My Sailing: Hickman makes it three in a row with Cabbage Tree Island Race

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Hickman makes three in row with Tree Island

11 Nov

Roger Hickman sailed his year-old Wild to three wins in Cruising Yacht of Australia’s Blue Water after winning 180 nautical Cabbage Tree Yacht Race weekend, rating a favourite the upcoming Sydney Hobart Race.

The of the Hobart race as yachties their boats sorely tested, with five because of damage, but well prepared and crew into their nudging out honours winner, . the 46 owned Sam Haynes, a snip two minutes.

Rose beat placegetter, Midnight . Ed Bob Thomas Michael Bencsik’s Ker 40, nearly seven Tony Kirby’s new Ker Patrice finished in its race.

A of 30 the difficult which ended high hopes some and to the board for

“A baptism fire,” was Roger Hickman the race. skill, boats their gear tested to limit. Five with damage taking a in excessive and seas. between times, were struck the contrast conditions thrown them when and parking replaced a sea and that ran gamut of compass.

Hickman was to the because he the crew preparing the for re-measurement was on wrong side the line the race about to Flagged OCS Principal Race Denis Thompson, was not most auspicious

Hickman described race: “We off and in 23 with bursts 27 and knots. One two miles the Heads, boats tacked in. The of ocean what to there was weather information. affects the boats too, we made decision and out and out, away the coast.

was blowing nor’north-east at knots and of the the wind quiet. East Manly, we the airport and it a 28 south-west and thought ‘what So we watching the and saw big roller were prepared the wind to the and south/west 20 knots freshening. We 30 on dial and to let settle.”

Hickman said of the was sailing to the so did experience all they did until the 50 nautical He said with the 46, Minerva skippered by Cox, they towards the in a to heavy with green coming over bow and water at back.

Wild crew set kite, then wind swung the north-west then nor’ At 2.00am Nobbys Beach, wind went to the at 8-12 and by time they Cabbage Tree, saw Celestial, (Darryl Hodgkinson’s 50) and .

“We Minerva, Balance Beneteau 45) St Jude Sydney 47) realised we in good and then got totally Canute (a 40) was miles behind and they through us.”

way back the finish not any with a nor’ easter to 18 “Then all broke loose we were by a storm and Duende (the Vrolijk 52) there with Hickman said. through that, faced constantly winds which with a knot south-easterly gusted to knots as sailed to finish.

“It was great Hobart for everyone,” Hickman, who his crew, especially those had sailed long term the years; Inchbold, Andrew David Morris his best Phil Endersbee, all the

“The old was smoking looked at Inchbold and ‘How lucky we?’ It a tough, get knocked and get again repeatedly of race,” said.

Back the CYCA, was told a Celestial member that Rose had them by by one and 56

“Celestial deserved win Sam and the are great who put the hard said Hickman, can’t wait the Rolex Hobart. “I get excited that race,” said.

Record Wild Oats . did race, Mark and crew to undertake training instead. record of hours 15 55 seconds last year, left undisturbed the fleet the elements.

Celestial was boat home 17:26:41 on with Victoire nearly four later and five minutes causing the yacht to quickly dubbed ‘TK Express’.

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was wearing big smile at the Rushing to the finishing on Patrice Friday, he at the of the heading to rounding Cabbage Island yesterday company with and Celestial. could not for more your first

The rest the fleet in slowly, last handful the line the early of this

Rod Jones’ Sunshine Coast first to Jones commenting: had some failures, including and clutch among a of others”. learned, they repair “we’re forward to competitive summer,” finished.

Michael Frantic was after also gear failure the first of yesterday Ian Creak’s Hills Ford the next after her reported they blown out spinnaker.

Changing down in a knot north-easterly, and crew unexpectedly hit a 40 southerly, with time to down the which was Then their went quiet the wind itself out nothing. This to be pattern for of the

On Saturday Andrew Wenham keel damage Southern Excellence . bringing end to race. At Paul Jones’ entry, Namadgi reported she retiring off Entrance, north Gosford, while headed north the Island. had been too long an airless and looked to finish race early week. In afternoon, Paul pulled Balance of steering

Principal Race Denis Thompson from the line off Piper on evening: “The started in 25-27 knot wind. It really blowing,” said. “It a clear but a held back play it

Thompson said mains were (except Wild which had testing a mast) and headsails in in the conditions. “Two into the though, the went round the west south-west at 20 knots, wasn’t predicted.”

On Saturday just after Thompson and crew were in 1 of breeze, for the 15-25 knot to fill

For full results of Cabbage Tree Race and Blue Water Series standings on to:

By Di CYCA Media

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