Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Polarised and non-polarised readers for sailors

Sydney Hobart - Tight Sydney 38 fleet on start line

by Jacqueline Levett on 26 Dec 2011
The crew of The Goat execute some neat work on the foredeck (at Audi Victoria Week 2011) © Andrea Francolini / Audi http://www.afrancolini.com
Make sure you know the yachts in the Sydney 38 fleet in the Rolex Sydney Hobart because it is where all the action will be.

The spotlight is on the Sydney 38 One Design fleet, eight racing yachts that are identical to each other, with no modifications permitted.


The young and experienced solo sailor Jessica Watson, has been training with her crew on Ella Bache for months and months. She has drawn the fleet into a competitive and intense race to Hobart.

'We have had more yachts enter the fleet this year, than the in the last five years. It is more competitive than it ever has been, and having Jessica join us in the fleet will only set the bar even higher for all of us', Tony Levett, skipper of TSA Management said.'

The Goat has declared Ella Bache as the favourite, given their months of training and level of sponsorship, yet it appears the Goat has not given up its chances to take the class victory.

But it's not just Jessica Watson that makes this fleet interesting.

Everywhere you look in the fleet, you seem to find a story. There are the two brothers, 33 year old James and 40 year old Marcus Marten Coney on two competing yachts TSA Management and Mille Sabords. There is even a father and son combination on TSA Management.

And talk about teaching by example, Chris Lewin, skipper of Deloitte as One, is the coach and mentor to the crew on Ella Bache, and he is up against his apprentices.

Follow the Sydney 38 fleet; Deloitte as One, (Skipper Chris Lewin), Dodo (Skipper Adrian Dunphy), Ella Bache (Skipper Jessica Watson), Fullynpushing (Skipper Andrew Griffiths), Mille Sabords (Stephane Howarth), Mondo (SkIpper Ray Sweeney), The Goat (Skipper Bruce Foye), TSA Management (Skipper Tony Levettand last year's winner.)

Follow @Sydney38Yachts on twitter throughout the race.
Festival of Sails 2017 660x82Dubarry 2016 660x82 1Henri Lloyd 50 Years

Related Articles

Kiel to host 2017 Para World Sailing Championships
Kiel's announcement as the host falls less than one month after World Sailing released the Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The Plan outlines four main priorities as well tactics to achieve the goals, ensuring World Sailing presents a strong bid to the International Paralympic Committee for re-introduction into the 2024 Paralympic Games and future editions.
Posted on 5 Dec
Discussing Sail To Prevail’s new partnership with CEO Paul Callahan
I talked with Sail to Prevail’s CEO Paul Callahan about their new partnership with Harvard University’s Sailing Team. Sail to Prevail has long used sailing to help teach people with disabilities the powerful-but-sometimes elusive life lessons of self-confidence and leadership-tools that they can apply to all other facets of their personal and professional lives. The non-profit recently announced a partnership with Harvard University’s Sailing Team. I talked with Sail to Prevail’s CEO Paul Callahan to learn more.
Posted on 17 Oct
Rio 2016 - Images from Day 5 of the Paralympics - Sonar class
Richard Langdon was on the waters of Guanabara Bay for Day 5 of racing in the three man Sonar keelboat class Richard Langdon was on the waters of Guanabara Bay for Day 5 of racing in the three man Sonar keelboat class and provided this gallery of images. The event was won with a day to spare by the Australian crew.
Posted on 17 Sep
Rio 2016 - Up periscope in the Norlin 2.4OD in a breezy Day 3 at Rio
Richard Langdon was on the water for World Sailing and supplied this gallery of images from racing in the Norlin 2.4 OD Richard Langdon was on the water for World Sailing and supplied this gallery of images from racing in the Norlin 2.4 OD as the singlehanded keelboat skippers took on the 20-25kt breeze on Day 3 of the 2016 Paralympic Regatta
Posted on 15 Sep
Rio 2016 - Image gallery of SKUD18 in an action packed Day 3 at Rio
Richard Langdon was on the water for World Sailing and supplied this gallery of images from racing in the SKUD18 Richard Langdon was on the water for World Sailing and supplied this gallery of images from racing in the SKUD18 two handed keelboat, racing on Day 3 of the 2016 Paralympic Regatta in 20-25kt winds.
Posted on 15 Sep
Rio 2016 - Image gallery of Sonars in the big breeze on Day 3 at Rio
Richard Langdon was on the water for World Sailing and supplied this gallery of images from racing in the Sonar Richard Langdon was on the water for World Sailing and supplied this gallery of images from racing in the Sonar three handed keelboat, racing on Day 3 of the 2016 Paralympic Regatta in 20-25kt winds.
Posted on 15 Sep
Aussies on the podium in all Paralympic classes at Para Sailing Worlds
Good sailing conditions with a building breeze and a warm northerly provided challenging racing across the fleets. Good sailing conditions with a building breeze throughout the day and a warm northerly provided challenging racing across the fleets.
Posted on 29 May
Frantic finish as 2016 Para World Sailing champions are crowned
There were points cushions in both the SKUD18 for Monika Gibes and Piotr and in the 2.4 Norlin OD for Heiko Kroeger. There were points cushions in both the SKUD18 for Poland's Monika Gibes and Piotr Cichocki and in the 2.4 Norlin OD for Germany's Heiko Kroeger heading in to the last day of racing and both held on to win gold. The Sonar was a different matter with gold switching hands throughout a thrilling final race.
Posted on 28 May
Para Worlds came to a thrilling conclusion during Delta Lloyd Regatta
The 2.4 Norlin OD was up first with Heiko Kroger (GER) capitalising on his overnight lead to take his ninth world title. While the other para fleets were reasonably secure the 16 boat Sonar fleet kept everyone guessing right down to the final leg. Alphonsus Doerr/Hugh Freund/Brad Kendell (USA) had led overnight twice and held a four point margin into the final day. Victory was not secure until the end of the tense final leg, with a third place enough to take the world title.
Posted on 28 May
Aussies well-positioned going into final day of Para Worlds
The penultimate day of the 2016 Para Sailing World Championships in Medemblik brought the best conditions of the week 2016 Para Sailing World Championships - The penultimate day of the 2016 Delta Lloyd Regatta and the 2016 Para Sailing World Championships in Medemblik brought the best conditions of the week with an onshore breeze building through the day to 12-16 knots.
Posted on 28 May