to return to her HSC Latin studies. All divisional winners will have their name engraved on the Jill McLay trophy.

NSC Mahligai was the lucky winner of the Noakes Boat & Shipyards weekly prize. All winners and placegetters in each division will be placed into a draw each week of the CYCA Winter Series and one lucky winner will be drawn at random at the weekly prizegiving.

The traditional Parade of Sail and Blessing of the Fleet preceded the start of the Great Veteran’s Race, with 14 yachts built prior to 1975 taking part in the traditional the Review Salute to the CYCA flag officers and sail past.



Mark Hollingsworth’s 30 foot Etchells Second Wind was declared the winner of the Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion Award with a score of 50.8 from Neville Crichton’s Plym on 49.8 points and Sir James Hardy’s Nerida on 49.5 points. Plym was also awarded the Best Dressed Crew prize with the crew resplendent in navy blazers, white shirts and white trousers.

The judges, Jeanette York, John Sturrock and Sean Langman, deliberated long and hard about the Award with inspections of vessels being undertaken back at the CYCA after the sail past.

'The judges looked for a number of things and were pleased to see boats of this age being used for the purpose they were built – to sail! Inspections were also made of varnishes, painting, bilges, planks and artworks,' John Sturrock said.

'It’s not something I expected to win,' a humble Hollingsworth said this afternoon at the prizegiving. 'It’s a lovely boat to sail and we have spent a lot of time to keep her in full working order. It was a lovely day on the Harbour.'

The CYCA Winter Series pointscore starts on Sunday 28 April with eleven races for ten spinnaker, three non-spinnaker (if sufficient entries are received) and a Sydney 38OD division (if sufficient entries are received). The pointscore series will consist of ten races, with up to three drops allowed, if all ten races are completed. The race scheduled for Sunday 9 June will be a non-pointscore race. The opening and closing Ladies Day events on 21 April and 14 July do not count towards a yacht's overall series pointscore.

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignInSunSport - NZNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug
Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted on 28 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted on 27 Aug
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug