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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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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The Weather Gate *Feature By John Curnow and Rob Kothe, Sydney , 10:31 PM Sat 22 Dec 2012 GMT
In order to win this iconic ocean race, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two you can do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control. ...
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The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is like Neapolitan Icecream *Feature By John Curnow and the Sail-World Team, 2:52 PM Sat 22 Dec 2012 GMT
Yes. In a lot of ways, this classic of ocean races can be likened to a tub of Australia's famous Peters Neapolitan ice cream. You get three flavours inside the one experience, you see. There’s the start to the turning mark of South Head, the run down to Tasman Island and then the reset to get across Storm Bay and ultimately, up the Derwent River. And that all makes for Chocolate, Strawberry an ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Like Father - like Son – saltwater in their DNA *Feature By Jim Gale, , 7:16 AM Sat 22 Dec 2012 GMT
There aren’t many people who have done more than 25 Hobarts, yet in the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart, there are three sailors who have not only passed the quarter century milestone, but are fast closing in on the records of their remarkable fathers. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race dockside images by Alex McKinnon *Feature By Alex McKinnon, Sydney , 5:37 AM Sat 22 Dec 2012 GMT
Photographer, Alex McKinnon, has been dockside talking with competitors and capturing the action from Saturday, December 22, 2012. From sailors to bears, BBQs to sail repairs, it’s all here. ...
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Latest yacht from Bakewell-White for Japanese owner *Feature By Sail-World, 7:53 AM Thu 20 Dec 2012 GMT
Last week the latest yacht from the board of Bakewell-White Yacht Design emerged from the shed at Southern Ocean in Tauranga, New Zealand. She was commissioned by a Japanese owner. Named 'Kagirohi' which is Japanese for ‘sky before the dawn’ the boat is destined to serve as an adventure training yacht around the waters of Japan. ...
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RS200 – for when it’s all too much *Feature By John Curnow, Sydney, Australia , 5:15 AM Wed 19 Dec 2012 GMT
The thought of sailing a quick dinghy is certainly appealing and enthralling. For some, the idea of wings and traps, combined with a twitchiness and nervousness at low speed resembling that of a cornered mouse, ends up being more than enough to quickly extinguish such exuberant ideas as just a rush of blood to the head. ...
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ design chief looks to the second AC72 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:34 AM Thu 13 Dec 2012 GMT
Emirates Team NZ's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd outlines the changes he expects to be made to the team's second AC72, on Day 30, as New Zealand is decommissioned and packed away. Reading between the comments in this video interview with is reasonably plain that New Zealand, the team's first AC72 was always something of a sailing science experiment and the next will be a reliable race boat. ...
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