COMPETITOR: Whitsunday sailor Andrew Jenkins will compete in the 2011 Sydney Hobart race.
Photo Sharon Smallwood
COMPETITOR: Whitsunday sailor Andrew Jenkins will compete in the 2011 Sydney Hobart race. Photo Sharon Smallwood

Jenkin ready for Bass Strait sail

TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD Andrew Jenkin is about to swap the familiar waters of the Whitsundays for the challenge of sailing the Tasman Sea.

Jenkin will compete in the prestigious Sydney-Hobart yacht race aboard Bruce Mackay's Sayer 43 Wasabi, which was originally built for the Melbourne-Osaka race.

Due to damage sustained during a delivery to Hamilton Island earlier this year, the water-ballasted Wasabi now has a new keel, modified rig and an extended transom to add to her carbon fibre attributes.

"Since the modifications we've had the boat about half-a-knot faster and we're in the process of tuning the boat to reach its new target speeds," Jenkin said.

"To give ourselves better righting movement we can pump 800 litres of water throughout the boat in any section, which will give us better stability and therefore more speed."

This will be Jenkin's third Sydney-Hobart, so he certainly has an idea of what to expect.

"In heavy weather the race could be brutal in that boat, but I guess it's the solace you find out at sea - there's nothing except your crew, the boat and what you're trying to achieve," he said.


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