Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats looks good for second Treble


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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats looks good for second Treble


Blunderbuss  CYCA .

Still left in notional contention are two Beneteau First 40's Tony Kinsman's Blunderbuss or Ron Forster‘s Ariel to gain five hours against the clock, let alone boats further down the leader board. While we'd all like to see Roger Hickman's Wild Rose put one out of the bag it's not going to happen this year.

In reality this is another triple for Oatley, Ricko and the team of talented Redshirts from Wild Oats XI.

For the rest of the fleet still at sea it's a battle for division honours and there are some very interesting ones too.

Ragamuffin Loyal passing Cape Pillar - Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2012  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

The arrival of Wild Oats XI, Ragamuffin Loyal and Lahana without the intervention of the Race Committee was welcome this year.

Not so the pre-race drama in Sydney when the Race Committee put up the Not Welcome shingle for Grant Wharington's super maxi Wild Thing.

While the mainstream media have moved on from that incident, Sail-World has been looking closely at the background, interviewing the key players and will in due course provide much more detail on what has been a sad incident for sailing.

On a happier note, we received lots of very positive responses from our Twitter coverage of Wild Oats XI's progress from Tasman Light yesterday. (Look on Twitter at sydneyhobart or rshyr).

As the largest sailing news source in the world, with 24x7 staff, Sail-World is able to deploy resources from around the world on such occasions. Supporting our on water journalists and photographer, Sail-world team members in Melbourne, Cartagena in Spain, Auckland NZ and Tampa Florida were all contributing to our coverage. We will continue in the same vein until the last boat is dockside in Hobart and then some.

We will be doing exactly the same thing come next September during the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco. Not only will we have Bob Fisher, the doyen of AC journalism, but Richard Gladwell and myself, supported by journalist, transcriptionists, photo editors around the Globe. Our America's Cup newsletter series will run to 24 newsletters in all going to 140,000 readers. (The fourth in this series will be in your inboxes tomorrow BTW).

But back to the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, we will have more news, photos, video and interviews in the coming days and looking at the material we have on Wild Thing, that might be a Mini-series.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Wild Oats XI images from Carlo Borlenghi
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Wild Oats XI stamps her authority
KPMS,
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Jim Gale and Danielle McKay,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012: More Images of Wild Oats XI finish
Crosbie Lorimer,
Watching Wild Oats XI sail up the River Derwent this morning was to learn something of where sail technology and design is going. Wild Oats XI's much vaunted new Code Zero - sometimes called the R1 - demonstrates what apparent wind yachts can achieve with asymmetrical sails. Wild Oats XI was reaching up river from the Iron Pot in strong westerlies; as she passed South Arm the breeze shifted lef... [more]
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Sydney Hobart 2012 – Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin-Loyal finishes second
Danielle McKay,
Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin-Loyal became the next boat to pass across the finish line roughly five hours after rival boat Wild Oats XI took line honours in a record-breaking fashion on Friday morning.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012: Ragamuffin Loyalgan Finish Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
Ragamuffin Loyal crossed the finish line this afternoon at 12.08pm, some 4.5 hours after Wild Oats XI. Here are some of Crosbie Lorimer's images of Ragamuffin Loyal in her last hour of sailing up the Derwent River... [more]
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Sydney Hobart 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi's shots of Wild Oats XI's triumph
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi provides photos of Wild Oats XI's record breaking feat at the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Race 2012 – Jazz tries to spoil Wild Oats XI's treble
Jim Gale,
Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI delivered to its promise of winning line honours and breaking its previous record at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012, though there's still a window of opportunity for few boats to spoil a treble in this year's 628-nautical mile race classic.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012: Wild Oats XI Finish Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
Crosbie Lorimer was out on the Derwent River to shoot Wild Oats XI's record breaking finish this morning. Here is a first selection of his images from the the finish and dockside trophy presentation (and dunking).... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Wild Oats XI crushes race record
Di Pearson,
In the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Bob Oatley's five-time line honours winner, Wild Oats XI, beat her 2005 record time this morning, in a gentle glide to the finish that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. She finished in one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds, taking 16 minutes and 58 seconds of her old record.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Start images from Brett Hemmings
Sail-World.com Team,
Photographer Brett Hemmings was on deck to capture this gallery of start images during the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Ragamuffin Loyal onboard images
Sail-World.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Images from onboard Ragamuffin Loyal.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Action shot gallery from Carlo Borlenghi
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi snapped this gallery of action images on the second day of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Brutal exposure and huge profits
KPMS,
The second day of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart has so far played out as predicted. The largest yachts have profited significantly from the overnight swing in wind direction to the northeast; one yacht in particular. At 17:30AEDT, five-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner, Wild Oats XI, lay about forty nautical miles ahead of her own record pace as she closed on Tasmania.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Ragamuffin Loyal redress requested
Di Pearson,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Committee has lodged a request for redress to the International Jury regarding Ragamuffin Loyal in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual 628 nautical mile race. The International Jury has heard the matter and has adjourned the hearing to be held at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania tomorrow (Friday 28 December) at 4.00pm.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Living Doll first casualty
Jim Gale,
In the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Victorian Farr 55, Living Doll, owned and skippered by Michael Hiatt, has become the first casualty. Living Doll has retired from the race with a broken rudder. The incident occurred while the yacht was in Bass Strait, 90 nautical miles south-east of Gabo Island and 90 nautical miles north-east of Flinders Island.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 Fleet Update - Oats XI sets new race record
The Sail-World.com Team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Robert Oatley's Wild Oats XI has broken her own 2005 race record by 16 minutes and 58 seconds. The windspeed was no more than three knots when she crossed, drifting across the line, with horns and hooters sounding to take her sixth line honours victory.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012; Setting the arrival scene in Hobart
Dale Lorimer,
After a pleasant day of warm temperatures and light winds, Hobart has lost some of its colour this evening with a light sprinkling of rain setting in as the evening draws on. Dale Lorimer was out and about on the wharfs shooting some of the colour of the waterfront as speculation builds in the media office at the possibility of the line honours record being broken. As anyone who has even... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI tracks towards a new race record
Rob Kothe,
Five-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner Wild Oats XI has crossed Bass Strait and is ripping south towards Tasman Light, maintaining speeds of around 24 knots.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012; What They Said Yesterday and Today
Crosbie Lorimer,
A quick whip around of the crews and the skippers on the dock in the hours before departure provides a spectrum of interesting perspectives on the race, ranging from the technical to the personal. The following images taken by Crosbie Lorimer are accompanied by brief quotes from each of the individuals that he spoke to yesterday.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Day 2 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi's photos
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi, one of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race official event photographers, provides the action on the second day of the 628 nautical mile race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Start day images from Alex McKinnon
Sail-World.com Team,
Enjoy this gallery of 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Melbourne yachting photographer Alex McKinnon.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart start through the lens of Daniel Forster
Sail-World.com,
Daniel Forster, who is one of the official event photographers for the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, was on the water today capturing all the action. Enjoy!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012- Wild Oats XI sailing away
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The Mark Richard's skipper Reichel Pugh 100 Wild Oats XI has been steadily extended her lead over the last 16 hours, at 5am she was 13 miles ahead of Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin Loyal and sailing two knots faster At current speed we can expect to hear a Green Cape declaration from Oats XI between 7 and 8am... [more]
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