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New Yachts take the honours in LORD HOWE RACE.

Two of Australia's newest ocean racing yachts, Eureka and Occasional Course Language, took line and IMS honours in the leasecorp 27th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race.

Both yachts hhit the water less than three weeks before the race started on 28 October 2000 and for both this was their first ocean race. Eureka is a Sydney 60 hall designed by Murray, Burns and Dovell and built by Bashford International at Nowra but modified and completed by well-known yachtsman "Robbo" Robertson at his Moloolaba boat-building complex. With winning America's Cup tactician Hugh. Treharne as sailing master. Eureka finished six hours ahead of the fleet but well outside the race record.

Occasional Coarse Language is a Farr designed Cookson 12 owned by Sydney yachtman Warwick Sharman. Similar to No Fears but with a swept spreading rig, she finished second across the line to comfortably win IMS overall.

The race began in a 30-35 knot son easter which saw Eureka ahead of Heisa II's 1988 race record for the first 24 hours. Then the winds died away leaving the fleet walowing in the adverse set for the next 12 hours before a building east to northeasterly brought strong headwinds and seas. The winds increased from 25 knots to 40 knots as the smaller boats battled north-east on their fourth day at sea.

Impeccable, John Walker's Peterson 34, broke her rudder about 30 miles from the island, but Shane Kearns elected to give them a tow with his Challenger 39, Komatsu Blue Lady. The Gosford Sailing Club subsequently gave Komatsu Blue Lady redress and the Lord Howe Island Bowling Club presented Kearns with a special Seamanship Award at the prizegiving.

One of the outstanding performances was that of the famous Love & War, a Sparkman & Stephens 47 which represented Australia and won two Sydney to Hobarts, in 1974 and 1978. Her septuagenarian owner Peter Kurts brought the boat out of retirement and almost won IMS, finished fourth under PHS and was also named Classic Yacht of the race.


1. Occasional Coarse Language, Cookson 12 (Warwick Sherman, CYCA) corrected time 51 hrs 08 min 33 sec.

2. Love & War, S&S 47 (Peter Kurts, CYCA) 51.23.33

3. J44 Phoenix, J/44 (Rob Reynolds, MHYC) 51.47.05

4. AFR Midnight Rambler, Hick 35 (Ed Psaltis/Bob Thomas, CYCA) 51 .58.15.

5. Eureka, mod. Sydney 60 (Bob Rob Robertson/Hugh Treharne, RQYS) 53.13.37


1. J44 Phoenix, J/44 (Rob Reynolds, MHYC) corrected time 68 hrs 23 mm 24 sec

2. Fidelis (Knud Rheimers 61) (Nigel Stoke, RSYS) 68.25.10

3. Antipodes, Beneateau 42.7 (Greg Newton, RSYS) 68.32.19

4. Love & War, S&S 47 (Peter Kurts, CYCA) 68.34.09

5. Mark Twain, S&S 38 (Hugh O'Neill) 70.30.00

Teams Trophy: 1. Sydney Amateur Sailing Club- Mark Twain, Fidelis, Polaris of Belmont (John Quinn).

Seamanship Award: Shane Kearns (Komatsu Blue Lady)
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Author:Campbell, Peter
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Dec 1, 2000
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