A ‘Southerly Buster’ hit the international fleet of Tall Ships racing in the Sydney Auckland Regatta last night.
After perfect weather for the race start off Sydney Heads yesterday afternoon the crews experienced large seas and gusts of over 40kts.
This southern hemisphere phenomenon is caused when a cold front approaches from the south or south-west, marking an extreme boundary between hot and cool air masses.
Dan Moreland, Captain of Picton Castle (Canada) reported, “The seas are a pretty good size at five to seven metres, and winds have been increasingly strong after a sharp wind shift around midnight.
“The Tasman Sea is living up to its reputation as a fickle patch of ocean. The dark blue seas have foaming white caps and clouds are scudding close overhead. Grab-lines are rigged and yards braced off the backstays as we sail under main-topgallant.
"After three warm and sunny days of training and drills in Sydney dock our new trainees are finding out a good deal more about going to sea - by being at sea. ”
Winds have moderated and Young Endeavour (Australia) has extended her lead on the water to 20 miles ahead of Tecla (Netherlands), and Spirit of New Zealand (New Zealand) is to the north but just four miles lying in third place.
On corrected times (handicap) the current placings are:
2nd Young Endeavour
Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International said, “The racing has been very close. But with lighter winds forecast for tomorrow and a high pressure developing over the fleet, placings may well change.
“Our Tall Ship Captains and Navigators will have been busy plotting their strategies and it will be interesting to see if Spirit of New Zealand’s more northerly route will begin to pay off over the next 24 hours, or whether her rival Young Endeavour will benefit from her more southerly course.”
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What is sail training?
Sail Training is an adventure activity, which includes far more than sailing instruction. Participants are required to confront demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Those who undertake Sail Training on Tall Ships generally find it a positive life-changing experience.
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About Sail Training International (STI)
STI is the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ship Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.
The organisation was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for its work in promoting international understanding and friendship.