sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Audi Hamilton Island Race Week- Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan wins IRC A

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week- Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan wins IRC A

'Hooligan - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 Day Three'    Sail-World.com /AUS ©    Click Here to view large photo

A 28-year dream of winning the Grand Prix division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has been realised for Sydney yachtsman Marcus Blackmore.

Blackmore’s sleek, gun metal grey-hulled TP52 Hooligan had the series in the bag before today’s scheduled Molle Islands Race, which wasn’t sailed given the wispy puffs of only three knots from around the compass in the Dent Passage starting area.

The race committee hoisted the AP over A flag and the signal sounded across the marina advising all competitors there would be no further racing with all results at the close of yesterday final.

The cornerstone of Hooligan’s unrivalled success at this year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and preceding regattas is, according to the owner/skipper, 'a champion team will always beat a team of champions'

Hooligan was originally Emirates Team New Zealand and when Blackmore purchased her last year she was the yacht to beat on the international TP52 class circuit in the Mediterranean.

Adolfo Carrau, yacht designer at Botin Partners, did the IRC conversion and found the winning formula; new keel and bulb, extended bow sprit and removing 800kg of lead out of the boat.

'Adolfo got it right, you never really know when you start fiddling with original designs,' said Blackmore.

Not only did Blackmore adopt Team New Zealand’s hull, he also adopted their disciplined philosophy, having spent a week with them.

'The overriding factor is whether you have a good crew,' said Blackmore. 'Our coach Victor Kovalenko set the rules early in the week and while there has to be a level of trust between a coach and the team, the crew were told that the second drink is one too many.

'They don’t call Victor ‘the medal maker’ for nothing.'

Hooligan’s top notch crew included Tim Wiseman, Ed Smyth, Tom Slingsby, Richie Allanson, Jason Rowed and Stacey Jackson, among others.

'We did a lot of homework on ourselves, and ran the numbers on other boats, particularly Loki and Living Doll. We didn’t leave any stone unturned in our preparation,' Blackmore added.

Of their result Kovalenko added, 'The winning combination of people and skills brought together lots of experience from different classes. Their performance was outstanding; they were always sailing right to the red line.'

Thanks to seven firsts, Hooligan finished the nine race series on nine points, incontestably out-classing last year’s grand prix winner, Stephen Ainsworth’s RP63 Loki, which was breathing down Hooligan’s neck on handicap until a torn mainsail at the start of Tuesday’s long race saw their chances slip away.

Loki finished second in Grand Prix Division on 19 points, third was Victorian yachtsman’s Rob Hanna’s TP52 Shogun on 23 points.

Blackmore’s dream of winning at Hamilton Island was ignited at the inaugural Race Week in 1984 when he won the Arbitrary Division with his 43ft sloop, The Manly Ferry. Ironically, he bought that yacht from Bob Oatley who, with his family, owns Hamilton Island.

Since January this year Hooligan has won every major series including Audi Victoria Week, Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta and the NSW IRC Championship at Port Stephens.

The culmination of the four-part Audi IRC Australian Championship 2011 and official prize giving will take place tonight at the award ceremony for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week where the silver spoils will be divided up among the divisional winners.

The new Audi designed trophies will be awarded along with the grand prize of Audi's dynamic A1 for each of the three IRC championship-winning teams. The awards and prizes will be presented by Audi Australia managing director Mr Uwe Hagen along with Yachting Australia board member Mr Matt Allen.

TV personality and Audi Ambassador Catriona Rowntree will emcee tonight’s gala event.

IRC Class A

Series Results [IRC Div A] up to Race 9 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 9 Race 8 Race 7 Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   521 HOOLIGAN Marcus Blackmore 9.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 [2.0] 1.0 1.0 1.0
2   60000 LOKI Stephen Ainsworth 19.0 5.0 2.0 3.0 [13.0F] 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 2.0
3   6952 SHOGUN Robert Hanna 23.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 2.0 [5.0]
4   R55 LIVING DOLL Michael Hiatt 34.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 2.0 3.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 [7.0]
5   10000 GEORGIA Jim Farmer 40.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 4.0 8.0 5.0 4.0 4.0 [8.0]
6   SM5252 CALM Williams Van Der Slo 43.0 6.0 7.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 3.0 7.0 [7.0] 6.0
7   SM24 TERRA FIRMA Nicholas Bartels 50.0 7.0 6.0 [13.0F] 8.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 4.0
8   10001 WILD OATS XI Bob Oatley 61.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 [9.0] 3.0
9   10081 LAHANA Millard/ Honan 62.0 8.0 10.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 [13.0C] 8.0 8.0 9.0
10   SYD100 INVESTEC LOYAL Anthony Bell 76.0 10.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 10.0 9.0 10.0 10.0 [10.0]
11   11888 RODD&GUNN WEDGET Bill Wild 104.0 13.0C 13.0S 13.0S 13.0S 13.0S 13.0C 13.0C 13.0C [13.0S]
11   10 Q Ian Oatley 104.0 13.0C 13.0S 13.0C 13.0S 13.0S 13.0C 13.0C 13.0C [13.0R]



Audi Hamilton Island Race Week website




by Lisa Ratcliff

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87790

3:08 AM Sat 27 Aug 2011 GMT






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


Related News Stories:

02 Sep 2011  Hamilton Island Race Week - UFO?
31 Aug 2011  Sunshine Coast sailors take on hull and rig testing winds
28 Aug 2011  Hamilton Island wrapped in fog!
27 Aug 2011  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – Performance Racing Division 2 overall
27 Aug 2011  Hamilton Island Race Week - Southern crews dominate cruising divisions
27 Aug 2011  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 IRC Class B: To Victoire - victory
27 Aug 2011  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Images of IRC Champion Hooligan
27 Aug 2011  Audi IRC Australian Championships 2011 - Full Results
27 Aug 2011  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 Day 7 – Its blown out!!
27 Aug 2011  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Performance Racing 2011 – Oh so tight
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World























America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   


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.
X6XL NEW US