Offshore Yachting : February March 2009
Many personal achievements and examples of seamanship were recognised at the traditional public dockside announcement of the IRC overall and divisional placings and at the official prizegiving at the RYCT. Tony Cable didn’t receive a medal this year, but he certainly got plenty of congratulations, including a big sign outside the RYCT, after completing his 45th Hobart, passing the record of Lou Abrahams and the late John Bennetto. Syd Fischer and Colin Wildman received Tasmanian Government medallions for sailing their 40th to his 46th races. Fischer skippered his TP52 Ragamuffin in a fine climax season of ocean racing, while Wildman was aboard the radio relay vessel JBW. Both can count past victories in the Sydney Hobart, Fischer with two line honours and an overall win with previous yachts named Ragamuffin, Wildman as a watch keeper on the maxi Sovereign. Three skippers achieved the notable seamark of 25 Hobarts and also received Tasmanian Government medallions – Graeme Ainley (Georgia), Robert Green (Chance of Shenval) and John Walker (Impeccable). In an emotional speech, the 86-year-old Walker, the oldest skipper ever to sail in the race, announced that his 25th race in the same boat was his last. Understandably, Ainley was not in Hobart. Another trophy winner was Sally Smith, who skippered her father Dr Tony Fisher’s Helsal IV for the first time, received the Jane Tait Memorial Trophy for the first female skipper. (Jane Tait sailed with her husband in the second Sydney Hobart in 1946 and was the first female crew to finish the race). Sally also won the bet of a bottle of Bollinger champagne from her brother Rob who skippered Helsal III. I’m claiming a case now, as he did not even finish the race! Sally declared at the prizegiving. The Plum Crazy Trophy for the fastest small boat (under 9.5 metres) went smallest and oldest boat in the fleet, Sean Langman’s 9.1-metre, gaff-rigged Maluka of Kermandie. This was her second Sydney Hobart Race, having originally cruised to Hobart back in the 1930s, and she looked in pristine condition moored in Constitution Dock. As always, the Rolex Sydney Hobart is an ocean race for all comers, be they 20-year-old club cruiser/racers sailed by a crew of good mates, or super maxis with canting keels and stored power, with a crew of largely professional sailors from around the world. For almost everyone, except perhaps Graham Ainley and co-owner of Georgia, John Williams, it was another Great Race South, whether they reached Hobart in first or last place! O Phone: +61 (0) 421869004 • firstname.lastname@example.org.• www.seaquestyachts.com. SEAQUEST // SJ32 // RP36 // PRIMA 38 // Together with internationally renowned designers Reichel-Pugh we have created an outstanding package. A 36-footer that will deliver race winning performance… and the ability to comfortably enjoy leisure time in style. The new Seaquest RP36. A brilliant IRC Racer/Cruiser for the sailor who knows the difference.
Yatching Media Kit 2009
April May 2009