News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : McKay family clean up in Tasmania’s MacIntyre Cup Regatta for Mirrors
McKay family clean up in Tasmania’s MacIntyre Cup Regatta for Mirrors

'Winner Sky III 67749 & runner up Carpe Diem 68678 chase down early leaders Kamikaze, Xcel-Erate & Store Fresh'    John Davey    Click Here to view large photo

The McKay family had a great weekend at the annual MacIntyre Cup Regatta for Mirror Class Dinghies sailed on the River Derwent from the Kingston Beach Sailing Club on the 7th-8th December. Marcus MacKay sailed Sky III to overall victory with Luka Smillie crewing for him. Daughter Ishka McKay crewed for Mirror stalwart and recently inducted Yachting Tasmania Hall of Fame member Jenny Graney in Carpe Diem who came second overall and his son Jai McKay sailing with Ruby Smillie, won the Junior category in the borrowed Foxy Lady III.

Jai’s win was fortunate on two counts, as he originally entered as a co-skipper with Quentin Hunt, the owner of Foxy Lady III, which would have deemed them ineligible for the Junior category. There were only two races on the second day which Jai couldn’t compete in. Had the scheduled eighth race been held, Jai would have had to count a DNC which may well have cost him the Junior title.

Jenny and Ishka sailed brilliantly on day one finishing the day only one point behind Sky III with these two boats sharing all of the first day's heat wins between them. Behind these two was a red hot battle for third place on the podium between Ken Barnes and Alex Kingsley in Store Fresh (who gave a well received talk on their recent trip to the Mirror World championships in Ireland), 'super cruiserweights' Grant Atherton sailing his daughter’s Kamikaze with Finlay Cooper (weighing in at over 140kgs combined crew weight), and reigning Australian Youth Champion Max Davey in Xcel-Erate with Callum O’Sign crewing.

At the briefing on day one, PRO Peter Gore warned of possible strong winds on the second day and therefore announced his intentions to get as many races as possible on the Saturday. This turned out to be a good strategy as gusts up to 41 knots were recorded by 2:00 PM on the Sunday, by which stage the Mirrors were all packed up, after Peter decided wisely that seven heats was enough, with no possible change between first and second place at that stage, with Jenny’s history of heavy weather injuries leading to her decision not to start in Race 7. Completing seven races also allowed for the second drop to come in.

Conditions on day one ranging from light around five knots with everyone keeping their weight well forward but with a large left over swell which did allow some down wind surfing, up to around 10 knots in the afternoon. Day two lived up to forecast predictions with some huge gusts testing crews, with some less experienced crews electing to stay safely on the beach and watch the action from the club house. In an attempt to convince the PRO that conditions were manageable, the Kamikaze boys headed out early and got their kite up and sailed past the start boat trying to look totally under control with wide smiles on their faces (at the time the boat was filling up with water surging up the centreboard slot faster then the venturis could drain it!).

Sky III wrapped up the regatta in race 6 with their fourth race win while the heavier conditions resulted in Carpe Diem having their worst result so far with a fifth and deciding to sit out any further races, as even if race 8 had been held, their points lead over third place contenders was large enough to ensure second. Race 7 saw a new winner with Store Fresh liking the heavier conditions to win from Kamikaze and Xcel-Erate, with Sky III maybe in boat preservation mode having already wrapped up the overall win in the sixth race coming home fourth. The race 7 win gave Store Fresh third overall on a count back from Kamikaze, with another two points to Xcel-Erate in fourth overall.

Sisters Molly and Lilly Hulton making their first outing for the season in Star Bellied Sneetch did well in the heavy conditions of race 7 to finish the race, but had a serious amount of water in the boat as they returned to shore. Simon and Claire Edwards in the whimsically half finished paint job in Jolly Roger had a consistent series to finish sixth overall.

It was great to see a strong turnout from the north of Tasmania, with Scotch Oakburn College students presenting a real team appearance around the club in their sports uniforms. The northerners did well on handicap, with Chloe Jones helming Foxy Lady II (not a misprint as we had both FL II and FL III competing side by side) with Nicole Erwin and Yaya Mackeddie sharing the crewing role taking out the handicap honours from Sky III and Max Davey and Callum O’Sign in Xcel-Erate taking a well deserved third on handicap. Jordan Wyle-Browne and Loki Bird in Rear View took out the Rookie award.

Marcus McKay & Luka Smillie winners of the MacIntyre Cup 2013 -  John Davey   Click Here to view large photo

Youth winners Max Davey & Callum O’Sign -  John Davey   Click Here to view large photo

Handicap Winners (L-R) Yaya Mackeddie, Chloe Jones & Nicole Erwin -  John Davey   Click Here to view large photo

Scratch Results
Rank Sail No. Boat Helm Crew
1 67749 Sky III Marcus McKay Luka Smillee
2 68678 Carpe Diem Jenny Graney Ishka McKay
3 70591 Store Fresh Ken Barnes Alex Kingsley
4 69196 Kamikaze Grant Atherton Finlay Cooper
5 69361 Xcelerate Max Davey Callum O'Sign
6 69538 Jolly Roger Simon Edwards Claire Edwards
7 70146 Foxy Lady III Jai McKay Ruby Smillee
8 69844 Star Bellied Sneetch Molly Hulton Lilly Hulton
9 68047 Foxy Lady II Chloe Jones Lewis Ottaway/Yata Mackeddie
10 67759 Dual Force Nicole Erwin Clare Broomby
11 69628 Rear View Jordan Wyle-Browne Loki Bird
12 63762 Quicksilver Amber Tiller Yasmin de Jersey

Handicap Results
Rank Sail No. Boat Helm Crew
1 68047 Foxy Lady II Chloe Jones Nicole Erwin/Yaya Mackeddie
2 67749 Sky III Marcus McKay Luka Smillee
3 69361 Xcelerate Max Davey Callum O'Sign
4 69196 Kamikaze Grant Atherton Finlay Cooper
5 70591 Store Fresh Ken Barnes Alex Kingsley
6 68678 Carpe Diem Jenny Graney Ishka McKay
7 69844 Star Bellied Sneetch Molly Hulton Lilly Hulton
8 69538 Jolly Roger Simon Edwards Claire Edwards
9 70146 Foxy Lady III Jai McKay Ruby Smillee
10 67759 Dual Force Nicole Erwin Clare Broomby/Lewis Ottaway
11 63762 Quicksilver Amber Tiller Yasmin de Jersey
12 69628 Rear View Jordan Wyle-Browne Loki Bird

by Grant Atherton


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

2:09 PM Mon 16 Dec 2013GMT

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

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race - Day 12 for Team Alvimedica by Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 12 onboard Team Alvimedica. There is no question as to the origins of the phrase 'down in the doldrums;' the monotony of these days is painfully apparent. It’s a pattern too familiar: a night of variable conditions—torrential rain and 20 knots of wind one minute, no wind and starry skies the next. Feast or famine. ... [more]  

The forecast for day six at the La Torche PWA Grand Slam offered a slight possibility of producing some racing, but unfortunately the wind never really materialised meaning the sailors spent another day on hold. Throughout the day there were gusts of up to 10 knots, but the wind failed to improve beyond that. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 12 onboard Team SCA. This morning the boat was so quiet you could hear a pin drop, shortly after sun up we were hooning along in 20kts in a torrential downpour, by late afternoon we were sailing backwards, and who knows what tonight will bring. ... [more]  

The push and shove of 12 knots of Atlantic breeze – things are looking up in the Volvo Ocean Race. On board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, things are looking up. First in the fleet, and out of the Doldrums, they’re heading fast towards the Equator, trade winds blowing gusts of encouragement around their ears. ... [more]  

With only nine days remaining until the close of entries, one of the smallest, most audacious and memorable yachts in the history of the CYCA’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, appropriately became the 100th entry. A mere 10.5 metres, James Cameron’s Hick 35, Luna Sea, will again do duty as one of the pintsized yachts in fleet for the 70th edition of the 628 nautical mile race. ... [more]  

Today was the last day of competition at the Student Yachting World Cup. Even though England’s victory was already for sure, the top-5-ranking could change a lot with two more races: Italy was second with 46 pts, Ireland third with 47 pts, Norway fourth (52 pts) and Switzerland fifth (58.2 pts)… the USA followed with 59 pts! ... [more]  

A varied and international fleet ranging from 40 to 100ft (12.19 to 30.48m) will set off for Grenada on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote, the most eastern in the Canary Islands chain, in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

The United States will be the second most heavily represented nation at the Star Sailors League Finals when they take place at Nassau in the Bahamas between December 1st and 7th. Reflecting the consistency, quality and number of sailors involved in the Star class, the United States has the largest representation in the Star Sailors League with 294 skippers and 376 crew. ... [more]  

AIRBUS and Oracle Team USA have forged a technology partnership. As Official Innovation Partner of Oracle Team USA for the 35th America’s Cup, AIRBUS will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the Oracle Team USA design team. ... [more]  

Thursday has proved another dramatic day in the story of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. While yesterday (Wednesday) was a day of seamanship and survival as yachts battled storm force winds, it was also a day of arrivals as the same winds pushed competitors to the finish. ... [more]  

The Royal Malta Yacht Club has been a hive of activity both day and night, welcoming back yachts taking part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. By Midday on Day Six 34 yachts have finished the race and 25 yachts have retired. Each and every sailor that has taken part, including those that are still out there, has a story to tell for years to come. ... [more]  

Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar made a near perfect start to in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda yesterday. The British skipper who stands top of the the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and is second in the ISAF rankings, goes into today's remaining round robin flights leading group 1. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team Brunel. 'At this rate, it will take a century before we get to Cape Town,' sighs Jens Dolmer, standing on the bow. He is trying in vain to push the flapping foresail outwards. There is hardly a breath of wind. In the distance, the sun is sinking into the ocean. ... [more]  

Over 100 riders from more than 20 different countries have already registered and over the two weeks will compete against each other in the pro, amateur, master, grand master, youth and women's fleets for the honor of becoming the Aloha Classic Champions. ... [more]  

After probably the toughest 24 hours in the 46 year history of the race, Lee Satariano's Maltese J/122, Artie finished the Rolex Middle Sea Race on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 00h 45m 5s in an elapsed time of 4Days 13hours 35mins and 05secs. ... [more]  

As of the 2140UTC report on Day 10 of the first Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the placings on the water on the water had not changed during the day, but the distances between the boats had reduced. The two easternmost boats, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing continued to lead but is only 4nm ahead of Team Brunel with about 600nm to sail to the turning mark of Fernando de Noronha 220nm off the coast of Brazil. ... [more]  

Despite the best efforts of Tropical Storm Fay and then Hurricane Gonzalo, the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, set sail on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour today, albeit postponed by 24 hours. ... [more]  

Today, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45. The boat originally raced under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012-13, and has subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils. ... [more]  

The calm weather returned on day five of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam as the wave sailors recovered from yesterday’s punishing, but brilliant, conditions. After a chilly start, with the thermometer reading just five degrees celsius, the temperature soon rose with the appearance of the sun, making for another stunning autumn day. ... [more]  

Day five of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has proved a day of reckoning for the competing fleet. The forecast strong northwesterly wind has arrived and consistently blown over 25 knots with gusts exceeding 40 knots. The effect has been to catapult the previously slow moving yachts towards the finish line in Malta. ... [more]  

A day and a night of uncertainty - later, the Doldrums will come to an end for the Volvo Ocean Race teams. By tomorrow morning, the fleet should be sailing safely in the southeasterly trade winds. So – who won this equatorial lottery? What was the best place to cross this convergence zone, where two hemispheres and two weather systems collide? ... [more]  

Known for erratic light airs alternating with sudden gusts that can last a minute or an hour from the giant unstable vertical clouds, the Doldrums (aka more officially the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone) are the unavoidable low-point of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race for the determined men on Dongfeng. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Onboard Team Alvimedica. The synopsis is pretty straightforward: we are stuck in the Doldrums. Stuck, and stuck real good. All things considered, yesterday was actually pretty decent. We had a quick morning rainsquall that was able to power us south through the first line of ITCZ clouds already towering above our heads by 10AM. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Lee Satariano's Maltese J/122, Artie has emerged as the hot favourite to become the overall winner of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. However, at 16:00 CET, Artie was still 80 miles from the finish and the Mistral storm is still raging. In addition, there are several yachts behind Artie that could still claim the overall prize. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team SCA. Today I would like to share another perspective with you. Given the kind messages from Team SCA followers that we have been receiving onboard (thank you!), it would seem daily reports from our onboard reporter Miss Halloran and our onshore media crew have been doing a wonderful job of sharing our journey thus far. ... [more]  

The 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship took place from 15-18 October in San Francisco, USA. Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, the 2014 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds welcomed 19 international entrants - comprising teams from Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Turkey and the United States. ... [more]  

After two days of intense racing at the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, both fleets have completed a full schedule of six light-wind races, and they’ve earned their lay day! Very light and shifty winds were forecast for the day, and it was a nice surprise to see a seven knot side-off breeze fill in early from the North. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
There are 92 yachts still racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The expected frontal system arrived around Midnight last night at the northwest corner of the course. Reports of storm force winds and big seas have been received by the Race Committee and 25 yachts had officially retired from the race by 15:00 CET on Wednesday 22 October. ... [more]  

Justin 'Judd' Goldman was 17 years old when he suffered a disabling bone disease. After realizing that there were few sports that he could participate in he discovered sailing. Over the next 58 years he competed successfully in many races throughout the world. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature by Richard Gladwell/
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video: You know when you try to stick two positive magnets together and regardless as to how close you get them they never touch? Well, the ITCZ is a bit like that. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature by Richard Gladwell,
As reported earlier Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race would seem to have gone from being a tightly fought contest to being a procession to Cape Town. Even though only 40% of the course has been sailed, the distance between the boats are significant (other than the two lead boats) and look set to increase. ... [more]  

Student Yachting World Cup - After those days of sun and light air, the weather was upside-down with a cloudy sky threatening us of heavy shower at any time and a strong wind fluctuating from 15 knots to 25 knots! Two windward-leeward races took place today as the wind became far too heavy in the early afternoon. The 13th race began this morning: a second start occurred under black flag. ... [more]  

2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Over Friday night and into Saturday the Category Three Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda pummelling it with 100+ knot winds. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature
Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying Groups set
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Kids breeze past Hurricane Gonzalo
DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Groupe Beneteau sponsors US Sailing Team
Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind contemplates the tropics + Video
Volvo Ocean Race - Dull day, crazy night for Dongfeng Race Team
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA ready for equator crossing
Volvo Ocean Race - Tough challenge for Brunel's Pablo Arrarte Elorza
RS:X Youth Worlds - Hard work on day 1 + Video
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - NoR released, entries open for 2015
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A turning point for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg one – Doldrums for dummies
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 plus Videos *Feature
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish
Student Yachting World Cup - Fourth race day + Video
New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind
Volvo Ocean Race: Day 9 final report - Lead continually changing
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - An opportunity for growth
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Light winds on day 3   
Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators throw away the routing textbook   
Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums, a navigational nightmare + Video   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Maltese yachts top the leader board   
Star Sailors League Finals - Torben Grael and Jorge Zarif join fleet   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads for the Doldrums   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, a crew on a mission   
Thailand bids for 2016 IODA ‘Optimist’ World Championships   
Farr 40 Worlds: Prizegiving images from the Final day in San Francisco   
Bill Green - builder and sailor passes on   
ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 20 October 2014   
Farr 40 Worlds: Images from the Final day in San Francisco *Feature   
Farr 40 Worlds: Images from Day 2 in San Francisco *Feature   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - A hard day's night   
34th Student Yachting World Cup 2014 - Second race day   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng loses lead, anyone's race ahead of Doldrums *Feature   
Flying Dreams 'An Ocean Story': The Movie   
New super maxis gear up for Rolex Sydney Hobart   
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 8 plus Videos *Feature   

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  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





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.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT