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

 

Sail-World.com : Ready for Brisbane to Gladstone race

Ready for Brisbane to Gladstone race

'Likatiger'    Ian Grant    Click Here to view large photo

Sunshine Coast ocean racing sailors are in the process of placing their bets on which local crew will achieve the top scoring result in the Brisbane to Gladstone Race starting on Good Friday.

Hopefully Mooloolaba Yacht Club skipper David Turton and his Likatiger crew will experience improved luck when rudder failure dashed their hope of finishing with a high scoring result last year.

Likatiger one of the smallest entries in the 47 yacht fleet is a downwind sprint machine and her owner skipper believes his sloop will capitalise should the spinnaker sailing trade winds and wave surfing conditions prevail.

Both size in sail power and waterline length will handicap the chance for Likatiger to race in company with her major club rivals Audi Sunshine Coast Alegria IV (Rod Jones) and dual Gladstone Race winner Bob Robertson (Cracklin Rosie).

But skipper Dave Turton and 2004 World Etchells champion Greg Torpy form the nucleolus of a crew who have the skill and coastal passage race experience that will provide Likatiger with a better than even money chance to feature in the Performance class corrected handicap places.

However the Likatiger combination will need moderate to fresh spinnaker sailing winds to blow over her deck to help save her lower handicap rating against the speed sailing Rod Jones skippered Audi Sunshine Coast sponsored Alegria IV.

Skipper Jones and crew have the long race form on the board to be ranked among the best following their maiden race success in the longer Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Race last August where they outpaced the 2010 Brisbane to Gladstone Courier Mail Cup champion the Bill Wild skippered Wedgetail.

This result suggests that Rod Jones and his dual Audi Australian IRC championship winning crew hold a firm grip on the first Sunshine Coast entry to reach Gladstone while Cracklin Rosie, Likatiger, the Jennifer Fitzgibbon helmed Soothsayer and the James Morris skippered Eressea duel for the best of the rest.

Meanwhile all of the 47 crews remain focused on monitoring the coastal weather systems and are hoping the present rig and sail testing trade winds continue to blow over the Easter weekend.

Rod Jones and his tactical team including navigator James Walker, Sean O’Rourke and 2009 World Etchells champion Bucky Smith would welcome the opportunity to race in similar 40 knot winds which buffeted the entire Queensland coast earlier this week.

They are specialist ‘brute breeze’ sailors who all understand what it takes to log the fast sailing miles and while the long range forecasters are expecting the present southerly wind system to hold but remain sceptical about predicting the velocity.

However the Audi Sunshine Coast racing team headed by skipper Rod Jones remain hopeful of adding a Brisbane to Gladstone trophy to their impressive list of success in the Australian offshore blue water classics.




by Ian Grant

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=82113

11:28 PM Tue 5 Apr 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2011 Qantaslink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

14 May 2011  FT10 'Likatiger' excels in Brisbane to Gladstone
25 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone big boat race
24 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone - Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan wins on handicap
24 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone - Hooligan leads but threatened
23 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race -Lahana line honours
23 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race tests patience and skill
22 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone start images
22 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race intensity
22 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone soft start
22 Apr 2011  Brisbane to Gladstone - The weather god hasn't responded
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World



Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA
























Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek by Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014,












Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Medals decided in thrilling Tavira conclusion   
7th Annual Swim for Cystic Fibrosis to take place July 21st   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Max Ranchi   
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Day 2 - It just keeps getting better   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship final day preview   
AWT Pacasmayo Classic 2014 - Catching up with Levi Siver   


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