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Two Sleeps to the Sydney Hobart race

Its early morning on Christmas Eve ‘down under' in Sydney Australia and as dawn breaks the latest news is that Grant Wharington's Etihad Stadium actually has her new four spreader mast standing vertical.

With just 54.5 hours until seven 98-100 footers line up for the 65th Rolex Sydney to Hobart, we can only admire the guts and determination from Wharro and his crew and join every other sailor on the Sydney waterfront in wishing them well.

As the meteorologists debate the weather model most likely to succeed, we will hear more at this morning's weather briefings.

There are two iconic sporting events, on December 26th, the day after Christmas; there is the Boxing Day Test Cricket in Melbourne and the Start of the Sydney Hobart. The ABC National Radio network broadcasts the cricket ball by ball and for eons that has clashed with the Hobart start.

But someone has blinked; now the cricket starts 30 minutes earlier and at Sydney Hobart start time, the cricketers are at lunch and so for the first time, the ABC will be broadcasting live from Sydney Harbour.

This humble scribe will be calling the start along with the ABC's Peter Newlinds on Grandstand, the ABC's premier sports program.


While the Hobart battle is for The Tattersalls Cup, the handicap trophy, the mainstream audience will be fascinated with the seven big boats as they fight their way out of the harbour, will a couple of 40-50 footers please put their hands up, get a blinder of a start and steal the limelight.

Peter and I will do our best to talk about the 'real race' and of course that will be Sail-World's online focus.

See you at the Sea-mark on Saturday if not before.

Will be starting the day with a coffee on the CYCA deck shortly.

We are looking to talk to as many skippers as we can find right now. You can reach us on 0418 441359 or stick your head into the CYCA Media Centre, we'll be there.

During the race, you can provide mid race reports via our Sail-World digital recording system.

Ring 02 856 920 88 or +61285692088

You can reach us on Skype at sailworldaustralia


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Sydney Hobart - Etihad Stadium has a mast again
Jody O'Brien,
Thirteen days after dismasting in Bass Strait on the delivery sail from Melbourne to Sydney, the Etihad Stadium Supermaxi is now looking like a 98 foot ocean racing machine again. The 44 metre mast was successfully installed just after 3am this Christmas eve morning with a very large crane and all hands on deck at Sydney City Marine.... [more]
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Battle of the Supermaxi - Is this a Swansong for Britain's Leopard
Rob Kothe,
As the Rolex Sydney Hobart weather models keep throwing up different scenarios, British property developer Mike Slade, owner of the 100 footer ICAP Leopard, the 2009 Rolex Fastnet line honours winner has mixed feelings about what could be the last Sydney Hobart for his supermaxi.... [more]
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PredictWind Long Range Forecast for Sydney to Hobart
Nathan May,
PredictWind is forecasting Southerly winds for the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. With stronger winds of 18Knts at start time decreasing to around 10Knts as the race progresses. The images displayed are using PredictWind's High Resolution GRIB files displayed using Expedition Software.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Tactical Challenges at the back of the fleet
Penny Haire,
Race strategy become much harder when early decisions have to be made based on what you think is going to happen in three days time. It's harder still when you've been out there for two days and only have scanty weather info to go on.... [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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Midnight manoeuvres for Wild Oats XI to repair keel damage
Rob Mundle,
There was plenty of unscheduled activity at Woolwich Dock, on Sydney Harbour, around midnight last night when Bob Oatley's Rolex Sydney-Hobart race record holder, Wild Oats XI, was lifted from the water so repairs could be made to the yacht's keel.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Supermaxi Etihad Stadium to have mast fitted tonight
Jody O'Brien,
For the rest of the country not involved in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, there's probably some cooking to do done to get ready for Christmas, but for the Etihad Stadium Supermaxi crew, there's no plum pudding and turkey – just the vital ingredients to put their mast back together.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: Will it be Supermaxi or Sunfish?
Rob Kothe,
Over the years sailors have stood and looked at the half model board of the handicap winners of the Sydney Hobart race, going back some 64 years. The very noticeable thing is that rudders and keels continue to shrink in width and depth while getting longer and thinner.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - In Raptures about Rapture
Sail-World.com,
She's 100 foot long and one of super super maxis heading south to Hobart, but she is not one of those stripped down racing machines. She is a cruiser-racer cruiser... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 - Eyes on the Prize
Sail-World.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - the strongest ever fleet of super maxis wll be drag racing south looking for Line Honours victory. Here are the guys with their Eyes on the Prize... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Leopard could strike if solid southerlies
Sail-World.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 ICAP Leopard, another brilliant McConaghy built supermaxi. Fresh from taking his second line honours win in a row of the Rolex Fastnet Race, Mike Slade and his international crew, including a number of Australians, are one of five 100ft maxis competing in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Line Honour battle drives new sail developments
Media Services,
North Sails CEO Michael Coxon (Cocko) has been campaigning with Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo's for some years but his Sydney team have built the sails for both Alfa and its strong rival, Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI, the four times Hobart winner. Just a few days before the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, 'Cocko' provides this insight into the Supermaxi scene.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - from 1945 to 2008
Event Media,
Facts from the Sydney Hobart blue water classic- Fastest Race The fastest race was in 2005 Wild Oats XI (AUS) 01:18:40:10, Kialoa (USA) held the record for 21 years, Morning Glory (GER) for three and Nokia (AUS/DEN) for five. Brindabella (AUS) 01:20:46:33 holds the race record for a conventionally ballasted yacht set in 1999 Slowest Race The slowest race was in 1945 Wayfarer – Peter Luke, NSW.... [more]
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Race for Rolex Sydney to Hobart Tattersall's Cup is wide open
Jim Gale/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
Geoff Ross, the skipper of the Reichel/Pugh 55 Yendys and outright winner of the race in 1999 reckons that not even Nostradamus could predict the winner of this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart... [more]
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Santa to deliver another sleigh ride for 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart?
Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
'It seems like a long time since we've seen what we think of as a typical Rolex Sydney Hobart,' CYCA Commodore and skipper of Ichi Ban, Matt Allen, admitted today. '2004 was the last long slog upwind, which we think is the norm.... [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 - Is the Race Record safe?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 - Wind against tide, 30 knots and six metre seas, backless waves or a super fast down hill side with a 38 hour race record?... [more]
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Technology takes racing to the world
Jeni Bone,
Onboard YuuZoo, Twitter, YouTube and multi-platform communications will take the thrill of the racing during the Rolex Sydney to Hobart to the world.... [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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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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How to create a great around Australia event? Learn from the best!
Bob Williams,
As the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race will finish in October-November 2011 depending on starting point, this allows ample time for our international competitors, battle hardened after 7500 nautical miles around the Australian coastline to fine tune their boats for the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Every yacht that is eligible to compete in the Sydney to Hobart is eligible to compete in the Arou... [more]
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