Hobart to host 2.4mR World Sailing Championship
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania will host the 2016 World Championship for the International 2.4mR single-handed keelboat class on Hobart’s River Derwent early next January.
While an open championship, the regatta will have a major significance in the lead-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as the 2.4mR is one of three sailing classes for the Games.
The Australian National and World Championships regatta will be sailed on the Derwent from January 2-10, 2016, with an expected fleet of between 40 and 50 boats, half from overseas. The Worlds will be from January 6-10.
David Graney sets sail in Clipper Round the World Race
Prominent Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania member David Graney has sailed in many types of on-design racing dinghies and keelboats, with considerable success at a state, national and international level, but he has never got around to competing in Australia’s premier ocean race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – until this year.
The start of the previous Clipper Round Round the World from the Tower Bridge, London.
Supermaxi Wild Oats XI gets the chop
Australia’s most successful ocean racing yacht, Bob Oatley’s 30-metre supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, is 30-metres no more. The sleek, silver-hulled beauty literally got the chop on Friday at the hands of owner Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards.
Wild Oats XI's got sliced in two in Sydney on Friday, Photo Andrea Francolini.
IRC championship win to Roger Hickman
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania perennial member Roger Hickman has added yet another brilliant victory to his extraordinary spate of major IRC wins with Wild Rose, taking out the Australian IRC championship for Division 3 at Hamilton Island.
Roger Hickman and his crew celebrate at Hamilton Island after winning the Australian IRC championship Division 3. Photo Andrea Francolini.