Friday, 11 April 2014

Sydney to Mooloolaba Race, Chris Williams on Seacart 30 trimaran 'Morticia' retires

From the following article on

Sydney - Mooloolaba fleet down to just one as weather gods play havoc
10 Apr 2014

A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea and severe tropical cyclone Ita approaching the east coast of Far North Queensland has played havoc with the wind off the NSW coast and quashed any hopes of a record run in the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race.
Benign conditions forced the hand of Shaun Carroll’s 30-foot trimaran Morticia, the crew advising the race committee just after 9am this morning, Thursday April 10, 2014, that they had pulled the pin north of Newcastle and were heading to Port Stephens.

Skipper Chris Williams’ weather routing predicted their arrival at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, too many days at sea for their food and water stocks, and sense of humour.
read more here
A video of the start by Dale Lorimer linked in the following Sail-World article shows the extremely light conditions that have dogged the race from the beginning and quashed any hope of a new race record:

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