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

 

Sail-World.com : Festival of Sails Melbourne Premier Racing Series - Dramatic start

Festival of Sails Melbourne Premier Racing Series - Dramatic start

'Rob Hanna’s Shogun V.
Festival Of Sails 2012 - Virgin Garden Organic Tea Premier Series, Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Melbourne'    Teri Dodds/ Festival of Sails ©

The Festival of Sails Melbourne Premier Racing Series 2012 has begun.

Drama on Port Philip with a man overboard, breakage on the favoured Scarlet Runner and a ghastly kite drop on Rob Hanna’s new Shogun V bringing the 52 footer to a grinding halt.

'If I had a tennis racket I would have well and truly broken it by now' said Scarlet Runner’s skipper Rob Date, referring to the on-court antics of Cypriot tennis star Marcos Baghdatis at the nearby Australian Open.

'So far things are really panning out for us,' he added sarcastically. 'We thought this weekend would be a training regatta, it’s certainly proved to be that. Thank god it’s a standalone regatta. Anyone want to buy a boat?' Date joked.

Sloppy crew work in race one was compounded in race two when the tiller suddenly broke causing Scarlet Runner to suddenly lose steerage in the decent breeze. Date and his crew scurried ashore and off to storage to retrieve the boat’s two steering wheels, which have this afternoon been put back in and will see the Victorian Reichel Pugh 52 through to the end of the series.

Fortunes quickly turned on Rob Hanna’s new TP52, Shogun V, which finished first on handicap and over the line in race one and two, and was last through the gate in race three.

'We had two bullets and were heading for a third when the spinnaker went in the tide and wrapped around the rudder,' said Hanna. 'It took us quarter of an hour to unravel and it’s in shreds. We are contemplating life without it'.

Hanna put Australian America’s Cup legend Grant Simmer onboard as tactician for the boat’s Victorian debut.

In IRC division B the day belonged to Grant Botica’s Executive Decision. Three back-to-back handicap victories for the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria Adams 10 has put them five points clear of Andrew Saies’ second placed South Australian Beneteau, Two True.

'Today’s conditions were perfect for my type of boat; it loves a bit of sea and 20 knots, when it can get up and plane. It was a bit like going surfing,' said a delighted Botica.

Grant Botica’s Executive Decision.
Festival Of Sails 2012 - Virgin Garden Organic Tea Premier Series, Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Melbourne -  Teri Dodds- Festival?nid=93095 of Sails ©  

In the Sydney 38 class the fleet was, as expected, tightly packed around the windward/leeward course. After three races, Ian Murray’s Cinquante holds a narrow lead over Andrew Mollison’s Sierra Chainsaw.

In 22 knots of solid south east puff, Chutzpah38 crewman John Bennett took an unexpected dip at the bottom mark in race two when the winch handle he was winding suddenly broke. He lost his footing and slipped out through the lifelines.

'You expect a bowman to fall in, but not someone at the back of the boat,' said skipper Bruce Taylor this evening.

'We had him back on board within two minutes, but in one design racing that’s a lifetime. This sort of racing is about stuff-up minimisation and dropping a bloke off the back on day one is not a good start, but was a timely reminder about safety.

'We were leading at the time and I did say to John the only reason I went back for him was because he had the VHF radio in his pocket,' joked Taylor.

The Melbourne Premier Racing Series, sponsored by Virgin Garden Organic Tea, will conclude tomorrow with three more races scheduled.

Full results here




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=93095

9:52 AM Sat 21 Jan 2012 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2012 Festival of Sails

Related News Stories:

06 Feb 2012  Festival of Sails 2012 images by Guido Brandt
02 Feb 2012  Festival of Sails images by Beth Morley
02 Feb 2012  Festival of Sails Williamstown to Geelong Passage Race images
30 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails - U.S. yachting photographer says it’s one of a kind
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails - Biddy Hu 11 skipper wins memory story competition
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails 2012 - Festival Finale + results
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails 2012 - Bourke wins SB3 Victorian Championship
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails - Georgia hits ball out of park - latest results
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails - Variety families try sailing
29 Jan 2012  Melges 24 Australian Championships day 3 - Melges mix it up
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI














Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay








Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT