catching fire

catching fire

Shaun Lewicki’s little charity regatta on Lake Macquarie for Cancer research has become a real fixture in the annual high-performance landscape down in New South Wales, and it’s great to see hot Olympic stars like Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby jump into the fray for the 2011 Heaven Can Wait 24 hour yacht race.  It’s also great to see the Moths try to take overall line honors against 18-footers and other rockets in the "one-lap dash" that’s become part of one of the coolest and most innovative charity regattas anywhere.  Check out the official website for news from the event this weekend, and look for a story next week.  Here’s Shaun’s update:

World and Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby will no doubt lead an elite head of the fleet for this years HCW.

One may think they’ll be all smiles and full of good cheer, well up until they start to wonder "What are we doing out here".

You see the HCW course is no walk in the park, it’s full on for 28 nautical miles thru every point of sail and sometimes just about every type of condition available.

In years gone by we’ve had brilliant Sunshine, punctuated by driving rain, Pea soup mist, rain squalls, thunder Storms and the odd near Zero overnight temperatures thrown into the mix as well.

I’ve sailed a too many dinghies, and sailed too many Offshore Miles to dismiss the HCW as a walk in the park. It’s tough, real tuff as whilst the Skiff and Dinghy sailors race for first in the Shower honors, pay a little homage to the big boats as they bash their way into the Saturday Night.

The Owner of ‘Rock and Roll’ a Melges 32, will be back again this year and one of the things that stuck in my mind was that he and his crew went thru almost 100 sail changes during the 24hours. "We don’t do anything like that for a Hobart"

Yep I know what he means.

So it’s probably fortunate that once the foiling Moths, 18 Foot Skiffs and Uber fast Cats take off their next sail change will be "Taking Down".  Thread is here