MarineBusiness-World.com
 
 
News Home FishingBoating Photo Gallery Australian Cruising Sail-World Australia
Sail-World.com : Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Of Hooligans and trifectas
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Of Hooligans and trifectas


'Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2013'    Andrea Francolini_Audi.

At Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Marcus Blackmore’s Sydney based TP52 Hooligan trumped the IRC Racing division with one day to spare, earning yet another championship trophy and taking out a trifecta of overall wins at Hamilton Island.

The polished crew had the series sewn up before today’s final Lindeman Island Race, but relentlessly fought on and pulled a second spot out of the hat to finish on 11 points, well clear of Rob Hanna’s TP52 Shogun V from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club on 21 points.

Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2013 -  Andrea Francolini_Audi.  

Third in division was Sam Haynes’ Rogers 46 Celestial on 22 points.

'We had an exceptional crew, probably the best I’ve ever had on the boat,' said Blackmore dockside.

He paid tribute to some of his team including new tactician, dual Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page. 'Malcolm is relatively new as a tactician in boats of this size, but he proved his worth and was ably backed up by strategist Dan Slater.'

Conditions this week reminded Page of Qingdao in China, where Olympic sailing events were staged in 2008. 'With the light winds and current, all those memories came flooding back,' said Page, who looks set to remain on the Hooligan program.

'Will Oxley was new on the boat, he was excellent,' Blackmore continued. 'Terry Wetton our crew boss deserves a lot of credit; he makes the call on who sits at the back of the bus.'

Internationally renowned navigator Will Oxley spent his 17th Race Week adding his expertise to Hooligan’s quest for a third consecutive crown.

'This is my home regatta; I’d like to think I know the way around,' said Oxley. 'Light winds made the tides all the more important. The guys I used to work with at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville have teamed up with the CSIRO to develop a 1km tidal model for the entire reef. We used that model to help us get a sense of what was going on before each race.'

Blackmore spoke of a course he did in India at an Ashram a year ago with Swami Ji and drew a parallel between yachting and the Swami’s teachings on bad luck. 'He believes in Karma, but not bad luck. I think there’s an element of that in yachting. I think you can overcome bad luck with a good boat that is well prepared and Tim Wiseman is probably the best in the world at preparing boats.'

The comradeship aboard Hooligan is plain to see, 'Some of the guys here are the same ones I raced with on my Mumm 36 15 years ago,' said the owner, recognising the core of his triumphant team.

But there was one thing missing this week for Blackmore.

'I can say how fantastic it is to win three in a row, to win the 30th regatta, to remember back to the first Race Week in 1984 when I won the arbitrary division, but something was missing for me this week and that was Stripey,' said the visibly distressed skipper, recalling the popular Queensland sailing journalist who passed away in April just days after his wife also passed away.

Bob Oatley’s 100-foot supermaxi Wild Oats XI had a cruisy week leading the IRC Racing fleet around the island courses to claim line honours in all nine races. Bob was on board for today’s final race and took the gun at the helm.

On their Rolex Sydney Hobart preparations, which includes installing a new lighter rig in October, skipper Mark Richards said, 'We have a lot of sailing to do between now and Christmas.'

On the value of the Hamilton Island series in terms of lessons learnt Richards added, 'We have always had a weakness in light air and never really had the time to put in. It’s been good to get a feel for that weak point and get on top of it.'

Wild Thing’s owner/skipper Grant Wharington is also taking home valuable wisdoms. 'We had a fantastic week!' said the now Queensland based Wharington. 'The boat has been performing better than we hoped upwind and not quite as well as we would have liked downwind so we have a few things to work on before Christmas.'

A six knot easterly, the result of a persistent high pressure system that is refusing to budge, meant only the IRC Racing fleet scraped through the tide gate at Lindeman Island in time, the other divisions completing the Lindeman Island race sailing a shortened course.

Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2013 -  Andrea Francolini_Audi.   Click Here to view large photo


by Lisa Ratcliff

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.marinebusiness-world.com/index.cfm?nid=113590

10:44 AM Sat 24 Aug 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013

Related News Stories:

24 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Multitude of reasons to attend
24 Aug 2013  Family fun at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
24 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week images by Andrea Francolini
24 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Daily weather forecast
24 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Full results for day 5
23 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 5 - Salvaged
23 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Cartoon series by Mark O’Brien
23 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 4 images by Andrea Francolini
23 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Full results for day 4
23 Aug 2013  Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 5 - Weather forecast
MORE STORIES ...




Marine Business News

Phil Jones the CEO of Yachting Australia has after 17 years resigned. Sail-World interviewed Jones at length. Here is the first of a multipart interview series. Jones started his career in 1983 sailing working for the Royal Yachting Association over there for about seven years as the windsurfing manager, after previously being the windsurfing coach. ... [more]  

September 30, 2014: After starting down on the previous week the NZD took another turn for the worse yesterday. The release of the RBNZ FX transaction figures for August showed the bank had sold NZ$521m in August. This is the largest single month sell off of the NZD since 2007. ... [more]  

A shipyard designated for reconstruction of historic ships in Saint Petersburg is located in Lakhta on the territory of Saint Petersburg Yacht Club in 'Hercules' marina. The first large-scale project, replica of the 54-gun ship of the line 'Poltava' has been under construction since last year. ... [more]  

Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay have announced the successful tender for the dredging of Swansea Channel has been awarded to Neumann Dredging Pty Ltd. ... [more]  

Have trailer, will travel *Feature by Jeni Bone
All Marine Spares were out in force at last weekend’s Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat Club Spectacular, which drew local and interstate participants and enthusiastic crowds numbering in the several thousand. ... [more]  

September 27, 2014: Commodity currencies continued to remain under extreme pressure, after the mayhem of the previous day, with threatened Central Bank intervention. The KIWI closed the week a shadow of its former self, trading 0.7850, while the AUD fared marginally better on 0.8760. ... [more]  

Pantaenius, the world’s leading specialist yacht insurance company, has been at the forefront of yacht insurance for more than 40 years, earning a reputation for transparency and commitment to customer service that provides round-the-clock international support and reliable, speedy claims settlement. ... [more]  

Auckland On The Water Boat Show: Images from the final day by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Auckland International Boat Show concluded today having enjoyed four days of moderately acceptable weather. Attendance figures have not yet been announced however they are expected to be close to or exceed last year's Show. ... [more]  

World-wide the development of marine wind farms will grow. Britain's RYA is taking a proactive stance that can serve as an example for other yachting bodies. If wind farms could be an issue in your waters, its important to follow just what is happening in GBR. Speaking today Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager said 'The RYA will now be responding to those of the Panel’s questions that have bee ... [more]  

A new provisional World Record was set on the Viaduct Harbour today with 52 paddlers covering the 100 metre course on the Lancer SUP. There were no incidents in the attempt - which sets a new mark category in the Guinness World Records. ... [more]  

September 26, 2014: Markets tumbled overnight, hit hard by Central Bank activity and Geo-Politics, boosting the safety value of the Dollar. The NZD crashed after threats of intervention by RBNZ Governor Wheeler. He jawboned the currency lower commenting the currency was 'unjustifiable and unsustainable'. He cited recent falls in commodity prices had not been reflected in the KIWI and thus he would ... [more]  

An impressive speakers’ list is developing for the marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition 3rd- 5th May 2015 to be held on the Gold Coast. 55 keynote and conference stream sessions are being finalised for the event. ... [more]  

An attempt will be made on Saturday afternoon set set a new Guinness World Record mark for the most people on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) The SUP used for the record attempt will be supplied by leading New Zealand inflatable manufacturer, Lancer Industries, and the SUP uses Lancer's AirDock technology.. ... [more]  

September 25, 2014: Stocks rebounded after a three day run of negatives. It must be remembered that all the bad news is still counterbalanced by Central bank extra mural activity. It was this realization and some good news on the housing front that spurred equities to reverse recent losses. New Home Sales surged 18%! ... [more]  

A 70-foot ocean racing yacht which circumnavigated the globe in the latest edition of the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, representing Scottish Whisky brand Old Pulteney, will be centre stage in front of thousands of visitors at the Scotland Boat Show, 10-12 October, being staged on the Clyde, near Glasgow. ... [more]  

A win for sharks by Nathaniel Pelle
Earlier this year, thousands of Australians, including you, united to stop this brutal and unnecessary practice. I’ve never seen anything quite like it - protesters gathered on beaches from Manly to Margaret River and flooded Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s inbox with nearly a quarter of a million emails calling on him to stop the cull. ... [more]  

Mobilarm has integrated its latest emergency electronic MOB Beacon, the sMRT V100 Locator Beacon, with the inflatable SOS Dan Buoy marker. It is being introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s largest mega---yacht show this week. ... [more]  

Sail-World did a quick tour of the on the water exhibits at the Auckland On The Water Boat Show. Her's a quick selection of some of the almost 200 boats on the water in the Viaduct Harbour. ... [more]  

The Auckland On The Water Boat Show opened this morning in brilliant Spring sunshine. Based on the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, there are nearly 200 exhibiting companies and over 200 boats are at the event which runs through to Sunday September 28. ... [more]  

B&G, world leader in the design and manufacture of marine electronics and instruments for sailing, announced today the V90, a powerful and versatile new black box VHF marine radio. Packed with innovative communication features, the V90 offers sailors unparalleled performance with a feature set that includes an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver and more ... [more]  

September 24, 2014: The AUD and NZD all hitting new lows. The AUD slumped to 0.8840 while the Kiwi stumbled to a low of 0.8050 before rebounding a little. The KIWI will come under further scrutiny with today's trade numbers and Fonterra’s annual report. ... [more]  

Bias Boating ceases trading by Boating Industry Association
PPB Advisory has advised they were appointed joint and several Receivers and Managers of Bias Boating on the first of September. It has been confirmed on the 19th of September 2014 that Bias Boating has ceased trading and 14 stores across NSW, QLD, NT and WA are now closed. ... [more]  

Discover Boating Week 2014 by Boating Industry Association
This week will allow us as an industry, to further connect with consumers and demonstrate the benefits of the recreational boating lifestyle. Furthermore, this week will give your business the opportunity to show consumers your products and services, and connect with them within a promotional calendar. ... [more]  

Iridium have recently released the Iridium GO!, their latest product in the satellite communication market. It’s portable, battery powered, and creates a WiFi hotspot. www.predictwind.com!PredictWind!new have partnered with Iridium to put together a package catering specifically to the marine market. ... [more]  

The flagship of Riviera’s award-winning Sport Yacht collection is supremely comfortable with innovative alfresco lifestyle concepts, ultramodern marine technology and palatial appointments – a high-performance yacht akin to a floating six-star resort. ... [more]  

Growing affection for high-end luxury power boats boasting a noble and nostalgic design has inspired the new 54 Daybridge from award-winning boat-builder Belize Motoryachts. ... [more]  

These are some life’s great pleasures and ones you really do want to share. After all, if something has been finely crafted, it’s almost one’s duty to indulge others in the pleasures you’re partaking. Now ever since Aranui's significant keel was first laid down, this 40 footer has been a talking point and it was not long before Corsair Boats were on to building another Bass Straight Motor Yacht ... [more]  

Bristling with innovation, technology and time-honoured craftsmanship, Riviera’s new 515 SUV and 50 Enclosed Flybridge will make their West Australian premieres at the 2014 Mandurah Boat Show from October 10 to 12. ... [more]  

The 2014 Grand Pavois attracted 93,000 visitors (Ed: as compared to 92,000 in 2013) thanks to the number of new launches on show (Ed: more than 90 new boats on display, out of the 650 there), the number of highlights which were featured, and by its general mood. ... [more]  

The Canberra Yacht Club is looking for a Dinghy Sailing Instructor/Coach in its very busy Sailing School. The CYC Sailing School is the fourth largest centre in Australia training over 1,000 kids and adults from Opti learn to sail to HP coaching. ... [more]  

South Australian marinas and yacht clubs are planning a full day of predominantly free on-water and land based events on Sunday 12th October for people to experience the boating lifestyle first-hand and learn how easy it is to get involved. ... [more]  

ForwardScan allows sailors to avoid potentially dangerous areas and sail with confidence in unfamiliar waters. With an effective range of eight times the actual water’s depth, real time updates and a built-in configurable shallow depth alarm, B&G ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies, such as Broadband Radar; ensuring sailors avoid costly navigation mistakes. ... [more]  

Making its debut at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, the BRIG Navigator 700 is 7-metres of versatility and durability, with room for 11 people in comfort – 12 in the twin engine version. ... [more]  

State Government footdragging dints Queensland marina optimism
Collinson FX Market Commentary: September 23, 2014 - Euphoric offset
Bright future for Port Phillip snapper stocks
Spring time auction a success for Marine Auctions
Marine Auctions gets on the social media boat
Marine15: Submit your 'Best Profit Idea' and win! *Feature
Iconic dealership celebrates 50 years *Feature
Portsmouth-based barge operator breaches maritime legislation
Superior secures the ISO tick
Skudo reveals surface protection products for the Marine Industry
First step taken in trout investigation – Goulburn River, Kevington
Lancer returns to Auckland Boat Show with new RIB Pricing
Collinson FX Market Commentary: September 20, 2014 - ANZAC drops
Genoa International Boat Show 2014 responding to a changing market
Kiwi boats helping Aussie kids learn to sail
Brunswick Corporation returns to Marine and Fitness core
Collinson FX Market Commentary: September 19, 2014 - KIWI election
Superior secures the ISO tick
New Zealand boating industry showing strong growth
Collinson FX Market Commentary: September 18, 2014 - KIWI on Notice
RYA’s first ever Digital Day a great success   
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Stenlake back to defend title   
Monaco Yacht Show - Australia tops marine industry brands showcasing   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta attends the HISWA te Water show   
Collinson FX Market Commentary: September 17, 2014 - All rise!   
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt   
New Zealand premiere for Riviera’s exciting new SUV collection   
New brokers on board with Boat Equity   
New Zealand's largest on water boat show kicks off next Thursday   
Auckland On Water Boat Show - Family summer fun starts next Thursday   
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show drives marine tourism in Pattaya   
CKIPM Marine Group reveals agreement with Korean Government   
Ben Ainslie Racing partners with Yamaha Motor in the UK   
Collinson FX Market Commentary: September 16, 2014 - UKP gets Jimmied   
Where the audience is matters a lot for advertisers   
Auckland Water Boatshow: Practice session for Guinness World Record   
Brisbane to host new boat show at Manly on Moreton Bay *Feature   
Impressive line-up for Marina Investment Seminar   
Penske Automotive to expand presence in Australia   
Great Barrier Reef plan released for comment   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
  





Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW MBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT