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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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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Offshore images from Alex McKinnon *Feature By Sail-World.com Team, 5:37 AM Wed 26 Dec 2012 GMT
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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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 - 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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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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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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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on hitting the big zero - Video interview *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:32 PM Wed 12 Dec 2012 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand have become the first, and probably only team that will use its allocated 30 days for the first phase of sailing AC72's. According to the virtual Official Noticeboard for the 34th America's Cup, the team has a zero alongside its name in terms of sailing days left. Many pundits see that as a measure of the current state of play in the 34th America's Cup. But is it? ...
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ISAF World Match Racing Championship 2012 – Gutsy move or mistake? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 1:48 AM Sat 8 Dec 2012 GMT
This event would decide the 2012 ISAF World Match Racing Champion with the series leaders the 2011 World Champion Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) and Swede Bjorn Hansen (Mekonomen Sailing) just a few points apart. (104.25 and 102 respectively, with 38 points available for the Monsoon Cup winner) Hansen who finished second after the qualifying round was expected to chose the second lowest quali ...
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Monsoon Cup 2012 - Will there be a fairy tale Gilmour finale? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 12:11 AM Fri 7 Dec 2012 GMT
This week Australia’s Peter Gilmour, the four times ISAF World Match Racing champion announced his retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The current Monsoon Cup now reaching the final stages of the qualifying series will in fact be his last event. ...
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Phuket King’s Cup stepping up to the next level *Feature By Rob Kothe, 11:47 PM Tue 4 Dec 2012 GMT
The Phuket King’s Cup sailing regatta has, over the last 26 years, had a significant impact on sailing across Asia. It is the largest sailing event in Asia. On the world stage it has become the keelboat regatta that has the greatest number of nations competing each year. ...
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Cloudy skies overwhelm first day of Sail Melbourne *Feature By John Curnow / Sail Melbourne Media, Melbourne, Australia , 3:42 AM Mon 3 Dec 2012 GMT
The opening salvo of ISAF Sailing World Cup proves to be challenging for the competitors as organizers expect shifting wind patterns and scattered rain showers throughout the day. Participants in the Men’s and Women’s RSX Windsurfers plunged into the water Monday morning before the much awaited 49er and Women’s 49FX races on Course B. ...
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