It was just previous year when the Australians had their first taste of watching Wild Oats XI, Perpetual Loyal and American yacht Comanche go tête-à-tête in the SOLAS Big Challenge. The 22nd edition tomorrow will be as suspenseful when George David’s much boasted Rambler from USA takes on her bigger Aussie adversaries for the very first time.
Commencing on the Sydney Harbor, Australia, at 12.30 pm, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s yearly stoush is a test of crew work, stamina as well as a psychological game before the main event, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, in which all players are enrolled. There was also a guest team from PlainSailing.com – a Yacht Rental in Greece company.
George David’s yacht is 88 feet of carbon, boasting a canting keel and would be the most boosted yacht to be on the beginning line for her very first Aussie race tomorrow. And she is really fast. Her speed was evident during the practice run off yesterday.
Rambler’s CV includes wins in Les Voiles de St-Barths, line honors in RORC Caribbean 600 as well as line honors in Fort Lauderdale to Key West event. She was 2nd on line to line honors victor, Comanche, in the Transatlantic Race 2015 as well as in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, ended 2nd online once again, 4 minutes behind Comanche.
The crew of Rambler is really made of superstars, led by household name, Brad Butterworth of Whitbread and Admiral’s Cup and America’s Cup fame. Appealing and aboard to Aussie audiences are Will McCarthy and Andrew Cape along with a host of other top players.
At present, there are 6 spots left in the Laser Standard Class, leaving a matter of time for the sailors to fix their position the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2015, in Melbourne. The organizers of the event are now saying that the Laser Radial Class will not outmatch the forty athlete allotment and suspect the same in Laser Standard Class. As these numbers would not be adequate to affirm a Qualifying Regatta, a Warm Up Regatta would substitute the event mentioned earlier.
The warm-up program, earlier known as the Laser Qualifying Regatta, would now be open to all Olympic as well as Invited Class Laser sailors. Any sailors who record outside the forty available spots will now only have a scope to compete in Olympic Class if there are cancellations and invitations to fill these cancellations will be based on the results of Warm-Up Regatta. Sailors earlier registered under Laser Qualifying Regatta status have the scope to withdraw and be refunded if they choose to do so.
ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, from 7th to 13th December, 2015, is the Oceanic Olympic qualifier for Rio Games next year and nations including Cook Islands as well as Papua New Guinea are not subject to the capped quota as ISAF guarantees them at least one spot.
The Melbourne event director Mark Turnbull told that the warm-up meet contains all the elements athletes require for a true test event before to major contest and would offer their international sailors some valuable time getting to know Port Phillips sea-state as well as typical summertime breezes before fighting it out in Sailing World Cup.