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Sydney Hobart - Alfa Romeo heads across Storm Bay
Crosbie Lorimer,
Sydney Hobart. Neville Crichton looks set to wipe from his memory the 2005 defeat in this race as his yacht Alfa Romeo has passed Cape Raoul, has eased sheets and is heading across Storm Bay towards the Derwent River at a healthy 12 knots.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Sunrise arrival for ICAP Leopard
Peter Campbell,
With another brilliant sunrise over her stern, Mike Slade's British yacht ICAP Leopard became only the third yacht to so far finish the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race when she sailed serenely up the River Derwent and across the finish line at Castray Esplanade at 05:45 this morning.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo gets gun in 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
KPMS,
After sailing a near perfect tactical race in extremely difficult conditions, with extremes from a testing 25-knot southerly, with a bumpy seaway through the first night, to a calm in the notoriously rough and windy Bass Strait, Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo was first to finish in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: More Images of Winners Dockside from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Here are some more of Crosbie Lorimer's images of the Alfa Romeo win as she berthed in Hobart, where the skipper and crew were handed the trophy and medallions. Wild Oats XI arrived a little over two hours later. Owner Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards were gracious in defeat and Bob Oatley vowed they would be back next year.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Images of Alfa Romeo finish by Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Alfa Romeo has taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, crossing the line at 10.02pm. Here are some of Crosbie Lorimer's photos os Alfa Romeo sailing uop the Derwent River as dusk turned to darkness and moonlight.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Handicap fleet - whether the weather gate opens for you
Rob Kothe,
Computer driven handicap predictions for the 628 mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart race ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo gets the cannon in Rolex Sydney Hobart
Peter Campbell,
The New Zealand super maxi Alfa Romeo set a new bench mark for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Her official finish time of 10:00:50 gave Alfa Romeo an elapsed time of 2 days 9 hours 00 minutes and 50 seconds.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo takes line honours in 2009 Sydney Hobart Race
Rob Kothe,
Just before 21:00, Neville Crichton's Reichel Pugh 100 Alfa Romeo powered past the Iron Pot, close hauled on port tack, she was doing 12-13 knots, in a west, north westerly, with spray coming over her bow.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - One more hurdle
KPMS,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race leader Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo leading over the final miles to the finish of the 628 nautical mile classic and with a healthy 17nm advantage over nearest rival Wild Oats XI faced a final hurdle -- a strong sou'-wester that will give his weary crew a final hard upwind workout. Through another day of stop-start sailing, Alfa retained the race lead she has held since... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Alfa Romeo just hours away from Line Honours win
Sail-World.com,
Neville Crichton and his supermaxi crew are sailing to a convincing line honours win in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race this evening.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: 120 Vegemite Rolls keep Waugh at Peace
Crosbie Lorimer,
Sydney Hobart. Rugby flanker and NSW Waratah's captain Phil Waugh was sounding like a seasoned yachtie this afternoon when he spoke to us from aboard Investec Loyal, the 100 footer owned by Sean Langman which is making its way down the Tasmanian coast in ample breeze this afternoon.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Tassie yachts heading for home
Greg Peart,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - One of the biggest contingents of Tasmanian yachts left Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. It was a real ‘kick in the guts' for Todd Leary's Ingles 39 She's The Culprit which failed to make it out of Sydney Heads after a collision at the first mark forced her early retirement.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Radio sked 1705 and Radio Relay traffic
Sail-World.com,
Sail-World.com is streaming the 1705 Sydney Hobart Radio sked 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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Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI has Alfa Romeo in their sights
Rob Mundle,
Wild Oats XI co-navigator, Ian ‘Fresh' Burns, had an unexpected message for the yacht's loyal band of supporters late today: 'We can now see Alfa Romeo ahead of us. We've got them in our sights.' During the day the 30.48 metre long supermaxi owned by Bob Oatley carved into the seemingly insurmountable lead that near sistership Alfa Romeo (sailed by kiwi Neville Crichton), had held when the fr... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Supermaxi Rapture onboard videos
Sail-World.com,
Brook Lenfest's 100ft Farr 100 Rapture is currently 39 miles east of Flinders Island and has 254 miles to go to Hobart. She is 14th overall in this years Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: Alfa Romeo's Race to The Corner
Crosbie Lorimer,
Sydney Hobart. The next few hours will be critical and nervous ones for race leader Alfa Romeo. While Neville Crichton's yacht is holding a handy 12 mile lead over Wild Oats XI... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race- YuuZoo sailing in minefields
Bruce Montgomery/Rolex Sydney Hobart,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race update from YuuZoo. Sailing his revamped 90-foot YuuZoo, the formerly named Nicorette won line honours under Ingvall's guidance in the 2004 race; his second line honours win.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI closing - but is it too late?
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
Should Neville Crichton get his hands on the highly prized Tattersall's Cup, his New Zealand supermaxi would be only the seventh boat in the history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to take the double of line honours and the overall winner on corrected time.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart 2009 - On board Alfa Romeo
Sail-World.com,
Murray Spence, the boat manager of Alfa Romeo captured the morning off northern Tasmania, in the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart as the Neville Crichton's Reichel Pugh 100 speed south.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart – Here comes the Oats!!
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
It seemed this morning that Neville Crichton's New Zealand supermaxi Alfa Romeo had both the 2009 Sydney to Hobart trophies in her grasp as she was clearly leading the 65th race on both the line honours and overall handicap categories Now the door could be swinging ever so slightly ajar for Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI, whose crew lead by Mark Richard's is valiantly struggling to extend her four H... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - ICAP Leopard goes round the Outside
Crosbie Lorimer,
Sydney Hobart. You'd think that the well spoken Mike Slade, owner of the 100 supermaxi ICAP Leopard, ought to be Irish given his charismatic gift for the gab. A media team phone conversation with Slade this morning was as always, every bit as entertaining as it was informative.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats halves Alfa Romeo's lead
Richard Gladwell,
Four times race winner, Wild Oats XI (Mike Richards) is making a late charge in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race to pick up here fifth successive line honours win in the 605nm classic. Over the past four hours Wild Oats has picked up a strong breeze and is sailing and incredible three knots faster than race leader Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton).... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: The Rich get Richer
Regattanews.com,
The maxis leading the Rolex Sydney Harbour race fleet cleared a barrier of light air and calm in Bass Strait in the early hours of this morning to reach away on a new westerly flow at speeds of up to 20 knots. Race leader Alfa Romeo, a Reichel/Pugh 100 owned by Sydney-based New Zealander Neville Crichton, first to clear the calm-creating ridge of high pressure to the north of Tasmania, opened a he... [more]
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Hobart Races - All quiet on the southern front
Peter Campbell,
For the past four years, the morning or early afternoon of the 28th of December has seen a hive of activity around the waterfront and on the River Derwent stretching to south to the river entrance at the Iron Pot.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI: Tough from here but it's a Hobart race
Rob Mundle,
As the three supermaxis exited Bass Strait this morning the chance of Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI claiming her fifth consecutive line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race was looking increasingly difficult to achieve.... [more]
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