What Did We Tell You?
Loki for Hobart winner? Well we didn’t really believe it could happen with such an untried boat, but she looked powerful enough for a chance and maybe we need to bet on her some more, after she won the Big Boat Challenge on handicap. Wild Oats XI may have romped around to an impressive line honours win, but to take the handicap result was remarkable for a boat that was dunked for the first time last week.
It was a day for old and new, with Grant Wharington’s long in the tooth maxi, Skandia, trailing Wild Oats for line honours, but only missing the handicap win by 13 seconds. Wharo, who is out for the Hobart handicap win, was pleased saying “I think we’ll be a force to be reckoned with on IRC.” said Wharington, who is looking forward to next week’s Rolex Sydney Hobart start.
The down under Hobart tune ups continue tomorrow with the start of the Rolex Trophy Rating Series, outside Sydney Heads and, this year the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has introduced a new Passage Series to the Rolex Trophy, two passage races of approximately 19-25 nautical miles each starting in Sydney Harbour near Shark Island at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday.
“The new Passage Series accommodates boats that are not well suited to around the buoys sailing and prefer longer course racing. It’s a great opportunity to test boats and crew before the Rolex Sydney Hobart.” says sailing manager Justine Kirkjian.
This great Skandia pic is from master photographer Carlo Borlenghi. More here.