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Sydney Hobart - Race Record or Boat Breaking southerlies?

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 - Wind against tide, 30 knots and six metre seas and backless waves or a super fast down hill side with a 38 hour race record?

Yesterday the mostly likely long range weather model suggested there could be boat breaking seas in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race, with strong southerlies pushing against the fast flowing east Australian current.

Today Barry Hanstrum from the Bureau of Meteorology predicts there could be strong northerlies and should that come to pass, routing data suggests a new race record.

The reality is its too early to tell.

Ex-Tropical cyclone Laurence has moved inland and is expected to move into NSW and Victoria as a deepening trough and there will be north east or northerly winds to the east of it.

The GFS model projects northerly winds at the start of the race with a Tasmanian low which could see Wild Oats XI slipping up the Derwent River in the wee hours.

In 2005 Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI broke the race record crossing the finish line at 7:40:10.

If today's GFS forecast holds good with strong northerlies for the start and well into the night, she'd arrive much earlier, two hours before dawn on Monday 28th.

However if the EC model holds sway the trough will be off the NSW coast and deliver strong southerlies right into Bass Strait and that would allow the good citizens of Hobart time to finish their bacon and eggs before heading dockside to welcome the supermaxis.

You and the 100 boat fleet will have to wait to find out... which will it be?


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



44 Metres and 1000 kg (2240 lbs) of Early Christmas Present
Jody O'Brien,
Just after 9pm last night, an early Christmas present arrived for Grant Wharington and the Etihad Stadium Supermaxi crew when a Qantas flight from Singapore touched down at the Freight Terminal at Mascot.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race live stream
Jennifer Crooks,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is pleased to announce that the Seven Network and Yahoo!7, will provide a live 90 minute webcast of the start of the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - The second first across the line
Jim Gale,
Did you know that in the modern Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race there are in fact two races to be first across the line? There's the fight between the maxis, of course, for the J H Illingworth Trophy for line honours. Then three days later the Sydney 38's arrive.... [more]
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Exercise Transglobe crews prepare for Rolex Sydney Hobart race
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The British Armed Forces are running Exercise Transglobe, involving the Royal Navy, Army and the RAF each sailing a Challenge 67ft steel-hulled yacht around the world over a 12 month period.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart 2009 - Etihad Stadium - the timeline - an epic battle
Rob Kothe,
After their five spreader carbon mast snapped during the Melbourne to Sydney delivery, 12 days ago owner Grant Wharington and his crew team from Etihad Stadium (formerly Skandia Wild Thing) have been racing the clock to get the 30 metre supermaxi to the Sydney to Hobart startline. Now the spare four spreader mast from Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo has arrived in Sydney and the work really begins... [more]
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The McConaghy Cup
John Curnow,
Jono Morris and Mark Evans, the co-owners of McConaghy have announced the first annual McConaghy Cup, which will be awarded based on the results from the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race. As makers of the some of the fastest yachts on the planet, McConaghy will be recognising their winning yachts when they cross the line in Hobart at the end of this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Follow the action with Bass & Flinders Cruises
Sail-World,
On Boxing Day Bass & Flinders vessels Ocean Dreaming I, Ocean Dreaming 2 and Sun Cat will follow the Sydney to Hobart fleet right from the start. ‘We take our boat out with 200 passengers and we are able to follow them down the leading boats because our vessels do travel at about 28 knots, so we can keep up with them out on the ocean.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Prelude to a Boxing Day Classic
Susan Maffei Plowden - KPMS,
The two near sister Reichel/Pugh designs Alan Brierty's Limit and Stephen Ainsworth's Loki, finished first and second, just one point apart, in the Rolex Trophy Rating Series regatta. Both are Sydney-based, from the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race's host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Limit is 63ft in length overall, Loki is 62ft, by virtue of a more plumb bow profile.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Race coverage goes mobile
Jennifer Crooks,
Yachting enthusiasts across Australia and New Zealand will this year have instant mobile access to the most comprehensive race result service in the history of the world renowned Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy Rating Series: Limit wins series – Living Doll the race
Di Pearson CYCA Media,
They judged the Shark Island start perfectly, were the third yacht heading out of Sydney Harbour and then Alan Brierty and his Limit crew mowed down the JV 72 RÁN, gybing inside her under spinnaker, with the finish line in sight, catching a nice puff to beat RÁN, and more importantly, Loki, their main adversary for the series.... [more]
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Tidetech Sydney to Hobart currents now downloadable through Expedition
Penny Haire,
Fans of Expedition tactical and navigation software are used to it doing very clever things - and now they have something new to play with for this year's Hobart.... [more]
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