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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Tried winning and losing, winning is better
Immediately following the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Mark Richards, the skipper of Bob Oatley's 30 metre super maxi Wild oats XI explained that they had been under done going into their fifth tilt at the line honours title, in which they were beaten by Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo, and they would not make that mistake again.
Bob Oatley's supermaxi Wild Oats XI Andrea Francolini
The SOLAS Big Boat Challenge display yesterday on Sydney Harbour showed that Oatley's team is much better prepared this year and will start as a strong line honours favourite.
After the 2009 Hobart she made a rapid turn-around from Hobart to rush north to Sydney to make the start line for the 2010 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race and took line honours.
Oats XI took line honours in a hard 2010 Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race and the light weather 2010 Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race – finishing outside the race record by only a few hours.
In this year's Sydney to Hobart race there is a rather special group of sporting stars who share Richards conclusions that winning is better than losing.
Sailing south on Sean Langman and Anthony Bell's super maxi Investec Loyal is a group of Australian sporting royalty.
Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden, Olympic swimmer Geoff Huegill and surfing icon Layne Beachley, boxer Danny Green and Rugby Union legends Phil Waugh and Phil Kearns, will be heading south on Loyal.
The New Zealand built Elliott 30 metre has had a chequered history but obviously has significant potential. She has been out of the water until very recently but now has new electronics and a complete new North Sails wardrobe as well as a new paint job. However she's definitely short of time on the water.
You'd have to be forgiven for thinking that Langman and his core crew of top name sailors; tactician Michael Coxon, crew boss Peter ‘Billy' Merrington, pitman Anthony Nossiter, mast man Will McCarthy and bow Morgan White will be aiming to get the boat to Hobart safely with that precious sporting cargo, rather than risking all to beat Oats XI.
Queenslander Grant Wharington's Wild Thing does not appear to be a line honours threat either unless conditions are very heavy. She has been de-powered and IRC optimised ready for a big boat weather wind and a potential Tattersall's Cup handicap win.
While Mark Richards believes given the right conditions, with their taller rig, larger sail area and crew depth Investec Loyal 'will be a handful', you can bet Richards, Oatley and crew have no intention of letting anyone past Oats XI on Boxing Day and in the subsequent 24-36-40 hours.
Sail-World, the largest sailing news network in the world has been preparing its on-line boat notes for the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. It will be again covering the Hobart race in detail, with a large team of yachting journalists and photographers.
Around 200,000 sailors and families will be following the 2010 Sydney Hobart race via Sail-World.com so we will be well placed to bring you all the latest news.
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Going south as crew? Is your name spelt right? Rob Kothe & Trevor Walkley, Around 200,000 sailors and families will be following the Sydney Hobart race via Sail-World.com Around two thirds of the fleet have already updated their Sail-World Boat notes, if your skipper and your boat are in that group, thanks. You might want to look at the notes again and polish them and check the crew names spelling etc. If not please do it now, we have sent access codes to skippers and c... [more] Share this story
Sydney Hobart for Sailing Royalty Sir Robin Knox-Johnson Cailah Leask, The esteemed member of ‘sailing's royalty', Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, will be racing for the first time in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.... [more] Share this story
SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Wild Oats XI takes the gun Lisa Ratcliff, Supermaxi Wild Oats XI took the gun in today's SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, the fourth line honours win in this event for the Oatley family patriarch, Bob Oatley, who steered his silver-hulled 100 footer around most of the Harbour course.... [more] Share this story
SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Round one Lisa Ratcliff, SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Round one - The first sparring match between the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart glory boats, the optimised Investec LOYAL and Wild Oats XI, will take place on Sydney Harbour next Tuesday, December 14, in the annual SOLAS Big Boat Challenge maxi yacht race.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart winner offered replacement mast Lisa Ratcliff, The Beneteau brethren has come to the aid of stricken South Australian skipper Andrew Saies with Howard Piggott generously offering the mast from his First 40, Flying Cloud. The top third of Two True's mast was damaged as the boat was being towed off a sandbar at Apollo Bay on Tuesday evening, a major setback for Saies' trophy defence of his Rolex Sydney Hobart overall win last year.... [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
Wild Oats XI ready for the Sydney Hobart - Francolini images Andrea Francolini images, Photographer Andrea Francolini was out on Bob Oatley's maxi Wild Oats X1 and sends this gallery of images. The boat is in great condition and the crew is pumped and ready to bounce into action.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Overall Winner's dismasted Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart overall winner's fortunes change - Fortunes have changed dramatically for last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart overall winner Andrew Saies whose South Australian Beneteau First 40 Two True has suffered a mast breakage during the delivery to Sydney for the Boxing Day start of this year's ocean classic.... [more] Share this story
Wot a Coup for Sailors with disABILITIES Lisa Ratcliff, Sailors with disABILITIES is cautioning they will take no prisoners in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race when they shift gears in their long established program thanks to a half a million dollar donation.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start to be broadcast throughout Asia Jennifer Crooks, Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start is to be broadcast throughout Asia. The Australia Network has been granted rights by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, to broadcast the entire ninety minute start program of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010 to 31 million homes across 45 countries in Asia, the Pacific and the Indian sub-continent.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009 - Start images from Howard Wright Howard Wright images, Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images captured at the start of the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009.... [more] Share this story
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Garry Linacre a top man for the top John Curnow, CYCA - He's been in the post for a few months now, but the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Commodore, Garry Linacre, is not new to the scene or the sport, for that matter. On the contrary, Garry is eminently qualified for the role and above all of that, is one hell of a nice guy... [more] Share this story
Jessica Watson puts paid to Hobart media beat up Sail-World, There was a slow news day last week and we were greeted with breathless news headlines from some of the mainstream print media with the startling news 'Jessica Watson banned from Sydney to Hobart race.' Startling it was because Jessica Watson was not banned, she did not enter, as she explains in this statement.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Countdown begins Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Countdown begins - 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.... [more] Share this story
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
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
Lord Howe Island Race - Balance and Polaris handicap winners Peter Campbell, Lord Howe Island Race - Balance and Polaris handicap winners - This is the first Lord Howe Island Race win for Balance, a Beneteau 45 from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, but the third PHS win for Polaris of Belmont, a Cole 43 that contested the first race to the island in 1974. She was also the IMS division winner as well as taking out PHS first place in 1997.... [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
Sydney Hobart race - She's the Culprit seeking vengeance Peter Campbell, Tasmanian yacht She's the Culprit will seek vengeance in this year's Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the heartbreaking crash that forced the boat out of last year's race, just 30 minutes after the start on Sydney Harbour.... [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
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
Skype - key event communication tool for Rolex Sydney Hobart race TetraMedia's IT Team, Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more] Share this story
CYCA releases Internal Inquiry Report of Flinders Islet Race Incident Jennifer Crooks, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has released the internal inquiry report commissioned by the Club following the incident which occurred early morning 10 October 2009 in the vicinity of Flinders Islet off the coast of Port Kembla, resulting in the deaths of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon.... [more] Share this story
Surpassing success-Beneteau replaces the 40.7 with an absolute winner John Curnow, When two, virtually identical Beneteau First 40s took first and second overall in the last Rolex Sydney Hobart, it raised more than a few eyebrows. Two True from South Australia and Wicked, from Victoria, completed the 628 nautical mile classic in 3 days, 23 hours and some change. On corrected time, these two relatively new boats were a full two hours ahead of the next craft. Read on to see why it... [more] Share this story
Richard Bennett clicks with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Peter Campbell, When award-winning Tasmanian photographer Richard Bennett flew out of Hobart's Cambridge airport early on the morning of 28 December 2009 he was on his way to cover the annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the 35th consecutive year... [more] Share this story
Sydney Hobart - Could ORCi replace IRC for this ocean classic? Sail-World.com, Once there was IOR, then IMS, then IRC. Could ORCi be the next big thing in offshore race handicapping?... [more] Share this story
Listen to Andrew Saies winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 Sail-World.com, Andrew Saies winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart - the audio... [more] Share this story
1,2,3,4,5....... is reward for Southern Spars in Rolex Sydney Hobart David Glen, The performances of Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats XI, ICAP Leopard, Investec Loyal and RAN confirm the status of Southern Spars rigs at the forefront of the world's leading offshore yachting events. Southern Spars achieved a notable feat with the fully rigged Ericsson Racing Team and PUMA leading home in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race... [more] Share this story
Sydney Hobart: Images of More Finishers in Hobart Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney Hobart. Investec Loyal arrived mid morning with her elite sportmen/novice sailors looking in good form. The entire crew got stuck into meat pies on their arrival, after a lengthy and frustrating motor around in the river with problems lowering their mainsail. Niklas Zennstrom's Ran arrived shortly after, spending some time trying to amnoeuvre into a suitable berth in the high winds that... [more] Share this story
Sydney Hobart - Dockside arrival images Sail-World.com and Andrea Francolini, Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht images by Andrea Francolini of the Hobart arrivals of Alfa Romeo and Wild Oats XI.... [more] Share this story
Sydney Hobart - Images of ICAP Leopard finish Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney Hobart. Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line at 5.45am this morning. Slade was his usual positive self as the boat docked in Hobart. 'We took a big gamble and got really punished for it' he said with his characteristic laugh, referring to his 'round the outside' move yesterday afternoon. 'But you've got to try these things' he added resignedly.... [more] Share this story
Sydney Hobart: More Images of Winners Dockside from Crosbie Lorimer Crosbie Lorimer, Here are some more of Crosbie Lorimer's images of the Alfa Romeo win as she berthed in Hobart, where the skipper and crew were handed the trophy and medallions. Wild Oats XI arrived a little over two hours later. Owner Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards were gracious in defeat and Bob Oatley vowed they would be back next year.... [more] Share this story
Sydney Hobart - Images of Alfa Romeo finish by Crosbie Lorimer Crosbie Lorimer, Alfa Romeo has taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, crossing the line at 10.02pm. Here are some of Crosbie Lorimer's photos os Alfa Romeo sailing uop the Derwent River as dusk turned to darkness and moonlight.... [more] Share this story
Images from the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Kurt Arrigo and Daniel Forster, Top yachting photographers Daniel Forster and Kurt Arrigo provided these images from the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race... [more] Share this story
2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 26/12/10 The iconic blue water event, the most reported and followed annual ocean yacht race in the world.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1269