Please select your home edition
Edition
P&B 2019 - Leaderboard

Western Australian Offshore Race Officer requests faster RIB

by Laurie Flynne on 22 Sep 2010
The hot new Bakewell-White 37 "General Lee" blasts out to Rottnest Island. - George Law Foundation Ocean Race Bernie Kaaks - copyright

The spectacular WA Offshore debut of Paul Eldrid and Scott Disley's hot new Bakewell-White 37 'General Lee' in Saturday's season opener, the 42nm George Law Foundation Race, led Race Officer Trevor Milton to request a faster RIB for future offshore races.


'We just couldn't keep up when The General cracked their kite', lamented Trevor after the race. 'That yacht had a top speed of more than 32 knots in the Auckland to Fiji race- we need a much faster RIB.'

An impressive total of forty-six yachts entered the event, which was conducted in an ideal 15-20 knot easterly which flicked south-east at about midday.

In Offshore Division One, the big-boat battle between the three Marten 49s 'Optimus Prime', 'Charlotte' and 'Sue Sea', the Farr 49 'Knee Deep' and the Farr 47 'Sled' was over-shadowed by the exciting off-wind display from the smaller and lighter RFBYC trio of 'General Lee', 'The Next Factor' and 'Al Fresco'. The threesome hung in for the upwind legs to take the IRC places in that order, with line honours winner 'Optimus Prime' and 'Sled' recording a rare IRC dead-heat for fourth.

'General Lee' scored the double, taking first under the performance-based YAH handicap system, with 'Al Fresco' and 'Sled' taking the minor placings. 'General Lee' owners Eldrid and Disley were over the moon with their yacht's debut, especially after the massive effort of building the yacht in Auckland, racing her to Fiji and then bringing her to Perth by ship. 'Sled' skipper Tony Mitchell also had a big grin after his modified all-carbon racer showed big up-wind performance gains from her new keel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2CccHMHYmM&feature=player_embedded#!Click_here to see the video of General Lee at pace

Offshore Division Two featured an epic six-and-a-half hour battle for line honours between former dual Siska Trophy winner Luke Rees sailing 'Stormrider' and Greg Reynolds Mandurah-based flyer 'Without Fear'. Despite blowing out his biggest spinnaker, Reynolds grabbed the honours by a mere 23 seconds, but it was Kevin Brownie's competitive 'Total Recall' (S97), finishing only four minutes behind the lead pair, that earned a large and well-deserved victory under IRC. Simon Torvldson's 'Blondie', an S&S34 constructed of carbon fibre but qualifying for a 1950's design age allowance, again proved difficult to beat under IRC, taking second place, by 1 ½ minutes from 'Without Fear'. Under YAH, it was 'Total Recall' first, 'Without Fear' second and 'Stormrider' and 'Intension' equal third, making it a good day for WA designed and built Swarbrick yachts.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
The newly-created Coastal Cup, for non-IRC yachts meeting safety category 4, attracted five entries, including 'Baby Star', a Spirit 28 sailed by George Law's widow, Isabel Aujoulet-Law. Dominic Papaluca's 'Kiwi Express' (Whiting 32) took first place, Paul Arns' new yacht 'No Rehearsal' second and 'Baby Star' a popular third. Rounding out the fleet were 'Anastasia' (Beneteau Oceanis 33) and 'Double Vision' (Cole 32). Organisers are expecting growth in this tier of offshore racing, which suits cruiser-racer style yachts of all sizes and is akin to the 'cruising' divisions at major regattas.

The three entries in the Double-Handed division, competing for the Perie Banou Trophy, were WA sailing legend John Holder, sailing 'Plus 16' (Farr 38), Stephen Keay's Busselton yacht 'Mean Feat' and Les Middleditch's Beneteau 36.7 'Raya'. The wily Holder took the honours from Middleditch under IRC, but the order was reversed under YAH, with 'Mean Feat' third. Although the starting numbers for this fleet are modest, overseas evidence suggests that double-handed sailing will be a strong growth area for ocean and coastal racing, as confirmed by FSC's well-supported Terry Fisher Series.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
WA Offshore Racing now takes a short recess to allow sailors to participate in their (and other) club's opening day festivities during October. This courtesy has been honoured by many clubs programming their fixtures to allow members to compete in both meaningful offshore and club seasons. The next races on the calendar are the 42nd Geraldton Classic for the Blue Water Fleet on Friday 22nd October, and the Cape Vlamingh Race for the Offshore, Coastal and Double-Handed Fleets on Saturday 23rd October.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
RS Sailing BOTTOMMelges IC37 2019 FooterZhik 2018 Hyeres 728x90 BOTTOM

Related Articles

Laser Europeans at Porto day 4
Burton remains top of the open rankings After eight races completed, Australian Olympic champion Tom Burton remains in first place in the Laser Standard category, followed by British and best European Lorenzo Chiavarini.
Posted today at 8:35 am
New in Genoa Sail Furling
Facnor LS/LX/RX available at upffront.com We've said it before, and we'll say it again: here at Upffront we are passionate about lighter, faster and safer sailing. As a result, we are constantly searching for performance orientated solutions that will optimise sailing for all.
Posted today at 8:00 am
RS Aeros at Orthodocks YC Prague Regatta
Along with RS Teras and RS Vareos in the Czech Republic The venue is famous more for its beautiful views of Prague than perfect conditions for racing! They took care of us even on the shore outside the racing time with snacks and the wonderful grill.
Posted today at 7:01 am
Medemblik Regatta Nautical Festival day 3
Olympic future of windfoil surfing tested at the Medemblik Regatta The third day of the Medemblik Regatta had all the ingredients for a happy day of sailing. Nice wind conditions, lots of sun and exciting racing. A perfect day to start two new classes at the regatta
Posted today at 6:39 am
First Yacht 53: 17 metres of sheer sensation
Set to make her preliminary series of tacks early this autumn Benefiting from the "First" legacy of 40 years at sea, the eagerly awaited First Yacht 53 will make her preliminary series of tacks early this autumn. The First Yacht 53 is a high-end sailing yacht marrying luxury and performance
Posted today at 5:21 am
Star Western Hemisphere Championship day 2
A slow start in San Diego It's been a slow start for the Star Western Hemisphere Championship as unfavorable conditions swept through San Diego yesterday, postponing the start of the regatta due to high wind and seas.
Posted today at 4:19 am
One Ocean SAILING Champions League day 1
Perfect weather for the first day in Porto Cervo The One Ocean SAILING Champions League got off to a perfect start with optimal weather conditions that allowed 12 races to be held, completing 4 of the 15 flights scheduled.
Posted today at 4:11 am
Azzurra wins a race then suffers
Light and dark at Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week Azzurra light and dark: after winning today's first race she dropped back in the day's second and third races and is now second overall in the provisional results at the Menorca 52 Super Series.
Posted on 23 May
Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 3
A tight fit at the top: one point separates top three On an uncompromising, very much one-sided race course off Mahón, Quantum Racing proved the top scoring boat at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week to take the overall lead at the first circuit regatta of 2019 by one single point.
Posted on 23 May
Normandy Channel Race day 5
The god of the winds, Aeolus, has made his big comeback There is absolutely no comparison between today's conditions out on the racetrack in the Normandy Channel Race and those of yesterday. Aeolus has made his big comeback, dishing out a 6/8-knot W'ly wind across the northern sector of the Celtic Sea.
Posted on 23 May