Tom King helming Iron Lotus around the leeward mark in race three.Etchells Worlds – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

The podium places in the Etchells World Championship 2012 went to three Australian teams after an intense nine-race battle on the offshore courses.

In first place overall was the Iron Lotus crew of Tom King, Ivan Wheen, David Edwards and Owen McMahon.

Into second came the Magpie team of Graeme Taylor, Grant Simmer and Steve Jarvin. Taylor was looking for a hole-in-one in the last race to knock King out his first place. He left the dock feeling reasonably comfortable about the challenge ahead. Unfortunately they found themselves caught up in a battle of 10 to 15 degree wind shifts which landed them a sixth.

Third came Triad with John Bertrand, Tom Slingsby and David Giles. Bertrand was already in third place going into the final race. He had to cover both Taylor and Roulette (Jud Smith) in the hope of moving up the scoreboard, but a poor start and 10th on the line cemented his third place.

The line honours prize on the final day went to the Boat X crew of Noel Drennan, Anthony Nossiter and Will McCarthy. It was a powerful finish as they crossed the line over a minute ahead of second placegetter and former World Champion, Cameron Miles, racing with Grant Crowle and David Sampson. In third was the 2012 Australian Champion Fifteen team of David Clark, Andrew Smith and Alan Smith.

On the final day, the race was off on the first gun for a 2.2nm first beat on an axis of 010 and with a finish on the third work. There were three individual recalls – Iris III (Peter McNeill), Gelert (James Howells) and Gen XY (Matthew Chew).

Throughout the afternoon the breeze slowly built and swung 20 degrees forcing a course change at the bottom mark second time, to 030 degrees.

Etchells World Champions Iron Lotus team of Owen McMahon, David Edwards, Tom King and Ivan Wheen.King’s strategy going into the last and critical race was to stay relaxed.

“We’ve had a fantastic week and the worst we could do was third which would have been a great result we would have been happy with. The pressure was on John (Bertrand) and GT (Graeme Taylor) to have a great result if they were going to beat us. Even if they did that and we had a good race, we would have been fine.

“The plan was to try and get off the start line cleanly somewhere near them. If one of them was having a good race, then stick close to them.”

At the starboard pin end the team had a few nervous moments on the gun as the Individual Recall flag went up and they waited for just a few seconds to hear if they were over. They were clear and the race was on.

“I gather John didn’t get off the start line particularly well and GT got a clean start up above us and was just a little bit ahead of us early on in the race. We stayed with him. We were comfortable enough with where we were to push a little bit left of him on the first beat and then we had a nice shift towards the top and that put us and him right up in the leading bunch.

“About half way up the last work we finally got the boat going really quickly and had enough of good shifts and got in front of them near the finish,” King said.

Tracey Johnstone

Laser Grand Masters at top mark on the final day.Laser World Masters down to the wire

The Laser World Masters Championships 2012 hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron saw 233 sailors from 19 nations compete on the sheltered waters of Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Typifying his whole regatta was Race 10 for the Laser Standard Apprentice leader Chilean sailor Matias Del Solar. In the soft conditions he was clean away midline and was yet again first to the top mark. Del Solar went on to win and followed with two more bullets in races 11 and 12 to claim the 2012 World title. His 12 wins from 12 races was certainly an impressive score line and showed everyone why he is headed for the London Olympics (his third Olympics).

“I am flying to Sydney this evening, Chile tomorrow. I have two weeks of preparation for the French Hyeres regatta and I’ll sail other World Cup events up to the Olympics,” Del Solar said.

Second on the podium was Tony Baisden (AUS), despite an OCS in race 10. Brett Morris finished on equal points with Baisden but was relegated to third place on count back.

Standard Grand Master Wolfgang Gertz, a dual Finn World Champion, won his third Laser Masters title after wins in 2009 and 2010. Second placed Tracey Usher (USA) finished ahead on the score board but lost a port starboard protest from the last race. Andre Martinie (DOM) completed the podium.

The 2012 Laser World Masters Radial Apprentice Champion was decided when Scott Leith (NZL) took the win in race 10. Leith finished well clear to take his third title in a row having won in San Francisco last year and at Hayling Island in 2010. Richard Bott (AUS) edged out Danny Fuller (AUS) for second on the podium.

Despite being OCS in race 12 (his second drop), Mark Orams (NZL) with wins in races 10 and 11 kept Greg Adams (AUS) at bay to take the Laser Radial Masters title. Adams was second, with Mark Kennedy (AUS) third.

The Laser Radial Grand Master World Champion for 2012 is New Zealand sailor Michael Keeton. Keeton edged away from Adam French (AUS), who did not have his best day on the water. French took second place overall. Pete Thomas (New Zealand) took third on count back from US sailor Doug Peckover and Aussie Jeff Loosemore. All three finished on 34 points.

Laser Radial Great Grand Master Kerry Waraker (AUS) finished strongly in race 12 to take the win and the 2012 World Championship.

Peter Seidenberg (USA) rocked the boat with wins in races 10 and 11 to draw level with Keith Wilkins (GBR), leading on count back with a race to go. In the last race of the series Wilkins relegated Seidenberg to fourth place. Wilkins managed third which secured him second place overall.

With three wins in the last three races, Claire Heenan (AUS) is the Laser World 4.7 Masters Champion. Heenan edged ahead of Peter Charlton (Aus) to finish two points clear, with George Meikle (AUS) third.

“It was all down to who won the last race, which was a tacking duel and it was very exciting. Overall there was great camaraderie amongst the fleet,” Heenan said.
“I’d like to thank the ILCA for letting us have a go!” 

 

Wings Three (Peter Haros) powers into the windward mark in the Performance Cruising division.The Invincible Clarks from Bellerive win Crown Series

Bellerive Yacht Club member Harold Clark’s Farr 1104 Invincible  showed she is virtually invincible when its comes to racing on Hobart’s River Derwent when she won the AMS, IRC and PHS Group 1 divisions of the 2012 Crown Series Bellerive Regatta in late February.

“I just went along for ballast,” owner Clark commented when his son Darren helmed the family yacht to this treble handicap victory in conditions that ranged over three days from dead calm to 32 knots – in record high temperatures of 38 and 36 degrees.

Despite the heat, some 211 boats, comprising 110 keelboats, sports boats and trailable yachts and 101 off-the-beach dinghies, sailboards and catamarans, entered the regatta, run from Bellerive Yacht Club.

As such, it is the biggest combined sailing regatta in Tasmania, arguably one of the biggest of its kind in Australia.

The ‘invincible’ Invincible won all seven races in Group 1 under AMS scoring and notched up five firsts and two seconds under her IRC rating. Under PHS corrected time results, the score was not quite as dominant – 5-4-2-5-3-4 – but good enough to score another comfortable win.

Admittedly, Invincible was one of only five of the nine-boat Group 1 fleet to front up for the final race on the Sunday afternoon as the hot northerly roaring down the Derwent Valley reached 32 knots, bringing an oppressive heat of 36 degrees.

Several boats had suffered damaged in the earlier races, other crew decided unanimously that a cold beer back at Bellerive Yacht Club was far more attractive than a seventh windward/leeward race.

Tony Lyall’s Transpac 52 Cougar II had blown out its heavy spinnaker and other boats had suffered sail and rig damage. The five Farr 40s apparently felt the same, with none fronting up for the final race. In any case, Andrew Hunn’s Voodoo Chile was unbeatable, winning all six races sailed through from Friday evening to Sunday.

In Group 1, under AMS, Invincible won by a massive 20 points from Don Calvert’s Intrigue which suffered a spectacular broach in the first race of the day when a spinnaker gybe appeared to go wrong. BYC’s Host Plus Executive (Jeff Cordell) placed third, losing second place on a countback.

The result of Racing Group 2 went right down to the finish of race five with five boats going into the last race with a chance of an overall victory.

A second place to the Masrm 920 Trouble (Dave Willans) by Derek Inglis’s Rousabout in the final race was just enough to win the regatta by one point from Hot August Night (Nat Morgan). Just three more points back was Just in Time (Mick Sheehan).

In the Premier Cruising Group, John Hall’s Sagittarius took overall PHS honours, winning three of five races on corrected time.

Under AMS scoring, Peter Haros’ Wings Three won from BYC member Colin Denny’s new Beneteau First 40, The Protagonist, with BYC Commodore John Mills third overall with Total Locks & Alarms.

Performance Cruising Goup 3 saw three wins in five races to Craig Escott, sailing the Sailability yacht, Combank, a result that earned him the coveted Don Rust Memorial trophy.

International race officer Nick Hutton praised the performance of Angus Barton from the Tamar Yacht Club who sailed his Olympic Finn dinghy against a strong fleet of Laser Radials, winning all races. Rohan Langford, Sophie Chesterman and Amelia Catt were the best-placed Laser Radial sailors.

Among the junior classes, another northern sailor, Tom Cooper, sailing Snap-E-Tom, won the strong Sabot class. Hugh Hickling won the Optimists, sailing Downunder, while in the International Cadets, Little Devil (Nicola Armstrong) sailed impressively to beat more experienced sailors.

Peter Campbell

The SB3 fleet on a windswept final day. Below, Glenn Bourke.Glenn Bourke wins SB3 Nationals on River Derwent

In 1977, as a teenager, Glenn Bourke won the junior Moth dinghy Australian championship on Hobart’s River Derwent. Last month he scored another championship victory on a windswept river, the Australian in the SB3 high-performance keelboat class.
Steering Club Marine Hamilton Island, Bourke fought back in the ninth and final race to win the title by just one point from another Queensland entrant, Dulon Polish, helmed by Phillip Gray.

Glenn BourkeTasmanian Nick Rogers, the champion sailor in the International Dragon class, sailed a superb final race, steering Toll Shipping to victory and also coming from behind in the pointscore to take third place overall.

There has been a lot of water under the keel (or centreboard) since Bourke won that junior Moth championship 35 years ago. He won three world titles in the International Laser class and represented Australia at the Olympics in the Finn class.

Moving into yacht management he headed the team that organised and ran the highly successful sailing regatta at the Sydney Olympic Games before heading overseas to run the Volvo Race. He is now CEO of Hamilton Island, the Queensland resort that hosts Australia’s biggest keelboat regatta.

After two days of light and fickle wind, sometimes none, over the weekend, a southerly blast swept up the Derwent on the last morning, well ahead of the scheduled start time of 10am for the final day of racing.

When race nine got under way the southerly breeze was averaging 20 knots, testing the sail handling expertise of the crews in the strong breeze and choppy waves.

It was to be a duel to the finish between Club Marine Hamilton Island and Dulon Polish to decide the SB3 Australian champion for 2012.

The two Queensland boats were close together for most of the race, Bourke striving to get at least one boat between himself and Gray battling to hold that one point lead.

Bourke sailed well to windward, but it was Tasmanian Nick Rogers who took the front running, excelling in the hard downwind running in the 20 knot breeze still holding on the river.

As they crossed the finish line, Toll Shipping won from Purple Trilogy (Callum Burns) from Sandringham Yacht Club with Club Marine Hamilton Island just 10 seconds away in third place.

After the racing, Bourke said that with six races sailed he and his crew were mentally and physically drained. “This has been our toughest and closest SB3 regatta ever,” he said.

Peter Campbell

Traditional Boat Festival Canberra postponed

The National Traditional and Electric Boat Festival due to be held on Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra from 5-6 May has been postponed until 2013 due to lake and other conditions beyond the control of organisers.

According to Vice Commodore, Peter Thorne, Lake Burley Griffin is full of floating logs and Queanbeyan’s sewage.

“So, no boating for a while!” he said. “It was a hard decision, but we believe it was a prudent one since the Lake may not be clear of floating debris/sewage before the event. Also, the long range weather forecast is not promising. Fine conditions are a must for this event.

“We look forward to 2013, it being the Centenary of Canberra.”

 

Michael Tarrant’s Thompson 7, Zip, had a massive broach that scattered the boats in her near vicinity.Rooklyn shines in Sydney Harbour Regatta

Winners across the 16 classes and 24 divisions were cheered at Middle Harbour Yacht Club after the club’s seventh running of the Sydney Harbour Regatta which boasted 237 boats.

Warwick Rooklyn, Bandit, (CYCA) did not put a foot wrong, winning all six races in the increasingly popular Melges 24 one-design sports boat. His nearest rival was Kevin Nixon and his Accru crew of wife and children. 

Try as they might, none could scramble quickly enough to beat Rooklyn, who has been sailing his whole life, courtesy of his late father Jack of Apollo and Ballyhoo fame.

“We’re blessed to come together as a team. Going to the Melges 24 World Championship in Texas has helped us understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We came back with a lot of knowledge about the boat,” said Rooklyn, who has had an excellent season with four wins from four regattas, including taking out the National Championship in January.

The larger Melges 32 One-Design was dominated by Tasmanian entry Unlimited Seven Star, owned by Greg Prescott and steered to five wins from six races by Sydney Farr 40 guru and MHYC Immediate Past Commodore, Martin Hill.

Olympian, Bobby Wilmot from Sydney, was on mainsheet and there were three Tassies aboard: Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, Mark Jeffrey and Ollie Nicholas. Although the crew had not sailed together before, they dominated from go to whoa.

Rob Hanna brought his recently purchased TP52, Shogun, up from Victoria for the IRC windward/leeward racing off Sydney Heads.

At the forefront of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club yachtsman’s mind was to even the score with fellow TP52, Hooligan (Marcus Blackmore), which beat Shogun V by three points to lift the Rolex Trophy in December. Hanna was not disappointed, scoring Division A victory in four out of five races, with Hooligan finishing five points behind in second place.

Following a protracted protest over an incident on the start line in Division B, local entry, Exile, Rob Reynold’s DK 46, displaced the Queensland entry, Lambourdini/Envy Scooters of David Lambourne and Barry Cuneo as the Division B winner.

The Queenslanders, who were in town to contest the Farr 40 Nationals were obviously disappointed, but took it in their stride. They are now heading back to Queensland to contest the Brisbane Gladstone Race.

In Division C, Victorian David Ellis trucked his Archambault 31, Penfold Audi Sport from Melbourne to Sydney with high hopes, but unsure of his potential in a hot fleet that included two-time Audi IRC Australian champion, Peter Sorensen and his Sydney 36CR, The Philosopher’s Club.

Ellis, from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, was thrilled to win the series with three wins from four races.

“Sailing in Sydney is very different to sailing on Port Phillip, so we were more than happy to beat the likes of The Philosopher’s Club and Andy Kearnan’s Summit 35 L’Altra Donna,” he said.

The Cavalier 28 NSW Championship was sailed in conjunction with the Sydney Harbour Regatta and was won by Greg Purcell and his Scuttlebutt crew from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. As expected, the racing was tight all weekend, but Purcell had that extra bit of oomph that won him three out of five races and the Championship from Dancelot (Charles Pearse) and Centaurus (Craig Mitchell).

In the Yngling class, the winner was Hamish Jarrett (Miss Pibb) from two-time Olympian Nicky Bethwaite.

Di Pearson

Kenwood-Rabbitohs took line honours from Rag & Famish Hotel and Mojo Wine.Queen of the Harbour

Christina Giles (pictured) became the 2012 18ft Skiff Queen of the Harbour when she teamed with Brett Van Munster, Shaun Moran and Rob Flannigan on Kenwood-Rabbitohs to win the title on Sydney Harbour on 11 March.

Kenwood-Rabbitohs took line honours by 1m40s from Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy and Diane Macartney). Mojo Wine (Warren Sare, Dan Wilsdon, Mike O’Shea and Emma Spiers) were a further 54s back in third place.

Christina GilesConditions were perfect for the ladies. A big sail 5-10 knot ENE breeze over a 3-laps 3-buoys course between Taylors Bay and Watsons Bay.

Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) led the fleet to the first mark from De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn), Kenwood-Rabbitohs, Mojo Wine, Rag & Famish and Pure Blonde (Tom Clout).
The downwind leg back to the bottom twin-marks saw Lumix challenged by Kenwood-Rabbitohs while Pure Blonde led a tightly bunched group including Mojo Wine, De’Longhi-Rabbitohs, Smeg (Nick Press) and Rag & Famish.

On the second lap Lumix raced away to a 45s lead over Kenwood-Rabbitohs, Mojo Wine and Rag & Famish and looked a certain winner as the fleet headed back downwind.
As the skiff gybed off Steele Point they capsized and the race became a battle between Kenwood-Rabbitohs and Rag & Famish, who went around the bottom rounding only a couple of boat lengths apart.

Mojo Wine was third, followed by Pure Blonde, De’Longhi-Rabbitohs and Lumix.
Taking advantage of a red windward buoy rounding on the final lap, Kenwood-Rabbitohs increased her lead to finish with an easy victory.

It was an excellent result all round for the Kenwood company as winner Christina Giles is also the National Sales Co-ordinator for Kenwood.

Frank Quealey

South Pacific ocean voyages, Tall Ship Søren Larsen

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Record numbers at Manly Junior States
A record number of 115 adults and 135 kids gathered on the shores of Pt Wolstoncroft, Lake Macquarie from 18-19 February for the third and final round of the Manly Junior State Championships 2011-2012.

The bumpy road to ‘Point Woollie’ meanders through the Gwandalan Conservation Park and for the last five years MJ sailors and families have made the annual pilgrimage to enjoy the spectacle of junior sailing at its best. Pt Woollie is the highlight of the MJ Regatta Calendar.

The rolling green lawns lead all the way to the water’s edge making rigging and launching all too easy, and with the ‘race track’ right in front of the camp, spectating from shore is very relaxing. Accommodation and catering is all taken care of by the fabulous staff at the Pt Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre and the weekend is a celebration for all involved.

This year saw record numbers attending with 63 boats representing Avalon, Bayview, Cronulla, Hornsby, Manly 16s, Manly Yacht Club, Middle Harbour 16s, Port Kembla, Port Hacking, South Lake Macquarie, Royal Prince Alfred and Wallerawang.

Throughout 2011-12, racing in the Main Fleet at both State and National events, has been dominated by three boats Tinny (Jackson and Flynn Twomey) Middle Harbour 16s, Another Dark & Stormy (Chris Holmes and Angus Metcalfe) Manly 16s and MWD (Daniel Heyworth and Jesse Dransfield) Manly 16s.

These boats came into Round 3 with 9 points, 11 points and 13 points respectively. After Heats 7 and 8 on the first day of racing MWD and Another Dark and Stormy were tying on 17 points, two points ahead of Tinny.

The final Heat 9 was sailed in 5-10kt ESE and after an outstanding race and nail biting finish Tinny claimed victory over MWD by one tenth of a second.

The Overall State Championship winners were MWD with a total of 19 points, followed by Tinny with 20 points and Another Dark and Stormy finishing on 21 points. MWD also won the 2011-12 Australian Championships hosted by Manly 16s in December/January.

In the Novice Fleet, Will & Liam Wright (Chimp Divola) triumphed over Grace Powers & Madeleine Croker (Chicken Invader). Coming third were Cody Linnegar & Kash Powell in Goose.

Grace Triglone & Lia Napper sailing Too Hot Too Hoot were crowned All Girl State Champions.

This season has seen a steady growth in participant numbers. The first round (Heats 1-3), held at Middle Harbour 16s in October, 2011 saw 25 boats competing in the Main Fleet and 16 boats sailing their first competitive regatta in the Novice Fleet. The second round (Heats 4-6) at Avalon in November, saw three more entries in the Novice Fleet taking total numbers to 44 boats.

Genelle Aldred

Kids Carp Day 

The Sydney fishing and boating club Seabees recently had their second annual Kids Carp Day at Centennial Park. There was a great turnout with 14 junior members and 14 adults taking part. Fishing was in the Busby pond, which in colonial days was one of the first water sources for Sydney.

The carp caught ranged from 300 grams to 3kg (585mm), 4.54kg (685mm) and a fat 5.06kg (655mm) specimen.

Trophies were awarded and all the children received a pack from Auburn BCF. Many thanks go to Tony Steiner from Fishing 4 Therapy and Neil Kemp, both of whom belong to South Sydney Amateur Fishing Association, for putting on a great day.

 

Closure of Davidson Park boat rampClosure of Davidson Park boat ramp

The Davidson Park boat ramp in Garigal National Park is to be closed for approximately six weeks from 10 April to enable Stage 2 of a major upgrade to be undertaken.

The closure will impact trailer boats users and persons who normally access their locally moored boats from Davidson Park.

The nearby canoe launching area will not be impacted by the ramp closure.
This $670,000 upgrade is Stage 2 of the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service Davidson Park boat ramp upgrade project being funded under the Transport for NSW – Maritime’s ‘Better Boating Program’.

The upgrade is being undertaken to improve the condition and efficiency of boat launching and retrieval process and includes:

    •    Repairs and modifications & improvements to existing boat ramp and approaches;

    •    New articulated boat ramp pontoon system;

    •    New landing pontoon with disabled access.

 

EPIRB assists five fishermen off NSW Coast

A day’s fishing for five Victorians almost ended in tragedy off Port Stephens on the 6th March when their 8m vessel was overturned by a rogue wave as they headed back to port in the afternoon.

The men spent a couple of hours in the water hanging onto the upturned vessel until rescue helicopters arrived and plucked them out of the rough sea.

Search and Rescue Authorities were alerted to the distress after the quick thinking skipper of the vessel, Tony Egeberg, activated the GME MT400 EPIRB that they had on board.

According to the Newcastle Herald, Mr Egeberg is being lauded as a hero after his quick thinking saved the lives of two of his fishing mates and alerted the authorities to the boat’s whereabouts.

Mr Egeberg said that while treading water in the boat’s hull he grabbed a distress beacon and lifejacket then tied a piece of rope to a chair before swimming to the surface.

“Without the EPIRB (emergency distress beacon) we were gone,” he said.

“I managed to tie a rope to the boat and that way Alan (Herdman) and Paul (Guest) could cling to the rope while the rest of us hung onto the boat’s motor.

“Without that rope those two would have floated away.”

The Westpac Helicopter picked up four of the men while an RAAF search and rescue Helicopter saved the fifth. All men were transported to John Hunter Hospital and discharged at about 7.30pm that evening.

 

Copeland and Bain rule in Kayak Nationals
Sunshine Coast paddling duo Charlie Copeland and Bill Bain stamped their authority over the Olympic distances by convincing wins in the K1 200 and K1 1000 under-18 events at Australian Canoeing’s National Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith from 14-18 March.

18-year-old Queenslander Charlie Copeland, who is regarded as one of Australia’s best young sprint kayaking talents, showed off his immense ability with a dominant display in the men’s U18 K1 200 final, finishing clear of Gold Coast’s Jordan Wood and Victoria’s Kieren Carson.

Earlier, fellow 18-year-old Sunshine Coast paddler Bill Bain won the men’s U18 K1 1000 final, finishing more than two boats lengths clear of Jordan Wood and Joel McKitterick.

Bain’s time of 3:42.61 would have placed him 7th in the Open A Final, in an encouraging sign for the 2011 ICF Junior Marathon World Champion.

In a stunning display of strength, the pair then combined to win the u18 K2 500 in a time of 1:37.19, nearly five seconds clear of Ben McLean and Fraser McTavish from Sydney Northern Beaches.

Electing to compete against the seniors, Copeland then teamed up with Kurt McAleenan to win the Open K2 200 B-Final.

Bain, Wood and Copeland also trumped the field to take all three medals in the Under 18 K1 500m Final.
“I went hard for the first 300 or 400m and I sort of backed it off a little bit at the end there and it didn’t quite seem to go to plan but the first 400m was really good … it turned out to be a pretty good race,” Bain said.

“At the moment the three of us are just trying to make our mark in the Opens, just to let them know we are there and try to push the older guys.”

With South East Queensland home to many of Australia’s up and comers, Copeland says there is a bit of rivalry up and down the coast.

“It’s interesting because most of the paddlers are down on the Gold Coast whereas Billy and I and Peter Elford all train together on the Sunshine Coast, so we’ve got a bit of a Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast rivalry but we’re all good mates at the end of it,” he said.

For the two 18-year-olds their next goal is to continue putting pressure on the Open squad while competing in the u23 sprint formats.

“At the moment it’s just about going home over the winter and trying to work on my technique and get a bit stronger over the next few months and come back stronger next year and hopefully even push for open selection,” Copeland said.

19-year-old Sunshine Coast paddler Alyce Burnett produced a striking display in the women’s U23 K1 200 final, stamping her claim as one to watch in the lead up to next year’s U23 World Championships in Canada, posting a time of 43.42, to finish 0.3s clear of Brisbane’s Dorina Obermayer, with Canning River paddler Jaymee-Lee Martin in third 0.88s further back.

Mike Garrington

100 years later…  museum remembers Titanic

Arguably one of the most significant events of the 20th century, the sinking of Titanic has captivated people and generated controversy for decades. Now 100 years on the Australian National Maritime Museum will mark the centenary of the disaster with an intimate memorial exhibition and events program.

Titanic was to be the greatest ship afloat, shining proof of the industrial power of the modern world. But tragically, this vision was shattered on its first voyage when it struck an iceberg and sank on 15 April 1912 with the loss of over 1,500 lives.

The exhibition Remembering Titanic – 100 years presents the history of this epic tragedy from construction to fateful sinking and rediscovery, and the controversy surrounding it.

Drawing on replica objects, ship models, memorabilia, newspapers and graphics, the exhibition concentrates on the human stories behind the disaster from the ‘unsinkable’ Molly Brown to the unsung heroes like junior wireless operator Harold Sydney Bride and Arthur Henry Rostron, Captain of the Carpathia which came to Titanic’s aid.

A pair of Italian orphans whose stories are featured in the exhibition.Visitors to the exhibition will see a large memorial wall at entry to the exhibition, which lists the names of all the known survivors and victims of the sinking and provides a dramatic visual of the size of the disaster.

The exhibition also looks at the impact of Titanic on popular culture from books to films culminating in the new release Titanic 3D, in cinemas on April 5. Titanic, originally released in 1997, is the second biggest film to ever be released in Australia and movie lovers will now be able to experience it like never before in 3D.

On display in Remembering Titanic – 100 years will be nine costumes and selected props from the film including outfits worn by Kate Winslet, Leonardo Di Caprio and Billy Zane. The exhibition will also focus on the story of the unsinkable Molly Brown, played by Oscar Winner Kathy Bates in the movie.
Controversy has surrounded Titanic for decades … from the shocking number of deaths, particularly among third class passengers, to the scarcity of lifeboats on board. And in more recent years the salvaging of the wreck site and recovery of objects have been likened to grave robbing. The exhibition looks at these issues, the basis for them and the differing viewpoints.

Remembering Titanic opens on 29 March 2012. www.anmm.gov.au/titanic or call (02) 9298 3777.