Keppel Tropical Yacht Race – Celestial dominanceThursday, August 8th, 2013
|‘Kerumba drifting in light winds’ Meghan Andrew Click Here to view large photo|
With the last remaining boat due at 1400 local time Monday, the final placing for the 2013 Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race have been confirmed, and Sydney based Celestial has dominated Division one, winning both the ORCi and IRC divisions, and taking home second PHS.
The Rogers 46, owned by Sam Haynes has been a regular in NSW events including Sydney to Gold Coast and Sydney to Hobart, and regularly features among the top of the IRC and ORCi results.
The all carbon boat dominated in the light breezes in its first Brisbane to Keppel appearance, winning both divisions by over an hour. Celestial was pushed all the way by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron local, Kerumba skippered by Tam Faragher finishing second, with Black Jack taking third IRC and Ocean’s Affinity taking third ORCi. After the disappointments of last year retirement, Stewart Lewis’ Ocean’s Affinity won Division one PHS.
Tired Mayfair Crew with Pineapple - Meghan Andrew Click Here to view large photo
The consistently light conditions made Division two a close race, coming right down to the last 30nm when five boats were in a position to take out the ORCi and IRC division. But Keppel Bay local, Tim McCall sailing Arcadia, who had held a slim lead since the start on Friday, wasn’t going to let the trophy slip away winning ORCi and finishing third place in PHS and IRC.
The IRC win for Blunderbuss topped off a great year for the skipper Tony Kinsman who has placed well in IRC divisions throughout the year including the Royal Queensland Squadron Championship. Ragtime skippered by Chris Morgan finished second. Southern Cross Yachting led from the gun on Friday taking out the PHS division ahead of Synchronicity.
Celestial accepting prize - Meghan Andrew Click Here to view large photo
Line Honours and first pineapple (a Brisbane to Keppel tradition) went to Super maxi Wild Thing who finished the race in one day, 12 hours, 14mins just over 12 hours shy of the 2011 Race Record held by Wild Oats IV. This was two hours ahead of the newly launched Volvo 70 Black Jack and Super maxi Lahana.
The eighth Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race will be held again in August 2014. For further information on the race including full 2013 results head to the Brisbane to Keppel website.
Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race Newsletter #2Friday, July 19th, 2013
With only 14 days to the gun, entries are continuing to come in and it is time for a gentle reminder for all competitors to get their paper work in! Important dates to note are this coming Saturday the 20 July for safety Audit inspections. Please note the information regarding life jackets below. If you haven’t booked a time for your inspection please contact Meghan in the Sailing Office.
The other date is next Friday night the 26th of July when we invite you to the Keppel farewell Cocktail party. This kicks off at 7pm downstairs at the Squadron and costs $20 per head. This includes finger food and a cash/ house account bar will be open. Join the Keppel cruising rally participants for a night of fun and gentle ribbing of our friends cruising north to Rosslyn bay! Contact the Squadron office for bookings.
There has some confusion regarding inspections of inflatable PFD’s and the Race committee have made the following interpretation of YA Special Regs 5.01.6 relating to Inflatable PFD’s. PFD’s must be inspected as specified by the manufacturers recommendations. If the manufacturer specifies that the PFD must be inspected by an approved agent/inspection centre, then these jackets cannot be self-inspected and certificates of inspection from the manufacturer must be provided to the auditor for each PFD. If the manufacturer specifically states that the jackets can be self-inspected then the safety auditors will accept that provided that the following conditions are met.
1. The Owner / representative inspecting the life jacket complete the manufacturers declaration / certificate (supplied by the manufacturer)
2. Where no manufacturer certificate is available then a generic one need to be completed with the following points included
a. Name and Contact information for the person completing the inspection
b. Make and Model of Lifejacket
c. Serial number of the lifejacket
d. Date of inspection
e. Date of last 3rd Party inspection
f. Date of Expiry of this inspection (3 monthly / 1 year)
g. Date of next third party inspection
h. There is also a requirement for a statement that it was inspected and repacked according to manufacturer’s instructions
3. For a Safety Audit the Certificate of both the annual and 3rd Party Inspection must be presented for acceptance or the receipt of purchase
4. Evidence that the manufacturers specification allows self-inspection.
Please note that the Race Committee highly recommend that all PFD’s are inspected by an accredited inspection centre/agent regardless of the manufacturers specification regarding self-inspection.
In any competitors have any questions regarding the evidence of stability for their entry can they contact myself on 0418196197 or Ian Davis on 0419 799 958.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the start line.
Regards Michael Job
RQYS Sailing Committee.
And Lahana makes 3!Sunday, June 16th, 2013
Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race News.
The Signature Offshore Event of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
And Lahana makes 3!
Welcome to the Brisbane to Keppel Competitors newsletter. With now less than seven weeks until the start of the seventh edition of the race the entries are pouring in and with confirmation that Squadron Member and past winner Peter Millard’s Lahana will be facing the starter’s gun, this brings together the cream of Australia’s Big boat fleet. Lahana is the 3rd 100 footer racing this year and joins The Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats XI, Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing and Peter Harburg’s new Volvo 70 Black Jack in the race for Line Honours. Other big names on the start list include this year’s Brisbane to Gladstone winner the 55 foot Wedgetail, Andrew Hunn’s radical canting keel 40 footer, and the well sailed 50 foot Scarlet Runner amongst the interstate yachts competing.
For those of you yet to enter the NOR and Entry Documents are available on the website (www.brisbanetokeppel.com). As you will see in the NOR, all yachts require a valid Yachting Australia Category 2 safety compliance form as part of the entry documentation. With assistance from Yachting Australia, the Squadron has arranged for two dates prior to the event to carry out these safety audits. These dates are Saturday 6th July and Saturday 20th July.
If your Yacht requires this audit please contact Meghan Andrew at the RQYS Sailing Office to book your timeslot. Please find attached the attached instructions for how to prepare your crew and your yacht prior to the Audit. In order for us to get through the number of audits on these days it is vital that you have complied with all aspects of this document before your Audit begins. Yachts not ready on the day will go to the back of the list!
This newsletter will be a regular feature as we count down to the start of this year’s race and if you have any news or stories about your yacht or crew, please send it to us and we will share it with the competitors. I look forward to seeing you all on the start line on Friday 2nd August.
Chairman of Sailing
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
2013 Notice of Race Released, Entries Now OpenFriday, April 19th, 2013
The Notice of Race for the 7th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel has been released. Entries are now open for this exciting event that slides perfectly into the calendar for those going north for Queensland’s Season of Sailing Cup.
For further information on this event contact Meghan Andrew (RQYS Sailing Office Manager) via email email@example.com or on 0427 765 258
Wild Oats XI takes Line Honours for 2012Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Wild Oats XI has just finished the 2012 Club Marine Brisane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race at 21:18:26 on Saturday night. Competing the race this year in 33 hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds! Well done guys!
They’re off and sailing!Friday, August 3rd, 2012
It was an exciting start to the race at noon today. Many spectator boats turned out to farewell the fleet and enjoy the colourful pageant. The twenty-seven scheduled yachts successfully started although the light breeze of only about 5 or 6 knots made it challenging to find a place on the line with most boats crowded around the pin end at the start.
Nothing was stopping Wild Oats XI from quickly and effortlessly taking the lead, however, and Black Jack was close behind.
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Commodore Greg Clarke, is a trimmer this year on Bribie Star. Greg said, ‘This is our sixth race to Keppel. It is really our premier event and it’s getting more and more exciting every year. The conditions might be a bit lighter this year so it could take a bit longer for some of the boats to get there but it’s always a lovely time of year to be heading north into a warmer climate. We see great sunsets and sunrises and we often see whales up close. As always we sincerely thank our volunteers for their invaluable contribution and of course the sponsors who make this event possible.’
You can track the progress of the yachts live online at brisbanetokeppel.com/yacht-tracker.
2012 Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race- Sailing InstructionsFriday, July 27th, 2012
Sailing Instructions for this years race are now avaliable online! With 1 week until race start things are gettin exciting as we are looking forward to seeing all the boats out on the water!
Sailing Instructions can be found here: http://www.brisbanetokeppel.com/documents/
8 Days to go to Race Start!Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Only 8 Days to go to race start! With the start at 1200 Friday 3rd August, we are in the final stages for the 6th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.
Sunday 29th July Category 2 Safety Audits (See attached schedule. Note there have been a couple time changes)
Monday 30th July Category 2 Safety Audits (See attached schedule. Note there have been a couple time changes)
Thursday 2nd August Competitors Briefing Flags Function Room, RQYS Clubhouse 1830hours (Compulsory for all boats to have two crew members attend)
Friday 3rd August RACE START! 1200hours
Category 2 Safety Audits
For those who are undergoing a safety audit, please see below for information on this process:
Presentation of a Boat for Inspection process.
• Necessary equipment should be laid out ready for inspection.
• The skipper and knowledgeable crew member should be on board during the inspection.
• The owner’s YA number and vessel registration details shall be made available to the Auditor or the Equipment Compliance form cannot be completed.
Equipment Layout for Inspection
All items required for safety inspection should be laid out prior to the Auditor coming on board.
• Storm boards ready to be put in place.
• Sea cocks and plugs exposed, not hidden by equipment.
• Know the water and fuel capacity of your tanks
• Fire extinguishers taken from brackets so date tags can be sighted.
• First Aid kits open and items with use by dates on the top so that expiry date can be checked.
• Publications and charts on chart table.
• Emergency navigation lights with batteries fitted.
• PFD’s, harnesses, tethers and flares laid out.
• Radio installation inspection certificate.
• Life Raft Certificate
• Jackstays rigged.
• Lifelines tightened.
After the Inspection
It is the owners responsibility to ensure that the boat continues to comply in every respect with the category the boat is competing in. Owners should remain familiar with the YA Special regulations and ensure that all equipment remains on the boat, is kept in good working order and that equipment is replaced or repaired as necessary.
The onus is NOT on the race organisers, the Club or the Equipment Auditors to perform ongoing checks or to confirm compliance. The responsibility remains with the boat owner – the audit only verifies that the equipment is on board at the time of the inspection.
Get your gear to Keppel!
Thursday 2 August » 1100 to 1800 hours
Friday 3 August » 0600 to 1000 hours
Pricing can be found here
These are being finalised as this email gets sent out! We will have a copy emailed to you by 0900 Friday 27th July 2012. Your official copy along with competitor bag will be available from the sailing office from 0900 tomorrow!
Yacht: MayfairMonday, July 16th, 2012
Less that One Month to go!Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Things are getting exciting and with less than a month to go until the 6th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race, organisation is in full swing! We are excited to welcome the volunteers from the Keppel Bay Sailing Club and Capricornia Cruising Yacht Club, joining forces this year to welcome the boats into the wonderful Keppel Bay.
The 50 foot fleet is looking good with Robert Dates’ TP 52 Scarlett Runner, joining RQYS member Tam Farrager with his brand new Ker40 Kerumba being launched just before the race!
Entry documents are making their way to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron as more boats come out of the woodwork and make their way onto the official entry list.
There is still time to enter! The Brisbane to Keppel race is the best way to get your boat north for both Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks.