Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Dec-Jan 2016
ROLEXSYDNEYHOBARTYACHTRACE2015ROLEXSYDNEYHOBARTYACHTRACE2015 DOWN THE RHUMBLINE 135 CLIPPER TRIPPER Prominent Hobart yachtsman David Graney has sailed in many types of one-design racing dinghies and keelboats, with considerable success at a state, national and international level, but he has never got around to competing in Australia’s premier ocean race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart – until this year. David is competing in the 2015-2016 nautical mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as a crew member of Da Nang-Viet Nam. P rominent Hobart yachtsman David Graney has sailed in many types of one- design racing dinghies and keelboats, with considerable success at a state, national and international level. And yet, he has never got around to competing in Australia’s premier ocean race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart – until this year. To achieve that goal, David is competing in the 2015-2016 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as an amateur crew member of Da Nang-Viet Nam, one of 12 identical Clipper 70- foot racing yachts specially designed for the extreme endurance tests during the 10th edition of the world’s longest ocean racing adventure for amateur sailors. All going well, by the time of publication, David and Da Nang- Viet Nam, skippered by Australian professional yachtswoman Wendy Tuck, should have completed half the circumnavigation and be in, or soon to arrive in Sydney for a short break before heading south again on Boxing Day. The 12 Clipper Yachts will, by early December, have completed legs from London to Rio de Janeiro, back across the Atlantic to Cape Town, followed by a demanding Southern Ocean leg to Albany in Western Australia, then around our southern waters to Sydney. Although admittedly limited in long ocean racing experience, the 64-year-old Graney is among the more skilled sailors aboard Da Nang-Viet Nam. Each yacht has a professional skipper but the amateur crews aboard the Clipper 70s are largely novices – 40 percent had never sailed before starting their training in the lead-up to the Clipper Race. Graney however has been sailing since he was a boy. His most recent yacht racing has been helming the SB20 class yacht Wedgewood in Hobart’s very competitive fleet of these one-design sports boats, admitting that for the Clipper Race, “I feel I am stepping outside my comfort zone.” In fact, he has already notched up the fastest run on the helm of the Clipper 70 as the yacht dashes across the Southern Ocean under spinnaker. Graney learned to sail as a boy in Rainbow scows at Kingston Beach Sailing Club on the River Derwnt, graduating to the iconic Sharpies, later switching to the family orientated Mirror dinghy class, winning several Tasmanian titles and two Australian championships. He also sailed Mirrors overseas, finishing second in both the UK National titles and the Worlds in Ireland. From Mirrors, David moved into the International Dragon one-design keelboat class, winning State titles and the prestigious Prince Philip Cup, as well as finishing third in a Dragon class World championship held in Hobart. David has also been heavily involved in the official side of yachting, as a past commodore of the Kingston Beach Sailing Club, past president of Yachting Tasmania and a former board member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. A noted expert on the racing rules of sailing, he is a national judge and a national umpire. Why the Clipper? I asked David before he set sail from London. “I attended a couple of talks that inspired me, one by fellow Tasmanian Richard Hewson, a former winning skipper of the Clipper Race, and the second by a woman from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia who was relatively inexperienced,” he explained. “The clincher came when she mentioned that one of the older members of her crew had said ‘I wish I had done it 10 years ago.’ “Originally, I signed on for leg three from Cape Town to Albany in Western Australia as a good way to tackle the Southern Ocean in a reasonable boat. Once the Sydney Hobart was included inlegfour,Iwasinforthattoo,asI had never ‘done a Hobart.’ “On arriving in Gosport (Clipper Race headquarters in the UK), I told officials I wished I had signed up for the whole race. Five minutes later they came back and said someone had pulled out, so there was a possibility. Fortunately, my wife Jenny was with me and after some discussion I signed up for the whole Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. “Then we went out and had a Chinese meal and I got a fortune cookie that said ‘you will receive no parking tickets this year.’ Some things are meant to be!” Graney added. TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME PETER CAMPBELL TELLS THE STORY OF HOW A HOBART YACHTSMAN IS CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE WORLD – PARTLY TO ACHIEVE HIS GOAL OF SAILING IN HIS FIRST ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE.
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