There was plenty of news this week for Aussie Sailors both locally and internationally so hopefully we caught it all
Yachting Australia Awards 2013
As ‘tipped’ by us, the on-the-water awards went as follows:
Male sailor of the Year Award: Matt Belcher and Will Ryan
Female Sailor of the Year Award: Carrie Smith & Ella Clark
Youth Sailor of the Year Award: Carrie Smith & Ella Clark
Sailor with a Disability of the Year Award: Collin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden (The Sonar Team)
President’s Award: David Kellet
Lifetime Achievement Award: Syd Fischer and Ian Grant
Sport Promotion Award: Canberra Yacht Club
Sport Volunteer Award: John Burgess
Sport Professional Award: Richard Hewett
With the trade winds stuck in transit in Fiji, Hawaii didn’t really live up to the hype. A perfect location for top class event, the breeze just didn’t eventuate unfotunately. Bora Gulari (USA) outlasted, Nathan Outteridge (AUS) and Scott Babbage (AUS) to claim his second World Title.
Rob Gough (AUS) finished 6th and Julian Salter (AUS) 8th. With the light breeze the British contingent sailed fast and deservedly had 3 sailors in the top 10. Pete Burling of NZ rounded out the top 10.
Team Australia set the SYD-AKL passage record.
Averaging 18.8 knots of boat speed over the 1260nm course, Team Australia set the bar at 2 days 19hrs 2 mins 45 secs. Having suffered some foil damage along the way this was a great effort by the team led by Sean Langman.
Their next Challenge is New Zealand’s Costal classic – from Auckland to the Bay Islands. They will create a unique sight when they line up against Team Vodafone a similar orma 60 based in NZ.
Ragamuffin 90 cracks the Hong Kong Vietnam race record
In an interview with Sail-world.com Syd Fischer said the ‘boat topped at 34 knots’ while enduring 25-28 knots of wind speed. The record was held by another Australian boat, Grant Warrington’s Skandia and had stood since 2004.
Australia comes 5th in the Student Yachting World Cup 2013
The team from Macquarie University were selected to represent Australia at this years event in a field of 14 nations. This is a unique event in that it is organised by Students for students. This year’s event was held in France at Port de la noeveillard in J-20s.
Ashley Stoddart slips to 9th at Qingdao ISAF event
After completing the first 8 races with only one result outside the top ten, the last two races hurt Ashley’s overall score. Carrying a 13th and a 10th into the double points final race she scored an 8th. Finishing on 75 points overall. The eventual winner was local Dongshuang Zhang of China. 6 Bullets in the lead up races laid the foundations for a cruising medal round.
If you, your boat, your club, or event would like to feature in next week’s summary – just leave a comment below and we’ll be in touch to get the news