Sails : Sails 29 December January 2015
rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 and Matt Mason, while Juan vila (navigator) switches from Giacomo. Bell has re-signed Olympic gold medallist and America’s cup winner, Tom Slingsby, while Tom Addis moves over from Wild Oats XI to navigate, and Mcconaghy’s Jono Morris, also an accomplished yachtsman, also joins the boat. The usual sprinkling of celebs will be there too. Comanche 12358 A new 100-foot racing yacht for American Jim clark and his Aussie wife and former supermodel Kristy hinze clark. Comanche had little time for trials before being loaded onto a ship in charleston bound for Australia. An unknown quantity, she is creating a lot of hype, even though Jim clark insists the off the breeze conditions of the last few Rolex Sydney hobarts won’t suit his yacht. But who knows what the weather will bring? The only downside for the boat with the big form guide 037 ROLEX/CARLOBORLENGHI/JuLEsGELdARdVIdPICPRO.COm 70| footers + Alive 52566 Alive is the rebirthed Reichel/Pugh 66, Black Jack, purchased by Tasmanian Philip Turner earlier in the year. Alive obliterated the 1885 nautical mile Melbourne to vanuatu race record by almost two days in July, in the time of 5 days 23 hours 52 minutes and 45 seconds, making Turner confident in the yacht’s ability to turn up the heat in the upcoming race. Earlier in the year, the Bangkok based Tasmanian won all three handicap honours (IRc, ORci and PhS) in the 308 nautical mile Brisbane to gladstone Race. Prior to Turner purchasing the yacht, Queensland owner Peter harburg produced some great results with her, including back-to-back line honours in the 2009 and 2010 Brisbane gladstone races, second on line in the 2012 Audi Sydney gold coast yacht Race, finishing inside the record time along with new record holder Wild Oats XI, claiming second overall to boot. Skipper will be Duncan hine, who steered the boat to its Melbourne vanuatu record. wade Morgan, who shot to fame as one of Syd fischer’s young Australia America’s cup crew with Jimmy Spithill in 2000, is the sailing master. This is a youngish crew studded with Etchells sailors, including navigator David Turton and 2009 Etchells world’s winning crew, Matthew chew. feather on its hull, is that Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal are tried and tested and have core crews who have withstood the test of time. Comanche is born of the latest technology from bow to stern and deck to mast top, designed by verdier yacht Design & vplp and built by hodgdon yachts. American entrepreneur and prominent technology companies founder, clark, says Comanche was designed specifically to break records, or at least take line honours, in the world’s major races, starting with our race. Kenny Read skippering plus Stan honey navigating equals one big threat. Three Aussies will be aboard; Queenslander casey Smith is boat captain, with Ryan godfrey and chris Maxted crewing. If she takes line honours, Australia will be claiming some of the credit! North Sails president Read has the last word: “we’ve only been out a few times, but I’m very excited to sail Comanche. It’s an amazing boat that very quickly earns your respect.” Giacomo nZl70000 This is the second successive hobart race for Jim Delegat and Giacomo. The Managing Director of Delegat wine Estate (distributor of the very drinkable Oyster Bay wines), purchased the 2011-2012 volvo Ocean Race winner, Groupama 4 early last year, removed all the heavy bits, such as the communications gear required by the vOR, underwent other modifications and arrived in Australia ready to race. Giacomo finished sixth on line, two places and a little over two minutes behind fellow v70, Black Jack (ex Telefonica) owned by Peter harburg. Giacomo was in front of her foe for most of the race, with a third boat, Karl Kwok’s Botin 80, Beau Geste keeping them company and finishing between the two. New Zealander Delegat will get a chance to even the score, as Black Jack also returns to the race. Both boats were designed by Argentinean Juan Kouyoumdjian, and both have solid crews. whitbread/ volvo Ocean Race veteran, Steve cotton re-joins the boat in the role of boat captain. The genial Delegat said: “we are looking forward to being in Sydney and competing in the hobart again. we’re very pleased with Giacomo’s performance of late, because she is having some very good early success. In the Auckland to fiji ocean race in June, we won on handicap, taking the Suva gold cup and a host of local inshore races. we’re well prepared for the Sydney hobart and looking forward to the excitement and challenge that it brings.” Delegat finished: “Optimising boat performance is an ongoing pre- occupation – and of course raising the skill level is a key success factor.” mADe TO rACe Ken Read will skipper Jim Clark’s Comanche. Above: Giacomo is returning to the race. Below: Philip Turner’s Alive.
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