Sails : Sails 27 August September 2014
If you’re lucky enough to be heading north to the idyllic Whitsunday’s this August to compete in one of the reef region’s famous race weeks, these pages may also be a handy read during those millpond patches when Huey’s on holiday! Each year, we craft this issue with sailing speed and performance in mind, focused on all things racing as we spring into a new season of competitive sailing. Heading offshore, Sydney’s CYCA starts its 29th Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast race on July 26. A significant bluewater race in its own right, the Gold Coast also doubles as a feeder for southern-based yachts en route to the regatta weeks further north at Airlie Beach (8-15 Aug), Audi Hamilton Island (16-23 Aug) and Magnetic Island (28 Aug-2 Sept) with many boats continuing their Queensland passage racing in the Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel race starting August 2. Our Skipper interview this issue is well overdue. Di Pearson talks with one of the most competitive and successful ocean racing skippers sailing today, Sydney-based Roger Hickman. ‘Hicko’ talks of his love of sailing, his loyal crew and his beloved race yacht Wild Rose, a veteran that just keeps on delivering the silverware. In Aperture this issue, our photo- story rounding up the recent Oyster World Rally 2013-2014 and following Oyster Regatta Antigua tells the tale of 30,000-miles sailed around the world by a flotilla of luxury cruisers with a sense of great adventure. Our special report and a ‘tall story’ not to miss is Ivor Wilkin’s profile on Southern Spars. A globally respected Kiwi company, Southern started out from the smallest beginnings a quarter century ago and has gone on to forge an unequalled reputation for innovation and leadership in composite spar and rigging technology. We salute their Silver Anniversary as a true sailing success story. 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For the next Cup in 2017, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club / Oatley family backed ‘Team Australia’ Challenge looked set to put Australia back in the game, front and centre. But now the challenge is all over as Hamilton Island Yacht Club announced its shock early withdrawal on July 19. The cut and thrust of competition under sail leads us to this issue’s Sailmaking special report ‘Driving Force’. Jeni Bone chats with our most well known lofts about the challenges for today’s sailmakers serving a fragmented local market that demands everything from old Dacron cross cut sails to high-tech Grand Prix racing membranes and moulded foils. Searching for the next big thing in race boat design? Read Kevin Green’s latest feature profiling our Top 10 selection of new race boats for 2014 – a revealing insight into a new breed of racing yacht designs, large and small, recently launched and in build now, from all corners of the globe. Last month I set sail on a surprising swift, new cruiser/racer - the much- awarded new Dehler 38, which is now one of the Hanse Group stable of yachting brands. Club racers take note: this German-built competition version of Dehler’s newest model is one to watch this season, with both the pace and rating to regularly secure podium places when sailed well. If you’re inclined to a more relaxed pace in this racy edition, look out for our review on Bavaria Yachts new vision with the European yard pursuing a new direction in their design and range of value-packed cruising yachts. Enjoy the read. Once more around the wheel – its time once again for our Racing special edition of Sails magazine – published on the eve of the Sydney International Boat Show.
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