Sydney Hobart - Keels of unobtainium and sails of silver

 
 
 
25 Nov 2009






















































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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Keels of unobtainium and sails of silver

The Sydney to Hobart blue water classic is about a lot more than just the 629 nautical mile race from Sydney to Hobart, Australia, that starts at 1300 on December 26th each year.

No yachting event start in the world attracts such huge media coverage – except, of course, the America's Cup and that happens too infrequently.

In this, the event's 64th year, the mainstream media is going particularly 'crazy', with seven super maxis of 30 metres (98-100 feet) in length entered and we will not be suprised to discover there are keels made of unobtainium and sails made of silver.

Wild Oats XI at Iron Pot  Crosbie Lorimer

Certainly the battle at the front of the fleet will be more fascinating than ever and Sail-World.com will cover it in detail.

However, the Hobart is not one race, but many, as the 1973 built Love and War proved in 2006 when she won for the third time. The winner is based on IRC handicap, not on expenditure and that excitement is usually mid-fleet.

The race is about sailors, skippers, boats fast and slow, large and small ... it's about ego's, rivalry, ambition, mateship and personal challenges.

For many owners, skippers and sailors the race does not start in December; it starts in the Customs House Hotel, Constitution Dock in Hobart Tasmania the year before or at Geelong Week, or at Hamilton Island Race Week.

The preparation time, energy and money involved is enormous.

Sail-World.com via its global news network will bring you the colour, excitement, the detail and the drama of the 2009 race.

If you don't want to know anything about this event, its very easy, a single click on the hyperlink at the top of this newsletter and you won't.

Otherwise put on your sea-boots, wet weather jacket and clip on for another great race.


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Sydney Hobart: Winners and Losers in Charge of the Light Brigade
Crosbie Lorimer,
Never mind the mere two feet you are now allowed to add to your 98 foot maxi for the first time in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race –what's 2% between rivals? – all the talk at this morning's media launch for the annual bash south was about who could be the biggest loser in the weight-loss stakes. And the kilos are not just being shed in tonnes from the hardware either;... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Press Conference images
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Andrea Francolini was at the CYCA today to capture some of the skippers and crew who will take part in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start to set harbour alight
Lisa Ratcliff,
The 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will take centre stage in late December with an anticipated fleet of 112. Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), Matt Allen, said the large number of entries was an encouraging show of support for the race.... [more]
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Strong fleet for Sydney's Short Ocean Racing Championship Nov 28-29
Louise Bashford,
Entries for the 32nd edition of Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Sydney Short Ocean Pointscore Championship (SSORC) have closed with another significant show of support for the two-race passage series and a quality line up of Rolex Sydney Hobart IRC contenders looking to sharpen their crew work.... [more]
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Special exclusion zones Sydney Harbour: Boxing Day and New Year's Eve
NSW Maritime Media,
To make sure these outings are unforgettable for all the right reasons and to ensure safe and enjoyable boating for all, NSW Maritime has again authorised special exclusion zones on the harbour and will be in enforcing the associated special restrictions, as well as the standard boating safety requirements and rules of the road... [more]
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Multi million dollar marketing opportunity for $10k investment
Jody O'Brien,
Wild Thing Yachting, the owners of the world famous Super Maxi Wild Thing, (known as Skandia from 2000 to 2008 and 2003 line honours winner of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart) are offering the multi-million dollar naming rights package for the boat for just $10,000 !!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a simple deal and it is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.... [more]
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Maria Island Race a good race for Sydney Hobart entrants
Peter Campbell,
Tasmanian entrants for the 2009 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Auch, Archie, She's the Culprit and Dekadence each filled a top handicap place in the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's Tasports Maria Island Race. Line honours winner Mr Kite, Andrew Hunn's Cape 40, which features a canting keel and canard for'ward centreboard, took out the double of line honours and first in the PHS Division in an impressive... [more]
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Maria Island Yacht Race - Leaders rounding tip of Maria Island
Peter Campbell,
Tasports Maria Island Yacht Race is a qualifying race for the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Sargisons Launceston to Hobart and the Heemskirk Melbourne to Hobart races in late December. 24 yachts are still competing; six have retired after strong winds battered the fleet last night.... [more]
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Maria Island Race - Southerly winds batter fleet forcing retirements
Peter Campbell,
Maria Island Race. Southerly winds blasting up the River Derwent at up to 35 knots this evening forced two yachts out of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's Maria Island Race within 40 minutes of the start.... [more]
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Tasports Maria Island Yacht Race accepts first catamaran
Peter Campbell,
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania has accepted the entry of the catamaran Slingshot for the Tasports Maria Island Yacht Race. Slingshot is one of the fastest offshore racing catamarans in Australia and a five times winner of the Tasmanian Three Peaks Race. The Maria Island Race will be the first offshore race for Slingshot under new owner Jean-Pierre Ravant.... [more]
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Yacht Club to hold Inquiry on fatal race
Sail-World.com,
After the tragic deaths of sailors Andrew Short, the owner/skipper of Andrew Short Marine and crew Sally Gordon, the CYCA Board of Directors has resolved to hold an inquiry into the incident that occurred during the Flinders Islet Yacht Race on 10 October 2009.... [more]
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Tassie Sydney to Hobart yacht unveils key to speed
Danielle McKay,
Beneath the new racing stripes is a much greater force that has seen She's the Culprit fast shape up as one of Tasmania's top yachts to watch in this year's Rolex Sydney to Hobart. Tasmanian skipper and owner Todd Leary unveiled his modified 39-footer this week, which is set to be around a knot quicker, setting a cracking pace for the record Tasmanian fleet.... [more]
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2009 Tasports Maria Island Yacht Race: Record fleet entered
Peter Campbell,
A record fleet of 29 yachts has entered the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's Tasports Maria Island Yacht Race this weekend, the Tasmanian qualifying event for Hobart yachts competing in the long ocean races from Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston to Hobarts between Christmas and New Year.... [more]
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Tasports Maria Island Race tune-up for unique endurance bid
Peter Campbell,
The Tasports Maria Island Yacht Race next weekend will be a full-on start to a campaign by a team of Hobart sailors and endurance athletes.... [more]
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Cabbage Tree Island race - Quest's win spoils Loki's trifecta
Di Pearson CYCA Media,
Despite Loki's record breaking run in the Cabbage Tree Island Race yesterday, Bob Steel's Quest, last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race winner, arrived at the Sydney Harbour finish line in time to take overall honours in the race, denying Stephen Ainsworth his wished-for race trifecta... [more]
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Indian sailor Ajay Rau to Sail Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009
Aysha Rau & Sail-World.com,
Indian and Royal Madras Yacht Club sailor – Ajay Rau is currently looking for companies to sponsor his various sailing campaigns after confirming his participation in the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009. Ajay will be part of the crew racing 'Merit' on board the former Volvo 60 round-the-world racing yacht, taking on some of the most competitive race yachts in Australia and the world. In the Sydney Hob... [more]
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'Cawse' for celebration as Vanguard scores Botany Bay Race double
Di Pearson,
Botany Bay Race report. The Botany Bay Race was the second race of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore Series (OPS). Dick Cawse and his crew, which today included high-profile Australian Olympic coach Mike Fletcher, sailed the course in double-quick time.... [more]
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Cabbage Tree Island Race record smashed
Di Pearson CYCA Media,
Stephen Ainsworth and his Loki crew smashed the Cabbage Tree Island Race record today, finishing the 180 nautical mile race at 12:32:47pm. It was a tidy day's work for Loki; a Reichel/Pugh 63 from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more]
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Cabbage Tree Island Race: Thirty four to line-up
Di Pearson, CYCA Media,
A fleet of 34 yachts will set off on tonight's 180 nautical mile Cabbage Tree Island Race, a qualifier for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, both of which are hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more]
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CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards – 2009 - Nominations open
Jennifer Crooks,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has today announced that nominations are open for its prestigious Ocean Racer of the Year Awards. The 2009 Ocean Racer of the Year Awards will be announced on Wednesday 16 December 2009 at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Skipper Party and Ocean Racer of the Year Awards cocktail party. The CYCA welcomes nominations from fellow yacht clubs that have suitable candi... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe - A Double for vintage yacht Sanyo Maris
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Classic yawl takes its second successive IRC handicap victory in the ocean race across the northern Tasman Sea. The crew were so confident of victory they dropped the headsail before they even crossed the finish line.... [more]
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Lord Howe Race - Queensland yacht takes line honours
Peter Campbell,
Queensland yacht Ocean Affinity has taken line honours overnight in the Hempel Paints 36th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. Ocean Affinity, a Martens 49 skippered by Stewart Lewis from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, crossed the line at 9.12.08 last evening.... [more]
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2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Fleet of 116 yachts nominate
Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
In 2004 116 yachts sailed south for the 60th anniversary edition and prior to that 115 made it to the start line in 1998. It's likely that this year's fleet will finish up the second largest in more than a decade.... [more]
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Melbourne to Stanley – Ask the Leylands
John Curnow,
In the 70's the Mike and Mal used to start their show with 'We're here because...' So it dawned on me as I walked around a cool (and cooling further) Stanley on Tasmania's North West coast, overnight that there were in fact still no yachts here, as yet, and the very calm conditions that had beset Bass Strait were ensuring that it was still going to be a little longer yet...... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island - Ocean Affinity leads the fleet
Peter Campbell,
The Hempel Paints 36th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race started at one o'clock Saturday afternoon from Broken Bay with the 14-boat fleet beating to windward in a freshening north-easterly seabreeze to the first rounding mark off Terrigal... [more]
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View 2009 Sydney Hobart Race start action from Constellation
Maggie Joyce,
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Start 2009 - Only 50 places available! Mariner Boating Holidays invite you to experience the spectacular start of this annual event on board a 32 metre luxury catamaran with three spacious decks so you won't miss a second of the action.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - Sanyo Maris repeat performance?
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. The classic boat Sanyo Maris celebrated her 50th birthday by winning last year's challenging race. Conducted by Gosford Sailing Club, the 414 nautical mile race to Lord Howe Island will start from Broken Bay at 1pm this coming Saturday, 31 October.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart applications for entry close in one week
Jennfier Crooks and Sail-World.com,
The 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race is shaping as the most competitive for many years. Those owners and crews wanting to conquer this Mount Everest of ocean racing – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – have just one week left to submit an application for entry.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo smashes race record en route to Rolex Sydney Hobart
Edward Rowe,
Neville Crichton's super maxi, Alfa Romeo, is leaving a trail of smashed race records across the Pacific as she heads towards a head to head battle with Australian maxi ‘Wild Oats' in December's Rolex Sydney Hobart,... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Race - Whitsunday crew has unfinished business
Ian Grant,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, often described as 628 nautical miles of sheer torture, has again attracted an international standard fleet including Bob Oatley's record breaking super maxi Wild Oats Xl.... [more]
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Hobart yachtswoman has her sights set on Sydney Hobart race
Peter Campbell,
Hobart yachtswoman Sally Rattle and her skipper Scott Brain got off to a winning start today in their Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race campaign. Rattle's Archambault 35 Archie won Division 1 of Bellerive Yacht Club's Pennant race on the Derwent.... [more]
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Peter Montgomery talks to the Coastal Classic winners
Sail-World and Peter Montgomery,
Top New Zealand and international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery caught up with the Coastal Classic winners on his Saturday morning radio show on Newstalk ZB. Alfa Romeo skippered by Neville Crichton averaged 17.9 kts for the 119nm race, and broke the seven hour mark for the first time, completing the course in six hours 43 minutes. Taeping owned and skippered by Dave Andrews just missed t... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Alfa Romeo smashes the Race Record
Richard Gladwell,
The 100ft Reichel-Pugh design owned by New Zealander, Neville Crichton, has set a new race mark of around 6hrs 45 minutes - a time to be confirmed by race officials. ONE Sport's Martin Tasker was aboard for the ride north and told Sail-World that she had stayed above 20kts all the way up the Northland coast before dropping back to 12 kts for the final stage, on the wind from Cape Brett.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Lion New Zealand returns
Lisa Ratcliff,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009 - iconic Kiwi yacht Lion New Zealand has this week been stamped the 60th applicant entry. Skipper for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart will be Alistair Moore who will be joined by a number of the offspring of those heroes from 1984 to commemorate the silver anniversary of Lion New Zealand's win.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: A day out on Alfa Romeo
Richard Gladwell,
Earlier this week the media were treated to a couple of hours sailing aboard Alfa Romeo, Neville Crichton's champion supermaxi, which is widely expected to take line honours and the race record in the upcoming HSBC Coastal Classic, which will be contested by around 200 yachts.... [more]
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