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 25 Feb 2013
 

Of fire hoses, weather windows, 18 footers, Farr 40´s and Lord Howe

New Sydney Hobart passage record holder Team Australia - blasts home  Jane Austin
After leaving Sydney just before 11am on Friday last Sean Langman's Orma 60 trimaran Team Australia arrived across the Sydney to Hobart passage finish line, which is the same finish line as the Hobart Race, a few minutes before five pm having taken less than 30 hours to sail the 630 nm from Sydney. An amazing feat. In optimum wind conditions.

There has been much commentary made since then that is there is no comparison between a selected weather window and racing in the weather you are served in the Sydney to Hobart Race. Of course this is absolutely true.

The 1999 Hobart was effectively sailed in an optimum weather window. That's the year that Michael Spies sailed the Volvo 60 Nokia smashing Hasso Platnner´s Morning Glory.

Team Australia at the finish line  Jane Austin

Just how good the weather was that year was underlined when you recall there were in total 14 boats that broke Morning Glory's race record time, including this writers own Sydney 40 and a raft of Farr 40s even though our group had some 40/50 knots on the nose for the last 30 nautical miles towards Tasman Light. Now guys we were good but the howling tailwinds kind of helped.

Yes weather conditions are most important but the reality is that had Wild Oats XI sailed in the 1999 Hobart conditions she may have taken four, five hours or seven hours off her 2012 race record of 42 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds, but not 12 hours.

Wild Oats XI - Line Honours, Overall Winner and New Race Record Holder at 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi

There is no way that a 100 foot monohull can approach anything like the speeds of an Orma 60 trimaran and we saw that at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 when it was clear that the two Orma 60s, the red hulled Team Vodafone from New Zealand skippered by Simon Hull and Sean Langman's Team Australia were clearly much faster than the best of the monohulls sailing around.

The interesting thing now, of course, would be to see whether in fact the New Zealand Orma 60 will be tempted to have a crack at Langman's amazing time. One of the things of course is that Sean Langman has sailed 23 Hobart's. He has sailed fast in the Magna Data/Zena/Grundig/AAPT, a modified 60 foot boat stretched to 66 foot with small crews and slow in recent years he has sailed south on his loving restored Ranger 100, Maluka, the smallest boat in the fleet.

Sean has racked up an awful lot of sea time on the run to Hobart and that has obviously stood him in very good stead whereas the New Zealand Vodafone Sailing crew have, up to now, has not had that degree of heavy ocean weather experience but it will certainly be tempting for the Kiwi's to see if they can take the record.

Our greatest admiration goes out to Sean Langman and his small crew of son Peter Langman, Larry Jamieson, Shaun McKnight, James Ogilvie, Aaron Hampo and Josh Alexander who arrived in Hobart absolutely exhausted, having sailed on the edge with a top speed of 39.6 knots and an average speed of 21.09 knots.

Great sailing. Great seamanship. Job well done!

JJ Giltinan 18 footers - Ya Gotta Love It

Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris became the 2013 champions when they took out Race 7 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, the defacto World titles on Sydney Harbour yesterday.

Following Saturday´s wipe out in Race 6 of the championship, because of high winds, it all came down to Sunday's final race in a strong North-East wind, gusting to 30kts with Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel level on a net eight points.

Congratulations to everyone involved with JJ Giltinan 2013. A big field, a well-run regatta and worthy winners.

Gotta Love It 7 - JJ Giltinan Trophy, 2013  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

At the same time on Sydney Harbour the Australian Farr 40 fleet was fighting for the John Calvert-Jones Trophy in its National 2012-2013 Championship. Keep the mast pointing upwards seemed to be one of the recipes for success. After nine races, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion has been declared the winner of the John Calvert-Jones Trophy and the Aberdeen Asset Management Australian Farr 40 Champion.

The Farr 40 Class has been working hard to ensure sailors get the best possible coverage of its action. Another great video report- make sure you have a look.

An interesting field for the upcoming 2013 Gosford to Lord Howe race, congratulations to all concerned in lifting the bar again for this Blue Water Classic.

A great last week of sailing, grab your coffee and look at our coverage today.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



John Calvert-Jones Trophy winner declared + Video
Lisa Ratcliff,
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion was declared the winner of the John Calvert-Jones Trophy and named the Aberdeen Asset Management Australian Farr 40 Champion for the 2012-13 season. Transfusion claimed victory in all three lead-up state titles and this afternoon collected the clincher, the nine-race national one-design regatta sailed over two days on a blustery Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Wild day gives Gotta Love It 7 fifth JJ 18fter win
Frank Quealey and Sail-World,
Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris became the 2013 champions when the took out Race 7 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Following yesterday's wipe out in Race 6 of the championship it all came down to today's final race in a strong North-East wind with Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel level on a net 8 poin... [more]
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Team Australia smashes Sydney Hobart passage record
Sail-world.com,
Team Australia has set a new record for the 630 nautical mile passage from Sydney to Hobart. She crossed the finishing line off Constitution Dock at 16 51 20 this afternoon, to deliver a new elapsed time of 29 hours 52 minutes and 23 second, an amazing 12 hours 30 minutes and 49 seconds inside Wild Oats XI's 2012 record time.... [more]
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Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island - Provisional race entries released
Tony Evans,
The Gosford Sailing Club has announced the provisional entry list for the 39th Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race immediately following the close of entries this evening. The entry list for 2013 has been declared the most competitive race fleet ever by the organising committee.... [more]
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Crown Series Bellerive Regatta - Dramatic moments on final day
Peter Campbell,
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta 2013, Tasmania's biggest annual keelboat and dinghy regatta, final day was held on the River Derwent today, Sunday 24th February. Prominent Hobart yachtsman Scott Brain today added another impressive victory to his long sailing career when he convincingly won the Tasmanian championship in the high performance SB20 sports boat class.... [more]
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Harken Youth International: RNZYS crew wins by a 3 second margin
Amber Roberts,
Scott Barnes and his team of Jackson MacFarlane, Rawiri Geddes and Michael Boucher representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron win the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship 2013! Barnes beat Adam Middleton (RPNYC) 2 nil in this afternoon's final. Barnes took the first race by 36 seconds, and in the second Middleton came back on the second beat. The wind was shifty and Midd... [more]
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Australian Farr 40 Championship 2013 - Double celebration
Lisa Ratcliff/Farr 40 media,
Aberdeen Asset Management Australian Farr 40 Championship 2013. Quick responses, crew handling and keeping the mast pointing towards the sky in the gusty NNE winds on a wild and woolly Sydney Harbour were key ingredients on the final day of the John Calvert-Jones Trophy to decide the Australian Farr 40 champion for the 2012-13 season.... [more]
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Lexus Lincoln - Scarlet Runner sneaks past Secret Men's Business
Harry Fisher,
The Lexus Lincoln Regatta 2013 came to a close finish as Victorian Boat Scarlet Runner collected enough points to sneak past South Australian boat Secret Men's Business for the top honour at Port Lincoln. Scarlet Runner failed to win its fourth Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race but finished the week strong to win the main regatta.... [more]
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Crown Series Bellerive Regatta - Three impressive wins
Peter Campbell,
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta 2013. Australian International Cadet champion Sam Tiedemann reiterated the helming skills he showed in the nationals last December with three impressive wins today.... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013 - Gusty winds scrap Heat 6
Bob Killick,
The 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013 had to abandon Heat 6 due to gusty winds on Sydney Harbour. The East Coast low moving along the NSW Coast put paid to Gary Linacre's patience yesterday.... [more]
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Harken Youth International: Barnes leads; top 8 go to Quarter Finals
Amber Roberts,
Scott Barnes (RNZYS) stole the lead from his previous first equal place holder Sam Gilmour (RFBYC) after 4 impressive wins today to take the top spot with 12 wins and only 1 loss at the completion of the Round Robin. Second overall Gilmour added 2 more wins taking his total to 10 wins and 3 losses.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18 footers Race 6 blown away
Frank Quealey,
All sailing on Sydney Harbour had been cancelled for the day, so officials of the Australian 18 Footers League left their decision as long as possible before deciding whether to race. With Race 6 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship holding so much importance, they were always trying to 'make it happen'.... [more]
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Team Australia's Sydney Hobart express ride
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sean Langman's radical 60-foot trimaran Team Australia took the Tasman Sea express lane and this evening smashed the previous fastest time from Sydney to Hobart by a whopping 12 hours and a half hours.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Tom Slingsby takes turn to helm Oracle
Lisa Ramsperger,
The America's Cup World Series is headed to its final event before the big race in September. Tom Slingsby, one of the biggest names in Olympic sailing, will take the helm for Oracle Team USA after serving as a tactician in the last two years. The London Games gold medalist will skipper the team's entry into the spring regatta, which runs April 16-21 in Naples, Italy.... [more]
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Farr 40 John Calvert-Jones Trophy - Gale warning halts racing on Day 2
Lisa Ratcliff,
A gale warning for Sydney closed waters has given Farr 40 crews contesting the John Calvert-Jones Trophy an unplanned layday to make a lunch booking and catch up with friends.... [more]
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Worst in their wake, Team Australia speeds down Tasmanian East Coast
Lisa Ratcliff,
Team Australia successfully crossed Bass Strait overnight and is now on its way down the Tasmanian East Coast. At 7am their Yellowbrick tracker had them doing 26 knots of boat speed off St. Helens with two thirds of their attempt and the worst conditions in their wake.... [more]
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Team Australia sets new Sydney Hobart passage record
Sail-world.com,
Sean Langman´s Team Australia has broken the Sydney to Hobart passage. She just crossed the finishing line at 16:51:20 with an elapsed time of 29 hours 53 minutes 23 seconds. 12 hours 31 minutes and 49 seconds inside the existing record.... [more]
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Crown Series Bellerive Regatta - Perfect start for keelboats and SB20s
Peter Campbell,
Hobart's River Derwent this evening turned on perfect weather for sailing as 75 keelboats and SB20 sports boats contested the opening twilight race of the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta. A 12-15 knot north-easterly breeze gave the fleet ample room on an otherwise empty harbour, with close results in each of the eight fleets.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Korea to debut with Kiwi at the helm
Extreme Sailing Series,
The opening Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series will commence in Muscat, Oman in just over one week's time where Team Korea, the Korean America's Cup syndicate, skippered by Kiwi Peter Burling, Olympic silver medallist from London 2012, will line up for their Extreme 40 debut.... [more]
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Redink Homes Geographe Bay Race Week - Four seasons on Picnic Day
Bernie Kaaks,
In the Redink Homes Geographe Bay Race Week, as yachts made their way to the course this morning, they faced a warm north easterly, unusual for this time of year, with threatening skies, punctuated with flashes of lightning over Cape Naturaliste. What followed was flat calm conditions, gusts of more than 20 knots, heavy rain and stifling heat and humidity.... [more]
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Sports Boats NSW State Titles
Darren Spence,
This weekend kicks off a busy month for Australian Sports Boat Association sailors around the country with the 2013 ASBA NSW State Titles at Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto getting underway at midday on Saturday. Over the next two months there are no less than four State Titles and the Association's National Title regatta at RYCV, Williamstown over the Easter weekend.... [more]
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Sydney to Hobart passage record attempt - Team Australia barrel south
Lisa Ratcliff,
Crew on the 60-foot trimaran Team Australia, which is barrelling south to Hobart attempting to set a new passage record for the 630 nautical miles between Sydney and Hobart, have described their journey so far as similar to being under a high-pressured fire hose.... [more]
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Western Australia Laser Dinghy Championship 2013 - Crowded competition
Brad Utting,
Most classes go through participation ebbs and flows, in the WA dinghy sailing scene but the Laser class attracts strong numbers year after year. Despite being an old design the boats simplicity, affordability, convenience, accessibility and ability to cater for such a diverse range of ages, and shapes and sizes makes it a modern day classic.... [more]
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Sail Mooloolaba 2013 - Registration officially open
Sail Mooloolaba,
Sail Mooloolaba 2013 has already released the notice of the race and started accepting entries for the week-long event to be held from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th June 2013.... [more]
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Sydney-Hobart Passage Record Challenge - Team Australia begins quest
Lisa Ratcliff,
The leash was firmly on Team Australia when it began its Sydney to Hobart record attempt this morning from between Sydney Heads, but once the giant trimaran made it through the worst of the nasty chop between Sydney Heads and hit open water, the speed machine was given its head.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013 - Decision day coming
Irene Corosu,
The 12 teams hoping to qualify for September's main regatta will know on Monday whether their dreams have been realized. Last week, six international teams were in San Francisco for the first qualifying session. This week, a second group of six teams from Europe, South America and New Zealand is working to impress selectors at the grueling training camp/selection series.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam video of Oracle's AC72 foiling in San Francisco
Andrew Wisner,
Oracle Team USA is videoed on a practice run on San Francisco Bay. Flick the quality onto HD and watch in full screen. In contrast to other video distributed on the interweb, this one is not too flattering. The wind conditions are described as light, but whitecaps are clearly visible which may be tide, but the breeze does look to be at least 12kts... [more]
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America's Cup: How to run an AC72 crew that is four short
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team NZ explain how they have had to change the crew roles around to cope with the reduced crew numb ers allowed on the AC72 catamarans. Gone are the old positions of navigator, tactician and a couple of others to do backstays. Now it is just the skipper and a part-time tactician/navigator/grinder/sheet hand.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: That finish - Images from Race 4 - 18ft skiffs
Beth Morley,
Sydney photographer, Beth Morley was on hand to capture the action from the thrilling finish of Race 4 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy, the unofficial World Championship for the 18ft skiff class, being sailed at the home of 18fter skiff sailing, on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe race - Merit set to compete
Ian Grant,
Tropical blue water ocean racing skipper Leo Rodriguez has entered the important date of April 6th in his personal log book. Ian Bishop who have recently became acclimatised to the cut and thrust of racing their Volvo 60 Merit on the storm tormented waters of the Tasman Sea - including the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart race, will again line up to contest the Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe race April 6th.... [more]
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