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For 90+ crews Christmas is the day before Boxing Day. Welcome to our Rolex Sydney to Hobart coverage. As always it will be the most detailed there is!!

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The Stage is set for the 2013 Sydney Hobart race

Matt Allen is hoping his latest Ichi Ban will deliver an overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart  © Andrea Francolini Photography
90+ boats, a seriously sexy 69th fleet a strong supermaxi battle, a big international fleet, new boats and old. The sharks and sunfish are poised.

Newport Bermuda Race  Newport Bermuda Race Media

The Newport to Bermuda Race, the Fastnet and the Sydney Hobart are the world's best known blue water classics but timing is everything and the Sydney Hobart has little sporting competition. The media coverage of the Hobart race is significantly more intense, by many orders of magnitude

An iconic race, with its start gloriously programmed during the Boxing Day Australia-England Test luncheon break.

2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet at South Head before exiting Sydney Harbour  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

It will be another noisy start with helicopters throbbing overhead and it seems a short upwind sprint to the Heads before the fleet heads south under spinnaker.

In the meanwhile those ashore will discover via the Television coverage of the race that while they thought there were 90 boats in the fleet, there are actually just half a dozen.

Once again we will hope like hell that a canoe does not get torn in half in the washing machine off Zulu mark as the fleet head south.

We at Sail-World will be on our 17th startline, we have a bigger team than ever, with sailors reporting from the water by Skype and Satellite, meanwhile the HF will be crackling , here in SW HQ as we too will be on a 4/4 watch system.

Explaining the protest - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race   Crosbie Lorimer


While the early forecasts favour the big boats we hope that the more likely outcome will be deliver chances for everyone and that the Race Committee does not become a story of the race as it has in recent years.

But maybe that is like believing there will be wind in the Derwent after mid-night.



Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Karl Kwok‘s Beau Geste aiming for a double
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Hong Kong Businessman Karl Kwok won the 1997 Hobart at his first attempt in a Farr 40 called Beau Geste. Now he is back, as he says putting his batting average on the line with another attempt.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Long range weather forecast favours big boats
Jim Gale,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2013 long range weather forecast is very promising for the biggest, fastest boats in the fleet, even dangling the possibility of a race record, but what comes as good news on the V70s and 100 foot super-maxis is disappointing for the mid-sized and particularly smaller yachts.... [more]
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From Concept to Start Line: Winning the Rolex Sydney Hobart
Jim Gale,
Past Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore, Matt Allen, has spent a year carefully working out what it will take to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart, and his answer is his brand new Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban. Designing and building the boat, all the decisions and questions and answers that it involved tells us a lot about Matt Allen - the true nature of a Rolex Sydney Hobart - and Australian offsho... [more]
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Video Coverage of 2012 Sydney to Hobart race
Sail-world.com,
Competitor or spectator ahead of the 69th race start, settle down and watch the 26 min video coverage of the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart. Great Production values in this coverage by Rolex.... [more]
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Vivre Victorians as they prepare for Rolex Sydney Hobart broadside
Bruce Montgomery,
The 13 Victorian boats in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race have a great yarn in every locker and, while they may have no real line honours contenders given the forecast, they represent the real ethos of the race, with all its quirks.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Having a Tasmanian Beer and going to sleep
Rob Kothe,
Midrace website 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. It's the ETA. Turn Tasman Light at 20:00 and Huey says ‘Good that you could come and thank your mother for the fish' or words to that effect....... [more]
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Reindeer, raceboats and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Growing up in a sailing-obsessed house on the East Coast meant that there were four important 'everyman' distance races to follow, namely the Newport-Bermuda, the Transpac, the Fastnet and the legendary Sydney to Hobart Race. While my family has experience racing to Bermuda, the other three races have always held their own challenges. If Transpac wins the prize for distance, and Fastnet for histor... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Cannar undaunted about skippering smallest boat
Danielle McKay,
As if skippering the smallest boat in the fleet isn't daunting enough, Wilparina's owner Nick Cannar will also be embarking on his first keelboat contest when he takes-on the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race aboard the 33-footer.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi versus Sunfish - Ready to foil the party??
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
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 69 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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Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Wild Oats XI crew encouraged by final trial
Rob Mundle,
For this week's Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race while the weather outlook is ‘messy', according to yachting meteorologist Roger ‘Clouds' Badham, the skipper of Bob Oatley's race record holder – the 100ft supermaxi, Wild Oats XI – couldn't be happier on two fronts.... [more]
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Sailing legend prepares for thrill of Rolex Sydney Hobart chase
Danielle McKay, RSHYR Media,
It's not often Sir Robin Knox-Johnston finds himself in a no-win situation, but that's just where he wound up when he entered the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year. Sir Robin chose to sail aboard the older generation Clipper 68, but will race against those aboard the 12 brand new Clipper 70's in the race he created... [more]
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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - China, Africa and Burma represented
Danielle McKay,
For the first time in the history of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race a Chinese celebrity, a South African who lived the life of a gangster and an engineer from Myanmar are three sailors representing their homeland.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Taylor's quest for the Cup
Danielle McKay,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - At 64 years of age Bruce Taylor, the skipper of Chutzpah, is nearing an era when most would consider retiring, but it's not work holding the Victorian back from enjoying the red wine and his golden-years; it's sailing.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Wild Oats XI receives clean bill of health
Rob Mundle,
Bob Oatley's Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race record holder, the 30-metre long supermaxi Wild Oats XI, went back into the water today with a clean bill of health, after being out of the water at Woolwich Dock for a thorough going-over for four days.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Patrice performs like a rocket ship
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Tony Kirby is hugely regarded at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and with 27 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races under his belt, is a stalwart of the annual 628 nautical mile race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Downwind drag race for Wild Oats XI
Rob Mundle,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race gets underway in eight days time on Boxing Day, and while yachting meteorologist Roger Badham's crystal ball is still a little fuzzy, the crew of Bob Oatley's champion yacht, the 30-metre supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, are liking what he's telling them.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Super Sevens champ swaps rugby for super maxi
Di Pearson, RSHYR Media,
English former IRB Sevens Player of the Year, Ollie Philips, has swapped his rugby jumper for sailing gear and is racing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart aboard the 70 foot Great Britain, which arrived in Sydney on Sunday.... [more]
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Kiwi winery owner backs himself for Rolex Sydney Hobart
Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR Media,
New Zealand's Oyster Bay wine producer Jim Delegat took just one hour to decide on placing $1million on winning this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - and the form guide leading into the race shows he has made a shrewd investment. Delegat spent the money on the winner of the last Volvo Ocean Race, the Volvo 70 Groupama 4, renamed it Giacomo after his wine pioneer grandfather and installe... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A lift for Wild Oats XI
Jim Gale, RSHYR Media,
The crew aboard Wild Oats XI call her the Swiss Army Knife these days - and fair enough - lately she has added so many foils and blades, thrusting out at all angles from her narrow steel-grey hull, she looks like some kid has had a great time pulling all the do-dahs out of a penknife at once.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - ‘The Swiss Army Knife'
Rob Mundle,
When Bob Oatley's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race record holder, the 30-metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, was lifted from the waters of Sydney Harbour today it became very apparent why the yacht is now referred to affectionately as ‘The Swiss Army Knife'.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Tassies embody Corinthian spirit of ocean racing
Bruce Montgomery,
The number of Tasmanian entries may be down in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (there are four if the NSW-chartered Helsal 3 is included), but they embody both the Corinthian spirit of ocean racing and the original culture of the race.... [more]
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