Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
SEAMARK 014 CARLO BORLENGHI / ROLEX Hobart's waterfront was packed to the gunwales with locals and visitors and, in particular, sailors young and old, to see the yachts finish the Rolex Sydney Hobart and then berth around Sullivans Cove and in historic Constitution Dock. Hobart not only played host to the ocean racing crews from Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne, but local clubs were also conducting some seven national and world dinghy sailing championships on the Derwent, bringing close to a thousand young sailors (and their parents and coaches) into the city. There was certainly no room in the inn by Christmas Eve. Nor was there much room on the river as the ocean racing yachts tacked their way through a myriad of Lasers, Cadets and 420 dinghies. Fortunately all the big boats were in by the time the biggest fleets, 217 Optimists and 169 competitors in various classes contesting Yachting Australia's national youth championships across the Derwent. Everyone sailed politely by the rules and there was no incident of a 4.2m LOA Optimist calling starboard on a 30m LOA super maxi. The Rolex Sydney Hobart finish has, of course, been the catalyst of other events around the waterfront, especially the Taste of Tasmania food and wine festival, and yachts that finished their long ocean races in daylight took a turn past the Taste before berthing at the Kings Pier Marina or in Constitution Dock, each CUSTOMS HOUSE COLLECTION What happens in Hobart... Editor at Large Peter Campbell was among the thousands ofvisitors celebrating with the thirsty yachties at Hobart's favourite post-race pub. boat getting a rousing cheer from the crowds enjoying Tasmania's best in food and drink. WILDS OATS XI -- FASTEST SUPER MAXI IN THE WORLD Wild Oats XI again proved she is probably the fastest racing super maxi yacht in the world, taking line honours at an agreeable time of the morning for watchers along the shores of the Derwent. For the Commodores of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania who, along with the Lord Mayor of Hobart, went out to escort the line honours winner up the river, it was a crisp morning to watch the record finish. Current Lord Mayor Damon Thomas has followed the custom of his predecessor Rob Valentine in joining the Commodores, no matter what time of the day or night. "But obviously all the excitement of the finish, with a fleet of spectator and media boats, cannons firing, crowds cheering, doesn't affect every resident of my city," he told me after the trophy presentation. "As we were escorting Wild Oats XI into her berth, there were a couple of old chaps in a tinnie, beanies on their heads, casting a line for a flathead just outside the dock. Nothing moved them!" Owner Bob Oatley also pleased locals and visitors by leaving Wild Oats XI berthed in Hobart until the end of the first week in January. BRINDABELLA STILL THE CROWD'S FAVOURITE If you were to have asked anyone around the docks, or the pubs, which were their favourites yachts in the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart, the answer from the general public would undoubtedly be Brindabella, to which yachties in the Customs House or up at the Shipwrights Arms would certainly add Love and War. Originally owned by George Snow, and named after the beautiful range of mountains behind Canberra where George began his sailing career in dinghies, Brindabella has been owned since 2010 by CYCA member Jim Cooney. Cooney has given Brindabella a major refit and scored a fine win in PHS Division 1, her 20th Sydney FINISH LINE Left: Wild Oats XI at sea, and above: berthed post- race at a packed Constitution Dock.
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