sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Dramatic Three Peaks 2012 wrap
Dramatic Three Peaks 2012 wrap

'Celebrating after one of the toughest H&R Block Three Peaks Races ever, the crew of the winning yacht Mobile Travel Agents Big Wave Rider - H&R Block Three Peaks Race'    Paul Scambler    Click Here to view large photo

Easter turned on the weather in Tasmania for the annual H&R Block Three Peaks Race.

At 2pm on Good Friday, with no wind in the river, teams rowed away from the start line at Beauty Point and headed towards Bass Strait, aided only by their oars and an outgoing tide, although Peccadillo did unveil a 'secret' pedalling system with high aspect propeller blades that moved the big cat well.


First across the line was team Whistler Sport, a Thompson 920 sports boat with two sets of sweep oars. By the time the yachts rowed into a strengthening northerly, Whistler Sport had the jump and was first past the Low Head light and its ominous fog horn farewell. Fog blanketed Bass Strait as the yachts made slow progress towards Flinders Island in a light north easterly. But a front was due.

Later Friday evening the expected front swept through the fleet, the wind backed to the west and increased until it was blowing a steady 50 knots with gusts into the mid 60’s – well beyond expectations.

Leader Mobile Travel Agents reduced sail progressively until they were doing 19 knots under just storm jib. Advantedge destroyed her mainsail, UK Peaks Challenge couldn’t get their main to work to windward and ran through Banks Strait and out to sea, while Whistler Sport sought shelter behind Clarke Island.

MTA arrived at Flinders Island first, followed by Deguello Brierley Marine but each took nearly half an hour to tidy up and motor to the wharf. Advantedge struggled in as first monohull, Haphazard ran aground on a sandy spit, and eventually Euphoria Furniture, Peccadillo, Elphinstone Weigh To Go, Centre Euro Wines, Apollonius and Tilt Genesis Fitness all made it safely into port.

Organisers held the fleet until conditions abated from gale strength to strong wind, before sending them on their way to Flinders Island. Prudent sail selection meant all arrived safely at Coles Bay where Elphinstone Weigh To Go retired after one runner experienced difficulty on Mt Freycinet. Advantedge sailed this leg with just a trysail and arranged for an old main to be transported to Coles Bay. On the plus side, runners Chris Wight and John Winsbury from Peccadillo broke the record for the run through Freycinet National Park that has stood since 1997.

MTA almost threw the race away when they elected to take the Denison Canal shortcut. Strong tidal outflow and 20 knot winds blowing out of the canal prevented transit, and they were also forced to wait out the compulsory midnight to 4am bridge closure.

Only manhandling the big cat through with crew in the water and lines ashore enabled MTA to sail to Hobart ahead of their opposition; Advantedge, Euphoria Furniture and Peccadillo who elected to sail around Tasmania Island. Only seas over 4 metres and a 25-30 knot south westerly in Storm Bay prevented these boats from overtaking MTA.

The remainder of the fleet who chose the canal either retired, or took the 18 hour time penalty and motored through before resuming sailing.

By Monday evening the winning multihull team MTA, which included solo record holders Bruce Arms and Jessica Watson, had received their accolades after the final mountain run, and all other teams had arrived in Hobart and their runners were all off Mt Wellington. Show, sleet and strong winds had buffeted the runners on the final peak completing the kaleidoscope of conditions that defined the 2012 H&R Block Three peaks Race.

Although Peccadillo rested in Port Arthur for a few hours and were behind Euphoria Furniture into Hobart, their gun runners retook second in the multihull division.

Advantedge’s persistence brought them the Monohull division trophy. Centre Euro Wines and Apollonius both officially arrived in Hobart with a time penalty to add, but the Apollonius runners did not complete the mountain together, leaving Centre Euro Wines as second placed monohull.

Despite being a tough year, all teams acknowledged the challenge was worth the enormous effort with the 25th race in 2013 shaping up to be a full house.

* Haphazard was refloated from White Beach on Saturday evening, and sailed back to Beauty Point on Tuesday with no damage to boat or crew.

Despite a grounding and spending a full day on the beach, Haphazard was refloated without damage. - H&R Block Three Peaks Race -  Paul Scambler   Click Here to view large photo


by Terry Travers

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95925

12:31 AM Wed 11 Apr 2012GMT


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 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,








PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   


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