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Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Christmas is just the day before Boxing Day

2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo
For thousands of Australia's offshore sailors Christmas Day is really just the day before Boxing Day and for every year since 1945 that has been the day that the Sydney to Hobart yacht race starts.

This morning (It's Christmas Day already in Sydney) will be family time for many sailors, although some of the Sail-World team will be Sydney Harbour today with practicing crews and this afternoon the flights coming into Sydney will have lots of sailing bags on the carousels. Late this afternoon for many of the boats there will be dockside crew briefings then a quiet dinner, before the final weather briefing, the media scrums and the dockside family farewells

Come tomorrow, December 26th 2012, (Boxing Day) 1pm local time (UTC+11 hours) - 77 boats will face the starter in two rows just off Sydney Harbour's Shark Island for the 68th annual race.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 Line Honours Winner INVESTEC LOYAL  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Last year line honours was claimed by Investec Loyal in a time of two days, six hours, 14 minutes and 18 seconds after taking the lead from race favourite and defending champion Wild Oats XI after striking light winds just outside Storm Bay. losing 20 nautical miles. The two boats engaged in a tacking duel up the Derwent River with Investec Loyal stretching its lead slightly to cross the line just three minutes and twelve seconds ahead of Wild Oats XI.

LOKI, Stephen Ainsworth - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Stephen Ainsworth's Reichel Pugh 63 Loki was declared the race winner with a corrected time of three days, 22 minutes and 34.32 seconds.

Now the stage is set for 2012. In theory it's going to be very much a big boat race, but the Weather Gods could change their minds at any time.

Here is the 2012 fleet list in detail along with Sail-World's boat notes, which are still being updated by the skippers. Some 20 changes were made by skippers overnight and many more will be made before the race starts.

Boat Notes

We would like to wish you, our readers, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and great New Year.

It's nearly 8am in Kiwi Land (it's just approaching 6am here in Sydney), a front has just come through along with some light rain in Sydney and it's going to be unusually cold. It's still Christmas Eve in lots of places: almost 8pm in Europe, 7pm in the UK, 2pm on the US East Coast and 11am in the West, but regardless...

We will be working through, of course, with the Sydney Hobart HF radio traffic on loud speaker 24x7 (you can listen or hear just the skeds) - so if you have a story or report, or comment please drop us a line.

Thanks for your help and input in 2012, we're here to help sailing and help those who wish to help themselves. Many thanks to those who have contributed to our coverage of the World Sailing scene in 2012.

We look forward to a great 2013.

Right now in Sydney the coffee is good and families will soon be stirring, then Christmas lunch preparations will start. After lunch a few more glasses of wine and a little sleep... would you be anywhere else?

See you on the water...


Rob Kothe



Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A fleet action pictorial
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The prestigious 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is set to get underway soon and we are now taking a look back at fleet action from last year's race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - The ambiance before the race
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is quickly approaching. Enjoy this image gallery of previous editions, dockside ambiance and the excitement on the docks.... [more]
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Faces of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
See photos of some of the faces that will be a part of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Onboard Wild Oats XI
Andrea Francolini,
Andrea Francolini brings you action from the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 Line Honours favourite Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Big boats favourites to win race
Jim Gale,
The weather forecast for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 will certainly give big boats a considerable edge in the 628-nautical mile off shore ocean racing as 20-knot southerly breeze provides a humdinger of a start of what would be a fast and furious edition of Australia's premier sailing classic.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Alex McKinnon's dockside pictures
Alex McKinnon,
2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Photographer Alex McKinnon was out and about on the quay at the CYCA to capture the day's dockside action.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Tony Cable going strong at no. 47
Jim Gale,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 will be another memorable journey for sailing veteran Tony Cable, who has been a witness of rich tradition and festivity of the Boxing Day race extravaganza since 1961.... [more]
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Running the rhumblines - Whitsunday sailors 'down under'
Ian Grant,
The Australian Dinghy Championship regattas will present a brand new environment for Whitsunday sailors, who used to thrive in Pioneer's Bay's tropical sailing condition. With strong cool winds overwhelming in Tasmania, the Dingy Nationals will be a test of endurance and tactical sailing skills for the participating fleet.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Upset win eyed by International fleet
Danielle McKay,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 will not only put the spotlight on the perennial Aussie contenders but as well as the international fleet headed by the Lithuanian, Japanese, and of course, the Kiwi challengers, who are very much capable of pulling off some surprises in the Boxing Day race.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Sherman leans on beginners' luck
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race rookie Warwick Sherman hopes to lean on ‘beginners luck' as the first timer goes all out for his dream aboard his his Sydney GTS 43 Occasional Course Language.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Wild Oats XI banks on long preparation
Rob Mundle,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 will be the culmination of a nine-month programme for the designers and crew of Wild Oats XI in their attempt to make history in Australia's premier offshore ocean racing classic.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Alex McKinnon pictures from VO60 - Merit
Alex McKinnon,
2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Photographer Alex McKinnon joined the crew of VO60, Merit, for their training run on a delightfully sunny Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Going south as crew? Is your name spelt right?
Rob Kothe & Trevor Walkley,
Around 250,000 sailors and families will be following the Sydney Hobart race via Sail-World.com Around half of the fleet have already updated their Sail-World Boat notes, if your skipper and your boat are in that group, thanks. You might want to look at the notes again and polish them and check the crew names spelling etc. If not please do it now, we have sent access codes to skippers and c... [more]
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Skype - key event communication tool for Rolex Sydney Hobart race
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and then telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The Weather Gate
John Curnow and Rob Kothe,
In order to win this iconic ocean race, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two you can do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control.... [more]
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The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is like Neapolitan Icecream
John Curnow and the Sail-World Team,
Yes. In a lot of ways, this classic of ocean races can be likened to a tub of Australia's famous Peters Neapolitan ice cream. You get three flavours inside the one experience, you see. There's the start to the turning mark of South Head, the run down to Tasman Island and then the reset to get across Storm Bay and ultimately, up the Derwent River. And that all makes for Chocolate, Strawberry an... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Like Father - like Son – saltwater in their DNA
Jim Gale,
There aren't many people who have done more than 25 Hobarts, yet in the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart, there are three sailors who have not only passed the quarter century milestone, but are fast closing in on the records of their remarkable fathers.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Breaking News - Size really does matter!!
Jim Gale,
Four days out from the start of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Rolex Sydney Hobart, the weather forecast is evolving, but it still looks grim for the smaller boats in the fleet - grimmer, if anything, than when the Bureau of Meteorology first showed us it's long range forecast yesterday... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race dockside images by Alex McKinnon
Alex McKinnon,
Photographer, Alex McKinnon, has been dockside talking with competitors and capturing the action from Saturday, December 22, 2012. From sailors to bears, BBQs to sail repairs, it's all here.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 – Wild Oats XI ready to break own record
Rob Mundle,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 line honours contender Wild Oats XI is very much in position of shattering the record she set in 2005 with strong north easterly winds expected to blow throughout 628 nautical mile ocean race six days from now.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 – Dream start for Boxing Day race
Jennifer Crooks,
The forecast for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 looks encouraging for the skippers of the 77 competing yachts as strong southerly breeze is set to sweep through Sydney Harbour, leading up to what would be one of the most action-packed starts in the history of the Boxing Day race spectacle.... [more]
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