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Day 2 of the Rolex Sydney Hobart was always going to provide the keys to the 65th blue water classic.

Alfa Romeo put the keys in, powered up her engine and blasted away from the fleet.

Here is the news from the day.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Sydney Hobart - Alfa Romeo accelerates away
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
This morning Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo has broken clear of the Sydney to Hobart fleet and the canting keel Reichel Pugh 100 could grab a double win, line honours and IRC handicap in the 2009 race.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Radio skeds, Green Cape Report & Radio Relay traffic
Sail-World.com,
Sail-World.com is streaming the Sydney Hobart Radio skeds, Green Cape Report and Radio relay traffic on 6516kHz courtesy of Peter Bye, who operates VK2MPJ from North Nowra, on the NSW south coast.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo heading for the daily double
Lisa Ratcliff,
Neville Crichton's 100 foot New Zealand maxi Alfa Romeo has overnight successfully negotiated her way through a wind hole north of Flinders Island to take a commanding 30 nautical mile lead over the two other maxis vainly chasing her tail.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Alfa Romeo jumps in the Battle of the Supermaxis
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand Supermaxi, Alfa Romeo has scored another overnight jump on her immediate rivals in the 65 Rolex Sydney Hobart race. The Neville Crichton skippered 100fter has worked out a lead of over 30nm over ICAP Leopard (Mike Slade, GBR), with four times race winner, Wild Oats Xi (Mike Richards/Bob Oatley) just over a mile astern of the British supermaxi.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: Playing the Waiting Game Down at the Dock
Crosbie Lorimer,
Sydney Hobart. It's about this time in a Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race that the media contingent in Hobart are usually trying to work how best to pace themselves over the coming three days. With the race frontrunners hammering down the Tasmanian coast and threatening to arrive in the early hours, do the media crew spend the majority of the race on deck or catch a few off watch stints here and... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - The march of the 40 footers
Di Pearson,
A little known yacht named St Jude is leading the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on handicap late this afternoon. The Bureau of Meteorology told crews to expect mixed weather throughout the 65th edition of Australia's summer ocean classic. Owners, tacticians and navigators agreed on Boxing Day it was one of the most confusing weather reports they had ever received.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Red Snakes and chips power Tow Truck
Rob Kothe - Sail-World.com,
The Tow Truck crew from Newcastle have sailed their hot house green Mumm 30 with distinction in years gone by. ‘We've had no time for hot meals. We have had nothing but chips and snakes until today. We are about to eat our first meal for the race .... I guess it's brunch but around 4pm.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Stop Start all the way to Hobart
KPMS,
The Rolex Sydney-Hobart race fleet leaders stalled and stopped in calms off the far south coast of New South Wales earlier today. The smaller boats came up on a developing coastal sea breeze while the maxi leaders and 50-60-footers were stuck inshore this morning, trying to struggle around Green Cape and Gabo Island at the entrance to Bass Strait... [more]
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Alfa Romeo in box seat rival skipper concedes, big test looms this eve
Jim Gale,
Mike Slade, the skipper of the British maxi ICAP Leopard concedes that Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo may have opened the winning lead in the dash for line honours in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Alfa Romeo extends lead
Di Pearson,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Alfa Romeo, Neville Crichton's Reichel Pugh design from New Zealand, has extended her lead to 11 miles over Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard. The Bureau of Meteorology says the front half of the fleet can expect an east/north-easterly at 10-15 knots on a slight swell for the rest of the day, which should allow those in the right place to set spinnakers and put some speed... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Loyal closing in on Ichi Ban and RÂN
Greg Peart & Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Sean Langman's 100 footer Investec Loyal, with its team of champion sportsmen aboard, is closing in on Matt Allen's Ichi Ban and this year's overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race, Niklas Zennstrom's RÂN, halving the distance every hour according to navigator David Dickson.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Racing in slow motion - it's still anyone's race
Rob Mundle,
Bass Strait, the stretch of water between the Australian mainland and the island state of Tasmania, is so often a cauldron that brews savage storms, but this morning it is at the opposite end of the spectrum for the leaders in the 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo gains in Rolex Sydney Hobart Battle of the Supermaxis
Richard Gladwell,
Neville Crichton and friends have stretched their lead in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart to six mile over Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard (GBR), and ten miles ahead of the Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats. The New Zealand supermaxi is now almost an hour ahead of the four times rac e winner, Wild Oats, owned by Bob Oatley.... [more]
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