Sails : Sails 25 April May 2014
Photo: Tim Wright Carkeek 47. Grundoom debut: Caribbean 600. Built by Premier Composite Technologies, builders of Carkeek 40 MKII, C47 & C60. different to the conditions the Hobart race can bring. It can be very tricky tactically with crews having to bring their 'A games' and be ready for anything that the race throws at them. It is also anticipated that 87 year old Syd Fischer will bring his Elliott designed Ragamuffin 100 to the start line to challenge for line honours. Neither Oats, Perpetual LOYAL or Ragamuffin 100 competed in last year's race, as both Wild Oats XI and Perpetual LOYAL were still undertaking modifications and Ragamuffin 100 was competing in the Transpac race in the USA. This left Wild Thing, skippered by Grant Wharington, to claim the 2013 line honours win in what is remembered as 'a light air float fest'. Some of the 70 plus yachts expected to compete in the 2014 race north include: Brindabella, the people's maxi, owned by CYCA member Jim Cooney, which held the previous race record (27hrs, 35 mins, 43secs) for 13 years; Victoire, the overall winner of the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Ichi Ban, Matt Allen's Carkeek 60 and Southern Excellence II, Andrew Wenham's Volvo 70. Entry can be completed online until 1700 hours on Friday 11 July by logging on to: http://goldcoast. cyca.com.au/ competitors/online- race-entry/ To view the Notice of Race log on to: http://goldcoast. cyca.com.au/ competitors/race- documents/ Headlining the Queensland entries will be Peter Harburg's Volvo 70 Black Jack, skippered by Mark Bradford. "Everything came together nicely for us last year," Bradford recalled, after working with Harburg since he purchased the boat last year, to prepare Black Jack for Australian racing conditions. "We had some strong competition from Giacomo in the Hobart and the boat performed beautifully. It's still early days in our campaign with this yacht. We'll do the Brisbane to Gladstone, the Gold Coast, the Brisbane to Keppel and then get ready for another assault on the Rolex Sydney Hobart," Bradford said. Alive, the former RP66 Black Jack, will return under new owner Tasmanian businessman Phillip Turner with the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race her third major offshore outing after contesting the Sydney Mooloolaba and Brisbane to Gladstone races. Last year's overall race winner and CYCA Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year for 2012-2013, Chris Bran, is taking a 12 month break from ocean racing after a pretty intense campaign since launching his Beneteau First 40 Brannew in February 2012. Now in its 29th edition, the race was first sailed in 1986, following the construction of the $40 million Gold Coast seaway, which opened the sheltered waters of Southport's Broadwater and other coastal waterways to the open sea. The inaugural race attracted a fleet of 86 of Australia's leading yachts, with Sydney identity Jack Rooklyn bringing his famous 80-footer Apollo out of retirement for the race. A leading maxi at the time, Apollo went on to take line honours and first place overall under the IOR rule. Among the famous yachtsmen who sailed in that first race was Jock Sturrock, who skippered Gretel in Australia's first challenge for the America's Cup in 1962. The 384 nautical mile Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race heralds the commencement of the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore Series (BWPS) -- a six-race series with the champion to be crowned at the conclusion of the 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. RACE & REGATTA PREVIEW 037 NORTH BOUND Opposite page top: Perpetual Loyal and Wild Oats XI in the 2013 Hobart. Opposite page below: Brindabella will sail north.
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