Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW Direct 2020

Close Gladstone Race Line Honours win to Nortruss G Wizz

by Ian Grant on 23 Apr 2000
Mooloolaba Yacht Club sloop Nortruss G Wizz retained her Carlton Brisbane-Gladstone ocean race line honours title when she completed the 308 n/ml course shortly before dawn this morning.

This ended a tactical endurance test against unstable winds and a race long 41 hour 13 minute 25 second duel with arch rival Maynard Smith’s Cruz Control to win the prestigious trophy by the relatively close margin of 31 minutes 20 seconds.
Both yachts featured in a similar duel to decide the 1999 line honours title but their course time was much slower due to the unpredictable nature of the winds which varied between calm and 20 knots.

The 7.47 knot average speed was over 3 knots slower, however the Nortruss G Wizz crew were equally as happy to have secured their second line honours title in Queenslands major blue water classic.

Nortruss G Wizz co-skippered by Sunshine Coast husband and wife sailing team of Ross and Yvonne Rayner had to produce her best light wind performance to finish ahead of the equally well sailed Brisbane sloop Cruz Control co-skippered by the Gold Coast offshore sailors Maynard and Vicki Smith.

The smaller Sydney Farr 40 sloop Leroy Brown finished third shortly after six o’clock this morning to provisionally lead the race on corrected handicap times while the other 48 yachts which were spread over 100 miles faced a struggle against light winds at sea this morning.


By: Ian Stripey Grant

Date: Sunday, 23 April 2000

Related Articles

Improve Your Sailing Performance
Three simple, cost-effective upgrades from upffront.com Reducing weight should be every sailors goal, no matter what their sailing style. One kilogram removed from the mast and rigging package is equivalent to adding 4kg to the keel. So, reducing weight aloft increases your stability.
Posted today at 5:00 pm
Marlow's Blue Ocean® Doublebraid
Turning the tide for sustainable manufacturing Blue Ocean® Doublebraid is Marlow Ropes' latest addition to the eco-conscious Blue Ocean® product range which is manufactured from sustainable materials.
Posted today at 2:45 pm
RYA Job Opportunity: Director of Sport Development
Looking for an experienced leader with a passion for boating The RYA are looking for an experienced leader with a passion for boating to spearhead the Sport Development team.
Posted today at 1:30 pm
Could I gybe a Waszp inside a day?
Mark Jardine takes on the challenge! On Tuesday 22nd September I set myself a challenge. Could I complete a foiling gybe gybe or tack on a Waszp during my first day sailing the boat? Here's how I got on!
Posted today at 12:46 pm
Youngest person to sail around Britain
15-year-old Timothy Long raises money for Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust A 15-year-old sailor from Aylesbury has today become the youngest person to sail solo around Britain while so far raising over £7,000 to support his heroine, Dame Ellen MacArthur's young person's cancer charity (Thursday 1 October).
Posted today at 12:36 pm
Persico 69F Grand Prix 3.1 in Malcesine preview
Debut of the new Skuillox Team The Persico 69F Cup season comes to the halfway point with the Grand Prix 3.1 event. From Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd October, five crews, that by now are experts of the new foiling monotype, will face each other on the race course of Lake Garda.
Posted today at 12:21 pm
B&G launch new Nemesis™ Sailing Display
The power to see the sailing data you trust, the way you want to see it B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is excited to announce the launch of Nemesis, a new generation of intelligent sailing data display offering unparalleled visibility, with complete customisation.
Posted today at 11:00 am
The Globe40 moves onwards and upwards
Kito de Pavant and Guillermo Altadill announce their participation Having only just dried out from the sea spray of the Normandy Channel Race, which saw 26 Class40s gathered together for an epic week of racing, the Sirius Evenements team have plunged back into the Globe40 dossier in earnest.
Posted today at 8:57 am
Pandemic can help skippers get in the zone
This has been an unprecedented season for the IMOCA Class. Everyone is well aware that this has been an unprecedented season for the IMOCA Cclass and an unprecedented way to build-up to the Vendée Globe, with all the restrictions and difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Posted today at 5:51 am
RS Elites in Strangford Lough's Frostie Week day 2
Five boats again made it to the Battery start on Trasnagh Island Five Elites again made it to the Battery start on Trasnagh Island on Saturday. Janice McCrudden's Bamboozled after some setup difficulties last week were keen to get some good quality racing.
Posted on 30 Sep