Please select your home edition
Edition
Jeanneau AUS Sunfast 728x90

Melbourne to Hobart - Pummelled by the Gale force winds

by Simon Dryden on 31 Dec 2013
Spirit of Downunder - ORCV Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race 2013 Teri Dodds © http://www.teridodds.com
After a night of being pummelled by the Gale force winds the West Coast fleet are heading for Hobart fast, maybe too fast. At 10am the Tracker showed that eXtasea had clearly had a very big ‘round up’ they were off the rhumbline and pointing almost due South. They had slowed to just seven knots which contrasts with Tevake II still travelling at 12knots. Angus Fletcher is smoking past the South West Cape.

eXtasea seem to have managed to sort out there problems and are now pointing back towards Storm Bay picking up speed to over 10 knots. With 70 miles to the finish we are expecting an ETA in Hobart of approximately 2pm. So often The Derwent River is a problematic final stretch to the finish line but this year we have plenty of wind volume the direction is swirly but Buchholz should have no problems as he heads in this direction.


The report from Laurie Ford on Spirit of Downunder, of the overnight conditions was that it was very very very cold, so much so that they couldn’t keep many people up on deck. They lost all the electrics except for one GPS and spent the night under the storm jib alone. The conditions have moderated now and as they pass Port Davey they are about to hoist the mainsail with three reefs in. Last night was so lumpy that the meal in the oven turned upside down and Laurie is currently on his knees trying to clean the gas jet in six metre seas.

BandG AUS Triton2 660x82Henri Lloyd 50 YearsHarken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Colman progressing in right direction - speaks to BBC
Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become more direct. Although Kiwi solo sailor Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become much more direct. After a frustrating passage through an area of light winds, Colman is now heading for a weather system which should allow him to hook in a wind system that will take him to the finish. He spoke to BBC's Radio 4 today:
Posted today at 7:58 pm
Vendée Globe – Costa to cross Thursday morning for 14th
Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge which stands between him and the favourable westerly breezes which should finally allow the jury rigged Foresight Natural Energy to sail more directly towards the French coast and the finish line
Posted today at 5:22 pm
Sanya awarded Youth Sailing World Championships
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded.
Posted today at 4:05 pm
RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 3 – Phaedo3 takes multihull line honours
While the multihull race record was not broken this year Phaedo3 and Maserati had an incredible 600 mile high-speed duel Phaedo3 held on to win the battle of the trimarans, just 12 minutes ahead of Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70, Maserati. The high-speed battle saw the lead change hands at least four times during the race.
Posted today at 3:18 pm
Volvo Ocean Race – Pablo Arrarte joins MAPFRE as watch captain
With just 242 days to go until the start of the 2017-18 edition on October 22, preparations are already well underway. Arrarte, who raced onboard Brunel in 2014-15, will also assume the role of deputy to Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández, who was named as skipper on Friday.
Posted today at 1:39 pm
Maserati Multi70 finishes a close second in RORC Caribbean 600
Soldini and his seven-man crew brought Maserati Multi70 across the finish line off Charlotte Point in Antigua. Soldini and his seven-man international crew brought Maserati Multi70 across the finish line off Charlotte Point in Antigua.
Posted today at 1:09 pm
Red Bull Sailing Team returns to the Extreme Sailing Series
The team will have eight Acts to out-sail the world's best in what looks to be the most competitive season yet. The team will have eight Acts to out-sail the world's best in what looks to be the most competitive season yet.
Posted today at 12:29 pm
New Zealand's influence at JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship
Can the Yamaha 18ft Skiff team become the first NZers to win the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour? Can the Yamaha 18ft Skiff team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins become the first New Zealand team in the 79-year history to win the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour? The team came within one point of the 2016 winner, Smeg, and are determined to go that one better this year.
Posted today at 9:18 am
RORC Caribbean 600 - Maserati Multi70 in a fight for lead with Phaedo3
After 24-hours of racing in RORC Caribbean 600 Race Maserati Multi70 trimaran is locked in a fierce struggle for lead After 24-hours of racing in the RORC Caribbean 600 Race the Maserati Multi70 trimaran skippered by Italian ocean racer Giovanni Soldini is locked in a fierce struggle for the lead with the race record holder Phaedo3.
Posted today at 5:09 am
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 - NOR posted – entries surging in
Entries for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, are surging in on back of Notice of Race being posted on regatta website. Entries for the 34th edition of Australia’s premier offshore regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, are surging in on the back of the Notice of Race being posted on the regatta website.
Posted today at 4:31 am