The start of the 25h Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2010. Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

At the close of entries for the 26th Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, a high calibre fleet of 70, including super-maxi Wild Oats XI, reigning Audi IRC Australian champion Loki, and ‘the boat to beat’ Hooligan, will head north from Sydney Harbour when the start signal is sounded at 1.00pm on Saturday 30 July.
Commenting on the number of entries, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Garry Linacre said, “It’s fabulous to see another great fleet, proving the race’s popularity as a feeder race to other northern regattas, such as Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.”
Leading contenders for the overall win include Stephen Ainsworth’s Reichel/Pugh 63 Loki, representing the CYCA, back to defend her title against a bullish pack led by Marcus Blackmore’s highly-fancied TP52 Hooligan, which comes fresh from her latest win, the Brisbane-Gladstone Race.
Blackmore, from Sydney, is the leader of Class A in the Audi IRC Australian Championship by three points from defending champion Ainsworth. The two will be keeping each other in check as they battle it out in this race, the third event of the Championship.
Michael Hiatt’s Farr 55 Living Doll sits a further three points adrift of Loki in the Championship, and together with fellow Victorians, Rob Hanna’s TP52 Shogun and Nicholas Bartels’ Cookson 50 Terra Firma, will take it to their New South Welshmen adversaries Syd Fischer’s TP52 Ragamuffin, and Colin Woods’ Cookson 50 Pretty Fly III.
Runner-up to Loki in the CYCA’s 2010-2011 Blue Water Pointscore, Darryl Hodgkinson’s highly fancied CYCA entry Victoire, is the leader of Class B in the Audi IRC Championship and the Beneteau First 45 can be counted on to put in another competitive performance.
After spending time in the shed since last year’s Hobart race, Bob Oatley’s super maxi Wild Oats XI will make another attempt to break the 12-year-old race record of 27 hours 35 minutes 43 seconds, set in 1999 by the conventionally ballasted Jutson 80, Brindabella, which is also entered in the race.
Harvey Milne's Aroona, with Anthony Paterson at the helm. Wild Oats XI has undergone significant hull surgery over the past two months that has included the forward rudder being removed and replaced with twin retractable centreboards – all aimed at improving the yacht’s speed upwind and downwind. She will be challenged by fellow 100ft super maxi, Anthony Bell’s Investec Loyal, which has also undergone a facelift and body work since Bell took sole ownership of the yacht after last year’s Hobart race.
At the other end of the scale, but no less competitive, Harvey Milne’s Archambault 31, Aroona, is the smallest boat in the fleet at 31ft (9.6m). She will be skippered to the Gold Coast by renowned small boat sailor, Anthony Paterson, the former owner of the much decorated Ker 11.3 Tow Truck.
Audi Australia, together with ONE HD, will show highlights from the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race as part of the eight-episode wrap of the Audi IRC Australian Championship.

Eye Appeal won Division D on countback.Audi Winter Series decided after racing abandoned in excessive winds 

The 10-race Audi Winter Series, conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, was decided before the day started, when the final race on 10 July was abandoned due to excessive winds that gusted to 45 knots in the morning.
Those who hoped for a last chance to redeem themselves, were sorely disappointed. Rugged up against the elements and icy winds that have plagued Sydney for the past few days, the sailors waited to see whether they would be hitting the water or not.
Just before 11.00am, the Club’s Sailing Manager, Justine Kirkjian announced the abandonment of the race, so the series was decided in favour of those who were at the top of each division’s score board at the end of Race 9.
The day was at odds with the bulk of the series, which was typically light and shifty … the norm for autumn and winter. And although the sun was out, it was a brittle day.
Aboard the Beneteau 44.7, Mr Beaks Ribs, David Beak and his melded crew were celebrating their Division B win over the Archambault A40, Papillon, owned by Phil Molony.
“We had Papillon’s three wins hanging over our heads, so today’s race would have been interesting, because a third drop would have come into play and who knows what would have happened,” said Beak, who was conscious that his score only included one win.
Jon Short and Miles Bastick's MRX – non spinnaker Division K winners.“While we are sorry not to finish the series, because it doesn’t feel quite right to win this way, we agree that the CYCA made the right decision – they have to consider the safety issues,” said the producer of delicious spare ribs.
“It’s been a very much up and down series, Papillon was extremely competitive and made it an exciting and challenging series,” Beak said of their nemesis, which they beat by two points in the end.
“My crew has been together for close to four years and that made all the difference,” Beak said, adding, “that and Ian Short Sails. Ian calls the shots on the boat.”
A further two points in arrears, CYCA Vice Commodore Howard Piggott rounded out the top three with his Beneteau F40, Flying Cloud.  
Non spinnaker Division K winners, Jon Short and Miles Bastick, were very happy with their win; it came by a lone point over Jeffery Taylor’s C&C 41, Nemesis, which lived up to its name by keeping MRX on her toes the whole series.
Solahart-Rum Jungle won Division C. Aware they had got off easy with the abandonment, Jon Short, who was enjoying a few drinks with the crew aboard his Farr 34, MRX, said: “As we sit here it’s blowing 40-45 knots and gusting – you can hear it whistling through the yachts’ rigging all around the marina. The Club made the right decision to abandon, but we’d have loved to sail one last race.
“We’ve been doing the Winter Series for the past 20 years with various boats, and this is our first win ever! This current boat’s nine years old and we’ve had a good series on her and it was fun sailing against Nemesis; we had such a close regatta with her,” he said.
Going into Race 10, the battle for Division D honours included CYCA director, John Markos (Eye Appeal) and Past Commodore Hans Sommer (Sommer Breeze). Markos had the added pressure of being on equal points with Andy Kearnan’s Summit 35, L’Altra Donna.
Due to the abandonment, Markos prevailed with his Sydney 36CR, but like the other division leaders, would have preferred to contest the final race. “It’s a pity – and we do have sympathy for the crews of L’Altra Donna and Sommer Breeze,” he said.
Alun Lewis’s Perfect Match, winner Division F.“It’s been a wonderful Audi Winter Series. Our main competitors were well-sailed yachts,” he said. “L’Altra Donna appeared at the top towards the end of the series, and we asked ourselves “where did she come from?” But the reality is, that crew sailed really well.
“I want to add my thanks to all the volunteers for an excellent series; we’re very grateful to them,” Markos said.
Other Audi Winter Series overall winners are: Bob Steel’s ever-competitive Quest in Division A1; Walter Lewin/Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban (Division A2); Tony Johnson’s Solahart-Rum Jungle (Division C); Sandor Tornai’s Skeeter (Division E); Alun Lewis’ Perfect Match (Division F); James Francis’ New Territories (Division G) and Jason Klaas’ The Holy Gale (Division J).
Larki Missiris’ Wild One scored a runaway win in the Sydney 38 division, with a nine-point lead over Phil Barnes’ Livewire. One point behind Livewire in third place was Next, owned by Richard Holstein.
• Meanwhile, the following week, it was a total glass out on Sydney Harbour for the traditional closing Ladies Day race.
With just over one hour of racing elapsed, the lead boats had made it to the first mark and were drifting towards the second mark at Bradley’s Head, struggling with the lack of wind and an outgoing tide.
PRO Denis Thompson made the decision to abandon the race, given that there was no chance of any significant breeze filling in over the course of the afternoon.
Di Pearson

Australian rivalry heats up with east versus west in the world’s longest global ocean race

For the first time in the history of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Australia will have two entries when the world’s longest ocean race gets underway from Southampton, UK, on 31 July. Gold Coast Australia is the east coast’s debut entry in the biennial event and although competition will be fierce between them and the other nine internationally sponsored teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Race, their fiercest contest is sure to be against the west coast’s third entry Geraldton Western Australia.
Queensland’s Gold Coast will be represented with a yacht entry, as well as acting as a host port when it welcomes the fleet to the east coast of Australia for the first time at the end of a new Australasian leg for Clipper 11-12, taking the teams from the west coast of Australia to the east coast via New Zealand.
Geraldton Western Australia will represent the City of Greater Geraldton which has also been unveiled as the Western Australian stopover following the city’s popular debut as a host port in Clipper 09-10.
The Clipper Race was established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world, in order to give ordinary people the chance to do something truly extraordinary. Nearly 40 per cent of the crew have never sailed before training to take part; the crews come from all walks of life representing more than 230 professions and 40 nationalities, including 27 Australians.
Each team is headed up by a professional skipper and taking charge of Gold Coast Australia will be 31-year-old Richard Hewson from Hobart, Tasmania, and skippering Geraldon Western Australia is 33-year-old Juan Coetzer from Pretoria, South Africa.
Sir Robin said, “Australian entries in the Clipper Race have been up there as our most competitive. This time round, with an entry from each coast, their competitive nature is sure to be heightened and we can look forward to some fierce competition on the water. Both will be keen to keep the Clipper Race Trophy down under and only time will tell whether either of them is successful. I for one will be watching with great interest!”
Previous Australian entries in the Clipper Race have had strong pedigrees with Western Australia’s inaugural entry in Clipper 05-06 winning overall. While their second team in Clipper 07-08 failed to retain the prestigious Clipper Race Trophy, the yacht named helped Perth beat off stiff competition from eight other international cities to secure the ISAF 2011 World Sailing Championships. Currently the title of Clipper Race champion lies with the Spirit of Australia team which took home the trophy in Clipper 09-10 and it remains to be seen whether either of the Australian entries in Clipper 11-12 can keep it there.
The yachts are expected to arrive in Geraldton in late October 2011 at the start of the Australian summer and it will be the second time the city has hosted the fleet.
Following their departure from Geraldton the yachts will race anticlockwise round the south coast of Australia to Queensland via New Zealand. The fleet is expected to arrive to an equally warm reception on the Gold Coast in mid-December before heading north to Singapore.

Girls made up many crews, several on the helm at the Australian Schools team racing championships.South Australia schools sail off for team title in Perth

South Australian schools St Michael’s College and St Joseph’s College sailed off for the final of the 2011 Australian Schools Team Racing Championship on Perth’s Swan River, with St Michael’s winning 3-2.
Hosted by South of Perth Yacht Club, the final on Sunday climaxed three days of intense racing between some of the best young sailors in the nation, competing under the complex rules of teams racing in Pacer dinghies.
In total 196 races were conducted under the Swiss League system which involved each team sailing 28 races,
St Michael’s was third in overall standings at the end of the qualifying series between the 14 school teams from around Australia but came through the semi-finals with two convincing 2-0 victories, clinching the championship in a five race final.
St Joseph’s had topped the qualifying scores with 20 wins, followed by Western Australia’s Shenton College with 18 wins, St Michael’s College (SA) with 17 and Christ Church Grammar (WA) with 16 wins.
Overall winners, St Joseph’s College (SA) racing against Christ Church Grammar (WA) during the qualifying rounds. In the three semi-finals allowed under the team racing rules, St Michael’s beat Christ Church Grammar 2-0 and Shenton College 2-0, while St Joseph’s College beat Shenton College 2-0, leaving the two Adelaide schools to fight out the final.
The winning St Michael’s College team comprised Benjamin Knoop, Cameron Philcox, Luke Butcher, Henry Leitner, Jordan Pisani and Jackson Knoop. Sailing for St Joseph’s were Ryan Kelly, Louise Stephens, Ashleigh Dyer, Greta Garnaut, Amy Perin, Kelsey Allen and Mark Barwick.
Results: 1 St Michael’s College SA; 2 St Joseph’s College SA; 3 Shenton College WA; 4 Christ Church Grammar WA; 5 Scotch College WA ;6 The Hutchins School TAS; 7 The Friends School TAS; 8 St Michael’s Grammar VIC ;9 Cranbrook School NSW; 10 Haileybury College VIC; 11 Iona College QLD; 12 The Scots College NSW; 13 Geelong Grammar VIC; 14 Moreton Bay College QLD.
Peter Campbell

Gold Coast Marine Expo

Queensland Boating industry have joined forces to establish a unique, not-for-profit boating experience – The Gold Coast Marine Expo, Australia’s first working boat show.
The Expo will be held on November 4, 5 and 6 at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera where boating enthusiasts from all over Australia and overseas will have the chance to experience a boat show like no other.
Many of Queensland’s finest and most reputable boating companies will showcase their craft, marine products or services alongside many international brands at the inaugural event.
The Gold Coast Marine Expo has been dubbed Australia’s working boat show because not only will boating enthusiasts see the finished product on display, they will also have the chance to view the construction process through factory tours of some of the nation’s leading pleasure craft manufacturers.
“There will be hundreds of boats both power and sail of all different sizes from Kayaks to Super Yachts on land and on the marinas on the Coomera River,” said Gold Coast Marine Expo spokesman Stephen Milne. “There’s also a wooden boat festival and international food stalls with a range of cuisine,” Gold Coast Marine Expo spokesman Stephen Milne said.

Kurt Hansen and Lindsay Pike heading for a win on their Flying 11 Oscar. Yachting NSW’s Emerging Talent Squad enjoy the podium at Queensland Youth Week

Yachting NSW’s Emerging Talent Squad well and truly emerged last month bringing home the Champion State Trophy after a dominating round of results at the Queensland Youth Week sailing regatta.
The squad is made up of athletes selected from designated junior and youth classes who participate in the program designed to develop skills and potentially qualify them for a NSW Institute of Sport scholarship. Coaching by staff from the institute ensures high quality with over 70 athletes involved each year supported by 10 coaches.
The Queensland Youth Week was run over four days from 2-5 July hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. The week is the biggest annual event for the Squadron with over 230 entries across ten classes. Youth sailors from across Australia travel to the event to enjoy the sailing and fly their state colours.
Harry Price and Nathan Edwards took out first overall in the 29ers, thankfully without their boat Crunchie living up to its name. Sam Treharne took out first overall in the Bic Techno division after a first in every race, with James Brewer and Dylan Passmore duplicating his record in the 420 class on Planit.
Kurt Hansen and Lindsay Pike brought Oscar in for a first overall in the Flying Elevens, and Nicholas Conner secured second overall on his Laser 4.7. Matthew Lang took things literally taking out first overall in the Sabots on Slippery Little Sucker.
“This has been a very strong showing for NSW sailors who together with their coaches are building toward the Australian Youth Championship next January,” said Rob Brewer, Emerging Talent Squad 420 Coach and Yachting NSW Vice President.
The next challenge for the Yachting NSW Emerging Talent Squad is the NSW Youth Championship in October, followed by class state championships, class Australian championships, and the Australian Youth Championships back at RQYS in January 2012.

New Marine Rescue NSW CEO Stacey Tannos ESM.CEO appointed to lead Marine Rescue NSW

Stacey Tannos ESM has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Marine Rescue NSW.
Mr Tannos has had a long and distinguished history of service in the NSW Emergency Management sector, most recently as Chief Executive of Emergency Management NSW and the first State Emergency Recovery Controller.
Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW was established in 2009, bringing together skilled members from the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association and marine section of the Volunteer Rescue Association into a consolidated volunteer rescue service dedicated to serving, educating and protecting the State’s boating community. Membership had now reached more than 3,200.
The organisation was led through its formation by Acting Commissioner Glenn Finniss, on secondment from the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command.

Sydney Ferry MV Lady Wakehurst on mission to The Solomon IslandsSydney Ferry MV Lady Wakehurst on mission to The Solomon Islands

The former Sydney Ferry Lady Wakehurst has been refitted as a hospital ship to work in the Solomon Islands.
Lady Wakehurst, a 530 GRT high capacity purpose-built commuter ferry, is heading for her new life after a long and distinguished career having worked in Hobart, Auckland and then Sydney both as a Manly Ferry, and as an inner and middle harbour ferry.
As a developing nation the Solomon Islands is in dire need of medical facilities and supplies. With the medical background of the owners, Lady Wakehurst has grown into an aid ship with the recent loading of four electric hospital beds, two anaesthetic machines and 400 pairs of crutches, all bound for the National Referral Hospital in Honiara on behalf of the Orthopaedic Outreach Centre.
The Duke of Edinburgh Association have also loaded 60 boxes of medical supplies for various hospitals there and wheelchairs for use on the ferry with her disabled access toilets.
In the days prior to her departure a Cat Scan machine and other medical equipment from St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney was also loaded for the trip.
“This is an exciting time for us, we are looking forward to helping passengers and patients in the Solomon Islands. Thanks to Baileys Marine the Lady Wakehurst had a berth while her renovations were completed and medical cargo loaded, with Guy and the team also providing fuel for the journey,” said a spokesman for the owners and crew of MV Lady Wakehurst.
Lady Wakehurst recently arrived in the Solomon Islands, starting another stage in the distinguished career of this grand old lady.

Alma Doepel off Sorrento. Floating dry dock for Alma Doepel

After exploration of 12 options for removing the 1903 built Alma Doepel from the water for hull restoration, by lifting, slipping or dry-docking, the decision has been made to build ‘The Alma Dock’.
This will be a 40m x 12m submersible barge that will form the floating dry dock for Alma while she is being re-planked and re-fastened and the keel stabilised. The core of the structure will be two submersible pontoons which have been purchased and will be brought to Melbourne within a few weeks.
The purchase has been made possible only by very generous donations from two supporters and the Board wishes to express its gratitude for these timely contributions.
The next stage will be to transport the 30m 25-tonne pontoons to Melbourne by truck, at an estimated cost of $13,000.
To help with sponsorship via the tax deductible National Trust Alma Doepel Appeal Fund email or telephone 0427 829 134.

Junior Kayak team shine in Cologne

Seven male junior sprinters competed at the West German Championships in Cologne (Koln), Germany on the weekend 16-17 July with some impressive results to kick start their preparations for the Junior World Championships. Under the guidance of coaches Peter Petho and Krzysztof Lepianka, the seven emerging Australian sprinters headed over earlier than the main group to give them more time to prepare, acclimatize and fine tune their crews.
With just two weeks until the World Championships commence it was a great chance for the athletes to again race at the top level, their last major competitive meet being back in March at the Australian Nationals.
Most of the junior events in Cologne were selection races for German Nationals, so the Australian sprinters had to compete in the senior ranks, and performed admirably with a string of impressive results.
“It was a very important event for our paddlers; they managed to perform well against a very strong field and collected some valuable experience for the upcoming big race,” said Petho.
With starting times of senior and junior events following each other, the coaches were able to compare times recorded comparable to winning junior times.
“Looking at it this way, Charlie Copeland would have won the U18 200m, while Callum Dunn and Bill Bain would have still beaten all the German paddlers.”
This result has left little doubt about Copeland’s ability to successfully paddle in the fast lane.
The K2 200m saw Aussie pair Callum Dunn and Victor Gebarski take victory ahead of fellow Australian duo Jeremy Petho and Nicholas Bulmer.
In the Worlds team events, Petho, Dunn, Bulmer and Gebarski will focus on K4, while Giraud and Copeland will turn their attention to the K2.
The 2011 ICF Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships will be held in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany from 29-31 July.

Itinerant Boatman and  Reverer of Wimmin -- Henry Adam
Henry Adam was the first son of WWI Anzac Grenville John (Jack) Adam, a Sapper on the Western Front and handyman extraordinaire, and Dorothy Simpson a playwright, award winning rose grower and kleptomaniac. He followed two girls, leaving his mother unprepared for his arrival. So she did what she always did, dressed the new arrival in the older sisters’ hand me downs. To distinguish him from his sisters she would call out ‘Boy’ and it stuck until he became ’Arry Driftwood.
An inquisitive child, Henry was always in trouble and finally ran away from a school for boys after an experiment with stolen military flares set fire to RAAF property at Laverton. Months later he jumped the rattlers heading north; the trains getting him as far as the cane fields of Queensland before he returned to Brisbane where he worked in a factory and met, as he said, the exotic Heather Donnelly.
At 19 he was married and returned to the family fold in Melbourne and with the help of his parents settled down to make the most of his new situation. He worked as an apprentice radio operator for three years before deciding to head back to Queensland with his family to start a new life.
Supported by his parents, he bought a Bedford truck and spent months with his father preparing it to carry family to their new life. Henry and his father were close and by the time he reached Coffs Harbour the old man was on his way by train to join his son.
Life on a pineapple farm at Kallangur in the ’50s was hard, the farm didn’t do well but Henry, as always, gave it 100 percent. Planting a side crop of tomatoes led him to invent a mechanical seedling planter with a machinery maker that reduced the backbreaking labour involved. Still the farm was hard work and no great love, so he laboured on the Pine Dam and started night school, completing both Junior and Senior certificates in one year. He then went on to do Engineering.
It was joyous, evenings sitting around the radio with Heather and his father, listening to the Goon Show over a glass of beer. It wasn’t uncommon to see Henry and Jack dressed in khaki overalls, shovel over shoulders, rolling down the paddock in hysterical laughter recounting Goon Show highlights. But by the end of the ’60s he had had enough of the farm and night school and dropped both to work as a salesman, horrifying the whole family.
By 1960 he was living by the sea at Redcliffe and in 1962 converted the suburban backyard into a boat building yard. Yes boat building. Henry had a hankering to sail around the world and this was step one. When the black-hulled, red-sailed Sabot was finished he joined the family up in the Humpybong Yacht Club. Meanwhile he prepared himself for his world sailing adventure and he took his kids along for the ride.
In 1975 Henry was living in Glenrowan with second wife Vilma, when Whitlam was sacked she found him missing, eventually she found him in his shed casting a bullet with Governor General Kerr’s name on it.
Henry was always happiest when the ocean was involved in his day. So it was no surprise when, in the late ’70s, in a fit of pique, no longer able to cope with his domestic situation and seeing his dream of sailing around the world slipping through his fingers, he sold the house and headed to Cairns where he eventually ended up with that now familiar sight on Sydney Harbour, the yacht Driftwood, and setting off of on what was to be the first – and coincidently the last – leg of his sail around the world adventure.
He sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1983 and stayed.
He had an abiding interest in people: he was a keen observationalist striking up conversations with strangers on buses, trains, supermarkets and newsagents. Gleaning, acquiring, sifting. He had many jobs from deckhand to executive but he found his lifework in 1993, when editor Robin Copeland asked him to write for Afloat.
There was so much he still had left to do, to impart. And there is still so much more to say about him.
He loved Monty Python, sometimes he and I would sing as we skipped down the street ‘always look on the bright side of death’. It was our secret. About a month ago on one of his regular coffee dates with me, he remarked, “You know what I admire about you daughter. I admire the way you get up no matter what the universe flings at you and keep going, sometimes in a different direction but always with a smile.”
“Daddio,” I said. “I learnt that from you.”
Henry Adam, by his training and inquisitive nature was an autodidact a nimble minded provocateur, a wordsmith with a Doctorate in Life. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.
He is survived by his daughter Judith (Judex) his sons Michael, Vincent and Nicholas. His second wife Vilma and her four daughters Sharon, Rhonda, Julie-Ann and Perri.