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Maritimo Offshore Race
Team taking on the world
Gold Coast based Maritimo Offshore
Racing is headed into its busiest year
ever with new boats, upgraded designs
and motors and a goal to be on top of the
podium at events from Bowen in North
Queensland to Key West in the USA.
Race team manager and engine builder
Kurt Davies said the team has an action
packed year ahead.
“Maritimo would be running three
boats in the Australian Offshore Superboat
Series including one new boat and two
reconfigured boats. The series starts in July
and there will be races in Bowen, Mackay,
Coffs Harbour, Gosford, Lake Macquarie
and Hervey Bay.
“ We have the capability of reaching
speeds up to 220mph, but in a racing
environment we would normally be looking
at reaching speeds of 180mph in the first
few laps and then settling back to around
averaging 160mph depending on how hard
the competition is running.
“ We will use the Australian series to test
the boat that we will be taking to Key West
for the world championships,” said Davies.
10th SeaLink Magnetic
Island Race Week
Entrants to the Performance Handicap
Class of this year’s 10th SeaLink Magnetic
Island Race Week will experience a new
divisional split system for the regatta which
runs from September 1-6.
Townsville Yacht Club event organising
committee chair and regatta competitor
Mike Steel expects this innovation will
ensure the fleet are kept working hard right
to the end of the annual event.
“ We have had nine years of great
racing. The handicap change this year is
an evolution which will ensure our tenth
year delivers even more great racing in the
performance division as well as in all the
other six divisions.”
The organising committee decided to
offer to monohulls wishing to race with
spinnakers, in addition to the IRC class, the
Performance Handicap Class. This class will
be split up into divisions depending on the
number of entrants in the overall division.
The intention is that like boats will then
be racing together.
The courses will be a mixture of passage
and shorter Cleveland Bay races around
laid marks to help the winners to prove
their superiority in all types of course
After each race the handicaps will be
adjusted based on the performance of the
yacht and how the boat raced against the
others in the division. Towards the end of
the regatta the handicap system will take
into account how each boat is doing in
the series as well as in the last few races.
“ This equalises the fleet and
compresses the points table to make for
an exciting last race of the regatta,” PRO
Entry to all seven classes is open
at http://w w w.magneticislandraceweek.
The Traditional 30 owners group is
calling on past and present owners of the
1980s Peter Cole designed Traditional 30.
Through our online forum, we are
looking for Traditional 30 enthusiasts to
share their sailing stories, history and
information about the class.
The forum is also a medium to discuss
maintenance, repairs and improvements
and anything else about the Traditional 30.
Go to Facebook and search and join
the “Traditional 30 Owners Group”.
The latest in technology and classic
yachts are among early entries for the
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 384nm
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race,
which starts at 1300 hours on Saturday
Among entries so far are Love & War,
a classic S&S 47 design, launched for the
late Peter Kurts in 1973. Simon Kurts has
owned the yacht since his father’s passing
and every two years has contested all of the
CYCA’s offshore races, ending with the Rolex
Joining Love & War in the race north to
Queensland is another classic Sparkman
& Stephens design, Shane Kearns’ Komatsu
Azzurro. The S&S 34 will be defending the
overall title she won in last year’s race as
Spearheading the technologically
advanced yachts is Wild Oats XI. This will
be the first time since the Hobart and the
passing of the Oatley family patriarch, Bob
Oatley, that Mark Richards and crew have
raced the yacht.
South Australia is represented with its
newest ocean racer in Jason Ward’s Mills
The Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht
Race starts off Nielsen Park, Vaucluse. The
fleet will pass landmarks such as Newcastle,
Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Coffs
Harbour and Cape Byron before finishing
off Main Beach, Southport
For spectators there is no better view of
the start than from the top deck of COAST
Entries close at 1700 hours on 8 July,
2015. Online entry and Notice of Race are
available at the official race website: http://
Contemporary and classic combine for Land
Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race
Wild Oats XI represents the latest in
Love & War is among the classics.
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