2013 ORCV Double Handed Race -The Next Generation.
The focus on racing has very much been about the 2013 Osaka Cup of late, but last weekend 22 entrants took part in the ORCV Double-Handed Bay race on Port Phillip. We were alerted by Aidan Geysen from Streetcar that “ There were two young sailors on board Audacious (male and female) who sailed the boat very well, getting the kite up on all the downwind legs etc and finished a respectable 8th on Line honours. It would be an interesting story to hear how they came to be racing on the Sydney 38.”
Greg Clinnick, co-owner of Audacious with Paul Holden, gave us some background on the co-skippers!
"This is an interesting story. Neither of the owners (Paul Holden and myself) were on board. The skipper was Luke Butchers 20 years old, and Philipa Lamb, a little older but not much. She is only 56 kgs when wet but a tenacious sailor.
Luke and Philipa have been on our regular crew but sadly have both taken jobs in Queensland recently that will see them leaving our permanent Sydney 38 racing crew, but not our ocean crew. Philipa was so keen she flew down from Brisbane just for the 2 hander with Luke. Luke is moving to Sunsail at Hammo in July as manager of their dock after a gap year there 2 years ago and numerous short term returns.
We have our sights set on the S2H this year after a two years absence. 2011 we did the Pittwater to Coffs race to link in with the Sydney 38 Nationals in Pittwater. And in 2012 we kept out powder dry for the Port Lincoln race week in February 2013. Luke skippered the delivery back from Port Lincoln to Melbourne – 5 days with a stop in Portland. Again fairly impressive at 20 years of age. Both Luke and Philipa will be doing their first S2H this year – very much a bucket list item for them.
Philipa comes from a Kiwi sailing pedigree and grew up on her father’s 50 foot racing keel boat and various dinghies around Auckland waters.
They are both shining examples of young people being given opportunities to take on responsibility and responding in a fantastic way. Both great individuals and good friends. So much so that Paul and I are happy to hand over the boat for them to use.
There is no self steering on the boat and the 38s are fairly twitchy downwind. So Luke jams his thong between the wheel well and the big wheel to hold it still whilst he runs forward.
Luke’s dad actually came down to the boat to help Luke and Philipa set up at 8am and Paul was there to meet them after the race - so plenty of support all-round”.
Luke said the race was great fun and a good experience and he and Philipa were grateful to Greg and Paul for generously allowing them to use Audacious. Luke had previously competed in the event on Audacious with Ken Christensen" who has been a wonderful mentor for Philipa and I."
It is good to see the emergence of the next generation of ocean sailors.