Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
offshore | 55 1996: Morning Glory (Germany) - two days, 14 hours seven minutes and 10 seconds (race record broken after 21 years). 1999: Nokia (Denmark/Australia) - one day ,19 hours, 48 minutes and two seconds for an open race record (water ballast allowed) and first yacht to break two days for the course. Brindabella (Australia) set a record for a conventional yacht of one day, 20 hours, 39 minutes and 50 seconds. 2005: Wild Oats XI (Australia) - one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds, breaking Nokia's record. Bob Oatley's 98 foot maxi Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards, was also declared the overall winner of the Tattersalls Cup. Record Hobarts by yachtsmen: Up to and including the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, 74 yachtsmen have been recorded as having sailed in 25 or more races since 1945. The late John Bennetto (Tasmania) sailed in 44 Sydney Hobarts. Lou Abrahams (Victoria) and Tony Cable (NSW) have sailed in 43 races, while Richard 'Sightie' Hammond (NSW) and Bernie Case in 40. In 2006, Tony Ellis was added to the illustrious 40 honour roll. Record Hobarts by yachtswomen: Eleven women have sailed in 10 or more Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races. As of the 2006 race, Adrienne Cahalan has raced to Hobart 16 times, Jan Howard and Gail Harland 14 times, Vanessa Dudley and Sally Gordon 13 times, Amanda Wilmot 12 times while Felicity Nelson, Kerry Goudge and Lea Myer have each competed 11 times and Mary Holley 10 times. Audrey Brown took part in 12 races, sailing aboard the radio relay vessel. Record Hobarts by yachts: In 2006, Phillip's Foote Witchdoctor, a Davidson 42 sloop, set a new record of 26 races. Mark Twain, a Sparkman & Stephens 38, has competed in 25 Sydney Hobarts, her last being in 2002. Impeccable, a Peterson 34, has sailed in 23 races. Polaris of Belmont, a Cole 43, has sailed to Hobart 22 times, as has Bacardi, a Peterson 44, while Margaret Rintoul II has sailed south 21 times. Youngest skippers: The youngest recorded skipper is Sean Kirkjian (17) who skippered his parents' yacht, Lady Ann, in the 1986 race with his mother, Ann, as navigator. In 1976, the maxiyachts Ballyhoo and Apollo finished first and second across the line, Ballyhoo skippered by Jack Rooklyn and Apollo skippered by his son, Warwick, then aged 19. Greg Prescott (18) skippered his father's yacht, Hotspur, in the 1980 race. Liz Wardley, from Papua New Guinea, was 19 when she skippered her own yacht, Dixie Chicken, in the stormy 1998 race. Oldest skippers: Alby Burgin skippered his 52-footer, Alstar, in the 2000 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race at the age of 84. In 2006, John Walker skippered Impeccable, also at age 84. Burgin sailed in 31 Sydney Hobarts, winning with Rival in 1961, and retired from active offshore racing in 2001. Walker is still competing. Oldest sailor ever: Probably Alby Burgin and John Walker or perhaps a Tasmanian in an early race. Youngest sailor ever: Raud O'Brien did his first of some six Rolex Sydney Hobarts on his parent's Wraith of Odin. At the age of three (and already a veteran), he broke his arm when he fell off the companionway steps whilst doing his job of feeding biscuits to the crew on- watch. Quite a number of teenage boys and girls have sailed with their fathers and mothers, including Tasmanian Ken Gourlay's 14-year-old son who sailed on Kismet in 1957. A 12-year-old lad sailed aboard Aspect Computing in the storm battered 1998 race. Since 1999, the CYCA has set an age limit of 18 for crew members in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. First and 50th races: The late Peter Luke and the late 'Boy' Messenger sailed in the first and 50th races. Luke skippered his own yacht, Wayfarer, in the first Hobart, while Messenger sailed aboard Horizon. Luke was official starter of the 2001 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. First women to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart: Jane ('Jenny') Tate, from Hobart, sailed with her husband Horrie aboard Active in the 1946 race, as did Dagmar O'Brien with her husband, Dr Brian ("Mick") O'Brien aboard Connella. Unfortunately, Connella was forced to retire in Bass Strait, but Active made it to the finish. The Jane Tate Memorial Trophy is presented each year to the first female skipper to finish the Rolex Sydney Hobart. First all-women crew to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart: Barbarian (1975), skippered by Vicki Wilman. Largest yacht to take part: Marie-Cha III, USA (1999) - LOA: 44.5 metres (146 feet). She was a demonstration yacht only. Largest official competitors: Wild Oats XI, AUS, Alfa Romeo, AUS, Skandia, AUS Maximus NZL and Konica Minolta, NZL, all contested the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, finishing in this order on line honours. All are 30 metres (98 feet). Smallest official competitor: Klinger, NSW (1978) - LOA: 8.23 metres (27 feet). Largest line honours winners: Wild Oats XI, Australia (2005 and 2006) and Skandia, Australia (2003) - LOA: 30 metres (98 feet); Previous biggest: Alfa Romeo/Shockwave, Australia/New Zealand (2002) - LOA: 27.43 metres (89 feet); Endeavour, New Zealand (1992) and again as Tasmania, Tasmania (1994) - LOA: 25.7 metres (84.3 feet). Smallest line honours winner: Rani (1945) 10.67 metres (35 feet). Largest overall handicap winner: Wild Oats XI (2005) - LOA: 30 metres (98 feet). Smallest overall handicap winner: Screw Loose (1979) - LOA: 9.1 metres (30 feet). Yachts to win the double, line honours and handicap: Rani, NSW (1945), American Eagle, USA (1972), Kialoa II, USA (1977), New Zealand, NZ (1980), Sovereign, NSW (1987), Wild Oats XI (2005), NSW. Closest finish for line honours: 1982, Condor (GBR) beat Apollo (NSW) across the line by seven seconds. Oldest yacht to race in recent years: Southerly, built in Tasmania in 1938, won the Over 30 Year Veterans Division in the 50th race in 1994. She sailed in the 2000 race, aged 62, but retired before reaching Bass Strait. In the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Sean Langman's restored 1932 Maluka was by far the oldest boat in the fleet, followed by Ray White Koomooloo, built in 1968, the same year it won the Tattersall's Cup. Sadly, Ray White Koomooloo sank during the 2006 race. Oldest yachts to compete: According to CYCA life member and historian Alan Campbell, more than 31 yachts built before 1938 have competed in the Sydney Hobart, including line honours winners Morna (later Kurrewa IV) and Astor which were built in the 1920s. He believes that Alice, which competed in the 1948 race, was built before 1908, although no exact records exist. Most successful designer of overall winners: Bruce Farr (NZL/USA) - 15 overall winners. These statistics have been compiled up to and including the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race based on records from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, yachting journalist Peter Campbell, CYCA media director Lisa Ratcliff, CYCA life member and historian Alan Campbell and other sources.
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