Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2018 October - Code Zero AUST LEADERBOARD

Ian Thomson from Save our Seas Ocean Racing set to depart this Sunday

by SOS Media on 27 Apr 2010
SOS in her hit out from Brisbane to Gladstone - SOS Ocean Racing Departure Julie Geldard http://www.vidpicpro.com
As one Australian finishes her round the world journey, another Aussie is about to depart to break a world record. Jessica Watson is due home in the early stages of May. However, in central Queensland the final preparations are taking place.

Ian Thomson of SOS Ocean Racing has today confirmed that the departure is most likely to be this Sunday 2nd May at 10am in front of the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Save our Seas Ocean Racing is setting off to set a new world record for the fastest solo non-stop circumnavigation of Australia whilst raising awareness of the damage plastic bags are doing to our environment. Sailing a custom designed and built Welbourn 12m, Ian Thomson's passage is sure to be quick and he hopes to go under 50 days, hence smashing the current record of 68d:8h:30m held by the only person to have achieved this feat, David Beard from Brisbane.

Ian says, 'The forecast is lining up perfectly for a quick passage. My Maxsea Timezero weather and routing software predicts that I will be somewhere in Bass Strait within 20 days however we all know how weather can change.'

Setting off on Sunday means Ian will also be surrounded by the fleet of boats from Islandive.com whom he works for as they are all due in port that day and will rally around him to send him off. In addition the fleet from the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Ian's home club, also has a race on that day so they too will be out to see Ian off.

As far as the final preparations are concerned Ian commented, 'I have a few minor tasks left and then I will have the last hitout for the boat in the Wednesday night twighlight race with some friends before loading the provisions.'

Our members evening is set for Friday night where media and friends will get a chance to talk with Ian in person and then come Sunday morning Ian will be setting off at 9am from Meridien Marinas Abel Point Marina from the main pontoon in the new marina section.

For those seeking a view of the start from land, the best place will be on the Yacht club balcony as the World Speed Sailing Record Council official start line will include the flagstaff on the balcony.

The first day of sailing for Ian is vitally important as he has 65nm to be outside the Great Barrier Reef and he hopes to do this before it gets dark just for safety sake. With the predicted 15-20 knots, Ian believes he can average the right speed to do this by 5pm and then will set up for an evening sail in the open ocean.

Commenting on the pending departure Ian said, 'It is really exciting now to be so close. I just want to go and get down to the sailing part. I'm a bit over the preparation side of things and just want to go sailing and enjoy this beautiful craft once again. In the Brisbane to Gladstone it sailed so well and I had a grin from ear to ear so after 50 days I wonder if that grin will still be as big!'

For more details on the SOS Ocean Racing Campaign visit www.sosoceanracing.com

Harken AUS HL Snatch Block FOOTERSOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomMusto AUS 2017 FOOTER Footwear

Related Articles

Oma – Named Peril - Forewarned is Forearmed!
Her trajectory is not clear, but is important to utilise the knowledge of the past, and prepare now Her name is Tropical Cyclone Oma. Her trajectory is not certain by any means, but is important to utilise the knowledge of the past, and prepare now, whilst there is still ample, usable time.
Posted today at 4:02 am
Entries open for Helly Hansen Women's Challenge
MYC invites all female sailors around Australia For the past 24 years Manly Yacht Club Women's Challenge has had a commitment to encourage, excite and support Women in sailing at every level of experience.
Posted today at 1:10 am
2019 Teakle Classic Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race
Slow going in traditional Lincoln Week long race It is one of the most picturesque days on the South Australian sailing calendar, however yesterday's Teakle Classic Lincoln Week Regatta 'long race' was slow going in light conditions for the four divisions.
Posted on 19 Feb
Royal Perth Yacht Club - Dinghy updates
The club's Open Day was a huge success The Royal Perth Yacht Club Open Day was a huge success not just for the number of people who visited but also the fantastic atmosphere that was generated.
Posted on 19 Feb
GGR 2018, SailGP's debut and the Caribbean 600
We modern humans live soft lives compared to the Golden Globe Race skippers We modern humans live soft lives compared to the skippers participating in the Golden Globe Race 2018.
Posted on 19 Feb
J/24s at the Festival of Sails
151st Geelong regatta boasted 300 entries across all the classes The longest continuous sporting event in Australia is the Australia Day Regatta in the Geelong Victoria. This year the 151st regatta boasted 300 entries from the Grand Prix TP52 Sydney to Hobart winners, to possibly the smallest boats, our J24's.
Posted on 19 Feb
RORC Caribbean 60 day 2
Multi70 Maserati and MOD70 Argo have been ripping up the race track Maserati, skippered by Giovanni Soldini led at Guadeloupe by 12 miles, but in terms of time, that is less than 30 minutes ahead of Jason Carroll's Argo. The two rocket ships are expected to finish the race around sundown today.
Posted on 19 Feb
Event No.12 joining Match Race Super League 2019
12 events worldwide in 10 countries on four continents The Match Race Super League is proud to announce that the AIRCALIN Match Race in Noumea (NCL) will be the sixth event of the 2019 season, making it to 12 events worldwide in 10 countries on four continents.
Posted on 19 Feb
Dart 18 Worlds day 3
Three days of excellent sailing so far "I'm in Paradise" said Nicola. This is no surprise as the sun shone all day with winds building to 17 knots of wind and she and her skipper Herve Le Maux had just had their best performance of the competition.
Posted on 19 Feb
Am Cup teams check out canting AC75 foil
a first hint of the real scale of the AC75 boats has been given to each challenger representative Less than a year since the Class Rule publication, a first hint of the real scale of the AC75 boats has been given to each challenger representative during a number of visits to Auckland to witness the one design foil cant system (FCS) in action.
Posted on 19 Feb