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There's a place called Hobart - Sail-World.com Australia Newsletter

22/11/2020


There's a place called Hobart

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Comanche made the final dash to the Rolex Sydney Hobart finish line contending with fickle breeze ahead of the other four super maxis. - photo © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi


Dear Recipient Name

It's pretty special all year round. Hobart is also a marvellous springboard from which to leap into history, culinary delights, nature's gifts of both flora and fauna, all manner of beverages, trails, bushwalking, and nearly anything you can come up with. Yet it is about now that it gets the ocean racers all fired up, even though there can be a mixed feelings depending on recent successes, or not...

Evidently, the green light for the Sydney to Hobart race has not only buoyed the sailors, but the industry too. International Rope Braid, who have said they are the only rope manufacturer in Australia, are very busy at the moment producing a variety of rope and cordage for the Sydney to Hobart yachts.

Hartbreaker arrived into Hobart yesterday afternoon with the second surge of yachts in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart. - photo © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Hartbreaker arrived into Hobart yesterday afternoon with the second surge of yachts in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart. - photo © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

Sad and curious tale

Our Managing Editor, Mark Jardine, and I have been all over the developments in the short-handed world this year, and Mark's editorial, Double Trouble? certainly highlighted the potential storm that eventually arrived after the closure of entries for this year's Hobart.

We are clear that autopilots are just another tool in the arsenal of electronic and mechanical aids for sailors, and that sailing isn't just helming - far from it! At any rate, the two protests resulting from the two-handers being removed from contention for the Tattersall's Cup in 2020 will be heard by an International Jury on Thursday, November 26.

 
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Giddy Up! Beam reach and the A-Bag on the J/99 - photo © J Composites
Giddy Up! Beam reach and the A-Bag on the J/99 - photo © J Composites

The theory is that the CYCA's unwritten Rule 52 LOA cannot hold sway over the real Rule 52, which is pretty clear. So anyway, let's hope it all ends happily, and the fleet can go out at full strength come Boxing Day. It really would be wonderful to see one whole third of the 100-boat fleet as two up, and really show the international audience that will mostly be in lockdown just how well it is received, and what 2024 will offer.

On a brighter note, in my last editorial we talked about the short-handed sailing expo that the Royal Prince Alfred YC hosted on Saturday just passed. It went off really well, was very positive, and all guest speakers, like Lee Condell of Performance Boating, reported fielding good questions from the attentive and enthusiastic audience. Ray Entwhistle from J/Boats had a J/88 (their Olympic hopeful) and J/99 on display, there was a Jeanneau Sun Fast 3200, and a Beneteau First 27 from Flagstaff Marine for all the attendees to scour over, and evaluate.

 
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Celebrating their overall win in the IRC Two-Handed Championship - Dee Caffari and James Harayda on their Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo - RORC IRC National Championships 2020 - photo © Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com
Celebrating their overall win in the IRC Two-Handed Championship - Dee Caffari and James Harayda on their Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo - RORC IRC National Championships 2020 - photo © Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com

Pondered, but not to be

Potentially, the opening of borders inside Australia proffered the chance for the famous Westcoaster to get a last minute reprieve, which would have proven to be a real boon for the burgeoning two-hander fleet. Alas, it is not to be, with the ORCV not able to hold their race to Hobart, as we announced in Decloaking Klingon Bird of Prey to Port.

New Commodore, Grant Dunnon, commented before heading off to sail in their Sprint Series, which actually ended up a bit more of a driftathon, "The ORCV remains committed to the double-handed fleet. With Victoria and Tasmania's borders set to open on November 27, we're now focused on getting Australia's oldest ocean race, the Rudder Cup from Melbourne to Devonport up and running."

 
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The impressive Rudder Cup - M2L - photo © John Curnow
The impressive Rudder Cup - M2L - photo © John Curnow

"The ORCV created a new division 4+ autopilot. This has allowed boats that struggled to get crew to safely participate and reduce fatigue. This initiative has proven to be a blessing in times of COVID-19."

"The ORCV treats all divisions equally for the overall placing, and rather than mandate one handicap system over another, we normally use the one that has the most entrants - we let the fleet decide!"

The ORCV has had a longstanding and pioneering role in advancing shorthanded sailing from Australia's longest ocean race, the 5500nm Melbourne to Osaka, to the shortest with our 55nm Coastal Sprints in Bass Strait, which were new last season and help to develop the next racing group."

 
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Grant Dunoon and Sue Bumstead on Blue Water Tracks - Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race 2018 - photo © Ian MacWilliams
Grant Dunoon and Sue Bumstead on Blue Water Tracks - Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race 2018 - photo © Ian MacWilliams

"We pride ourselves on the role we play in developing the sport, not just in the different categories of shorthanded sailing, but also in facilitating change that remove obstacles to entry for many boats."

One man and a lifelong passion for the water

Maritimo, which was formerly Sy Kleinman's ultra-famous Schumacher 54 SwiftsureII, has had a major birthday since arriving at Boat Masters in Hope Harbour on the Gold Coast. It is very fitting that she goes to a new home that will give her as much love as her original.

USA 16 Swiftsure Schumacher 54 Sy Kleinman USA StFYC - Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 4, September 18, 2016 - photo © Rolex/Daniel Forster/Rolex Big Boat Series http//:www.rolexbigboatseries.com
USA 16 Swiftsure Schumacher 54 Sy Kleinman USA StFYC - Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 4, September 18, 2016 - photo © Rolex/Daniel Forster/Rolex Big Boat Series http//:www.rolexbigboatseries.com

Now whilst Maritimo may not have had as an extensive a refit in the same Maritimo facility as Katwinchar that won the veterans division in last year's Hobart, equally, she has not take two and a half years to pop out of the shed, either. Since arriving by ship from San Diego in June it has been all go, go, go, with Kendal Barry-Cotter and Sailing Master Michael Spies overseeing work. The cruiser/racer has a new carbon stick and now sports a prodder as part of her mods and updates.

 
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Bill Barry-Cotter AM is going to Hobart this year aboard the vessel, along with his brother and the crew, and by all accounts, BBC is "...looking forward to being out there with my brother - just like old times." 1976 was their last Hobart together, as it turns out.

The great man, Bill Barry-Cotter, and his new Maritimo X50 - photo © John Curnow
The great man, Bill Barry-Cotter, and his new Maritimo X50 - photo © John Curnow

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, will farewell the city's only entry in this year's race this Friday, in a grand affair down the Coomera River and out the Seaway as part of a mass armada including a plethora the Motor Yachts the company builds.

Acca Dacca

You've been Thunderstruck. The Botin 80 that started life as Karl Kwok's Beau Geste is making her way to Oz on her own bum for this year's race. Her skipper is Grant Wharington, who knows a lot about driving a boat hard in the ocean, and won the race that captivates a nation with Wild Thing back in 2003. Also part of the ownership mix is the very skilled sailor, Paul Hayes.

So can she be sailed to her numbers? Well they are certainly qualified, and have a handy bag of tricks. There was also plenty of gear that came with it, like two container loads. You might also wonder if it will it get cut and shut after this year's race? Just saying...

 
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2017 Sydney Hobart Yacht race and Beau Geste makes for landfall as the day ends in Tasmania. - photo © RichardBennett
2017 Sydney Hobart Yacht race and Beau Geste makes for landfall as the day ends in Tasmania. - photo © RichardBennett

At any rate, we'll take any chance to use this image from our very special friend, the total master that is Richard Bennett, who no doubt will be at Mures once more by the time the boats arrive. Go see him and the family for keepsake images of your vessel.

The wind and the Willos

It seems like yesterday that part of one of Victoria's most famous ever band of sailors, GA, passed away. We now learn that the Bus indeed had two more stops planned, and they both happened this month. John 'Willo' Williams and wife Yvonne have both gone to run effortlessly under kite in the tropics for evermore.

 
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John Williams (right) was awarded the Boss Hog Trophy by Neil Newton - Airlie Beach Race Week - photo © Vampp Photography
John Williams (right) was awarded the Boss Hog Trophy by Neil Newton - Airlie Beach Race Week - photo © Vampp Photography

I remember seeing GA and Margaret, Willo and Yvonne at Cleopatra's Baths in Turkey at least 15+ years ago. Whilst GA and Willo were known for racing, they loved to cruise too, and their friendship is evidenced by them taking holidays like the one I mention here. Happy, helpful, endearing and funny - different men, but very similar qualities, dispositions, and outlooks.

The Williams' offspring, Pete, Bruce, and Elizabeth all sail, and will have no end of wonderful memories with which to honour their parents. Best to you all...

 
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The Bus was as regular a starter and finisher in many an ocean race, and was comparable with the Japanese Rail Group in that regard... - photo © Photo supplied
The Bus was as regular a starter and finisher in many an ocean race, and was comparable with the Japanese Rail Group in that regard... - photo © Photo supplied

Tears could turn to joy?

Well back then I was sad to learn that the F50s would not be whizzing about Sydney Harbour this Summer. The chance to see the big 24m rigs and new high lift foils had me all fired up. Then came the tears. However, it would not surprise me if SailGP started in Sydney or Auckland in April 2021. We should hear this week if us Antipodeans can expect to have the F50s duke it out once more before our eyes. Oh the joy...

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John Curnow
Editor, Sail-World AUS

 
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