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DARWIN KUPANG RALLY 2005

On Thursday evening the participants were officially welcomed to Kupang at a dinner at Teddys Bar hosted by the Lord Mayor of Kupang Mr S. K. Lerik. The evening began with a number of traditional dances and performances from Timor and the surrounding islands followed by presentation of awards and then dinner. During the following days many of the crews left on tours exploring the hinterland while some explored the bars and variety of restaurants in the town and surrounding areas.

July 30 07:45
Adagio of Lorne, a 37 foot British yacht skippered by David and Anne Meaning, and Delight, a 34 foot Dutch yacht skippered by Henri Teunissen, arrived safely in Kupang at 2200 hours last night (Friday). They are the final participants in the 2005 Darwin Kupang Yacht Rally to arrive in Kupang, having had a delayed start from Darwin on the previous Tuesday. At the morning sched, both yachts were awaiting customs clearance prior to going ashore and catching up on some of the celebrations that the rest of the fleet has been enjoying.

July 29 07:45
Neeltje, a 34 foot British yacht, skippered by David Ross arrived in Kupang at approximately 2000 hours last night (Thursday). Neeltje’s arrival coincided with a large party amongst the fleet in Kupang which went into the early hours. A slow start is expected this morning!!
Adagio of Lorne and Delight continued to make good sailing progress towards Kupang overnight, covering some 86 nautical miles. At the morning sched, Adagio was positioned at 124° 41’ E and 10° 42’ S and Delight was nearby at 124° 47’ E and 10° 39’ S. Sailing conditions had moderated slightly overnight to a light breeze, but Adagio reported they were continuing to make 5 knots over the ground. At the current rate of progress, both yachts are expected to arrive in Kupang very late tonight or early on Saturday morning.

July 28 16:15
Adagio of Lorne and Delight are sailing together in superb weather conditions with 12-16 knots of breeze giving them boat speeds of 5-6 knots. They have travelled 45 nautical miles since the morning sched. Their position at 1615 was 126°07' E and 11°04' S

July 28 07:45
Only 3 yachts remain at sea in the 2005 Darwin Kupang rally. Neeltje is expected to finish sometime today. Adagio of Lorne and Delight (who had a delayed start from Darwin on Tuesday) made approximately 80 nautical miles overnight and are currently situated at 126°52’E 1° 16’S within half a mile of each other. Adagio reported some much welcomed wind of 12 knots from the SE and are looking forward to a good day of sailing. At the current rate of progress, Adagio and Delight have an estimated time of arrival in Kupang of Saturday morning

July 27 16:15
At the 1615 sched today, all yachts in the fleet, except three, had arrived in Kupang and were commencing their celebrations.
Yachts still to arrive include Neeljte which was 120 nautical miles south east of Kupang at the morning’s sched. Adagio of Lorne and Delight who had delayed starts from Darwin on Tuesday were situated at 128° 11’E 11° 38’S and 128° 12’E 11° 37’S respectively at the 1615 sched. They reported little wind during the day.

July 27 07:45
Most of the 70 strong fleet have now either arrived in Kupang or will reach there today.
Back-markers in the fleet, Adagio and Delight, (who left Darwin on Tuesday morning following technical difficulties) reported their position this morning at 128° 58’ E 11° 52’ S, with no wind. Neeljte was reported at 125° 31’ 11° 11’ by Kupang radio.
Yachts expected to finish before this afternoon’s sched include: Aegir Navis, Aeolus XC, Avalon, Cap D’or, Deliverance, Fortuna, Freebird, Moonshadow (Sandefur), Norma Ann, Santa Maria II, Sunshine and Tien Fei.

July 26 08:00
On the morning radio sched two yachts from USA finished overnight - Moonshadow (Backhus) and Imagine. Sailing conditions had improved by morning with the fleet experiencing 15-18 knot winds and calm seas.
The afternoon radio sched showed that ideal sailing conditions had been experienved all day with an easterly breeze of 10-15 knots whith many yachts were taking full advantage of with their spinnakers. A number yachts finished during the day - these were reported to include Adriatica, Augusta, Djarrka, Lady Emma, Lurline III, Mariah, Miclo III, Pacific Bliss, Simpatica, Suleika, Sunchaser II, and Sundancer II. More are expected to finish overnight. Yachts reported to be approaching Kupang at the time of the afternoon sched included Argonauta, Explorer, Ichi, Layaleeta, Mar Bella, Quo Vadis Mana, Quoll II, and Spicy Lady.
The remainder of the fleet is strung out over about 100 nautical miles east of Kupang and are expected to arrive within the next 24 hours (if the current conditions prevail) with a few late starters coming in after that.

July 25 16:00
On the 1600 sched the 62 foot Moonshadow was 50 miles from the entrance to the Roti Strait soutg of Kupang and expected to finish at 9 pm Darwin time tonight , the rest of the fleet were still sailing in very light winds with some yachts occasionally becalmed and having to resort to the "iron spinnaker' the rest of the fleet were behind with Mi Gitana, Nepenthe, Santa Anna, Remedy and Medusa almost is sight of one another. Singapore registered Tien Fei and Fortuna from the United Kingdom were still fighting it out for last place with 220 miles to go.
On the 0800 sched Moonshadow was 150 miles from Kupang and the rest of the fleet was grouped together 100 miles behind at the 127° line of longitude, Cap Dor and Clementine reported the wind speed as zero . There was a large group of yachts a little further back including Quiet Acheiver, Mi Gitana, Red Pegasus and Santa Maria. Last place was being contested by Fortuna and Tien Fei with 260 miles to go. Light winds are still covering the rally area with the reported wind speeds ranging from zero to 8 knots

July 24
At 1600 sched today the lead yachts were experiencing in a 5 knot breeze and had covered 230 miles since leaving Darwin with the last yacht Fortuna of Tamar having covered only 110 miles since the start. Conditions were very light with Bara at 128° 30 qnd 11° 30 reporting a 5 knot breeze from the south and 20 miles east Ichi was in calm conditions. Quoll II, Hannakin, Miclo III, Suleika and Explorer were in a group 160 miles from Darwin. All other yachts reported in on the sched

At 0745 today all the yachts were experiencing a light 10-12 knot southeast breeze and were making steady progress Moonshadow was 130 miles from Darwin with the catamarans Simpatica,and Xcatriot 10 miles behind and remainder of the fleet in a group with the yachts Eclipse, Miclo III. Nepenthe, Quoll II and Tien Fei some 30 miles behind at the rear of the fleet

July 23
The yachts started on schedule at 11 am in Darwin harbour from the Darwin based converted pearl lugger the Anniki. They set off under a light overcast sky in very light winds. First across the line was Sundancer II skippered by Ian Potter. At the 4 pm radio sched all the yachts were grouped together 35 miles from Darwin in a light breeze of 10-12 knots looking forward to a quiet night.

2005 Participants

Yacht
Nationality
Design
Length
Skipper
1
Adagio of Lorne
Britain
Hallberg Rassy
37ft
David Meaning
2
Adriatica
Canada
Morgan
40 ft
Al Walker
3
Aegir Navis
Virgin Islands
Celestial
48 ft
Albert Bagwell
4
Aeolus XC
Canada
Beneteau Oceanis 250
34 ft
Malcom & Jacqueline Holt
5
Aldabaran
Ireland
Crossbow 40
40 ft
Pat Murphy
6
Argonauta
USA
Stevens 47
47 ft
Julius Fiorillo
7
Augusta
Norway
Saxe 38
40 ft
Christine Venefiger
8
Aurora of Polruan
Britain
Moody
40 ft
Dennis Wallace
9
Avalon
Britain
Van De Stadt
35 ft
Jim Zoro
10
Bara
Australia
Roberts 44
44 ft
Edward Dalton
11
Calypso
USA
Valiant 40
40 ft
John Almeida
12
Cap D'or
Britain
Roberts Offshore
43 ft
Roger Hartley
13
Cinderella
Germany
Founaine Pajot
41 ft
Hans Schubert
14
Clementine 1
Australia
Salar 40
39 ft
David Pert
15
Como No
USA
Cape Dory
40 ft
Will LaFleur
16
Dannsa Na Mara
Britain
GRP Sloop
43 ft
Frank Mallard
17
Delight
Netherlands
Najad 650
34 ft
Henri Teunissen
18
Deliverance
Britain
Kappa San Yawl
34 ft
Charles Gordon
19
Djarrka
USA
Norseman 447
44 ft
Sarah Bucknell
20
Double Click
France
Lidgard
45 ft
Camille Doiteau
21
Eclipse
Netherlands
Not Given
47 ft
Max Lips
22
Ellida 1
Australia
Adams 42
40 ft
Paul Douglas
23
Explorer
Malta
Norseman 447
44 ft
Bob Jackson
24
Feijao
Australia
Jeanneau
47 ft
Lenny Christian
25
First Light of Portchester
British
Warrior
40 ft
Richard Mager
26
Fontana 2
Australia
Swan 44
44 ft
Ray Foreman
27
Fortuna of Tamar
Britain
Warrior
40 ft
Tony Bolingbroke
28
Freebird
USA
Centre Cockpit
34 ft
Lance Olsen
29
Frenzy II
USA
Magnum Baltic
42 ft
Robert Menzies
30
Gypsy Soul
USA
Tayana 42
42 ft
Benjamin Edelstein
31
Hannakin
Britain
Moody 376
37 ft
Clive Oldroyd
32
Ichi
USA
Columbia
45 ft
Michael Waters
33
Imagine
USA
Bruce Farr
56 ft
Jack T Howell
34
Lady Emma
New Zealand
Don Brook
54 ft
Bryson Richards
35
Layaleeta
Australia
Bavaria 42
42 ft
Yorke Makereth
36
Lurline III
Australia
Lawrence Giles
50 ft
John Sanby
37
Mar Bella
USA
Island Packet 485
52 ft
Bob Bush
38
Mariah
USA
Liberty 49
54 ft
Ken Roth
39
Matahari 7
Australia
Formosa 47
47 ft
Peter Schoner
40
Medusa
Netherlands
Moody 42
40 ft
Antonius Hierck
41
Mi Gitana
USA
Hans Christian 48
48 ft
Joe Jenners
42
Miclo III
USA
Norseman 447
44 ft
Jack Hartman
43
Moonshadow (1)
USA
Deerfoot 62
62 ft
George Backhus
44
Moonshadow (2)
USA
Alajuela 38
44 ft
Richard Sandefur
45
Neeltje
Britain
Hallberg Rassy
34 ft
David S Ross
46
Nepenthe
USA
Oyster
42 ft
Roberts/Karczewski
47
Norma Ann
Britain
Jeantot
43 ft
Anthony Wildgoose
48
Pacific Bliss
USA
Catana 431
43 ft
Gunter Hofmann
49
Quiet Achiever
Australia
Oceanic 46
46 ft
Graeme Hurst
50
Quo Vadis Mana
New Zealand
Lidgard 44
44ft
Neville Palmer
51
Quoll II
Australia
Crowther
39 ft
Timothy Hawkins
52
Rainbow Voyager
USA
Magellan 36
36 ft
Eric Kindseth
53
Red Pegasus
Switzerland
Oege Karbling
42 ft
Peter Germann
54
Remedy
New Zealand
Perry/Tatoosh
42 ft
Ian Telford
55
Santa Ana
Australian
Mottle 33
33 ft
David Lamb
56
Santa Maria II
Germany
Freres
38 ft
Klaus Riekenberg
57
Simpatica
Virgin Islands
Catana 471
47 ft
Wences Casares
58
Skedaddle Again
Australia
Petersen 46
44 ft
Michael Loxton
59
Spicy Lady
Britain
Beneteau F5
45 ft
Pierre Yves Martin
60
Suleika
Britain
Bruce Roberts
43 ft
Martin Chambers
61
Sunchaser II
Australian
Carbineer
46 ft
Raymond Lewis
62
Sundancer II
Australia
Savage 43
42 ft
Ian Potter
63
Sunshine
Britain
Jeaneau Sunkiss
45 ft
David Longstaff
64
Tien Fei
Singapore
Alan Pape
37 ft
Raymond Yew Tan
65
Tradewinds III
Australian
Amel Maramu
52 ft
Ron Brown
66
Tsonoqua II
Canada
Maple Leaf 48
48 ft
Norman Mackenzie
67
Xcatriot
Australia
Pescott Whitehaven
37 ft
Bob Brindley
68
Xhabbo
Australia
Herrescoff
35 ft
Don Ross
69
Zara
Finland
Najad 441
44 ft
Olli Santala

 

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