Please select your home edition
Edition
YY.com app (top)

Old to new, it’s still the same

by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS 25 Mar 2018 22:00 BST
The late Billy Barnett OAM © Di Pearson

He's almost a pal from old, nowadays, and he is very much part of the classic yacht scene around the globe. Apart from being an AUS Sailing certified SSSC Instructor, Manfred Speicher from Western Australia always has something new to talk about with me.

The subject was the passing of the late Billy Barnett OAM at an incredible 102 years of age. Yet it was the fact that he built Dame Pattie in 1967, and then Gretel II in 1970 that resonated the most. Years after she was built, I can remember seeing Gretel II on a swing mooring in the Harbour. Move on a bundle of years more, and I would be lucky enough to sail KZ-3 and KA-11, and marvel at the age of the 12s, which had 'died' off Fremantle. Just don't tell anyone still in that realm now. OK? 12m people are ultra-passionate, which is great.

Yet Barrett also made many a Dragon, and Manfred commented, "they included Trio, Tom Thumb, and former World Champion, Kirribilli. Clearly a legend shipwright from a family of boat builders, he and his 18 foot skiff, Myra Too, claimed the JJ Giltinan in 1951." Naturally, we join in passing on our condolences and best wishes to his extended family.

Jumping to very new then, and it is time to break out the beers for the SuperFoiler Grand Prix. A job well done! For sure you had to strap on the JATO rockets [see our earlier stories JATO ignited (Pt-I) and then JATO ignited (Pt-II)], but from the Macartney's kitchen table to the terrific spectacle in no less than five States in two months is past noteworthy. Determination, resilience, teamwork and chutzpah are just some of the states of mind you and the entire team drew upon to make it so. As the late John Meillon said for a very famous brand of bitter, 'Matter of fact, I got it now!'

As an aside, 5.5k is not the latest screen res. There'll be no Extra Ultra High Definition here. Not yet anyway. It is actually the number of nautical miles of the base route to get you to Osaka from Melbourne. As indicated last week, there was every chance the third, and bulk of fleet start in the Melbourne to Osaka race would suffer the same issues as the preceding two, and be delayed. The news came on Saturday, and on then on Sunday a 49-knot WNW buster at midday confirmed the thought process. It wasn't Han Solo, either, with many a 40 and 30 in the mix too!

The Nepean Wave Buoy chimed in with 2.5m, which combined with water pushing back in the narrow Heads, and facing a roaring WNW going the other way would have been utterly charming. Not. The new start time of 1500hrs AEDT for today, Monday March 26 was advised at the same time as we got the Answering Pennant you see here. Slack water is 1616hrs, so it will be on the nose to Shortland Bluff (Queenscliff), and then crack the sheets for reach out, maybe with a teensy bit of ebb tide, and then into some power running, by the looks of it. The latter is handy, for it is always good to get around 'Got A Bit On' island in a hurry.

Yet, it is not all going to be beer and skittles for the new day, with a forecast maximum for the new start of just 18 degreesC, with an 80% chance of showers, thunderstorms and hail in the morning, and still some 30 knots from the West that will be hovering around until later in the day. Welcome to ocean racing and Bass Strait, huh!

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information from Marlay Point (how good is it to see institutions like that still running), the Volvo rattle in toward Cape Horn, Moths and WASZPs, GC32s, Youth Championships, J/70s, Sail Port Stephens is almost upon us and this is its 11th year (can still remember the first time I went and what must have been its second iteration), the Pantaenius Cup is being run once again at SPS, and all you have to do is nominate which boats are on your team before or at registration to be in the running for prizes, there is also the Clipper RTW, the 30th Sanctuary Cove is going to be terrific and Multihull Central have Seawinds and Corsairs on display there, B&G give us new software for Zeus displays, Optis at Lake Garda, Olympic Classes in Spain, Accommodation options for Hamilton Island by Whitsunday Holidays, North Sails focus on design, the 18s, the Finns in Cadiz, and certainly there is much, much more.

Remember, if your class or association is generating material, make sure we help you spread your word, and you can do that by emailing us. Should you have been forwarded this email by a friend, and want to get your very own copy in your inbox moving forward, then simply follow the instructions on our newsletter page, where you can also register for different editions.

Finally, keep a weather eye on Sail-World. We are here to bring you the whole story from all over the world...

John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS

Related Articles

Sail-World NZ news : Nov 21 - AC75's latest images
Read the latest newsletter from Sail-World New Zealand, with the Top 50 stories covering the AC75's Read the latest newsletter from Sail-World New Zealand, with the Top 50 stories covering the AC75 action from New Zealand and all other teams who have launched AC75's Posted on 22 Nov
Sail-World: Nov 21: Breaking new media ground
Breaking new media ground in the Hyundai Worlds Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for November 21, 2019 Posted on 21 Nov
The bookies may, or may not be happy
Mark Richards had a very short message: We are 100% there Mark Richards had a very short message for everyone. “It was very cool to watch our crew nurse the boat into port. We now have all the right resources working on the repairs. We are 100% there for the race.” Posted on 17 Nov
World on Water: Rob Brown on Wild Oats XI repairs
Rob Brown goes into Wild Oats XI's repair facility in Sydney to explain the repair plan America's Cup winner, Rob Brown goes into Wild Oats XI's repair facility in Sydney to explain the damage and repair plan as the supermaxi is checked and repaired ready for a relaunch ahead of next month's Rolex Sydney Hobart race. Posted on 15 Nov
Sail-World NZ news : Nov 10 - AC75 image galleries
Read the latest newsletter from Sail-World New Zealand, with the Top 50 stories of the week Read the latest newsletter from Sail-World New Zealand, with the Top 50 stories covering the AC75 action, including two videos of ETNZ's Te Aihe and INEOS Team UK's Britannia sailing 12,000nm apart in similar conditions - you be the judge Posted on 11 Nov
Shredded Cabbage
It's a handy ingredient for dim sims, coleslaw, burritos, soups, and a bunch of other dishes It's a handy ingredient for dim sims, coleslaw, burritos, soups, and a bunch of other dishes. It is not so flash when it comes to ocean racing, however. Sail makers often refer to them as CVDs, or Commercially Viable Days... Posted on 10 Nov
Gladwell's Line: In the aftermath of Bermuda
A look at some of the issues of the past week or so, including the America's Cup A look at some of the issues of the past week or so, including the America's Cup and particularly Emirates Team New Zealand's progress with their first AC75, plus the World Sailing Annual Conference's wins and fails, and more. Posted on 10 Nov
Sail-World: Nov 10: Te Aihe splash.. Slater is SOY
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for November 10, 2019 Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for November 10, 2019 Posted on 10 Nov
Black Jack and Wild Oats XI duelling
Black Jack and Wild Oats XI both hit the water shaping up for the first race since their mods Black Jack and Wild Oats XI both hit the water shaping up for the first race since their respective modifications. Posted on 6 Nov
It's a beautiful world
So yes if you are old enough, dust off your flowerpot hats, and sing away in memory of Devo So yes if you are old enough, dust off your flowerpot hats, and sing away in memory of Devo. Of course if you are not old enough to remember the new wave, post-punk, alternative, synth pop, rock band, you could be wondering why is he devastated. I'm not. Posted on 3 Nov