Please select your home edition
Edition
Hyde Sails 2022 One Design LEADERBOARD

Save Our Seas Ocean Racing uses B2G as warm up

by SOS Ocean Racing on 7 Mar 2010
Ian Thompson - Save our Seas Ocean Racing Save Our Seas - Ocean Racing http://www.sosoceanracing.com/
Save our Seas Ocean Racing is preparing to set off to break the world record for sailing solo non stop around Australia. Departing in May from Airlie Beach, skipper Ian Thomson, is using the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race as a trial for his new boat and also to gain additional coverage for his campaign.

Ian set up Save Our Seas Ocean Racing to raise awareness for the damage plastic bags are doing to our environment. Statistics on his website state that Australian's use 6.9 billion plastic bags a year, 36,700 tonnes of bags go into our landfill every year and they kill in excess of 100,000 marine mammals. His campaign is simply to raise awareness and then he will campaign local, state and federal governments to make changes to current regulations including a total ban on non-biodegradable bags like South Australia have.

Ian's Welbourn 12m has raced in the last 3 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht races fully crewed and Ian has sailed in the last 5 races on e11even, Too Impetuous and Identity Crisis. However this year he is going solo. Rather than race against the fleet, which would be against race regulations, Ian has been granted permission by race directors to sail from the start line 15 minutes prior to the main fleet. This 15 minute head start will give the campaign and it's sponsors priceless exposure and keep them out of the way of the bashing and crashing typically seen on the Brisbane to Gladstone Start line.

Ian stated 'It is with great thanks to the race directors that I can sail off the start line 15 minutes early. I wanted to sail alongside the fleet to see how I was going for pace as sailing alone won't give me a guide. To sail against the fleet and hopefully stay up with the other 40 footers for most of the race will be great. I will probably be a bit slow out of the bay as the challenges of solo sailing in confined spaces mean you have to do things slowly, however once out in the ocean I will be pushing hard to stay with the fleet. It will be the perfect warm up for the record attempt in May when I am planning to break the world record for sailing solo non-stop around Australia'

Ian plans to break the record set by David Beard of 68 days, 8 hours and 30 minutes. Ian has set a goal to break 50 days stating 'There are other challenges for this record coming in the 2011 so I need to set a time that they can't break.'

www.sosoceanracing.com
Rolly Tasker Sails 2019 728x90 Footer38 South - Sun Fast 3300 - FOOTER - Sept2021Sail Racing 2021 FOOTER

Related Articles

Art on the Water
It is hard not to marvel at the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez photos With Act 1 of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2022 now concluded, it was hard not to marvel at the photos coming through from the event. The exceptional photographer Ingrid Abery sent through her shots, which looked like classical paintings.
Posted today at 7:00 pm
Rhum Multi, Rhum Mono fleets rekindle history
It is these core classes which feature many of the real adventurers and amateur solo skippers The 30 skippers in the Rhum Mono and Rhum Multi categories who are due to compete in the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe 2022 are preparing to set off on the famous solo course across the Atlantic.
Posted today at 3:32 pm
Ports for the 2023 Ocean Globe Race confirmed
Setting a historic track in the spirit of the original Whitbread Race Sir Francis Chichester made his groundbreaking one stop solo circumnavigation in 1967 chasing the original clipper ship sailing times around the world. That led to the first ever around the world yacht race in 1968 called the Sunday Times Golden Globe.
Posted today at 3:22 pm
Cup Critiqued: The twin Universes of AC75 & AC40
First look at Barcelona as a venue .. Youth and Womens Worlds .. Cup budget cap? Over the past week, we have gazed into the twin universes of the AC75 and AC40. The AC75 insight was more one of getting a first look at Barcelona as a venue. The jury is still out on the AC40 - but so far it looks very good indeed.
Posted today at 12:30 pm
Alinghi Red Bull Racing goes flying in Barcelona
The results of the first few days of sailing have been very positive The Swiss challenger for the America's Cup has been putting its AC75 training boat BoatZero – bought from Emirates Team New Zealand earlier this year – through its paces in Barcelona.
Posted today at 11:16 am
Moroz aims to 'go into sixth' at the Worlds
She is "riding with Paris 2024 in my mind and Cagliari in my heart" The five-time Formule Kite world champion arrived over a week ago in the Sardinian capital to become familiar with the sea and the winds, in view of the Sardinia Grand Slam.
Posted today at 11:14 am
Australian Sailing Awards finalists announced
Clubs and volunteers to be recognised, as well as Olympians The finalists of the 2022 Australian Sailing Awards have been announced, with clubs, volunteers and Australian Sailing Team stars all in the running for recognition at the nation's peak sailing awards.
Posted today at 11:12 am
Under the stars, a navigation challenge
A fleet of 15 entrants sailed all night in the ORCV Overnight Challenge Last weekend a fleet of 15 entrants sailed all night in the ORCV Overnight Challenge on Port Phillip Bay. "A race that offered a bit of everything, in perfect conditions" commented Andrew Neeson, skipper of Runnalls 39 "Jaffa and overall winner.
Posted today at 8:53 am
MYRI 2022: Five days left to submit your image
The deadline for submitting your photo is 9 October at 11:59 PM (GMT) The deadline for entering the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award and submitting your photo is 9 October at 11:59 PM (GMT).
Posted today at 8:51 am
Record line-up at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez
'Maxi week' gets underway today for the fleet 'Maxi week' at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez gets under way today for the record-size fleet of 46 yachts.
Posted today at 6:38 am