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

 

Sail-World.com : Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race line honours to Loki

Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race line honours to Loki

'The Loki crew at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club tonight (Stephen Ainsworth main back row second from left'    Di Pearson    Click Here to view large photo

The Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race line honours went to Stephen Ainsworth and his Loki crew from Sydney. They crossed the finish line in the Hunter River at 18.48.23 hours this evening, in the elapsed time of 1 day, 6hrs, 48 mins and 23 secs.

Ainsworth, a member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which organises the race, said the Reichel/Pugh 63 was pushed to the Hunter River finish in Newcastle 'by the most breeze we've had all race.

'We had a beautiful sail this afternoon when a nice nor’ easter kicked in and we sailed most of the afternoon with the Code Zero. We had a top of 15 knots and the forecast panned out pretty much how the Bureau of Meteorology said it would,' he said tonight at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, which finishes the race.

Once Loki cleared North Head yesterday, Ainsworth said they stuck with ‘Plan A’, putting as much distance between them and the rest of the fleet.

'We went out to sea with our masthead kite and then tried to get inshore as the breeze was dying – and that tactic paid,' Loki’s owner said, of the tactics employed by sailing master Gordon Maguire and navigator Michael Bellingham.

Finding more breeze once they got inshore, Ainsworth said once again they found themselves 'with 0.00 knots at times; it wasn’t fun,' he said.

Along the way, they encountered rain squalls that would reappear and disappear. 'It was very fickle last night with a few rain squalls and zero wind. Yachts were catching us up and then we’d take off again.'

Now the Loki crew has to wait it out to see if they have won the CYCA’s prestigious Blue Water Pointscore, of which the Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race is the final race.

'We won’t know until the other boats are finished,' Ainsworth conceded, not keen to wager a bet on the likelihood of beating Victoire, Darryl Hodgkinson’s Beneteau First 45. 'It was getting blowy as we were finishing and that will bring the rest of the boats home quickly,' he said.

Currently, Loki leads the race overall, but Roger Hickman’s Farr 43 Wild Rose, Victoire and Tony Kirby’s Patrice Six are sitting in second, third and fourth overall and are coming home quickly in the stronger breeze.

Right on cue, Danny McConville reported from Victoire: 'Heading south now, nice north-east breeze; good sailing. We’re trying to go fast, as we want to beat Loki. It’s been a slow day...'

Pretty Fly III (Colin and Gladys Wood) and Ragamuffin (Syd Fischer) are the next yachts due into Newcastle, 43 and 52 nautical miles respectively from the finish line. The rest of the 17-boat fleet will trickle in throughout tonight and into tomorrow.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 213 nautical mile race has so far tested all entries since the Sydney Harbour start yesterday at midday, with a range of breeze and pressure keeping drivers, tacticians and navigators 100 percent focussed on their respective jobs.

Line honours positions and provisional handicap results can be viewed at any time from the Standings section of the race website.

Twitter
Official Race website




by Di Pearson

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=82258

11:34 AM Sat 9 Apr 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA
























Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   


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