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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Back markers in for a pummeling as front hits By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:15 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
With the front runners in the Rolex Sydney Hobart expected to sneak through in light to moderate tail winds, the weather prognosis for the remainder of the fleet is, well, interesting. The simple analysis is that fresh northerly winds will give the fleet a fast ride on Sunday and during the daylight hours of Monday. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Sunday afternoon finish expected for Wild Oats XI By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:23 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) is expected to cross the finish line, around 4pm on Sunday and take her eighth line honours win. The race leaders are making good time down the coast of Tasmania, and at daybreak had approximately 100nm to sail. ...
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Sydney to Hobart - Another 40 foot white-wash? By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 6:31 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
With the Supermaxi battle probably all over in this 70th Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, unless Wild Oats XI drops her rig in the next five hours, she is set to take her eighth line honours victory so at last the attention will shift to the real race, the battle for handicap honours. ...
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Sail-World new format - Mac users regional correction required By Sail-World, , 5:16 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Sail-World is now running live in the changed website format. If you are running on a Mac with iOS please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ...
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Barcelona World Race - J’aurais sincèrement voulu en être By Barcelona World Race Media, , 3:24 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Jean-Pierre Dick, double vainqueur de la Barcelona World Race, ne viendra pas défendre son titre pour cette troisième édition. Le skipper niçois prépare actuellement son nouveau Saint-Michel-Virbac, un plan Verdier-VPLP pour le prochain Vendée Globe. Le bateau ne sera mis à l’eau qu’à la fin du printemps 2015 et pour l’heure son skipper est à quai. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Your Turn, Then My Turn, Then Your Turn! *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 12:52 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
With the front runners over halfway to Hobart, this year’s race is turning out to be quite a page turner already; and that’s just the big boats. So let’s start with them. Wind back to the start, first honours to Comanche in the shoot out to the first mark. To be fair it was akin to pitting a brand new Bugatti Veyron against some classy and quick Ferraris and Porsches. The result in those ...
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Sydney-Hobart: First, Second and Third! *Feature By John Curnow, , 12:32 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
There is absolutely no way anyone can predict these before the vast majority of the still 109 vessels racing actually get home to Hobart Town. One can, however, talk about the very things that do go into making these results that so many chase and to do so, we have to work through a myriad of vessel designs, ages and types. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014; Handicap Honours Predictions VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 11:55 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Given the weather models for the race, Crosbie Lorimer did the rounds of the CYCA dock just prior to the start of the race to find out who the various skippers, navigators and tacticians believed might take out the overall Handicap win on IRC. Here are some of their predictions, how they are panning out for some and an update on the position at the front of the fleet. ...
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Sydney Hobart 2014 - A ridge too far for Comanche By Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR Media, , 8:04 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - That’s the conclusion that one might well draw from the huge difference in the performance of the Hamilton Island super maxi Wild Oats XI and her main challenger, the US boat Comanche. ...
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2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Images by Daniel Forster By Regattanews, , 7:03 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Photographer Daniel Forster was in the air again for the Sydney Hobart 2014, and provided this gallery of images. ...
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2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Honing in on halfway By Regattanews, , 5:59 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The chase for line honours at the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is intensifying with the leading boats approaching the halfway mark of the 628-nm race. ...
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Sydney Hobart Race: 'The Old Girl' proves she's still got great legs By Rob Mundle, , 4:55 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
By Grand Prix ocean racing standards she’s an old girl, and there’s no denying she’s had a few makeovers during the past decade, but Bob Oatley’s 30-metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, was leaving no doubt today that when it came to speed she’s still got great legs. ...
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2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Drama among the supermaxis By Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR Media, , 4:30 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - After 24 hours the Hamilton Island supermaxi Wild Oats XI has taken the lead for the first time in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the 70th sailing of the event. ...
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2014 -15 Barcelona World Race - Food, food, some not so glorious!! By Daniel Ferrando, , 3:32 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Looking back it is not so long ago that sailors making long trips had to make the key choice between light weight and taste. But now, thankfully, technology and demand means that there is more and better choice in freeze dried foods. But the lack of fresh food and the limited choice of diet does mean eating remains a chore, part of the daily routine during the three months ...
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2015 Fireball World Championship - Notice of Race released By Dave Hall, , 1:44 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
2015 Fireball World Championship - The event offers two weeks of unrivalled sailing in the beautiful waters of North Wales. Situated on the Llyn peninsular, just 10 miles from the Snowdonia National Park, racing will take place in Cardigan Bay within easy reach of the sandy beach from where the fleet will launch. ...
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2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Perpetual Loyal 'hit something' By Danielle McKay, RSHYR Media, , 1:13 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - One of the supermaxis vying for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal, has retired and is returning to her home club at Rose Bay in Sydney. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi Race Start VIDEO *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Sydney , 11:55 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race saw the five 100 foot super maxis up against each other for the first time. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Perpetual Loyal forced to retire with hull damage *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:42 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
The Australian supermaxi Perpetual Loyal has been forced to retire from the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with hull damage. The news came in a regular radio sked with race organisers, little detail was available, however it is understood that she has some hull delamination, probably arising from pounding though big seas and 25-30kt winds for the first day and night of the race. ...
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2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart: Clouds backs the small boats for overall win By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:18 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
Clouds outlines what he is expecting to see in the race, and says that while the big boats will take all the attention in the early stages of the race, the weather is against them as the race progresses. The smaller boats will come surfing in a fresh northerly, while the front-runners cope with light winds on their final approach to the finish on the Derwent. ...
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart: Replay video coverage on Sail-World *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:35 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
Replay of the start of the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. The fleet is expected to experience fresh to strong headwinds for the start and first 24 hours, although winds will moderate towards the end of this period. ...
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Sydney Hobart - Comanche leads but Oats XI keeps the rubber band on By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 7:51 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
For the last 18 hours, there has been never more than three nautical miles between the new kids on the block, Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark's Comanche with Ken Read skippering the boat with distinction and the Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI. Mark Richard's who was blown away by Comanche's reaching speed inside the harbour has been hunting the race leader relentlessly as the two boats beat south. ...
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Will Comanche take a scalp? By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 7:33 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
After blasting off the startline earlier today, Jim Clark's Comanche continues to hold the lead in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart race eight hours into the race. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014- Southerly takes its toll By Jim Gale, RSHYR media, , 7:07 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
A stiff southerly is testing the boats and sailors on the first afternoon of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart and by late afternoon, four yachts had retired from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race. The first casualties of the race were Tina of Melbourne, forced out because of hull damage and Bear Necessity with a damaged rudder, just two hours into the race. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Comanche leads in softening morning breeze *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:59 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
The US supermaxi Comanche (Jim & Kirsty Clark) continues to enjoy a small lead at the head of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet. As the race enters its second day, organisers told Sail-World at 6.00am local time that the fleet was experiencing SW winds of 12-13kts and that these would ease further during the day. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Comanche take a gun to the knife fight + Video By regattanews, , 2:23 PM Fri 26 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: The 117 competing yachts, including five 100-foot Maxis, represents the race’s largest number of starters since 1994. Of the five Maxis, Jim Clark’s Comanche (USA) made the early gains in the race’s 70th edition, reaching the first mark in record time and setting a blistering pace. Seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI was in close pursuit. ...
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