The 76th working of the Cruising Yacht Membership of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race might be completely different this 12 months with COVID-19 restrictions in place all over the world, nevertheless, it has not diminished the standard of the fleet; the chase for the Tattersall Cup as sturdy because it ever was and a brand new Two-Handed division has added a brand new aspect.
A fleet of 89 – representing NSW, Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia is entered for the annual 628 nautical mile race. The one worldwide entry is the tremendous maxi Black Jack representing Monaco.
On the quick finish of the fleet are two tremendous maxis; Christian Beck’s InfoTrack joins Peter Harburg’s Black Jack. In the meantime, eight TP52s, amongst them Matt Allen’s defending champion Ichi Ban, will be a part of others within the 50-60 toes vary vying for the Tattersall Cup.
When requested about the potential for a three-peat, Matt Allen revealed that his crew “… fairly enjoys the strain and appears to enhance the boat’s efficiency year-on-year”.
“In that fifty – 70-foot vary, we now have among the greatest boats on the earth.”
The climate could favour the bigger finish of city and the strain might be on with so many grand prix yachts within the 60-80ft band. Phil Turner’s 2018 total winner, the RP66 Alive (Tas) will lead the cost.
Alive’s adversaries are Grant Wharington/Paul Heyes/Adrian Seiffert/Doug Sallis’ Botin 80 Thunderstruck (former Beau Geste), Jim Cooney’s Volvo Open 70 Maserati (each might be additionally chasing line honours), Sean Langman’s RP69 Moneypenny, David Gotze’s RP63 Triton and David Griffith’s JV62 Whisper – all from NSW.
Circumstances could favour the smaller yachts. Greg Prescott’s modified Farr 40 2 Limitless (Tas); Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40 Chutzpah (Vic); Shane Kearns’ S&S34 White Bay 6 Azzurro (NSW), Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36 C/R Thinker (Tas) and the Sydney 38s, led by Tony Levett’s TSA Administration, may benefit.
A brand new Two-Handed division has additionally been added to the race, and people entered have an opportunity to take out the inaugural line honours trophy, together with trophies for the general winners below IRC and PHS.
Sizzling to trot for the inaugural line honours trophy is Rupert Henry’s Burning Palms. The NSW yachtsman will race his J/65 with Greg O’Shea, the good friend who helped him sail his former yacht to a clear sweep of IRC, PHS and AMS wins, line honours and a brand new race file within the 2018 Melbourne Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race. They’re the benchmark and might be formidable.
Amongst these vying for Two-Handed IRC honours are Wendy Tuck/Campbell Geeves with the Beneteau 34.7 Speedwell. At 9.9 metres, it’s the second smallest boat within the race, however Tuck has an enviable file. The one lady on the planet to win an all over the world yacht race and one in every of solely two to twice win the Jane Tate Memorial Trophy (awarded to the primary feminine skipper to complete the Sydney Hobart every year), she has completed 13 Sydney Hobarts.
When requested why she selected to enter the two-handed division this 12 months, Wendy acknowledged that she likes to repeatedly problem herself however would want to recollect to “.. cease strolling after 33 toes or in any other case I’m going to get actually moist”. She careworn the significance of taking care of your self and your companion in two-handed crusing. She even made up a brand new phrase to explain crusing for hours with out sleep: “Slangry – while you’re sleepy, hungry and indignant”.
Tasmania’s Rob Gough/John Saul are additionally extremely fancied. In his heyday, Gough was a windsurfing world champion and Moth Masters world champion, has main wins on the board within the SB20 keelboat and raced to Hobart with Saul on Oskana final 12 months. Saul was additionally one in every of solely 44 finishers within the 1998 Sydney Hobart along with his boat Computerland.
James Murchison’s Abracadabra, Rod Walton’s Fontana, Chris Canty’s Galaxy III and David Suttie’s Pekljus are NSW contenders for the PHS Two-Handed trophy. Queenslander Michael Lazzarini (Samurai Jack) might be retaining them sincere.
“On this uncommon local weather we’re happy with the quantity and high quality of the fleet,” CYCA Commodore, Noel Cornish AM mentioned.
“Will probably be as tough as ever to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and we now have the brand new Two-Handed division, which provides one other dimension to our blue water basic. In 2020 we’re additionally celebrating 75 years of ladies within the race and have a superb illustration throughout the board to mark the event,” the Commodore ended.
To that finish, the oldest boat within the fleet, Annie Lawrence’s Solveig, provides one thing particular. The well-known Halvorsen 36 was designed and owned by Trygve Halvorsen and inbuilt 1950 by his brother Lars. Trygve and older brother, Magnus, raced her to Hobart 5 occasions from 1950. They took line honours in 1953 and completed second total, then gained the race in 1954.
Lawrence, a 15 Sydney Hobart race-veteran and revered navigator, has stripped the boat again and restored Solveig to her former glory.
Serving to ship Lawrence and the remainder of the fleet on its manner on Boxing Day are Vanessa ‘Duds’ Dudley and Gail Harland who will hearth the 5 minute and 10 minute warning alerts. Dudley, a gifted helmswoman, has contested 23 Sydney Hobarts, her most up-to-date on Wild Oats X when it completed second total in 2018. Harland has competed in 22 races as a trimmer and might declare the excellence of profitable the 2003 race on First Nationwide.
Since 2003, the historic duplicate begin cannon has been fired by somebody who has gained the race 50 years beforehand. This 12 months that obligation falls to Bruce ‘Gouldy’ Gould, who was aboard Pacha when it gained in 1970. Gouldy was additionally aboard Vengeance for her line honours victory in 1981 and on Sovereign for the road and total double win in 1987.
Smallest within the fleet is the Military Crusing Membership’s Gun Runner. At 9.2 metres, the boat is used to coach its personnel and teaches the Military values of braveness, initiative, respect and teamwork.
The Boxing Day begin of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race might be broadcast stay on the Seven Community all through Australia and Stay-and-On-Demand on the 7plus app.
For full checklist of entries and all data: http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/
By Di Pearson, RSHYR media