Please select your home edition
Edition
Hyde Sails 2017 Dinghy Show

Heatwave hammers Queensland for a sweltering SuperFoiler Grand Prix Gold Coast build-up

by Nick Vindin 13 Feb 2018 22:29 PST 16-18 February 2018
Glenn Ashby at the Geelong SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018 © Andrea Francolini

It has been a hot and steamy Valentine's Day for the SuperFoiler team in Queensland after the Australian east coast was gripped by a heatwave.

It made for a horrific build in sweltering 32 degree temperatures as the shore teams and world class sailors prepare to assemble the superfast machines they will race on in the Gold Coast this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"Some of the extreme conditions we have had it feels like we have just come out of a swimming pool it is that humid," said Kleenmaid Skipper and Olympic Silver medallist Olivia Price, "We are going to try and get as much done as we can today because this heat is just killing us all. We are going to try and drink as much water as we can and get in the shade when we can too."

For tech2 skipper Luke Parkinson who drove 1,800 kilometres to transport spare parts from Geelong to the Gold Coast – it was a bracing welcome to the beach-lined state.

"It is smoking hot, everyone is going to have the big floppy hats on, long shirts and lots of sunscreen each week," said the Volvo Ocean Race winner, "We are hoping to build on last week. Here is a completely different race track, a lot of different things will play their part. We are looking forward to it."

For Record Point's Phil Robertson, the Gold Coast was 31 degrees hotter than his home base in Gothenburg in Sweden today, so he was understandably also feeling the heat.

"The key is going to be staying hydrated because it takes a couple of days to catch up once you have gone the wrong side of that scale so you have to make sure you are drinking lots of water and electrolytes and stay out of the sun as much as you can," said the World Match Racing Champion.

Euroflex leads the SuperFoiler Grand Prix series (12 points) ahead of Pavement (9), tech2 (6), iD Intranet (6), Record Point (5) and Kleenmaid (5).

Queensland's Gold Coast is scheduled to host nine races from Friday – Sunday with live streaming on www.superfoiler.com as well as on the Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com homepages.

Related Articles

Shredded Cabbage
It's a handy ingredient for dim sims, coleslaw, burritos, soups, and a bunch of other dishes It's a handy ingredient for dim sims, coleslaw, burritos, soups, and a bunch of other dishes. It is not so flash when it comes to ocean racing, however. Sail makers often refer to them as CVDs, or Commercially Viable Days... Posted on 10 Nov
SuperFoilers are on the water again
Well at least one of them anyway... Well at least one of them anyway... That leaves six and half in a shed somewhere, possibly at Innovation Composites in Nowra. This vision, and these stills come from Lake Macquarie. Posted on 1 Nov
Disparate deviations
Previously I had used ‘Miscellaneous Ramblings', so that put paid to that notion Previously I had used ‘Miscellaneous Ramblings', so that put paid to that notion. This here collective is to be officially known by this new title. And what a congregation we have for you today… Posted on 27 Oct
Well I'll be…
You had to think the Laser was going to have more than an uphill battle to be in the 2024 Games When their infighting took hold, you had to think the Laser was going to have more than an uphill battle to be in the Paris 2024 Games. In what is clearly good news for Australia, the equipment is set to remain... Posted on 11 Aug
Where's Wally?
I do not know, and I was just considering that he might actually be easier to find… I do not know, and I was just considering that he might actually be easier to find… At any rate, the real question at hand here, is where are the SuperFoilers? The SuperFoilers got off and flying magnificently, albeit with the help of a few JATO bottles.. Posted on 4 Aug
America's Cup sailors win big at Foiling Awards
The evening was opportunity for Foiling Week to launch the Projects S.A.S. The foiling awards 2018 ceremony was held on February 11th in a location where the history of foiling was hovering directly above the crowd: the majestic Luna Rossa AC72 from San Francisco cup edition was in fact just meters away Posted on 13 Feb
Foiling Week presents Foiling Awards, SAS Project
Two new projects and prize giving ceremony in Milan Max Sirena, Team Director and Skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, will endorse the "S.A.S." project that Foiling Week™ will launch during the events. Posted on 5 Feb
Foiling Week in Sydney for second time this year
One week to the beginning of the last 2018 Foiling Week event It is the second down-under Foiling Week, foiling is "on trend" with sailing, surfing, sup, kiteboarding and windsurfing. Foiling has added an exciting new dimension to each these water sports. Posted on 4 Dec 2018
The morning after
The party the night before The party the night before. Well there's the clean up. Also the breakfast of questionable nutritional benefit. The sore head. The dubious text messages coming in, and glares from the neighbours. Well, that's what happens normally... Posted on 3 Apr 2018
Euroflex wins SuperFoiler Grand Prix Series
The final round of the five regatta series was held in Sydney over the weekend The final round of the five regatta series was held in Sydney over the weekend with Euroflex taking out the regatta, as well as the series and winning the inaugural Ben Lexcen Trophy. Posted on 26 Mar 2018
RS Sailing 2019 - FooterZhik ATR Aroshell SW FOOTERPandB 2019 Autumn Sale - Footer