Melbourne to King Island 2013 - Scarlet Runner takes line honours

...


4:13 PM Sat 9 Mar 2013 GMT
'Scarlet Runner' ? Alex McKinnon
Scarlet Runner has taken line honours in the 2013 Melbourne to King Island race.

In a time of 11 hours 41 minutes 13 seconds, Robert Date and his crew arrived behind the race record that earlier this morning they had looked on pace to beat.

The crew crossed the finish line in light breezes under Scarlet's bright red assy.

The rest of the fleet remains locked in a tight bunch, the front runners in the chasing group 46 nautical miles from the finish.

The boats that took the east route have capitalised on the slightly favourable winds they caught to be just ahead of the rest of the field as they tack back towards the rhumb line.

Addiction is just out front, sitting third in both AMS and PBH. eXtasea is on their tail just ahead of Wicked, in the second spot across AMS, IRC and PBH divisions.

But it's a tight contest, with a few tussles going on among the crowd. Weekend Option and Matrix are close enough to pass a cup of sugar, following the east route, and Tevake II is right behind Halcyon.

With the wind looking slightly stronger further east, Chikara Outlaw has a good chance of swinging in fast from its position further out and catching the rest of the fleet by surprise.

Streetcar is the only boat sailing the west route after Jake tacked east towards the main group, Jeremy Waltan and Aidan Gaysen putting in a valiant effort as the only double-handed yacht.

Magic, holding on to first in PBH is following Biddy Hu II on their straight-and-true route. Scott McDonald reported from onboard Biddy that it was tough to get any speed up over night.


The Biddy Hu II crew enjoying their breakfast as the wind starts to pick up - ORCV Melbourne to King Island - ORCV Committee


'After a good start out the heads, Biddy Hu II slowed to a drift until daybreak and we got the kite up,' he said.

'This picture was taken while discussing a gybe, but it was decided to wait until we finished the egg and bacon rolls and coffee.'

While the going might be slow, the view from on deck looks like today is a perfect day for it.

Scarlet Runner reaches the finish line - ORCV Melbourne to King Island - ORCV Committee
Current predictions have most of the fleet into King Island for a steak dinner.

Congratulations to Robert and the Scarlet Runner crew:
Fletcher Johnson, Emma Hardy, Brett Averay, Matt Fuller, Charles Hawes, Craig Evans, Samantha Chandler, Damian Knightsbridge, Tim Kenner and Kevan Pearce.




by Stephanie Juleff



Newsfeed supplied by

...

Gunboat G4 Timbalero goes top-down in St Barths

This week, during racing off the ultra-swish island of St Barths, the G4 came unstuck on a downwind leg, capsizing spectacularly and ending up completely upside down.

QLD Club starts foundation to help future Olympians

The RQYS in Many, QLD has started up a new foundation in the name of past commodore John Harrison to help support young sailors chasing an Olympic dream.

The Lakes Resort Hotel Skiff Sprint Series

Regatta Report:  The Lakes Resort Skiff Sprint Series   Easter weekend saw Skiffs Australia run a hugely successful 18ft Skiff regatta at West Lakes and Largs Bay in South Australia.

Information session on Brighton beach renourishment

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is inviting people to attend a community information session on Monday April 13 to discuss planned renourishment works at Brighton beach.

Sailing's most controversial regatta - Americas Cup

Lunna Rossa have this week pulled out of their Americas Cup challenge, over new rules aimed at reducing the cost of entry for teams.

2014/2015 WA Sabre State Championships

Final Results of the 2014/2015 WA Sabre State Championships

Action from Bundaberg Sailing Club regatta

Some of the action on day 1 of the Bundaberg Sailing Clubs 2015 regatta.

The worlds largest super yachts in St Barths

One of the most unique races in the world has wrapped up this week on the tiny island of St Barths, called the St Barths Bucket Regatta

A race that we must win - Team Vestas Wind's rebuild.

By now you've seen the pictures, heard the story and probably watched the video of when the Volvo Ocean 65 ran aground on a reef near Mauritius last year. Team Vestas Wind was torn nearly in half, losing most if its stern, stranding the crew on a tiny isl

Red Bull's Foiling Generation

It looks like hydrofoils really are the future of sailing, especially for the younger generation who care about nothing, but speed.