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

 

Sail-World.com : Mandurah Weekend Best Ever

Mandurah Weekend Best Ever

'Slippery Sled - Tony Mitchell's newly IRC-optimised Farr 47 'Sled' is having an outstanding offshore season.'    Bernie Kaaks - copyright    Click Here to view large photo

The Mandurah Weekend, organised by Fremantle Sailing Club and hosted by Mandurah Offshore Fishing & Sailing Club, is traditionally a light weather event, but this year’s consistent southerlies offered competing yachts exciting sailing and fast passages.

Perfect weather, warm hospitality and excellent race management led competitors and organizers alike to declare last weekend’s ocean races to and from Mandurah the best ever.

The weekend kicked off 9.30 on Saturday morning with the Halls Head Ocean Race, over a 34 nautical mile course from Fremantle to Mandurah via the seaward side of Garden Island and Coventry Reef. The modern 49-footers Charlotte, Optimus Prime, Sue Sea and Knee Deep looked to be favoured by the upwind course, but it was Garth Curran’s veteran Inglis 57 Walk on the Wildside that surprised many to finish at 2.04pm and take line honours. TCYC Rockingham Commodore Trevor Taylor’s Optimus Prime was seven minutes astern, with Marten 49 sistership Charlotte, skippered by Mandurah construction mogul John Moore, four minutes further back.

Powering On - Garth Curran's Inglis 57 'Walk on the Wildside' is having a new lease of life with her recently fitted carbon rig. -  Bernie Kaaks - copyright

The race marked the offshore reappearance of the Inglis 47 Scavenger, recently acquired from Geraldton by prominent Mandurah sailors, the Blay family. The big yacht finished eleventh over the line in the 18-yacht Division One fleet, but was not favoured by the upwind course.

Handicap results under the prestigious international IRC rating system saw first place in Division One go to Tony Mitchell’s newly-optimized Farr 47 Sled, by 4 minutes from Optimus Prime, with delighted Mandurah residents Laurie & Maddie Flynne’s new Archambault A40RC Aardvark, representing Fremantle Sailing Club, taking third.

Under the performance-based YAH handicapping system, Walk on the Wildside was a popular Division One winner, from Fremantle Rear Commodore Ole Otness (and wife Annie’s) Adams 13 The Longboat. Sled added a third place, only 19 seconds behind The Longboat.

In the competitive ten-yacht Division Two fleet, Ian Jamieson’s lightweight flyer Intension finished at 3.45pm to take line honours from fierce rival and Fremantle clubmate, Jonno Zahra’s Highlander. The offshore heavyweights on Ian Holder’s Bad Habits, of Hillarys Yacht Club, were third across the line.

Under IRC handicaps, Bad Habits wrestled the win by a comfortable eight minutes from Simon Torvaldsen’s beautiful new Royal Perth-based S&S34 Blondie. Bad Habits’ Whiting 32 near-sistership Traffic Jam, skippered by East Fremantle Commodore (and Mandurah Past Commodore) Peter Kennington, was third. The YAH results saw Intension add a first to her fastest time, with Traffic Jam second and Highlander third.

Mission Accomplished? - Archambault Offshore Series leader Ian Holder's 'Bad Habits' may have closed out the series with two races to go. -  Bernie Kaaks - copyright  

In the heroic Double-Handed Division, Dennis Vincent and Hilary Arthure’s latest Wyuna, a Beneteau First 34.7, took the triple, winning line honours, IRC and YAH. It was a remarkable result for the mature-aged Vincent and diminutive, but supremely fit, Arthure, as the slippery Beneteaus are regarded as being lively in a breeze, even fully-crewed. John Holder’s Plus 16 took second place under YAH from Dave McReady’s Tom Cat, with the minor placings reversed on IRC.

After a night of dining and story-telling at Mandurah Offshore Fishing & Sailing Club, the well-rested yachtsmen and women rose early on Sunday morning to contest the Point Robert Return Ocean Race, which follows the reverse route back to Fremantle.

Division Two and the Double-Handed fleet get twenty and fifteen minute head starts in the Point Robert race, and took off for the northerly horizon while the Division One glamour yachts milled around in the 10 knot south-easterly, waiting for their start. Experienced Mandurah and Fremantle Race Officer Robin Olsen set a windward day buoy just off the marina breakwater and the fleet got away cleanly despite the popularity of the boat end of the start line.

After the short leg to the day buoy and a hair-raising but incident-free rounding, the fleet of seventeen big boats hoisted spinnakers and made a colourful sight as they scooted away from Mandurah. With the fickle south-easterly breeze forecast to swing south and freshen, a split in the fleet soon developed as a small group of yachts, led by Paul Eldrid and Scott Disley’s General Lee and John Moore’s Charlotte, elected to go wide out west to meet the new breeze.

The bulk of the fleet, however, stuck to the northerly rhumbline and slid up the outside of the Murray Reefs towards Garden Island. The breeze built to 20 knots from the south, the majority ruled, and the westerly group of General Lee, Charlotte, Aardvark, Al Fresco and Finistere found themselves well behind their benchmarks as they entered Challenger Passage at the northern end of Garden Island.

The smaller yachts that had taken the direct route were looking famous as the fleet hammered down the Cockburn shipping channel with more than 25 knots at 150 degrees true wind angle. Some interesting spinnaker work was observed, including Jon Hanson’s Elan 410 Wasabi destroying her new green kite in an impromptu prawning expedition. It was suggested that Jon, who owns a sushi business, was looking to stock up for the week ahead.

Double-Handed entry Wyuna also had a taste of short-handed drama, with a little Beneteau dance causing crew Hilary Arthure to take a refreshing swim. With half the crew in the water and the full-sized purple spinnaker cleated off and filling, the cool-headed Dennis Vincent did well to retrieve Hilary, re-balance the yacht and continue the race, whilst the passing crew of Aardvark kept a close eye on their good friends’ welfare.

Purple Patch - Dennis Vincent and Hilary Arthure's 'Wyuna' had an exciting Mandurah Weekend in the Double-Handed Division. -  Bernie Kaaks - copyright  
After a brisk and exciting race, it was Walk on the Wildside that crossed the Fremantle finish line first in a time of only three hours 34 minutes. Yet again, Optimus Prime and Knee Deep crossed the line locked together, fighting out second place, but this time it was Optimus Prime that got the nod- by a mere two seconds, eight minutes behind Wildside.

The IRC results confirmed a small-boat race, with an excited Jon Hanson taking the Division One win in Wasabi, despite the prawning run. Hanson acknowledged the role of Perth-based French sailing legend Philippe Peche in the victory, particularly in keeping the crew focused and the boat moving fast, whilst being pleasant company at the same time. Second place went to skiff aficionado Scott Glaskin, sailing his champion Bakewell-White 36 The X Factor, with Roger Passmore’s sporty Northshore 369 Aquila a close third.

Under YAH, Aquila took the win, from Lyn Powell and Ian Whitehead’s Dufour 40 Fourth Dimension second and Wasabi third.

In Division Two, Highlander exacted revenge by taking line honours in 4 hours 18 minutes, from Intension and Bad Habits. The IRC result mirrored the previous day, with the dominant Bad Habits winning from Blondie and Traffic Jam. Under YAH, it was Highlander’s double, from Traffic Jam and offshore guru Bill Burbidge’s Le Truck.

The successful weekend should be enough for Bad Habits to secure the overall win in the Archambault Offshore Series, the middle-tier competition in the WA Offshore Program. With two of the eleven races still to be sailed, it does not appear that any Division One or Two yachts can catch the tough little boat.

In Double-Handed IRC, it was Plus 16 first, from Scott Olsen’s Max and Wyuna, whilst YAH saw Max win from Plus 16 and Wyuna.

The attention of offshore sailors now turns to Royal Perth’s busy Naturaliste Weekend on first and 2nd April, which sees the Blue Water Fleet head south in the 235 nautical mile 48th Cape Naturaliste and Return Race, the Offshore Fleet doing the 48nm Coventry and Return Race and the Coastal and Double-Handed fleets contesting the 30nm Rockingham & Return Race.

It's all in the preparation - John Holder's Farr 11.6 'Plus 16' continued her consistent form in the Double-Handed Division. -  Bernie Kaaks - copyright   Click Here to view large photo

Groovin' - Laurie & Maddie Flynne's Archambault A40RC 'Aardvark' performed well against the bigger yachts in the race to Mandurah. -  Bernie Kaaks - copyright  




by YWA Offshore

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=81629

9:37 AM Wed 23 Mar 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World

If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. Adventures of a Sailor Girl #31 - Pathways and passion! ... [more]  

The new application from PredictWind for Mac and PC is revolutionary for accessing weather data when offshore. Accessing GRIB files, Weather Routing, GMDSS forecasts and Satellite Imagery is now a simple task with the unique and user friendly interface. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Sweden to host World Series regatta in 2015 by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Artemis Racing and the City of Gothenburg are set to host an America’s Cup World Series event during the last weekend of August (28th - 30th) 2015. Racing will take place either on the Gota River close to the city centre, or at Långedrag, and the race village will be located in Frihamnen. ... [more]  

Leading sailing marine electronics manufacturer B&G has been appointed an Official Race Supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. B&G will also be providing full electronic navigation systems, tactical software and race support to the organisers of the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race, which began on the October 4th in Alicante, Spain. ... [more]  

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), starts on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote bound for Grenada, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. All of the competing yachts are now safely moored in Puerto Calero Marina and last night an informal welcome drinks reception was well received with crew ... [more]  

2014 Chicago Match Cup - At the end of Chicago Match Race Center's sixth season, the numbers show how well CMRC reached both into and beyond the Great Lakes sailing community. CMRC hosted a total of 12 graded events from May to October. Of these, the five Grade Three regattas were the best attended featuring 23 skippers from nine countries. ... [more]  

2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - Tom Slingsby, Australian Olympic Laser Gold medalist, and member of Oracle Team USA, has signed up as skipper of Oman Air, one of two Oman Sail Extreme Sailing teams, for the final act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, Australia (11-14 December). ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Big spread in fleet as Abu Dhabi leads *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race. She is the most westerly of the fleet as they approach the coast of Madagascar. In a video, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker explains the weather hazards of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: With a packed crowd of local dignitaries, VIPS and competitors, the ISAF President welcomed the world’s finest Olympic sailors and kiteboarders who will be battling it out on Abu Dhabi's waters. 'It’s a great honour for me to be here today because we have a very important regatta which will be the future of our sport,' explained Croce. ... [more]  

Sir Keith Mills GBE announced that America’s Cup Racing is to return to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July 2015 and 21–24 July 2016. The second European location is expected to be Cagliari in Italy, where Luna Rossa Challenge have their base. ... [more]  

Chairman and founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox Johnston said: 'The Clipper Race is very pleased to welcome Hyde Sails back on board as Official Sails Supplier for our fourth consecutive race partnership. Hyde Sails evolved with us when we introduced the new Clipper 70 fleet in the last race and we were very pleased with how well the new sail wardrobes stood up to almost a year' ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Brian's Gime *Feature by Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, At sea
The irrepressible Brian Carlin, the On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind is on fitness program on board, under the watchful eye of race veteran Tony Rae. Today as my personal trainer, friend and fellow shipmate we accomplished a goal, 70 press-ups. I’m sure to some it maybe easy but I ask anyone of you right now sitting at your desk, hit the floor and give me 70 on the spot. ... [more]  

Two of the crew from Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing look at leg 2 and the race overall. Here are the latest blogs (unedited) from On Board Reporter Matt Knighton, along with an onboard video with Simon Fisher (navigator) musing on what is required to win the race, and skipper Ian Walker on how Leg 2 has panned out for them so far. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - A new deal for corinthians by Bruce Montgomery – Rolex Sydney Hobart media
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Since 1945 starters in the Sydney-Hobart have raced the equivalent of two circumnavigations of the world, almost 45,000 nautical miles. They have been drawn from the seven seas; they come from all corners of the world; they board boats that range from 100-feet supermaxis to boats littler larger than the Owl and the Pussycat’s. ... [more]  

2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships - The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships will be held in the Netherlands. ... [more]  

Most of the nearly 300 sailors on 216 boats in 21 classes in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 67th Turkey Day Regatta came to enjoy sunny sailing in mild conditions, which the weekend delivered beautifully. By tradition, the winners received turkeys, not trophies, but for a few others it was another important stopover en route to Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympics. They hope. ... [more]  

Everyone was expecting a battle between Besson and Cammas. In the end, Morgan Lagravière took the Champion’s title of the seventh edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup with a near-perfect journey. The Marché U day ended with a friendly race to Public. ... [more]  

Robert Scheidt talks to us just a few days before the Nassau start of the Star Sailors League Final. How do you feel inside? I feel very calm. Myself and Bruno have tons of experience with the Star. We’ve been competing together for 10 years now. ... [more]  

The US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) has selected Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) to host their 2015 National Championships. This championship will be a week-long sailing spectacular on Pensacola Bay sailed by International Optimist Dinghy sailors from eight to 15 years old. ... [more]  

More than forty five years since his historical circumnavigation, legendary Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, continues to prove inspirational to adventurers around the globe. Sir Robin, the oldest entrant in the 3,542 mile Route du Rhum, finished third in his Rhum class into La Pointe À Pitre, Guadeloupe. ... [more]  

With Olympic heroes and World Champions in their numbers at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE, local children are being inspired to take up the sport. By utilising the star names on show at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, hosts of the regatta, are using the event to promote the sport in the Emirati capital. ... [more]  

The last day of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup saw a grandstand finale to the 2014 PWA World Tour as the morning showers finally cleared to allow the wind to fill in and the respective titles to be decided. With the racing beginning later than scheduled the title race came down to one final race, which would ultimately decide the title. ... [more]  

Sometime during last night’s moonless gloom in the Volvo Ocean Race, the masthead lights of Dongfeng and Mapfre appeared to the west, maybe right where they would have been if we had jibed with the fleet the previous day. To say that was a relief is an understatement-that we are back in touch, back in the fray near the front, it keeps everyone motivated and pushing a little bit harder. ... [more]  

Olympic medal-winning skipper Ian Walker, from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the emirate’s Volvo Ocean Race contesting squad – recently took time out of his hectic schedule while he was in Cape Town, as the team prepared for Leg 2 of the race to catch-up with students at The British School Al Khubairat via a video call. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Corinna Halloran reports on day five of leg 2 for Team SCA. Team SCA has a super fan. She’s seven and, at home, she has posters of Team SCA on her wall. As a member of the team, and as a woman in 2014, this is extremely cool. ... [more]  

The Sailing Instructions for the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final that will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26-30 November have been published. All ten Olympic events and an Open Kiteboarding event will be contested in the Emirati capital off of the stunning Corniche. ... [more]  

Italy's Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich have been one of the leading teams in the Women's Skiff, the 49erFX, and head to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ready for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. ... [more]  

St Barth Cata Cup day 3 by Dominique Ladouceur
Day three’s race was a lot more difficult than yesterday’s at the St-Barth Cata Cup due to b winds. After pushing back the morning race to 2p.m. due to 30 knots winds at the tip of Colombier, the race committee decided to stick to only one race in the afternoon. ... [more]  

Team Alivimedica skipper Charlie Enright and navigator Will Oxley sat with Andy Rice to assess Leg 2 before the start in Cape Town. Here is the second part of the Leg Two analysis. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as of 24th November 0700 UTC. It's been a fairly quiet night out there - and the biggest change is that the boats are beginning to close up, and become more compact. ADOR, who gybed north first, around six hours before the rest of the fleet on Saturday night, have moved south a little, whereas the rest of the boats have remained in the same line. ... [more]  

The 10 competing teams at the RC44 Oman Cup enjoyed a great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman for the penultimate day of the 2014 Championship Tour. Terry Hutchinson continued to guide Vladimir Prosihkin’s Team Nika the right way around the course, extending their lead in the overall standings, adding another race win to their scoreline, Team Aqua stay second with Charisma hanging onto third. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as of 23 November, 1900 UTC. Four days into the Leg 2, and the fleet is finally making progress towards Abu Dhabi. The seven boats are now south of Madagascar, and they’ve been heading north since last night. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as of 0748 UTC, November 23rd. So what happened overnight? Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were the first to head north and then progressively the other boats in the fleet decided to follow their lead. The fleet is really close together. ... [more]  

Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? *Feature
VX ONE Winter Series - Norris and Family earn first weekend victory
RC44 Oman Cup - Nika wins and Team Aqua clinch their fourth RC44 title
18ft Skiffs: Club Championship, Cordukes Clubhouse Trophy - Race three
Volvo Ocean Race: On board with Abu Dhabi - torn sail and where to go? *Feature
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Bermuda shines
2014 Turkey Day Regatta – Day 1
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Delphine Cousin officially world champ
Volvo Ocean Race: A man's got to do what a man's got to do
RC44 Championship Tour - A great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman
Sail-World Team holds first Continental Conference at METS
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Open Formula Kiteboarding event preview
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet heads into the Southern Ocean + Videos *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Set to be an 'experience of a lifetime'
America's Cup: Source named in Bermuda venue leak *Feature
2014 RC44 Oman Cup - Challenging day + Videos
Volvo Ocean Race: A bumpy, hard driving ride in the Southern Ocean
EPA punts on renewable fuel standard
Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race + Video *Feature
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Men’s title race takes a twist
RC44 Oman Cup - Consistency hard to come by   
Volvo Ocean Race - Discomfort takes over for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Rapid change for Team SCA   
Viper 640 event at Lake Garda - 22-26th June 2015   
British Cycling grows by over 500%, can sailing do the same?   
GC32 Racing Tour 2015 - Dates and venues   
Class 40-footers to be featured in 2015 Annapolis-to-Newport Race   
Spectacular performance by Bakewell-White maxi early in first race *Feature   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Big strides for Cousin and Moussilmani   
America's Cup: Team New Zealand responds to Venue rumours *Feature   
ORC reveals rule improvements for 2015   
Volvo Ocean Race - Hammer down for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA heads for unknown territory   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final set to be 'an experience of a lifetime'   
RC44 Oman Cup - Team Nika gets a taste for the podium + Video   
St Barth Cata Cup 2014 - Game on!   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Wild Oats XI reveals new livery   
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 - Wild Oats XI and Audi ready: photos   
Volvo Ocean Race: Meek's tips pay dividend in Leg 2 squalls and calms *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in search of hometown glory   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT