sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Sydney to Gold Coast race weather will challenge crews

Sydney to Gold Coast race weather will challenge crews

'Scene at the CYCA prior to the start today.'    CYCA    Click Here to view large photo

Slow and steady will win the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Tacticians and navigators taking part in the 2011 Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race will need to keep their humour well intact if they are to survive the weather conditions that were dished up to them by the Bureau of Meteorology’s Michael Logan this morning.

At the race briefing, held at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which hosts the event, the groans from crews were heard as Logan told those assembled: 'You will be looking at a weak breeze for the start – it won’t be more than 5 knots.'

Weather for the 384 nautical mile race, which gets underway at 1.00pm off Steele Point on Sydney Harbour today, was described by one navigator as 'most unusual.' 'It’s bizarre,' said race veteran Bruce Taylor, who owns the yacht, Chutzpah. 'I don’t think anyone really has a handle on the weather yet.

In previous years we’ve mostly had good solid breeze,' he said Sense of humour well and truly in place, Taylor added: 'We’ve brought the wrong toy with us – it’s like choosing the wrong dress. This will be your typical ‘blame game’ race. It’s going to be very light the whole way with breeze changes - so if it goes bad, we’ll be blaming our tactician and navigator – and I suspect a few others will do the same!'

The Victorian owns two yachts; a Sydney 38 and the one he will sail in this race, a Caprice 40, which is less suited to the conditions. According to the pundits, the race will go to one of the smaller boats in the fleet, such as the Archambault 31 Aroona (Anthony Paterson) or to one of the slippery TP52’s, such as Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan or Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin.

Renowned international navigator, Will Oxley, will be guiding another Victorian yacht, Living Doll to the Gold Coast. It is a Farr 55 owned by Michael Hiatt and some say it is one of the bigger yachts that excel in light airs, but Oxley was non-committal. 'It’s going to be a bit of a lottery and a rock-hopper,' Oxley said. 'You’ll have to know your draft well to finish this race,' added the Australian yachtsman, as a tongue-in cheek warning to all not to go to close to shore. Oxley said the race would be won or lost on Sunday night or the early hours of Monday morning: 'You’ll either being in the parking lot watching others sail through you, or you’ll be the one waving to those stuck in the lot,' he said.

Phil Eadie, a navigator of vast experience said they expect the wind to swing from west to a light nor’ easter by the start. 'We’ll be lucky to get 5 knots, but it’ll really grunt in by the late afternoon – we might even get 10 or 12 knots from the north-west,' he said laughing. 'It’s meant to be only 6 or 7 degrees tonight and the only good thing about the race for the navigator on this boat (the Beneteau 45, Victoire) is I can do my job from the warmth of a bunk!'

Victoire’s owner, Darryl Hodgkinson, said the race 'will be a bit of a squeeze. We’re hoping to squeeze into a top three place like we did in the Audi race to Newcastle in April.' According to forecaster Michael Logan, the 69-boat fleet will suffer light winds throughout the race, and even the bigger yachts, such as the Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats XI, won’t be immune. 'We’ll be rock-hopping all the way. The race could go to a bigger boat like us, or it will favour the very small boats in the fleet,' Richards said.

Whatever the case, Bob Oatley’s super maxi is armed with some of the best in the business; speed queen Adrienne Cahalan navigating and calling tactics will be Grant Simmer, who helped Alinghi to her win of the 32nd America’s Cup. 'We’ll have to wait and see. It might be a case of getting out the fishing line and doing a bit of trawling,' he added with a smile.

All eyes will be on one of the smallest boats in the fleet when round the world sailor Jessica Watson steps up to the wheel of the Sydney 38, Another Challenge. Entered in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race by her usual skipper, Chris Lewin, Watson will share duties with him during the race. 'There are five of my young crew and the rest are Chris’ usual crew. We’ll be racing using the ‘buddy system’, so that one of his guys pairs up with one of mine.

That way, we all get better at our jobs,' she said at the CYCA this morning. Of her chances in the race, Watson said: 'This is the first time we’ve sailed together as a crew, so we’ll just be doing our best.'

For full race results visit the official race website http://goldcoast.cyca.com.au or follow on Twitter http://twitter.com/asgcyr




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=86567

2:04 AM Sat 30 Jul 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World













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














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
















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,




ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
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   


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.
XL VIR US