Racing Around the World

Richard Hewson was the winning skipper of Gold Coast Australia the 2011/12 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Willing an amazing 12 out of 15 races is a demonstration of sailing ability and leadership.

The excitement and experience of sailing around the world is hard to beat. Blogs from the exciting race can be viewed on the clipper website, and my own personal blogs can be viewed by clicking on the right hand side of this page, scrolling down to entries in 2011 and 2012.

Apart from a steep learning curve in seamanship sailing in the roughest seas in he world, the experience of leadership and management in such an extreme environment was the greatest gain from the experience. I would highly recommend the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to both amateur and professional sailors alike.
Surfing a large wave in the North Pacific, Racing Gold Coast Australia around the world, Winter 2012

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Superyacht Cup

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Highland Fling


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  Rolex Sydney Hobart: A Sporting Institution

Wild Oats XI and Investec Loyal two miles from the finish
ROLEX/Daniel Forster

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is one of the world’s great offshore races. The annual nautical challenge – across 628 nautical miles from Sydney Harbour to Hobart, Tasmania – starts for the 68th uninterrupted year on 26 December, 2012. The race has gained legendary status worldwide, thanks largely to the often turbulent and challenging conditions posed by the infamous passage across Bass Strait.

First run in 1945, this classic has been sponsored by Rolex since 2002.

Last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart provided several moments of high drama including an enthralling cat-and-mouse battle for line honours between five-time winner and race record-holder Wild Oats XI and her fellow 30.48-metre/100-foot opponent, Investec Loyal. Heading into the last stretch in the Derwent River, in Tasmania, the two boats were tantalizingly close together, with Investec Loyal eventually winning by a mere 3 minutes and 8 seconds, the fourth-closest finish in the event’s rich history.

Chasing records
Wild Oats XI is determined to reclaim the line honours title she first won in 2005. That first triumph saw owner Bob Oatley and his crew, skippered by Mark Richards, claim a historic treble – line honours, race record and the Tattersall’s Cup which is awarded to the event’s overall winner.

While Wild Oats XI has repeated her line honours success a further four times, bettering the race record of 1 day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds and claiming another handicap win has proved more elusive.

Last year the proud recipient of the Tattersall’s Cup was Stephen Ainsworth’s 19.3m/63-ft Loki. Ainsworth is eager to defend his title, but history is against him. No yacht has reclaimed its title the following year since 1965 when Freyatriumphed for an extraordinary third year in succession.

Stephen Ainsworth accepting the Tattersall’s Cup and Yacht-Master timepiece from Patrick Boutellier (Rolex Australia) and Commodores Graham Taplin (RYCT) and Garry Linacre (CYCA).
ROLEX/Daniel Forster

Internationally revered
The 2011 race attracted a fleet of 88 crews and there is every chance that the number will be surpassed in 2012. The event enjoys a huge international reputation and the entry list currently welcomes four non-Australian entries – the Volvo 60 Ambersail (LTU), comprising the first-ever Lithuanian crew, the 16.5m/54-ft Bengal 7 (JPN), the 12.80m/42-ft Reichel/Pugh-designed Rikki (NZL) and Geoff Hill’s 27.41m/90-ft Genuine Risk (HKG), line honours winner at this year’s Rolex China Sea Race.

A healthy local presence is guaranteed with yachts representing all Australian states.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart is organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) in conjunction with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT).

The event is a sporting institution drawing keen interest around the world. With the warning signal for the start of the race sounding at 13:00 (local time) on 26 December, in the middle of the Australian summer and end-of-year festivities, the race start is the single most viewed sailing event on the globe as hundreds of thousands of people watch from the festive shores in Sydney, live on television and over the internet.

How to Follow the Event
Further information on the Rolex Sydney Hobart may be found

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With only two months to the first edition of the AIR 2012 the entry list is growing and surprisingly it is mainly international which is a great thing…..We are expecting a lot more over the coming weeks so if you are a mini sailor and want to involved in the first edition of what is going to be a great event….  Hopefully thanks to the guys at Katabatic High Performance Sailing Solutions, I may be racing on a new RG 650 No 809.  Check out

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