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Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2010 - Overdue for a classical Hobart race
As the 2010 Hobart start creeps closer the weather models have still not converged. There might be or might not be a spinnaker start for the 89 boat fleet in the 65th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. At least two models agree there will be a building southerly on Sunday afternoon. with solid Bass Strait weather on Monday.
After some soft years, the weather is likely set to return to ‘normal' - in the 65 years there has been an average of one and a half southerly fronts for the race fleet to deal with.
Wild Oats XI at Iron Pot Rolex Sydney Hobart 2008 Crosbie Lorimer
1997 was a moderate two front race and we know about 1998.
1999 was glamour for the front of the fleet; Stefan Myralf and Michael Spies were dockside in Hobart, drinking Tassie beer aboard the Volvo 60 Nokia less than 44 hours after the start, having had a breath-taking down hill run.
That year whether it was an was an easy or tough race depends on where you were, and of course that is often the case.
Geoff Ross' Farr 49 Yendys, the eventual handicap winner was in Storm Bay when the 50 knot southerly hit and powered up the Derwent, while the light displacement 40 footers, led by Warren Wieckmann's Farr 40 Leroy Brown were flying south 30 miles from Tasman Light and what would have been two hours sailing to the corner, became four.
But pity the back of the fleet as it was was pasted with two fronts. Many of those sailors say for them it was a tougher race than 1998.
2001, the year the Volvo 60 Assa Abloy won in two days, 21 hrs was a pretty tough race and there are plenty of sailors who remember the heavy Bass Strait conditions in 2004, the year the Grant Wharington's Wild Thing lost her keel, Konica Minolta was mortally wounded and Ludde Ingvall's 90 footer Nicorette (this year again racing as Yuuzoo)was last man standing.
Since then relatively light conditions have greeted the southbound fleet but that does not look likely to continue.
As Grant Wharington said yesterday 'We are overdue for another flogging.'
Yesterday morning the weather model was suggesting strong to gale force 30-40 knot winds in Bass Strait on Monday followed by a similar blow off the Tasmanian coast on Wednesday, but last night's run had moderated that second forecast system.
Either way it seems 2010 is shaping as a classical Hobart race and for the tailgunners who will spend more quality time on the water there could be two serious fronts with they have to deal with.
Around 200,000 sailors will be following the Sydney Hobart race via Sail-World.com. This year we are sending out a total of 20 Sail-World Rolex Sydney Hobart newsletters to 100,000 (yes 100,000) readers around the world.
With rapid advances in technology, Sail-World's coverage will be better than ever with boats delivering news and images by satellite and Next G phones, with images and text on Skype and with HF email. For us the race will not be over until the last boat makes it way into Consitution Dock and we look forward to sharing that journey with our readers around the world.
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Forget the sawn off tooth brushes Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, Today Grant Wharington explained. ‘With smaller crew numbers our displacement to length ratio will be lowest in the fleet. ‘There are big weight savings in reducing crew numbers – around 200 kilogram per person because the average guy is say 85 to 90 kilos and you've got their clothes, wet weather gear, harness, tether, Epirb, portion of life raft, water and food.... [more] Share this story
Crossbow flies flag for men's cancer fundraiser during Sydney-Hobart Heaven Can Wait Media, Crossbow, a Beneteau 36.7 and Balmain Sailing Club's entry in the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will be flying the flag for men's cancer fundraising in this year's race.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Sail makers to the Rescue Brendan Maxwell, Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Just a few days before the Hobart race and there's drama everywhere. Crew stuck at Heathrow, boats still on freighters and last minute emergencies at every level. Some problems are bigger than others... though... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010 - The ultimate photo op Jim Gale, There are a hundred things happening at once. The light glancing off crystal water, a piercingly blue sky, perhaps the organ pipes of Tasman Island rearing out of the sea in the distance. The concentration of the man at the helm and the crew, perched wet and tired on the rail, or struggling to manhandle an acre of sail as the wind tries to tear it from their hands.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Hard driving Jim Gale, There is nothing quite like driving a yacht when it settles into the groove. The heel of the hull feels just right, the helm is firm, not too light, not too heavy, and the sails set at just the right angle and the sweetest shape. It eases the pain of the last big bill wondrously. Too often though, it is all so fleeting. The wind shifts, something distracts you, and it's gone.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Incredible crew onboard Wild Oats XI Rob Mundle, Wild Oats XI will be crewed by one of the most talented teams imaginable when the big race starts on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. Of the crew aboard Wild Oats XI this year Steve Jarvin and Sven Runow claim the highest number of starts: 22 and 21 respectively. Navigator Adrienne Cahalan has 18 races behind her... [more] Share this story
Sydney-Hobart first! Oceanographic data for Hobart approaches Sandman PR, The last 10 miles of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has often been the graveyard of ambitions for many competitors. With the finish line in sight, fickle winds and tides make it a tactician's nightmare, potentially wrecking an otherwise well-sailed race. New tactical oceanographic data covering a large area of southeast Tasmania is now available for the first time to competitors.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart silverware up for grabs Lisa Ratcliff, A fleet of 89 yachts will go head to head this Sunday 26 December, when the great ocean classic starts in all its glory from Sydney Harbour at 1pm. Today, six handicap contenders - three in Sydney and three in Melbourne – talked about their race strategy and ambitions based on weather forecasts and past performance.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Getting race ready Susan Maffei Plowden, Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, held in the lead-up to the Rolex Trophy, is an important event in its own right.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Snow strands sailors Danielle McKay, A major snowstorm gripping the UK has frozen the travel plans of Australia-bound competitors scheduled to leave Heathrow Airport this week.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy - Limit makes good on threat Di Pearson, Limit was the star attraction of the Rolex Trophy. The West Australian's helmsman, New Zealander, Gavin Brady, steered the RP62 to a good midline start to be third boat leaving Sydney Heads and coming home in good time to win the race overall.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy Series final day's images by Andrea Francolini Sail-World.com, Rolex Trophy Series on Sydney Harbour and 'another day at the office' for photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy Passage Series; Crosbie Lorimer's Images Crosbie Lorimer, The Rolex trophy fleet powered down the harbour this morning with cracked sheets in a brisk 20 knot nor'wester from the mid harbour start line before heading to sea for their passage race. The media boat was running flat chat at 18 knots with the front end of the fleet powering past. Here is a selection of Crosbie Lorimer's images from the race start.... [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
Rolex Trophy series - Images from Passage start by Howard Wright Sail-World.com, Rolex Trophy series 2010- Sydney photographer Howard Wright on the water today.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race 2010 - McConaghy boats leading the charge Rob Brown, The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is revered as one of the toughest ocean races on the international yachting calendar. The aura that surrounds the race is second to none. The attraction this year is no different with a contingent of overseas boats and crews lured by the magic of this iconic yacht race.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Brindabella is back Jim Gale, The upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart, though, will have a whole new old Brindabella on the start line. Early this year Cooney decided it was time to jump back in the water and Brindabella, languishing on the market for years, was an 80 foot plunge pool he could not resist.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI goes through final safety training Rob Mundle, Crew from Bob Oatley's Rolex Sydney Hobart race record holder, Wild Oats XI, went through their final safety drill on Sydney Harbour today to ensure everything is in readiness for the start of this year's classic on Boxing Day.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Sea temperature heating up Sandman PR, Ocean currents and sea surface temperatures are looking very interesting in the lead-up to the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, according to oceanographic data specialist Tidetech.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - An international outlook Susan Maffei Plowden, Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, a race conceived some 65 years ago, has become one of the world's most famous and challenging ocean races which is hard to imagine that a race since it was conceived some 65 years ago by a bunch of adventurous yachtsmen in a Sydney yacht club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Today, the race ranks among the top headline grabbing events of the year.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Can L'Ange de Milon make the start line? Jim Gale, Frenchman Jacques Pelletier is mostly fine tuning his fingernails wondering if his X43 L'Ange de Milon will ever get Sydney. Her ETA, Jacques has now been told, is December 21st. And is gets worse, it will be offloaded in Newcastle, a 12 hour sail to the Rolex Sydney Hobart host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and that's after the boat has been reassembled.... [more] Share this story
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
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
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
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
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
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
Two True – she's won the Rolex Sydney Hobart Di Pearson, Andrew Saies' new boat Two True this afternoon became just the fourth South Australian yacht to win the Rolex Sydney Yacht Race overall, but the win did not come without a long wait and plenty of angst. In relation to Two True, the International Jury dismissed the protest against the boat relating to an incident in Sydney Harbour after the start.... [more] Share this story
Two True wins 2009 Sydney Hobart - protests dismissed Sail-World.com, Dr Andrew Saies and his Two True team have won the 2009 Rolex Sydney Tattersalls Cup. Kioni was disqualified for Sydney Harbour incident. Protests against Colortile, She's the Culprit and Two True were dismissed. Two True (Andrew Saies), Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and Wicked (Mike Welsh) from Sandringham Yacht Club were first and second. Here are the overall results after the Prote... [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: 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
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