Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

Vamp King of the Derwent

by Peter Campbell on 2 Jan 2012
CYCA Commodore Garry Linnacre at the helm of Vamp. - King of the Derwent © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
Super maxi Wild Oats XI stole the show on the River Derwent today with a spectacular exhibition of power sailing.

But it was Sydney yacht Vamp that won the King of the Derwent, decided on IRC corrected times. Vamp, a Corby 49 is owned by Garry Linacre, Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and David Fuller, a past Commodore of the CYCA.


Vamp was chartered for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but with Linacre’s Sydney Hobart duties ended he decided to enter the King of the Derwent. Fuller flew down from Sydney especially for the spectacular round-the-buoys race on Hobart’s broad reaches of the Derwent.

Owner Bob Oatley, at 83 years of age steered Wild Oats XI throughout the 14 nautical mile course, including making a brilliant start at the pin end of the 41 boat fleet.

A fleet of 51 yachts sailed in the Jeanneau King of Derwent, with Wild Oats XI’s first appearance in the KOD attracting hundreds of spectator craft while hundreds packed headland around the bay.

'It was a wonderful race today….and we will be back,' said the yacht’s ocean racing skipper Mark Richards at the prizegiving this evening at the Derwent Sailing Squadron.

Garry Linacre was delighted with his win in KOD, recalling his days sailing at International Etchells with the Derwent Sailing Squadron. 'This is a great finale to my yachting involvement this summer,' he said. 'It is also my last year as Commodore of the CYCA…what a way to end my last official role in Hobart this summer.'

With Bob Oatley on the helm of the 100-footer, Mark Richards and his crew of Wild Oats XI showed their professional skills even before race, spending almost an hour sailing over the course area on the Derwent to test the wind angles and current.

Then as the one minute signal sounded and with the majority of the fleet reaching down the line on starboard tack, Oatley sailed down past the leeward end before gybing back and heading back to the line.

Just seconds before the starting signal he tacked the 100-footer on to starboard tack, hitting the line right as the signal and to leeward of the entire fleet, with clear air.

It was as good a start that you would see in any yacht race, with Wild Oats XI powering away from the much smaller opposition – the biggest just 50-footers, half her size.

Within minutes, Wild Oats XI was 200 metres clear and from there on she sailed her own race in the light breeze, hitting 23 knots in 10 knots of breeze as she gybed downwind under her massive Code 0 headsail.

When principal race officer John Blackwood shortened the triangular course to about 15 nautical miles, Wild Oats XI was lapping the smallest boats, 30-footers just a third of her size with only a quarter of the super maxi’s massive sail area.

Wild Oats XI sailed the course in 1 hour 9 minutes and 20 seconds but finished last on IRC corrected time.

Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearZhik Dinghy 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

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
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug