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Bunbury Return Ocean Race 2015
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Written by RFBYC   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Race record safe for another year in the 67th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race

The Farrawa Cup Series concluded with the 67th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race over the weekend of 17-18 January. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club is proud to host the annual event, WA’s oldest blue water event. The 169 nautical mile race is rewarding and challenging and a highlight of the WA offshore season.

A hot day was forecast for Saturday as yachts started north of Fremantle Harbour in a steady 12 knot wind. They looked spectacular off the line and it was a close contest around the day buoy located off Port Beach. Spinnakers flew and the fleet did their best to get around the western beacon and turn south before the wind began to fade. 

Line Honours & IRC Winner, Calm

Spectators had the luxury of watching the race online; all yachts carried tracking devices. The race has come a long way since the days of plane surveillance. In the mid 1960’s considerable media attention meant progress reports were sought after. RFBYC then approached Club member Tally Hobbs who had acquired his pilot’s licence. Accompanied by a spotter, he would fly over the scattered fleet and provide updates both for spectators and safety. This continued until the 1980’s when ship to shore radio’s were enforced.

After sailing in a light shore breeze for a couple of hours, the wind soon turned and increased. Competitors enjoyed the race down to the turning mark boat in Bunbury Harbour. TP52 Calm was the first there but had to get a move on to get back and beat the race record of 18hrs, 57min, 18sec.

 

The Fleet

There was an amazing sunset that evening as most of the yachts approached the turning point. Although beautiful, it looked like the night would bring light winds. Thankfully the sky soon cleared and brought a stronger south westerly wind which was picked up by the bigger boats who had headed further offshore.

Skipper of Calm, Andrew Harry, commented “We made a plan before the race and stuck to it but with light winds, we didn’t think we’d have a chance at the record. We got to Garden Island and realised we were back in with a chance. We thought we would get close, within minutes, but as we headed back in to the coast the wind shut down and even went north east for a while.” The team finished in 20hrs, 34min, 8sec.

 

MEII

For those who hugged the shore on the way back north, most waited in very little wind during the night.

There was a good competition between the two GP 42’s who raced within sight all the way to the end. Black Betty had fallen behind but picked up some stronger wind further out to sea and caught up to Dirty Deeds near the southern end of Rottnest. Dirty Deeds gybed close in front when then, Black Betty picked up a cray pot. Gary McNally from Black Betty said, “Sailing in to the morning sun made it difficult to see the water and picking up the craypot really slowed us down. We had it caught on the keel and then another around the rudder too”

 

This Way Up goes for the kite at the day buoy

 On Dirty Deeds, their comment was that the gods must have seen them smiling at Black Betty’s misfortune so gave them a craypot to collect too. She managed to keep her lead to the finish with only 3 minutes between them after racing for just over 24 hours.

 

Al Fresco at the day buoy

The Double Handed division was won by Lamotrek. Overall IRC Division Two was won by Giddy Up with Blondie and This Way Up both very close behind, all finishing with a minute of each other on corrected time.

Being a bigger boat certainly had its advantages in this year’s race, they got through in the best of the wind. Overall and in Division One Calm managed a win a few minutes ahead of Dirty Deeds and then Black Betty.

It was a great event with many of the crews already keen to race again next year.

Thanks to RFBYC Offshore Media for the images  

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 January 2015 )
 
The Other Offshore
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Written by The Doctor   
Monday, 19 January 2015

While most people may have been watching the action offshore, there was also a glamour sail happeninbg on the river.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 January 2015 )
 
Schweppes Little Wheel Regatta Wrap
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Monday, 19 January 2015

SCHWEPPES LITTLE WHEEL TURNS TO SAM GILMOUR

Schweppes Little Wheel Regatta was set for a great showdown in the finals. A tight semi final between World No 14 Sam Gilmour and his younger brother Lachy required a third race decider to put Sam into the best-of-five final against 54th ranked Matt Jerwood, who finished on top of the leader board after a double round robin.

Sam Gilmour and his crew with the “Little Wheel”.

Weather on the Canning River was perfect. A shifty 15 knot south westerly made the BW8 yachts lively and often penalised heavily any skipper who elected to break away rather than cover to protect a lead.

Jerwood enjoyed a comfortable lead over Sam Gilmour on the approach to the final mark in match 4 of the finals

After two races with the score locked at one apiece, Jerwood infringed at the second rounding of the top mark, handing the race to Gilmour after leading to that point. A desperate Jerwood now needed to find another gear and in race four, pulled steadily away from Gilmour, keeping a tight cover on his every move and creating a buffer of some five boat lengths on reaching the top mark for the final time. The stage was set for a thrilling fifth match when it all unravelled.

It’s all over now! A joyous Gilmour streams past the hapless Jerwood boat.

Electing to hoist the spinnaker before the two boats crossed in opposite directions with Gilmour yet to round the mark, the usually reliable Jerwood crew hoisted with a wine glass. Jerwood was able to keep clear while the crew dropped the kite in preparation for a second attempt, with the boat now almost stationary. The twist had not been cleared for the re-hoist and a gleeful and almost unbelieving Gilmour breezed past to open up a six length lead before the Jerwood boat finally started to follow.

Reality check. Final score is 3 -1 to Gilmour.

The unlikely 3-1 victory was no indication of the closeness of the racing and it was an anti-climactic finish to what had been an exciting series which could have been won by any of the three top competitors.

Thanks to Bernie Kaaks for the images

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 January 2015 )
 
Schweppes Little Wheel Regatta
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Written by SoPYC   
Friday, 16 January 2015

 It’s on again!  Some great shots here of a terrific broach by  Will Boulden’s turn in fresh conditions.

 

Matt Jerwood looking untroubled.

 

 

The first broach... 

He lost control on the downwind leg and broached.  Spinnaker passed between forestay & mast, locking off the halyard at the top so they could not get the kite down.  Amazingly, the rig remained intact and some quick action by Graeme Monkhouse and Ken Booth, who managed to get a tow line fixed to the bow of the  yacht, prevented it from running aground on the Kwinana Freeway. Kite was not good……

 Not everybody stayed on the boat, but they were quickly recovered by a support boat

 Attaching a towline was not easy!

Hosts are South of Perth Yacht Club, race area is the Canning River and the final is today.  Jerwood leads at the moment by a single point from Sam Gilmour with Lachy Gilmour third and Will Boulden fourth.

 What??

 

 

 

 Situation under control – sort of

Thanks to Bernie Kaaks for the images

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 January 2015 )
 
Hello Bumbree!
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Written by The Doctor   
Thursday, 15 January 2015

 Trackers be like live

http://yb.tl/bunret2015

Are you excited?

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 January 2015 )
 
Catch the Fireworks!
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Written by The Doctor   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015

 Do the IRC State Titles AND catch the fireworks at the Royal Perth annexe...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 January 2015 )
 
Bunbury Return & IRC State Championships
The News
Written by The Doctor   
Monday, 12 January 2015

 Entries need to be into Freshie today for the Bunbury Return Ocean Race, get cracking!

Today is also the close of early entries for the State IRC Championships - Entries received by today are eligible to win a sailing watch.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 January 2015 )
 
Tasar 2015 World Championships report for 9 January
The News
Written by GBYC   
Monday, 12 January 2015

 Friday 9 January had two races of a possible three to complete the ten race series.  The weather on the course area was similar strong and gusty winds as for the previous day’s races, but from a south easterly aspect.

The first race of the day had a re-start which has been the normal for each race day.  Those able to get a good start with clear air made the best of their opportunities in the many gusts and shifts, with a lot of the fleet looked for opportunities to the right of the course which was close to the shore of the Bay but gustier due to the offshore winds.  The first mark (windward) had the leaders in a tight group of about six boats who then battled for positions on the two reaching legs to the leeward mark with the two front boats changing position to give the lead to Rob and Nicole Douglass of Australia.  The Douglass’s maintained their position on the next two legs of the course to win the race.  Second place went to Anthony Boscollo and Haley Lane of the USA.  Third place went to Shane Guanaria and Tara Wilson of Australia.

The second race of the day had similar conditions, but the wind had shifted slightly to the south.  The weather conditions and the crowded start line due to the large fleet of over 100 boats, saw some different leaders by the time first boats arrived at the first mark (windward).  Once again the reaching legs provided great rides in the strong winds, but probably were not so enjoyable while they were working hard to maintain their position.  The top mark and then the finish line were situated close to shore to provide great viewing for those on shore. First place went to Aaron Linton and Jamie Jochheim from Australia.  Second place was taken by Craig McPhee and Gillian Berry of Australia.  In third place was Jay and Lisa Renehan from the USA.

 

The evening of that day had the presentation of prizes for all categories of the Tasar 2015 World Championships and Australian Championships was at the Geographe Bay Yacht club.  The new Tasar World and Australian Champions, and also World and Australian Masters Champions, Chris Dance and Peter Hackett from Australia on “Doppio” were very complimentary and encouraging to their fellow competitors, and especially thanked all the international competitors for the huge effort to travel to the venue and sail competitively.  Second place went to Rob and Nicole Douglass from Australia.   Third place was Jay and Lisa Renehan from the USA.  

The World and Australian Grand Masters Champions are Jay and Lisa Renehan from the USA.

The World and Australian Super Grand Masters Champions are Constantine Udo and Jan Kellermann-Slotemaker from the Netherlands.

The World First Lady (highest placed Lady helm or crew) is Nicole Douglass from Australia.

The World and Australian Junior Helm (under 19 years) is Nick Willis from Australia.

The Australian First Female (highest placed woman helm) is Heather MacFarlane from Australia.

The Australian Youth Crew (both crew below age 30 years) is James Sly and Chelsea Haynes from Australia.

 The Tasar Class flag was passed on to the Japan Tasar Association who will be hosts of the next Tasar World Championships in 2017.

Complete results are available of the regatta web site www.tasar2015.com  It has been very well run regatta, so congratulations to all the organising people and the volunteers who helped on and off the water.  The event was being hosted by Geographe Bay Yacht Club, Busselton, Western Australia

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 January 2015 )
 
The final day of the 2015 ACO Musto Performance Skiff World Championships in Perth WA
The News
Written by Perth Sailing Photography   
Monday, 12 January 2015

 The ACO Musto Performance Skiff World Championships 2015 Perth WA

 Day five; races eleven and twelve.

 

The battle continued on the Swan river in Perth as the minor places were fought out. Surprisingly, the regatta itself had decided the placings with very little changes occurring in the last two races. Both Marcus Hamilton and Thor Schoenhoff had kept their placings, second and third and only minor changes in the top ten.

 

Thor Schoenhoff up and away

 The first race of the final day started with the same south easterly blowing. Flat water, wind shifts and big gusts that boomed through the course laid across the Swan River made a mockery of a decision to go either left or right on occasions. Lucky for us we had a good Race Officer in Andy  The fleet got away successfully with Nigel Wallbank making it to the top, riding the shifts to do so. He was followed by young sailor Stuart Keegan and who else but Jon Newman. A big gust took the fleet down to the leeward mark where a few falls occurred as the boats came together. Unfortunately Nigel overstood the mark and allowed the pack past. The pack comprising of Stuart, Thor, Paul Newman and Jon Newman took off up the right hand side to reap a handsome dividend. From then on the race evolved into a game of pick the shifts and as may be expected Jon Newman took first with Stuart Keegan second and Dave Poston third.

 

Dave Poston chasing Marcus Hamilton

 The last race for the day and championships started with the pack splitting in half with those who went left losing as the breeze dropped momentarily. Wayne Bates (Batesy) hit the right hand corner and looked famous with 100 metres to go. A big left hand shift moved in and it is rumoured that the world champion may have been beaten to the top, but only just. As the race progressed, frequent swings and huge gusts of wind coming down the course kept them on their toes and frequently you could ride a gust down to the bottom. The lead changed several times but Marcus Hamilton made t to the line in front, followed by David Poston and Richie Robinson took third while riding a huge gust that took him past several players including Dennis Jones.

 

Ian Renilson in passing mode

 The regatta has concluded and Jon Newman has rightfully claimed his crown at presentations tonight. Marcus Hamilton gracefully thanked all and sundry for his second spot and Thor Schoenhoff was chuffed to take third spot to go with his State championship.

 

Denis Jones keeping it flat

 The containers are packed, the presentation dinner has all but finished and all that has to be done is to thank the organising team, the race committee and the volunteers who put the hard yards in to get the ACO Musto Worlds to the finish point.       

 

 Jon Newman claims victory

 Full results are available at http://www.mustoskiff.com.au/

 Thanks to Rick Steuart at Perth Sailing Photography for the images.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 January 2015 )
 
Tasar 2015 World Championships report 9 January
The News
Written by GBYC   
Monday, 12 January 2015

 Friday 9 January of the Tasar 2015 World Championships had two races of a possible three to complete the ten race series.  The weather on the course area was similar strong and gusty winds as for yesterday’s races, but from a south easterly aspect.

The first race of the day had a re-start which has been the normal for each race day.  Those able to get a good start with clear air made the best of their opportunities in the many gusts and shifts, with a lot of the fleet looked for opportunities to the right of the course which was close to the shore of the Bay but gustier due to the offshore winds.  The first mark (windward) had the leaders in a tight group of about six boats who then battled for positions on the two reaching legs to the leeward mark with the two front boats changing position to give the lead to Rob and Nicole Douglass of Australia.  The Douglass’s maintained their position on the next two legs of the course to win the race.  Second place went to Anthony Boscollo and Haley Lane of the USA.  Third place went to Shane Guanaria and Tara Wilson of Australia.

The second race of the day had similar conditions, but the wind had shifted slightly to the south.  The weather conditions and the crowded start line due to the large fleet of over 100 boats, saw some different leaders by the time first boats arrived at the first mark (windward).  Once again the reaching legs provided great rides in the strong winds, but probably were not so enjoyable while they were working hard to maintain their position.  The top mark and then the finish line were situated close to shore to provide great viewing for those on shore. First place went to Aaron Linton and Jamie Jochheim from Australia.  Second place was taken by Craig McPhee and Gillian Berry of Australia.  In third place was Jay and Lisa Renehan from the USA.

 

The Tasar 2015 World Championship winner is Chris Dance and Peter Hackett from Australia on “Doppio”.  In second place is Rob and Nicole Douglass from Australia.   In third place is Jay and Lisa Renehan from the USA.  Forth place Aaron Linton and Jamie Jochheim from Australia.  Fifth place went to Anthony Boscollo and Haley Lane of the USA.  Sixth place went to Hugh Tait and Tara McCall of Australia.  Well done to all competitors and we hope you enjoyed the regatta.

A list of the winners of all the various categories will be published in the next report.

Complete results are available of the regatta web site www.tasar2015.com  The presentation of prizes for all categories will be at tonight’s Presentation function at the Geographe Bay Yacht club.  It has been very well run regatta, so congratulations to all the organising people and the volunteers who helped on and off the water.

The event was being hosted by Geographe Bay Yacht Club, Busselton, Western Australia.  

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 January 2015 )
 
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