Please select your home edition
Edition
Nanni Diesel 2019 Leaderboard

USA vs Australia showdown ahead of Hobart race

by Lisa Ratcliff on 15 Dec 2007
Rosebud racing in Sydney Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com

Just one point separates Fort Lauderdale’s Roger Sturgeon’s Rosebud and Geoff Ross’ Yendys heading into tomorrow’s final day of racing in the Rolex Trophy.

The Farr design STP65 Rosebud’s back to back wins today have put them a whisker in front of the Reichel-Pugh 55 Yendys but as Ross reminded everyone this afternoon…'it’s not over til the fat lady sings'.


Rosebud’s principal helmsman Jack Halterman from Santa Cruz Yacht Club is thoroughly enjoying the tussle with local boat Yendys.

'It makes great sailing; it wouldn’t be fun if we weren’t being pushed. Essentially we are still tied after three days of racing,' said Halterman.

'I’m a competition addict, I love getting out and facing up with the boys,' Halterman added after the crew had debriefed by sitting on the marina using a rubber thong to represent the boat and a beer bottle to represent a course mark.

Halterman is also excited about his debut Rolex Sydney Hobart in 11 days time. 'When you get to my age, you have to do the Rolex Sydney Hobart while you can,' laughed the 56 year old.

Unchallenged for line honours, Bob Oatley’s 30m maxi Wild Oats XI scored its best handicap result so far in the series, picking up a third in division on the last race of the day which was sailed in a 15 knot nor’ easterly sea breeze.

Rosebud is leading the IRC division 0/1 pointscore on 7 points; Yendys is on 8 points with a large gap back to Steve David’s Wild Joe in third on 17 points.

Alan Whiteley’s TP52 Cougar II joined the division 0/1 fleet today for a final pre-Rolex Sydney Hobart shakedown before the crew returns to Melbourne to await the call-up on Christmas day once the turkey and pudding has all but disappeared.

The state of Victoria is well represented in this lead up regatta by the likes of Cougar II, Rob Hanna’s Rogers 46 Shogun, Michael Hiatt’s Cookson 50 Living Doll and Bruce Taylor’s Chutzpah which is sailing with famed Victorian yachtsman Ian ‘Barney’ Walker as tactician.

In only the boat’s second regatta, the crew of Chutzpah is still settling into the brand new Caprice 40 but they can see plenty of potential once the boat is let loose in open waters.

PRO Denis Thompson used the Manly Circle course area today, giving beachgoers on one of Sydney’s most famous stretches of sand a view of some of the Rolex Sydney Hobart handicap contenders going through their paces.

New Zealand BMW Oracle tactician Gavin Brady, who along with owner Alan Brierty is calling tactics on the leading division 2 boat, the Corby 49 Limit, compared today’s course to sailing in Hawaii.

'Like Hawaii, today was about being the first to tack off the beach. It was a ‘must go left’ race course that really suited the big boats,' Brady said.

'We are battling it out with The Philosopher’s Club which is 13 feet shorter and after more than an hour’s racing, it’s coming down to just seconds between us… which is the difference between one good gybe or one good mark rounding and shows that IRC is working'.

Brierty has applied plenty of pressure to have the high profile Brady join his Rolex Sydney Hobart race crew but the America’s Cup sailor is sticking to the deal he has struck with his wife to race to Hobart every second year.

With their worst result dropped, Limit, on six points, is leading The Philosopher’s Club in division 2 pointscore by three points with Stephen Ellis’ Splash Gordon third on 13 points.
Sail Exchange FOOTER 1Festival of Sails 2020 GIF - FOOTERRaymarine AUS ClearCruise AR FOOTER

Related Articles

18ft Skiff Supercup on Sydney Harbour
Eight former JJ Giltinan champions and other top 'guest' skippers race The Australian 18 Footers League conducted the second 'Supercup' on Sydney harbour this evening when they invited eight former JJ Giltinan (world) champions as well as several other top names from the world of 18ft Skiff Racing to become guest skippers.
Posted today at 10:45 am
Scott to take on world's best at Finn Gold Cup
It will be the first world championships he's competed in since taking gold at the Rio Olympics Olympic champion Giles Scott says he's got one eye on the 2019 Finn world title and the other on Tokyo 2020 as he returns to action next week.
Posted today at 10:24 am
2019 Finn Gold Cup opens in Melbourne
More than 60 Finn sailors from 22 nations have gathered in Melbourne The 2019 Finn Gold Cup was officially opened by John Bertrand AO at Friday evening's opening ceremony at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne, Australia.
Posted today at 9:17 am
Part 2 of mini-series on MM597 superyacht build
Second part of mini series on Malcolm McKeon MM597 super yacht build is released In the second installment, Paul MacDonald explains how Southern Spars is the only mast builder in the world that can provide a fully integrated package to projects such as the MM597 by using its proprietary software MemBrain.
Posted today at 9:14 am
The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2019: Part 1
Quite a few surprises and interlopers in this elite group of stories... Following on from last year's round-up of the Top 10 big stories in the sailing world, Mark Jardine shares the most-read stories in 2019 from Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com.
Posted today at 8:00 am
Australia's Finn sailors aiming for Tokyo 2020
World's best in Melbourne for Pre-Tokyo show down at 2019 Finn Gold Cup and Tokyo Oceania Qualifier The world's best Olympic Finn sailors have arrived in Melbourne for the 2019 Finn Gold Cup, the world championships of the Olympic Finn Class, with racing starting on Port Phillip on Monday (16-21 December 2019).
Posted today at 5:27 am
How to be debris free in Rolex Sydney Hobart
Can you be debris free when you go yacht racing? Can you be debris free when you go yacht racing? Well of course you can, however the aim of this article to is give you ideas on how to reduce your debris when you go racing or even cruising.
Posted today at 4:36 am
RSHYR - Hobart Village set to entertain
Hobart Village has something for everyone! The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hobart Village, proudly supported by TasPorts and located on Constitution Dock, has something for everyone!
Posted today at 2:59 am
2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds - Preview panel
Sailors primed and ready for a big week of racing With the stage set for the start of the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds today, sailors are now primed and ready for a big week of racing that will see a new Moth World Champion crowned at the Mounts Bay Sailing Club in Perth.
Posted today at 12:54 am
The Future of Sailing webinars: Volunteering
Revealing Reality give a fascinating insight into what motivates volunteers In this fifth webinar, Revealing Reality give a fascinating insight into what motivates volunteers to help at your sailing club, looking into the motivations of Sport, Self Improvement, Social and Community.
Posted on 12 Dec