Sport for life


Sport for life

by John Curnow, Editor-in-Chief, Sail-World AUS December 19 21:00 UTC

Whisper, who won the first Australian Maxi Championship. © Andrea Francolini

It is often emphasized that sailing is a sport for life. This was the overriding thought that stuck with me as I mulled over a new event that will begin on January 3, 2022. The simple reason is that there are bound to be sailors spanning many age groups who will make it to the World. Sydney Harbor for the David Forbes. Shield Regatta.

Once I got past that point there was the wonderful aspect of paying homage to David Forbes OAM, who along with John Anderson OAM won Olympic gold in Munich in the venerable Star Class.

The David Forbes Shield Regatta is an open regatta for all boats that have been registered once as Etchells. It’s about racing, getting all the sailors out on the water, being competitive, but doing it in a fun and friendly environment, as well as including the crew ashore, so if you’re involved however it is, it is inevitable that it will be a big and spectacular four days.

It’s about recognizing each other’s precious time, and to that end, the emphasis is on a correct, efficient run. The referee’s observation on the water is one of them, so “the room” can be left empty. Several of the participating sailors all expressed a feeling that it was a tight and tight race that respects the rules, so play well now …

There are up to 12 races to be organized from January 3 to 6 inclusive, with the main aim of working as well as possible in the prevailing weather systems. Three races make a series, and there is a drop after the seventh. Three of the last four world champions are in the fleet, as well as the last eight Australian champions in the class.

Indeed, as usual with this kind of race, the AST, VOR, AC, other class champions, Olympians and current medalists will be scattered throughout the fleet, so if you are sailing during this period in the port, there will be some great races for everyone on board to watch as they will be fairly short courses.

There will be over a dozen, and possibly up to 20 ships making up the fleet, which is impressive considering it’s holiday season and other national titles are on the way, but it shows how much everyone loves this very close-knit and tight race, where everyone can have their day. An apology has already been received from the Swan River fleet in Perth, which still faces Covid restrictions.

Former Australian champion in the class himself, David Forbes commented: “It is a great honor to be recognized in this way. My relationship with the Etchells dates back to 1967 when I sailed with Skip Etchells in the original attempts to select a new keelboat for the 1972 Olympics. I was able to help Skip between my Star Boat campaign.

“Even though we won all the races, sometimes one stage, the Soling was chosen because the Etchells was considered too wide to tow Europe! As times change.

“All the best for what promises to be a hotly contested regatta!”

David Forbes has mentored many people from yacht racing. Richie Allanson competed in his first international event with David, namely the 1988 Kenwood Cup in Hawaii. Allanson not only recognizes the importance of this to him, but also the high regard that Forbes holds in so many people, all over the world.

John Bertrand AO is one of the sailors very looking forward to it all and has reflected not only on that but on the importance of David Forbes to the Australian sailing scene. “Naming this regatta after David Forbes is very fitting. David is one of the greatest sailors this country has ever produced.”

“The Olympic gold medalist in the super competitive Star class at the 1972 Olympics, it is important to note that he got there without training or financial assistance. He was one of the most naturally gifted sailors to ever have competed for Australia, a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a mentor to many, including myself. ”

“I’m looking forward to some hot races. In particular, having members of the Australian Sailing Team integrated into the entire fleet is a wonderful opportunity for these young world-class sailors to cross swords with the “old” legends!

The regatta will take place under the auspices of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, which will not only administer the races, but also take care of the entire social calendar. Commodore Christian Brook commented, “The squadron is delighted to host this regatta recognizing the accomplishments of David Forbes.

“We welcome all sailors to our first event of the year and look forward to favorable winds and good times at the club.”

Feel so lucky

And it’s simply because it had been a while since I had been able to talk about a lot of local events. The proof of concept was the quintessential notion that remained after seeing the first Australian Maxi Championship attract such a good fleet. Brought to you by Income Asset Management, the format rocked, the navigation covered the entire spectrum, and best of all, the boats and their crews had a good shot at fixing things ahead of Boxing Day and the race that captures the nation. .

I am sure the Australian Maxi Association will continue to grow both as an organization and for other key events that will be created as a result of this tasting plate.

Income Asset Management CEO Jon Lechte commented: “The series has been a great success for our company and we look forward to continuing to be the primary sponsor of the AMC series and partner of CYCA. He suggested that the IAM products are in some ways similar to sailing. They offer bonds and deposits to investors looking for income, not just capital gains. Like sailing, a successful income investment requires a plan, the ability to execute change quickly and effectively – but it is mostly a matter of patience and incremental gains. Slower and more regular! The sailing community will see the name IAM around the club for many years to come. ”

Pretty much everyone was there except Queensland entrances like Stefan, purely because of Australia’s intriguing border issues. The hot races and high levels of participation definitely grabbed the attention of all sailors, and I think they will be looking for more than tasting plates to devour in 2022. Kudos to David Griffith’s JV62, Whisper. “Griffo” is a really nice person, so everything seems awfully appropriate.

You have to think that overseas entries in 2022 will only add to it all. Not only did everyone involved love it, but I’m guessing planning for next year is well and truly underway, using the same format and adding more down-to-earth fun to the mix.

Well done to the host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and all the owners and crew. No wonder many were heard to say that the combination of short-term ocean work, the Cabbage Tree Island crossing race and the SOLAS event final at the harbor made it “the best ever!”

It must be time for Il Duce …

Our friend Andrea Francolini is out now that events have taken place (including the first Maxi Championship), so I asked him for his selection of his photos, as well as some ideas on how he saw it. . Il Duce said: “The start of the Cabbage Tree Island Race was brutal! Rain, no light and waves. It was far from ideal filming conditions, let alone sailing conditions! Still, it was something different, so I took up the challenge.

“The Maxi Championship was a great show of power, and I hope we see it again next year.

“For me the icing on the cake was the Classic Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 30 knots of wind, and at least 3 meters of swell between the heads. When we saw the conditions, I said to my boat pilot: ‘We stay between the Heads and let everyone come to us. This is where the action will be. By the time I said this, the Manly ferry nosed into a wave. We both saw him, didn’t say a word for two seconds, then laughed.

In conclusion, Francolini said: “I don’t remember a day like this on the port and a lot of people either. It was just amazing. Sun, wind, waves and more wind. Perfect day at the office if you want my opinion! ”

We already mentioned that Stefan left BrisVegas on Saturday, just like Maritime 11 Friday from the Gold Coast, after his farewell from the mayor, Tom Tate. All that’s left is to say well done to TeamAUS in SailGP, season greetings everyone, and now bring the Hobart, huh!

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John curnow
Editor, Sail-World AUS


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