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Rolex Sydney Hobart- Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI sets new race record *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 9:42 PM Thu 27 Dec 2012 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI has taken line honours for the sixth time and she has just broken her line honours record for 2005 by 16m and 58s. ...
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America's Cup: Dean Barker reflects on 30 days of sailing the the AC72 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:45 PM Thu 27 Dec 2012 GMT
Almost 20 years ago, a young Dean Barker was exiting from a very ordinary series in the World Laser Championships off Takapuna, on Auckland’s North Shore. Fast forward to December 2012, and after a very challenging 30 days of sailing spread over five months, at the helm of the first AC72, Dean Barker has walked a new track in helming the fastest racing yacht in the world. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Brutal exposure and huge profits *Feature By KPMS, 2:56 PM Thu 27 Dec 2012 GMT
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. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 Fleet Update - Oats XI sets new race record *Feature By The Sail-World.com Team, 10:44 AM Thu 27 Dec 2012 GMT
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. ...
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Tassie Trio - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Portsea , 5:20 AM Thu 27 Dec 2012 GMT
A mixed bag of weather conditions were presented to the fleet at the start of the Tassie Trio Yacht Races. The Melbourne to Hobart's (Eastcoaster and Westcoaster) and the Melbourne to Launceston Race commenced off Portsea today. The breeze was fresh and sun was out, with many spectator fleet enjoyed the spectacle. At the 12.30pm start, Mal Eaton's Geelong entrant, Celeste timed the line perfectly ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – last minute chats *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 11:19 PM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
Just before the crews departed the quay for the start of the 68th race to Hobart, we tracked down a few key suspects in some of the divisions to see if plans had changed with the latest weather information. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Start day images from Alex McKinnon *Feature By Sail-World.com Team, , 10:15 PM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
Enjoy this gallery of 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Melbourne yachting photographer Alex McKinnon. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 – Boxing Day Madness *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 2:41 PM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
A giant day at all levels, started with the confirmation of the story bubbling for the last 24 hours, that Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing was not able to produce the documents the 2012 Race Committee required and would not be racing. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012; Start Images by Crosbie and Dale Lorimer *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 1:34 PM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
Crosbie and Dale Lorimer were both out on the harbour today in some of the best race start conditions for photographers in several years. Here are some of their images. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 – Wild Thing - more details - in then out? *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 9:45 AM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
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. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Pt II Offshore images from Alex McKinnon *Feature By Sail-World.com Team, 7:20 AM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
Part Two - Melbourne yachting photographer Alex McKinnon focused on the offshore action at the start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race today. ...
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ORCV Boxing Day Dash 2012 - Glorious conditions *Feature By Teri Dodds, Melbourne, Australia , 5:26 AM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
It was a perfect morning to clear the head of Christmas Day festivities, and enjoy a wonderful day on the water racing on Port Phillip Bay today. The fleet of 93 set off at 10.30am for the race to Blairgowrie, in a very pleasant 12 - 15 knot south easterly. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - First pictures from Harbour start *Feature By Sail-World.com Team, 4:29 AM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 John Curnow was on the water for Sail-World today. Here are his first pictures ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Francolini shoots from the air *Feature By Sail-World.com Team, 4:07 AM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
Sydney yachting photographer Andrea Francolini did serious chopper time at the start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. Here are some of his action images. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Fast start in strong conditions *Feature By John Curnow and Rob Kothe, 3:16 AM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
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. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Thing scratched *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 11:30 PM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
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. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 – Faster 50’s are waiting for their chances *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 6:30 PM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
While the 60-70 footers look favoured by this year's weather, there are some very good boats waiting for their chances. Victorian sailor Michael Hiatt has an excellent Sydney Hobart record and is looking to go just a little better this year. Geoff Boettcher put the winning program in 2010 and he is not about to slit his wrist over the weather forecast either. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Live Radio Traffic including Skeds *Feature By www.sail-world.com, 10:59 AM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
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. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Are these the Serious Handicap Contenders? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 10:51 AM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
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 ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012; Lead-Up Images by Dale Lorimer *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 5:14 AM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
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! ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Christmas cheer *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 3:20 AM Tue 25 Dec 2012 GMT
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. ...
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Christmas is just the day before Boxing Day *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 5:59 PM Mon 24 Dec 2012 GMT
For thousands of Australia's offshore sailors, Christmas Day is really just the day before Boxing Day, and for every year since 1945, that has been the day that the Sydney to Hobart yacht race starts. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Alex McKinnon's dockside pictures *Feature By Alex McKinnon, Sydney , 5:13 AM Mon 24 Dec 2012 GMT
2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Photographer Alex McKinnon was out and about on the quay at the CYCA to capture the day's dockside action. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – conjecture is the current winner *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 2:15 AM Mon 24 Dec 2012 GMT
Indeed, conjecture itself really does appear to be on target for both Line Honours and the Overall Winner at present. One thing that has settled down a little in to recognisable pattern is the weather. Boxing Day should be the favoured Southerly start with the accordant spinnakers. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - it's your choice *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney , 4:25 AM Sun 23 Dec 2012 GMT
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There has been a sailor’s adage that’s been around forever when it comes to this race, and that is that you go out early and come in late. And no, it is not talking about Christmas night celebrations, either. ...
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