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It takes a bit to win Line Honours to Hobart, but it takes an awful lot to do it four years on the trot... which is what Bob Oatley's Wild Oats has just done. Skipper Mark Richards is probably feeling well pleased with himself and his crew. It wasn't a pushover trip though – against the odds, Grant Wharington's four-year-old Skandia led for most of the race. But then Oats hit a shark (at 20 knots... Ouch.) and had to back up to get rid of it, and in the process maybe dropped off some other detritus from the appendages. They immediately overtook Skandia, won the battle of the light stuff near Tasman Head, and led away to the finish.

But Bob Steele's TP52 Quest was less than four hours behind on the water and takes the Tattersall's Trophy for the overall handicap win – pretty amazing for a 52-footer against a 98-footer. The TP52s all reported astonishing speeds and sailing conditions – stories here. Ray Roberts, a well-known face at Asian regattas and winner of the Phuket King's Cup 2008, has been confirmed as winner of Division 0 on board his (other) Quantum Racing, a Cookson 50 canting-keeler.

The Portimao Race and Vendee Globe sailors are still bashing their way around the planet, but the VOR crews are on holiday at the moment – bracing themselves, no doubt, for the long uphill crash bang all the way to Qingdao, and getting colder and colder all the way.

Next up in Asia – the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, stating 04 January. In Singapore the VOR in-port racing takes place on 10 January, and the leg to Qingdao starts on 18th – the same day as the Singapore Straits Regatta. In Hong Kong there's the Tomes Cup pursuit race on 10 January, and in Thailand the Phang Nga Bay Regatta starts on 27 January.



Bob Steel wins his second Rolex Sydney Hobart

One of Sydney's most successful yachtsmen, Bob Steel, today completed a rare double in the history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race when his latest Quest was declared the overall winner of the 2008 race, the winner on corrected time.... [more]


Portimão Global Ocean Race - Nico Budel issues a MAYDAY call
Portimão Global Ocean Race Media,
Nico Budel, racing Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race aboard his Open 40 Hayai, has sustained irreparable damage to the keel of his yacht and has issued a MAYDAY call seeking immediate assistance.... [more]


Vendee Globe: Algimouss Spirit of Canada limps towards Australia
Vendee Globe media,
In the Vendee Globe, Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) looks to be making something of an escape at the head of the fleet at the Western Pacific gate. Seb Josse continues sailing to the north with no decisions forthcoming yet as to whether BT can be repaired. Canadian Derek Hatfield is limping towards Australia after suffering two broken spreaders.... [more]


PredictWind: Strong winds ahead for Rolex Sydney Hobart tail
Richard Gladwell,
PredictWind's analysis of the wind feeds in the Tasman Island area shows that the tail end of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race will be hammered by strong westerly winds. The whole of Tasmania is surrounded by strong westerly winds, with some shelter from the lee of the Tasmanian coast. However as the competitors near Tasman Island the last turning point before heading for Hobart, the competitors w... [more]


The Quest for Victory
Rob Kothe,
Quest skipper Bob Steel was his usual relaxed self this afternoon as it became obvious that his TP52 had won the battle in a tightly fought division; Quest had become favourite to take the overall IRC win in the 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart race.... [more]


Nearly half the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht fleet still locked in battle
Bruce Montgomery,
Nearly half the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet, more than 40 boats, are locked in battle this evening. A strong wind warning is current for their field of play, up to 85 miles off the island coast. The forecast until midnight is for north-west winds 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots at times, tending westerly at 15 to 25 knots this evening, with two to three metre seas.... [more]

Sail Thailand Rally in Phuket
Bianca Hein, Marina Blue Productions,
You are cordially invited to join us for a major yachting celebration: the Sail Thailand Rally... [more]


Images from Wild Oats XI Line Honours finish in Rolex Sydney Hobart
Andrea Francolini images,
Andrea Francolini was out on the Derwent River in Hobart this morning as Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI made Rolex Sydney Hobart history, winning her fourth consecutive Line Honours victory... [more]


Wild Oats XI sails into Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race history books
Rolex Sydney Hobart media team,
Wild Oats XI, the mighty Sydney-based 30m maxi owned by Bob Oatley and skippered by Mark Richards achieved something no other boat has in the race's 64 year history – four consecutive line honours wins in the 628 nautical mile ocean classic.... [more]


Full-on sprint to Kerguelen Gate for Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet
Brian Hancock,
It's a full-on sprint to the Kerguelen Gate with a handful of miles separating the Portimao Global Ocean Race leading three boats. The Kerguelen Gate is a line of longitude running due north from Kerguelen Island. Gates were added to each leg to keep the fleet closer together and to make the race more interesting... [more]


Depression plagues Vendee Globe race leaders
Vendee Globe media,
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) is working hard to keep adding miles to his lead over Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement). A deep, malicious low pressure system in the south Pacific continues to send brutally testing conditions for the Vendée Globe leaders. The depression will continue to plague the leaders for the next few days, still making make life tough.... [more]




 

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