Solo Tasman Yacht Race
30 May 2006
OFFSHORE SAILORS from around
The race will start from New Plymouth in Easter 2007, organizing committee chairman, Wayne Sattler said, and race over 1240 nautical miles to Mooloolaba, in
Wearing the race number one, will be Aucklander Peter Jury sailing his 10.2 metre Bruce Farr designed sloop Marbles. Jury's father, one legged skipper John Jury placed 7th in the 1974 event but was forced to abandon his boat, Easterly 1, after being rolled and dismasted in the 1978 event. Peter Jury has opted to sail in the double handed division, Mr Sattler said, which was shaping up to be very competitive.
Another entrant was Grahame Perrem from
The skipper of a new 46 foot Malcolm Tennant catamaran being built in
Taranaki Newspapers Ltd had also come aboard with a generous sponsorship package, and other local companies were lining up to sponsor individual entrants.
"The race is special - it's still the oldest, and second longest, short-handed sailing event in the world," he said.
The race was started in 1970 by New Plymouth men Howard Vosper, Dennis Lobb and Phillip Goodsell. It is held every four years and competitor numbers rose to 15 for both the 1978 and 1986 races but fell to two entrants, both Australian, for the 2002 event.
The race organizers, the New Plymouth Yacht Club announced plans to can the race but a public meeting voted unanimously for it to continue and a new organizing committee was formed.
"And the results just go to show," Mr Sattler said, "there's still plenty of people out there ready to tackle the ultimate challenge that the race presents."
For further information: see www.solo-Tasman.com, Contact the Solo Tasman Yacht Race Organising Committee at P.O.Box 576, New Plymouth, New Zealand, or Ph/fax 0064-6-751-1759.