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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race -the countdown
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010 has attracted an impressive fleet of 99 yachts and an astonishing number of new entrants to the timeless blue water classic.
For the second year running, one third of the fleet will experience their maiden voyage south in what is regarded one of the world's three pre-eminent ocean races.
'A significant feature this year fleet is that 30% will be first time starters in the great race,' said Commodore Garry Linacre from the host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia at yeserday's official race launch attended by a panel of skippers and crew.
'A mix of international, interstate and local high quality ocean racing yachts attracted to this iconic event is a strong testament to its ‘must do' appeal.
'It's a credit to the race also that the likes of Niklas Zennstrom's JV72 Rán will return to the start line and no less significant to have two of our cornerstone boats, Spirit of Koomooloo and Bacardi, approaching their 25th race milestone,' Linacre added.
At the big end of town the impending match-up between the polished Wild Oats XI and modified Investec Loyal is expected to be the line honours focal point.
Despite their loss to Alfa Romeo last year, the owner of Wild Oats XI, Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards only opted for minor over major changes to the boat, instead spending a lot more time on the water honing the crew work.
Meanwhile Sean Langman and Anthony Bell haven't raced their supermaxi Investec Loyal since last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart, instead dry docking and overhauling the Greg Elliott design, including new electrics and North Sails wardrobe to go with the new-fangled paint job.
Langman and Bell have also assembled an all-star cast of both well-known Australian sporting identities and a dream team of Australian sailing talent including crew boss Peter ‘Billy' Merrington, tactician Michael Coxon, mid bow Morgan White, mastman Will McCarthy and pitman Anthony Nossiter.
Australian sporting stars Champion boxer Danny Green, Channel Seven's Larry Emdur and Rugby Union legends Phil Waugh and Phil Kearns have signed on again and joining them this year will be Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden, Olympic swimmer Geoff Huegill and surfing supremo Layne Beachley to complete the crew of 24.
Mark Richards believes that given the right conditions, with their taller rig, larger sail area and crew depth, Investec Loyal 'will be a handful'.
As for Investec Loyal spending most of the year out of the water, Richards cites Wild Oats XI's 2005 result when fresh from their launch they took out the treble, line honours, the overall win and set the current race record of 1 day 18 hours 40 minutes 10 seconds. Investec Loyal is due to be re-launched later this week.
There is a logjam of claimants lining up for the coveted Tattersall's Cup, the trophy for the overall winner of the 628 nautical mile classic which will start at 1pm Boxing Day, 26 December, north of Shark Island on Sydney Harbour.
Chris Bull's canting keel Cookson 50 Jazz signalled her intention as the boat that might just beat Stephen Ainsworth's RP63 Loki to the Tattersall's Cup after claiming the IRC handicap win in the CYCA's Cabbage Tree Island Race over the weekend.
Ray Roberts' former Evolution Racing was snapped up this year by Bull and underwent a four month long program of refitting, testing and crew training. In the boat's debut, the Morna Cup, the 50 footer claimed top honours and Saturday's win has put Jazz in a commanding position in the countdown to the Rolex Sydney Hobart which starts in less than five weeks time.
Bill Wild's RP55 Rodd & Gunn Wedgetail, the former Yendys, is showing excellent early form at the new owner's fingertips, finishing second on handicap on Saturday while Stephen Ainsworth's Loki placed third and is giving the rest of the Blue Water Pointscore Series constituents a shellacking going into the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the most significant of the seven-race series.
Also in the hunt for the overall win will be Niklas Zennstrom who is used to winning both in business and sailing. The Swedish entrepreneur wouldn't gamble on bringing his champion UK JV72 Rán and its highly credentialed crew all the way back to Sydney for the second year on the trot if he didn't there was a chance he'll be standing atop the podium at the finish.
Around 80% of the fleet will be in contention for the Tattersall's Cup but in the end the final result could be completely irrespective of past form should there be a repeat of last year's result when the South Australian production boat, Andrew Saies' Beneteau 40.7 Two True, pulled one out of the bag and won its first attempt.
All Australian states plus the ACT are represented with six international entries sailing for the UK, USA, France and Italy, plus two part Russian crewed boats, Vamp and Obsession.
There are plenty of well-known names on the starter's list. The doyen of ocean racing, 83 year old Syd Fischer can expect another express ride south for his 42nd race if it becomes a spinnaker drag race between his TP52 Ragamuffin and the other lightweight sleds in the same size range.
Brindabella, arguably Australia's best-known and most successful maxi, will once again grace the Rolex Sydney Hobart start line, this time under new owner Jim Cooney's charge, while the husband and wife team of Jim and Mary Holley, with 35 Rolex Sydney Hobarts between them, have opted to continue what's become an annual ritual having entered their 40 footer Aurora every year since 1998.
Grant Wharington's 98 footer Wild Thing will headline a robust Victorian line up including Rob Date's RP52 Scarlet Runner tackling its first Rolex Sydney Hobart, Michael Hiatt's Farr 55 Living Doll and Rob Hanna's JV52 Shogun.
For the 66th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 102 yachts were nominated for entry and 99 are confirmed to start this year's race at this stage. Applications for entry will continue to be processed by the CYCA sailing office and if all the race entry criteria is met, owners will be invited to submit an entry form by the closing date for paperwork, Friday 3 December.
Last year 116 yachts were nominated for entry with 100 on the starting line and 95 reaching the finish line off Hobart's historic Battery Point.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 will start from two start lines at 1pm on Sunday 26 December with the honour of firing the warning signals and start cannon going to the surviving crew members from the 1960 Sydney Hobart overall winner Sianda and second placed Kaleena.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be preceded by the Rolex Trophy. Racing for the one design classes, including Farr 40's and Sydney 38's will take place off Sydney Heads between 10 – 12 December and the IRC and Performance Handicap boats between 16 and 19 December 2010. The Rolex Trophy Passage Series will take place on 18 and 19 December.
Rolex has been the principal sponsor of the Rolex Sydney Hobart and Rolex Trophy since 2002 and recently renewed its sponsorship of the blue water classic and its associated regattas for a further five years, up to and including the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Rolex Sydney Hobart Press Conference images by Andrea Francolini Andrea Francolini images, Andrea Francolini has sent these images from today's Rolex Sydney Hobart Press Conference at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more] Share this story
To win you have to get there says Sydney Rigging's Bruce Clark John Curnow, As the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is looming, we got the chance to talk with Bruce Clark about the race and the best way to ensure you get there. It is always important to listen. No more so, than when you get to talk with someone who has sailed on virtually everything from 10 to 100 feet and amassed an impressive total of 21 of this country's most famous water-borne event.... [more] Share this story
Sydney to Hobart crew - Skippers - Can you get their names right? Brendan Maxwell, Overall we ask skippers to check our boat notes and results we have on your boat and crew, now and a number of times more, as crew details change before Boxing Day. This information will be used by print, online, radio and TV media as a reference source and by competitors, family and friends, both in hard copy and online.... [more] Share this story
Around Australia on Brindabella - 18 days till applications close Ian Thomson, There are only 18 days now until applications close for sailors to join a world record attempt on Brindabella. Applications are open to any sailor with offshore experience who would like to join Save Our Seas Australia onboard Australia's most famous racing yacht, the almighty Brindabella, in their attempt to break the world record for the fastest monohull circumnavigation of Australia.... [more] Share this story
Maria Island Yacht Race - Footloose confirmed as winner Peter Campbell, Maria Island Yacht Race - The smallest boat in the fleet, Footloose, sailed by one of the youngest crews, sailed out of a gloomy dawn on the River Derwent on Sunday to an overall handicap win in the 190 nautical mile Tasports 63rd Maria Island Yacht Race.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Jazz signals her intentions Jennifer Crooks, Jazz signals her intentions for the Rolex Sydney Hobart after winning -Chris Bull's canting keel Cookson 50 Jazz signalled her intentions as the boat that might just beat Stephen Ainsworth's RP63 Loki to the Tattersall's Cup, the stunning silver trophy that is presented to the overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart, after claiming the IRC win in the Cabbage Tree Island Race.... [more] Share this story
Maria Island Yacht Race - Line honours to Dekadence in close finish Peter Campbell, Maria Island Yacht Race - David Creese's DK46 Dekadence this morning has taken line honours in the Tasports 63rd Maria Island Yacht Race, with only 22 minutes between the first four boats to finish the 190 nautical mile ocean race around Tasmania's rugged south-east coast.... [more] Share this story
Morna Cup won by British yachtsman Chris Bull Peter Campbell, Well known British yachtsman Chris Bull today sailed his newest yacht, the canting keel Cookson 50 Jazz, to an impressive victory in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's classic short ocean race, the Morna Cup.... [more] Share this story
Gosford to Lord Howe - Missing' yacht Frantic finally reaches port Peter Campbell, The Hempel Paints Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race yacht Frantic has safely reached Newcastle Harbour after being out of radio communication since the start of the 414 nautical mile race last Saturday, 30 October.... [more] Share this story
Gosford to Lord Howe Island - Aircraft locates ‘missing' yacht Peter Campbell, Lord Howe Island search aircraft late this afternoon located the ‘missing' yacht Frantic which had been competing in the Hempel Paints 37th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. Frantic, skippered by Michael Martin from Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, had not been in radio contact with the race organisers, Gosford Sailing Club... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - here is list Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has 102 applications - Organising club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and naming rights sponsor Rolex are delighted with the roll-up which will include legends and luminaries and plenty of newcomers as well as the regulars now synonymous with the legendary blue water race. Here is the full application list.... [more] Share this story
Gosford Lord Howe Island Race - Big seas force six yachts out Peter Campbell, Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race. - Heavy seas and strong winds in the northern Tasman Sea have forced six of the 17 yachts to retire from the Hempel Paints 37th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney to Hobart - The A-team lining up for Hobart Mark Rothfield, The Beneteau First 40s may have had it their own way in last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race but there's a new sheriff in town ... two, in fact. The new Sydney-based Archambault A40RC Papillon and sistership Avante Garde from Hong Kong will be pulling out all the stops.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Sailing royalty signs up as 50th applicant Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Sailing royalty signs up as 50th applicant - Knox-Johnston was the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world between 14 June 1968 and 22 April 1969. In 1994 he co-skippered Enza New Zealand with the late Sir Peter Blake to take the Jules Verne Trophy in 1994 for the fastest circumnavigation of the world and the following year was knighted.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 first applications received Jennifer Crooks, Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 Notice of Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had received its first five applications for entry. Nicholas Bartels' newly acquired Cookson 50 Terra Firma from Victoria was the first entry.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - NoR and Application for Entry Available Jennifer Crooks, Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race's organising authority, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and Rolex SA of Geneva, the naming rights sponsor, have announced the release of the Notice of Race and now invite applications for entry.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Seven granted exclusive TV rights Jennifer Crooks, CYCA Media, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the organising authority of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, is pleased to announce the Seven Network has been granted an extension of the exclusive rights to broadcast the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race from 2011 to 2015.... [more] Share this story
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia launches 2011 Cruise to Hobart Jennifer Crooks, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has today launched the second Cruise to Hobart, which will commence in January 2011, with the release of the Notice of Cruise.... [more] Share this story
ORCi Rating in 2010 – a Fresh Option for Racing Yachts Yachting Australia, The ORCi rating system has become increasingly popular in Australia over the last few years. This was recognised by the inclusion of an ORCi division in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This trend is set to continue in 2010 with the CYCA's announcement that it will include an ORCi division in the 2010/11 Bluewater Pointscore.... [more] Share this story