sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : A Little Piece of Heaven

A Little Piece of Heaven

'Late afternoon, the 2008 Heaven Can Wait 24 hour race.'    Steve Hall BYMnews.com    Click Here to view large photo

There was smiles all round at the end of the 2008 Heaven Can Wait Regatta. The Royal Motor Yacht Club was packed with tired but happy sailors yesterday afternoon for the Presentation ceremony. The Heaven Can Wait club has been the recipient of some wonderful hand crafted brass perpetual trophies, made by Balmain Sailing Club member Steve Prince.

Balmain Sailing Club President David Stenhouse was proud of the effort of his Club in supporting the 2008 event.

He said ‘All eight of our boats sailed up from Sydney over the last week. There was a little excitement in that, my boat Umbakumba, ran ahead of a 40 knot southerly while Aquaholic had 35 knots on the nose the day before.

‘Balmain encourages boats to sail in other Clubs events, by giving average points for sailing in other major regattas. The Heaven Can Wait regatta is high on that list.

‘It’s a rapidly growing regatta; it provides some unique experiences (overnight sailing) in a very safe environment and it’s a great charity cause.'

Commodore Shaun Lewecki, the cancer survivor who dreamed up the event and organised the 2006 and 2007 races, was much more relaxed this year with the Heaven Can Wait Yacht Club committee shouldering much of the organisational load.

‘This year’s race was like sailing in a little bit of heaven; just being out there was wonderful for me.

‘We had an amazing variety of weather. During the Sunday morning thunderstorm when there was a crack of thunder which seemed like it was directly overhead, I just about fell out of the boat I got such a fright.

‘We had a little leak ... we were bailing about 25 litres per hour, but that was just caused by a dry joint, she’s (Heaven Can Wait) been on the hard stand for too long. Actually the boat is ready for a summer program.

‘I have to say I am thrilled by the support the event is getting and stunned by the number of people introducing themselves to me and telling me what enormous fun the race is.’

Lewecki said he and all cancer survivors were heartened by the enthusiasm with which the sports boat and trailerable sailing community Australia wide had embraced this charity event, which raised close to $10,000 for the Newcastle Branch of the NSW Cancer Council and for the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol Swansea.

He commented that interstate and Sydney sailors believed the Lake Macquarie race had great potential, with a similar 12 hour race in Paynesville Victoria attracting up to 600 boats each year before the Gippsland lakes silted up.

Principal Race Officer Phil Yeomans summed up. ‘Another fun event. This year’s weather provided great challenges from 3 knots to 18 and wind from every point of the compass. Very shifty conditions.

‘Actually this is one of the harder races on the East Coast calendar, considering the overall 24 Hour Race winner Two Tribes sailed 155 nautical miles and Wallop, the leading monohull, sailed 141 nautical miles.

‘With the growing success of this race we could easily see 100 boats in 2009, with boats coming from Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

‘At a local level we are keen to talk to the other Lake Macquarie Clubs with the aim of them adding this race to their annual point score program.'‘

In spite of strong competition it was a great result for Lake Macquarie sailors, who managed to snare a lot of the silverware. Clive Kennedy's catamaran Two Tribes was the overall line honours winner in the 24 Hour Race, ahead of Peter Hewson's Sydney 41 Wallop and Kim Williams Rock n' Roll.

Heaven Can Wait Regatta 2008 Official Results

1st Place, Teams Race - Balmain Sailing Club Cockatoo team Aquaholic, Umbakumba and Pisto lDawn
2nd Place, Teams Race - Balmain Sailing Club Snapper team Windchaser, CatsPaw and Sobroan
3rd Place, Teams Race - Mannering Park team Heaven Can Wait, TerrarToo and Lady Grace

1st Place, Scratch, 24 Hour - Race Two Tribes
2nd Place, Scratch, 24 Hour - Race Wallop
3rd Place, Scratch, 24 Hour - Race Rock ‘N’ Roll

1st Place, Handicap, 24 Hour Race - Sobroan
2nd Place, Handicap, 24 Hour Race - Rock ‘N’ Roll
3rd Place, Handicap, 24 Hour Race - Two Tribes

1st Place, HCP Division 1, 24 Hour Race - Rock ‘n’ Roll
2nd Place, HCP Division 1, 24 Hour Race - Two Tribes
3rd Place, HCP Division 1, 24 Hour Race - Pistol Dawn

1st Place, HCP Division 2, 24 Hour Race - Sobroan
2nd Place, HCP Division 2, 24 Hour Race - Cats Paw
3rd Place, HCP Division 2, 24 Hour Race - Umbakumba

1st Place, Scratch, 1 Lap Dash - Wallop
2nd Place, Scratch, 1 Lap Dash - Fly Blown
3rd Place, Scratch, 1 Lap Dash - Rock ‘n’ Roll

1st Place, Handicap, 1 Lap Dash - Cats Paw
2nd Place, Handicap, 1 Lap Dash - Maserati
3rd Place, Handicap, 1 Lap Dash - Mitchell Sails

24 Hour Longest Distance overall - HCW YC team




by Rob Kothe

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=49495

1:32 AM Mon 6 Oct 2008 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2013 Heaven Can Wait 24-hour Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

24 Nov 2013  Pictorial: Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta 2013
11 Nov 2013  Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta - Going down this weekend!
09 Nov 2013  Time to enter the Heaven Can Wait charity regatta
28 May 2013  Heaven Can Wait charity sailing regatta set for Lake Macquarie
26 Oct 2012  Two DK46s battle for Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta
17 Oct 2012  Heaven Can Wait Yacht Race images
17 Oct 2012  Heaven Can Wait 2012 - Tracking the marks with Yellowbrick
08 Oct 2012  Heaven Can Wait fundraising approaches $30,000
05 Oct 2012  Heaven Can Wait fundraising nearing $30,000
03 Oct 2012  Heaven Can Wait award images by Blake Middleton
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World









Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,














America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2
PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition   
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   


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 VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT