sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Biddy Badenach raring for start of 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht
Biddy Badenach raring for start of 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht

'James and Biddy (Robert) Badenach on the dock in Hobart'    Bruce Montgomery    Click Here to view large photo

Robert ‘Biddy’ Badenach has been an avid follower of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race and there won’t be any difference this year as the former Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania commodore and his family look forward to pulsating races in one of the world’s most prestigious sailing event in Australian waters.

Robert ‘Biddy’ Badenach, a past Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania commodore, co-ordinates all that happens at the finish of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – from the finishing box on Castray Esplanade to the prizegiving at the Club in Sandy Bay.

Biddy (he has carried the nickname ever since a kid over the back fence noted his penchant for his Aunt Biddy’s tarts and pastries – ‘you’re nothing but a biddy yourself', the kid said) is a lawyer by trade, the former senior partner at the Hobart firm Murdoch Clarke, and a principal race officer by practice. So the natural order for Biddy is to ensure the rules are adhered to, that the law prevails.

Biddy has also been a football umpire. His name stands in the record books of the Tasmanian Football League. Back in 1980 at Hobart’s Queenborough Oval, a cove from New Norfolk, a player, disagreed with one of his decisions and had a go at him. The player was given a 51-match suspension for 'kneeing, abusing and attempting to trip central umpire Robert ‘Biddy’ Badenach'.

The suspension was later reduced to 40 matches, but it remains a TFL record.

Biddy was the race director for the 1998 race with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Phil Thompson. In the aftermath of the ‘98 race review, there is now just one race director and one finish co-ordinator.

Biddy started sailing at 13 in International Cadets and then moved to Rainbows, Lightweight Sharpies, Dragons, and Diamonds. Son James followed a similar course and now he and Biddy’s son-in-law, James Polson, will be aboard the TP52 Calm from Victoria in this year’s race.

James Badenach is a partner with Ernst and Young in Hong Kong and Polson runs Australian Independent Diamond Drillers, also based in Hong Kong. Polson grew up at Burnie, sailing sabots, James Badenach sailed optimists, international cadets and sharpies out of the Sandy Bay Sailing Club.

Two years ago both were aboard Calm with the boat’s co-owner, Jason Van Der Slot. In 2011 Van Der Slot engaged Ian ‘Barney’ Walker and Richard Grimes; this year the crew also includes Tim Burnell, who sailed with Mike Slade on the British super maxi Leopard. They want to give it a proper shake this year.

A few weeks ago, James Badenach flew from Hong Kong to do the Melbourne-Stanley Race and then flew back. On Christmas Day, he will leave Auckland at 4.00pm to make the 1.00pm Boxing Day start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in Sydney, after spending Christmas with his in-laws in New Zealand. James Polson will take the 6am flight from Hobart.

For Biddy, it means a special interest this year: 'I’ll be following them closely,' he says.

'Every year something unfolds. I want to see everyone get to Hobart - it seldom happens.'

Biddy says the Rolex Sydney Hobart puts Tasmania on the map.

'It is great for the economy. It is good for the human interaction. I like the drama and mystique of the race.

'I like being involved. I’m 68; maybe when I’m 70 I’ll reassess what I do, but you get to meet so many interesting people.

'Yachties are a special breed; they are good people.'

So don’t knee Biddy, abuse him or try to trip him up.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race website


by Bruce Montgomery

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103978

4:56 AM Wed 21 Nov 2012GMT


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


Related News Stories:

20 Nov 2012  Tuesday's massive race kickstarts Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
07 Nov 2012  Bob Robertson seeks Hobart Race glory
02 Nov 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race preview - NSW versus Queensland
25 Oct 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart entry applications close in one week
25 Oct 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entry applications close in one week
18 Oct 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Syd Fischer to take Ragamuffin-Loyal south
15 Oct 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entries reach 60
11 Oct 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Prepare for the high drama battle
20 Sep 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - International entries on the rise






News - USA and the World





A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,












ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,
























2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco


























GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   


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