Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 – Boxing Day Madness


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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 – Boxing Day Madness



It was not altogether a transparent announcement, Commodore Howard Piggott delivered the organisers version and Wharington was not welcome.

Some of the crew including Peter Cosman on the left await Grant Wharington's return from the CYCA Sailing Office - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  John Curnow ©
Wharington told a different story.

A complex situation with the original designer now retired, without insurance cover, an owner builder project and an ABS declaration by a well respected Naval architect that the Race Committee apparently did not find acceptable.

As always we imagine the truth lies somewhere in the middle. If Wharington was told his ABS declaration as in order as he claims mid-week and then that decision was later reversed, then there are more questions to be answered.

We trust Commodore Piggott and Race Committee Chairman Tim Cox will detail the sequence of events in the morning, so this issue does not drag on through the race.

Sadly the Race Committee has been the story now for three Sydney Hobart's in a row; surely our sport is not gaining from this.

We hope that the rest of the race passes without event and the International Jury does not have to rule on another high profile Race Committee protest in Hobart. With the Race Committee going into a hearing 0-2 so far, that would not be a good look for the sport...

Wild Oats going through the heads first - Rolex Sydney to Hobart  Alexandra Mckinnon

But then the action shifted to the water. Was Wild Oats XI blast off the line the fastest ever run to the Heads? Around the heads, there was plenty of bumps and the photographers had a wonderful time. Now the fleet is streaming south, with Wild Oats XI building a lead and the handicap battle is looking ever more interesting.

The Sail-World team is working 24x7 so there will be plenty more stories on line for you to see when you next visit us.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



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John Curnow,
Earlier today, Grant Wharington and his Wild Thing crew had turned off their mobiles to conduct their pre-race briefing in silence. Here they were in familiar territory, with a lot of the old crew, a new aft section on the boat and a sail wardrobe that was virtually straight from the loft.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Pt II Offshore images from Alex McKinnon
Sail-World.com Team,
Part Two - Melbourne yachting photographer Alex McKinnon focused on the offshore action at the start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race today.... [more]
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Jim Gale,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 proves to be bumpy and testy ride for the skippers and crews of the 76 participating fleets as large squalls and gigantic waves continue to punish the competitors in the opening hours of the 628 nautical mile race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Offshore images from Alex McKinnon
Sail-World.com Team,
Melbourne yachting photographer Alex McKinnon focused on the offshore action at the start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race today.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Wild Oats XI bolts in record start
Di Pearson,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - First pictures from Harbour start
Sail-World.com Team,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Francolini shoots from the air
Sail-World.com Team,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Fast start in strong conditions
John Curnow and Rob Kothe,
The 68th Rolex Sydney to Hobart started at 1300, today Boxing Day, with just 76 boats after the sensational exclusion of Grant Wharington's Wild Thing, under heavy skies with a 18-20 knot south easterly.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 – Veterans to start Boxing Day race
Jim Gale,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 will be officially opened by three sailors who were also part of the Boxing Day race classic 50 years ago.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 – Wild Thing disqualified
Jim Gale,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 is down to 76 fleets after Grant Wharington's super maxi Wild Thing was disqualified to compete in the 628-natical mile race classic because of its non-compliance with the Notice of Race.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 – Spinnaker start for Boxing Day classic
Jim Gale,
Things are looking up for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 as the final weather briefing from the Bureau of Meteorology suggested a spinnaker start for the participating fleet in the annual Boxing Day race classic... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: Will it be Supermaxi or Sunfish?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Over the years sailors have stood and looked at the half model board of the handicap winners of the Sydney Hobart race, going back some 68 years. The very noticeable thing is that rudders and keels continue to shrink in width and depth while getting longer and thinner.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Thing scratched
John Curnow,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Committee have scratched Wild Thing for non-compliance with loding of documents from the designer and builder under section 4.1 of the Notice of Race. Commodore, Howard Piggott, made the announcement at 1030hrs local.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2012 – Just hours before the 68th start
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
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Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Live Radio Traffic including Skeds
www.sail-world.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Live Radio Traffic - listen to the action. Daily position reports ‘skeds' will be conducted at 1905 hours today 26 December on 4483 kHz and at 0735 and 1705 hours on each subsequent day on 6516 kHz. Beyond the radio skeds, the drama of every Sydney Hobart race has played out on HF radio.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Are these the Serious Handicap Contenders?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Former CYCA Commodore Matt Allen, one of Australia's toughest offshore yacht racing campaigners is preparing to sail in his 23rd Sydney Hobart race. He believes that if the current forecast comes to fruition that only a small number of the 77 boat fleet, the bigger boats in the race will be in a position to take the overall handicap victory in this year's Sydney to Hobart Race as the faster boa... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2102; Faces of the Race
Crosbie Lorimer,
Crosbie Lorimer was at the CYCA on a sparkling summer's day for the Christmas Eve briefing for skippers. With Christmas Day weather at the polar opposite extreme here is a selection of pictures taken of faces at the Club yesterday and of yacht racing on Sydney Harbour in the last week, that combines the colour and monochrome of our erratic early summer weather.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012; Lead-Up Images by Dale Lorimer
Dale Lorimer,
Dale Lorimer has been busy following many of the lead-up events to this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Here is a selection of her images. Photo of the week was undoubtedly the image of Bob Oatley's smart new walking stick; made of carbon fibre by McConaghy Yachts, it sports a model of Wild Oats XI for a handle!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Christmas cheer
John Curnow,
Santa Claus and his Christmas cheer arrived at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to spread happiness amongst the four international crews competing in the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. And they needed some cheer for it was a pretty dreary day in old Sydney town, as the thunder bellowed and the rains rolled in, often with more than a decent vigour.... [more]
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