Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Isotak Ocean

Valmadre Cup - Battle Royal for Valmadre Crown

by YWA Offshore on 27 Jul 2011
In the groove – Charlotte shows her R/P racing pedigree as she powers up wind. Bernie Kaaks
Valmadre Cup - Light and fluky conditions in last Saturday’s Mayflower Race produced some surprise results and set the scene for an intriguing climax to the series. The Mayflower is the third heat of the offshore winter series, conducted by Fremantle Sailing Club on Gage Roads.

In Division Zero, John Moore’s Marten 49 Charlotte sailed a superb race to take line honours by a massive thirty five minutes from sister-ship and arch-rival, Trevor Taylor’s Optimus Prime, with Phil Childs’ Farr 49 Knee Deep making a welcome return from a pre-Hobart overhaul to cross third, only thirty seconds behind. Charlotte’s big margin translated into comfortable wins on both IRC and YAH handicapping systems.

Peter Ahern’s Farr 40OD Yo! 2 continued its consistent series, an inspired decision to go offshore on the long run from Campbell Buoy to the 11-metre Isolated Danger Mark putting her amongst the larger yachts in the middle part of the race. Yo! hung on to record second places under both IRC and YAH, with Frank Saraceni’s Bakewell-White 36 Sports Al Fresco also sailing well to take a pair of thirds.

The star of the first two heats, Tony Carter’s First 40 Just Cruisin’, joined the other heavy forty footers for a frustrating race, being becalmed at the northern end of the course as the southerly breeze slowly dominated the earlier light north-easterly. Royal Perth’s Just Cruisin’s sixth on IRC dropped her to second place on eight points, trailing Royal Freshwater Bay’s Yo! 2 on seven points, with Optimus Prime on thirteen. However, if the fourth and final heat of the series is contested, a discard comes into play, and Just Cruisin’s pair of first puts her in a stronger position. Also in the hunt for the minor placings are Al Fresco and Charlotte, though their paths are more difficult with each carrying one poor result in earlier races.

Under YAH, a cluster of yachts could win, including the consistent Yo! 2 on eleven points before the drop, Al Fresco (14), Aardvark (14), Just Cruisin’ (18), Optimus Prime (19), Charlotte (20), Giddy Up (21) and Wasabi (21).


The Division Two fleet also battled tricky conditions, with experience and guile coming into play before Race Officer Bernie Kaaks mercifully shortened the course. John Holder’s Farr 11.6 Plus 16 read the conditions well to take line honours, from the First 34.7 Dynamic, sailed by Paul Spencer in owner Craig Carter’s absence, and sister-ship Dennis Vincent’s Wyuna.

Serial champion Bad Habits, an IRC-modified Whiting 32 sailed by Ian Holder, served notice on the highly competitive fleet of 30-36 footers by adding a second IRC win, after missing the first heat. Another Whiting 32, Peter Kennington’s Traffic Jam, added a second to her earlier first and third to stay in touch, whilst Plus 16 took the third place.

Progressive IRC results show Traffic Jam leading on six points before drops, from Peter Hickson’s First 35 Mulberry (13), Simon Plunkett’s S97 Terra (13), Wyuna (14) and Plus 16 (15), though the elephant in the room is Bad Habits, on 15 points but with a potential 13 point first race DNC to drop.

Under YAH, Plus 16 was rewarded with a first, from Ron MacArthur’s MX and Traffic Jam. The progressive YAH scores do not point to an obvious winner, with Traffic Jam leading narrowly on 12 points, from MX (13), Apo Kato (15), Mulberry (16), Terra (16) and Wyuna (18). The position is even closer after drops, with any of these yachts capable of winning. Kraken and Bad Habits will also challenge for the minor placings with good results in the final race.


The 1.030 to 1.080 raters in Division One also had challenges from the weather, with the un-forecast southerly change sweeping the fleet home to the shortened course finish at Hallbank Beacon. After a four hour match race, Steve Hindmarsh’s Farr 30 Leewana got away to cross the line well ahead of series favourite Problem Child, another Farr 30 sailed by Jonathon Clough for busy liquidator Brian McMaster. Anthony Kirke’s Archambault 35 Archimedes was third over the line, with both the IRC and YAH results mirroring those placings.

Progressive IRC results for Division One favour the consistent Problem Child, with six points from three second places. Archimedes is close behind with eight points, from Leewana (12), This Way Up (12.5) and Circa (14). Allowing for a discard, Problem Child and Archimedes are equal on four points, with Leewana and This Way Up on six. As any of these yachts can win, the last race will be the usual prize fight enjoyed by this competitive mid-size fleet.

The YAH progress scores feature the same five yachts, with Problem Child on nine points leading from Archimedes (10), Circa (13), Leewana (14) and This Way Up (14). Archimedes holds the advantage after a discard, but with only two points separating first and fifth, the series is wide open.

The Division Three fleet had no difficulty completing its full course before the breeze shut down, with Mark Trupp’s Chiara scoring the win from Clodagh Irwin’s Anastasia and Graeme Cole’s Double Vision. Paul Arns’ No Rehearsal was again fastest. The progressive results are close, with Anastasia leading on five points from Double Vision on eight and Chiara and No Rehearsal on nine. The results after discard are even closer, with the final race to determine the placings.

The forty-eight entrants in the series will be hoping for fair sailing conditions in the Voladora Race, the final race of the Valmadre Cup series on Saturday week, 6th August 2011. The race commemorates the winner of the first Valmadre Cup race in 1908 – Voladora, jointly owned by L. Hopkins and J. Kennington. Maybe that’s an omen for this year’s Division Two result?

PredictWind.comWildwind 2016 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Princess Sofia Trophy – Park’s pride as he prepares for Palma finale
RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park believes the British Sailing Team is in the right place for multi-medal winning success ‘Sparky’, as Park is commonly known, will preside over some 63 British Sailing Team athletes at the first major European event of the year, before moving on to a new role at British Cycling next month after over 20 years with the RYA.
Posted today at 10:52 am
Volvo Ocean Race - Team AkzoNobel leaves Persico
The Simeon Tienpont skippered Team AkzoNobel Volvo65 has left the building facility at Persico Marine in Bergamo The Simeon Tienpont skippered Team AkzoNobel Volvo65 has left the building facility at Persico Marine in Bergamo, Italy to The Boatyard in Lisbon under the custodianship of GAC Pindar. Before she left the yard at Persico the team had a celebration to mark the end of the build phase.
Posted today at 10:51 am
New boats and old favourites prepare for BVI Spring Regatta
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2017 is pleased to welcome C&C 30 Sportboat/Gunboat fleets to this year's event Always offering up something new and different, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2017 is pleased to welcome the C&C 30 Sportboat and Gunboat fleets to this year's event which kicks off on Monday with registration at noon and opening party at 6pm.
Posted today at 3:07 am
Australian National Championship – Team Beau Geste comes out on top
There was a great crew, including long time friend and teammate at Oracle and Artemis, David Brooke Gavin Brady, who runs the Beau Geste Team, invite me to be the helmsman for two series down here in Oz. Gavin and I sailed together on AmericaOne in the 2000 America’s Cup and again on Money Penny in 2008.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 - Day 2
Six to eight foot seas off island's east end, gusts blowing to 20 to 25 knots and mix of rain and sun all added to fun. The St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) proved its reputation as the 'Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing' by superbly delivering on its signature mix of round the rocks and round the buoy courses on the event's second day of competition. What's more, six to eight foot seas off the island's east end, gusts blowing to 20 to 25 knots and a mix of rain and sun all added to the fun.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta - Day 2 action-shots by Dean Barnes
Dean Barnes was on water at St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Dean Barnes was on water at St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta – Day 1 – Wind was the word
Competitors in the Large Offshore Multihull Class especially reveled in the afternoon breeze. These polar-opposite conditions plus the challenge of round the islands rather than strictly buoy racing proved the talk of why some of the best sailors in the Caribbean, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand put STIR on their list of must-do’ regattas each year.
Posted on 26 Mar
Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Gaëtan Thomas
This summer Gaëtan Thomas will make history as the first Belgian Skipper to lead a team around the world in Clipper Race This summer Gaëtan Thomas will make history as the first Belgian Skipper to lead a team around the world in the Clipper Race.
Posted on 26 Mar
Bureau Vallée 2 back in the water in Brittany
The former Banque Populaire VIII aboard which Armel Le Cléac’h won the last Vendée Globe was put back in the water The former Banque Populaire VIII aboard which Armel Le Cléac’h won the last Vendée Globe was put back in the water on Friday in Lorient (Brittany), with her new decoration in the colours of Bureau Vallée.
Posted on 25 Mar
Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck
For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. And as a result, she’s set to make history in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as the first Australian skipper to complete the arduous ocean challenge twice.
Posted on 24 Mar