Sails : Sails 29 December January 2015
rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 form guide 041 30+ footers Luna Sea 8339 The little hick 35 started out in the hands of victorian Bruce Taylor, who named her Chutzpah, as all his yachts have been known. when he sold her to Ed Psaltis and Bob Thomas in 1998, he’d had 17 attempts to win the hobart with various yachts, and had just updated to a new boat. It was the most regrettable and unforgettable action of Taylor’s sailing career. Psaltis and Thomas went on to win the tragic 1998 race, by then known as AFR Midnight Rambler, while Taylor was one of the many retirees. Drummoyne Sailing club member James cameron purchased the yacht and contested the 2012 Rolex Sydney hobart, finishing 26th overall and fifth in his division – the race did not sway in favour of the small brigade that year. In 2013, the yacht had nine hobarts to its credit when cameron and crew headed to hobart. conditions peaked when the smaller yachts reached Bass Strait, and Luna Sea’s rudder broke, necessitating a 100 nautical mile tow to safety by the police vessel Van Diemen. Luna Sea has a new rudder now and some new sails, so cameron is back as keen as ever. If the weather falls in favour of the tiddlers in the fleet, don’t count out Luna Sea, which finished third overall in the 2013 gosford-Lord howe Island Race. More recently, she was 38th in the Land Rover Sydney gold coast race, a tactical affair that did not pay off for this boat and others. Maluka of Kermandie a19 Sean Langman is a sailor of extremes, 18-footers one minute, super maxis and multihulls the next and then there is his penchant for boats such as Maluka of Kermandie, which is of the old and small ilk. Built in 1932 and measuring in at 9.0 -metres, she is the oldest and smallest boat in the hobart race this year. A classic gaff rigger designed by cliff gale, she was restored to her former glory by Langman and was the first boat under 9.5-metres to finish the 2006 hobart. She was eighth overall that year, when the ‘oldies’ controlled the race – Love & War won and Bacardi was runner- up. Maluka, flying the Tasmanian flag, is normally last into hobart, but if the weather gets tough, the tough on board will get her going. Martela 7075 Anthony williams from the ‘Apple Isle’ steered his IMx 38 to 26th overall and third in division last year, after contesting every race he could in Tassie in his efforts for a good result come the main game. Martela was the first Tasmanian Boat under IRc to finish the hobart and also finished third in ORci Division 3. In March, Martela finished second in the combined club Long Race Series. If williams and crew can keep the momentum going, and the weather plays into their hands, the Tasmanians could find themselves on the podium. however, they could be stopped in their tracks by another well- sailed Tasmanian boat, Whistler. Whistler l77 David Rees and his close-knit Whistler crew are among Tasmania’s best known boats. The Aussie designed MBD36 competes in all the major Tasmanian events. She last raced to hobart in 2011 and finished 10th overall and second in Division 4, after tugging at the heartstrings of all Tasmanians when she led the race for the Tattersalls cup for a time. Whistler was the first Tasmanian boat under IRc in 2011, her name added to the Tasports Trophy as Martela’s was last year. Jonathan Rees took the city of hobart Trophy for the Navigator of first Tasmanian yacht on corrected Time, and will navigate the yacht again. In the lead-up, Rees and his crew had achieved outstanding success over a two year period, in ocean racing and in the Three Peaks adventure challenge in Tasmania and the United Kingdom. Whistler is hobart’s hope and that of the Rolex Sydney hobart finisher, the Royal yacht club of Tasmania, where Rees is a member. Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March 2015 Phone: 02 9969 1244 Website: www.shr.mhyc.com.au More than 300 boats, racing in over 24 divisions, on 8 course areas in Sydney Harbour and offshore. All Classes will race over 2 days. Traditional post race beach party and entertainment back at MHYC each night - featuring the prize presentation on Sunday night! Hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC), the Sydney Harbour Regatta is the Largest, competitive keelboat regatta in Australia. Held thanks to assisting clubs: CYCA, MHYC, MYC, RANSA, RPAYC, RPEYC, RSYS, SASC and SFS. 10th ANNIVERSARY 2015 SYDNEY HARBOUR REGATTA Notice of Race will be available on MHYC website soon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in participating.
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