Day three of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week delivered a mixed bag, this morning’s showery and gusty 20 knot breeze easing over the day as forecast, however there was enough in the tank to bring all divisions home in reasonable time.
Day three of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week delivered a mixed
bag, this morning's showery and gusty 20 knot breeze easing over
the day as forecast, however there was enough in the tank to bring
all divisions home in reasonable time.
An overall win in today's 30 mile race means the leading Audi
IRC Australian Championship Class A boat is Geoff Ross' chartered
TP52Yendys, two points clear of Rob Hanna'sShogun Vafter four
'So far the view is OK,' said Ross this afternoon, 'but you
wouldn't want to draw any conclusions' he warned.
Yendys, Michael Hiatt'sLiving DollandShogun V settled a
three-boat duel to the finish, which is indicative of the
competitiveness that is spurring them on. Perhaps also driving them
beyond their regular comfort zones are the international rock star
tacticians and helmsmen, including Steve Cotton and Mike Sanderson
on the Farr 55,Living Doll, Australia's own Steve McConaghy
onShogun Vand recognised Kiwi sailor, Gavin Brady onYendys.
Class B defending champion, Darryl Hodgkinson'sVictoireis the
leading Beneteau, sitting just two points ahead of the smaller
Beneteau 40Lunchtime Legend(Robbo Robertson), which is going to
breathe hot air down Hodgkinson's neck right through to Saturday's
'There is some self imposed pressure being the defender,'
admitted Hodgkinson this afternoon, 'the four Beneteau 40s will get
better and better as the week goes on'.
Class C leaderJessandra II, Roland Dane's Queensland Corby 36,
has extended her points lead, now well clear of second on the
scoresheet, Paul Mitchell's Marsm 920, Here's Trouble.
All three classes are competing for the glory of being named
2012 Audi IRC Australian Champion. The ultimate winner of class A,
B and C will take away a brand new North Sails Code 2 spinnaker
emblazoned with the Audi IRC Australian Championship logo, the
first time Audi has offered such a prize for the Championship.
Sean Langman'sTeam Australiais 2-1 up on arch rival, Simon
Hull's Team Vodafone, in the line honours and handicap stakes at
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, the first time the two giant
multihulls have gone nose to nose.
'At the end of this week we're aiming to be the fastest boat in
the southern hemisphere...so far we are,' said a delighted Langman
From the media boat, the day's highlights included the two Orma
60s trimarans lighting up with hulls flying on the Whitsunday
waters and the convergence of five TP52s andLiving Dollat a mark
rounding with only seconds and a few feet dividing them and
delighting the trigger happy photographers.
The Mark Richard's skipperedWild Oats XIbreezed through today's
30 nautical miler around Anne and Cole Islands then Denman Island
and to the finish in Dent Passage off the stunning Hamilton Island
'Today was a fantastic test for the crew. We pushed the boat to
its absolute limit and we are happy with how things are going in
the lead up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart,' said Richards of their
end-of-year assault on the bluewater classic and attempt for a
sixth line honours win.
'We are being punished with our new rating in terms of corrected
time,' Richards added, referring to the fact there's little chance
of Bob Oatley's supermaxi picking up the double of line honours and
an overall race win this week.
Tomorrow is the Club Marine Classic Long Race for the
Performance Racing, IRC classes and Super Multihulls with an early
start, 9.15am for the first to go off the line. The cruising
divisions will sail a shorter island course while the Melges and
SB20s will continue their short course racing schedule.
All yachties and their families, plus regular island guests will
have the honour of seeing Australia's most successful Olympic
sailing team up close when the Australian Sailing Team arrives at
Hamilton Island tomorrow.
The sailors and their coaches are well known among the sailors
from time spent sailing larger keelboats and there will be plenty
of familiar faces among the crowd for tomorrow evening's tickertape
parade along Front Street before an autograph opportunity followed
by the Henri Lloyd fashion parade.
All information relating to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012
is on the regatta website - www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.
By Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Media
Image: Andrea Francolini/AUDI
Yendys currently leads Class A of the Audi IRC Australian Championship