sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Blown away on Geographe Bay
Blown away on Geographe Bay


'With the rudder blade snapped of cleanly at the bottom of the box, control was impossible.'    Bernie Kaaks    Click Here to view large photo

Tradition has it that at this time of year, balmy warm breezes drift across Geographe Bay. Metropolitan yachties from Perth join their country cousins from across the State for a week of relaxed and blissful sailing on the clear, pristine waters on the edge of the State’s premier wine growing region. At least that’s how the script reads. Today someone tore up the script and sent down a steady 25 knot westerly with some boats reporting gusts more than 10 knots stronger.

The hard luck story for the day probably belongs to Alan Stein and Will Hammond in their recently acquired BW36 X Factor. In today’s long passage race they blasted their way around the course to grab line honours by more than nine minutes, only to see the IRC result go to Peter Hickson’s Beneteau First 35, Mulberry, by a margin of just one second. 'It just goes to show,' said a reflective Hammond after the race, 'that you cannot take anything for granted. The number of places we could have picked up that extra second all count, and even that extra litre of water you took on could be significant.'

Black Betty scored another first and fastest, but not before lying the boat flat following a gybe to the finish line. Terry Posma’s Jaffa completed an identical manoeuvre just a few minutes later, while Knee Deep and General Lee passed so close to the finish boat that they could have high fived the crew on the way by.

The under 10 metre division was scheduled to do three windward and return races this afternoon, but after the first race, following a broken rudder, a couple of torn sails and several spectacular broaches, it was decided to head for home after the first race was completed, with steep seas and wind fluctuating between 25 and 35 knots making life very difficult.

Peter Godley, sailing the Jean Genie, blasted past our camera boat at an estimated 15 to 18 knots, making great progress until it broached. For a moment, it looked as though the boat was back under control, which was probably about the time that the rudder blade snapped off cleanly at the bottom of the rudder box. An inconvenient gust then pulled the yacht right down until the starboard spreader was immersed, until finally the crew managed to release some sheets and stand it up again. To their credit, they then fired up their outboard and calmly motored back to the Port Geographe Marina before a rescue boat could arrive to assist.

It was an excellent sailmaker’s day, but it seems that all the Perth based sailmakers left their machines in the sail loft.

Tomorrow’s program calls for windward leeward races early for IRC boats, and passage races for the Premier Cruising fleets, before the IRC fleet returns in the evening for the night race, which is usually a highlight of the regatta. With unsettled weather, we might have another interesting day.

Th beginning of the end, as the yacht broaches sharply. -  Bernie Kaaks   Click Here to view large photo

Mopping up. -  Bernie Kaaks   Click Here to view large photo

The Jean Genie at full tilt, passing our camera boat -  Bernie Kaaks   Click Here to view large photo


by Bernie Kaaks

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106664

11:52 PM Sun 17 Feb 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ


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




























Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
















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
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   
Rolex China Sea Race on the horizon   
What can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm?   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 10 rumbles on   
SAP 5O5 World Championship - Kiel action starts August 13th   
Volvo Ocean Race - It's a family Affair   
Clipper Round the World Race - Great Britain claims line honours   


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