The 82 boat fleet in 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will start simultaneously at 1300 hours today, Boxing Day, from two starting lines on Sydney Harbour.
Rolex Sydney Hobart start 2006
The lines, running east to west across the harbour north of Shark Island, will be about 400 metres apart, with 30 of the biggest and fastest boats in the fleet starting from the northern line, the remaining 52 from the southern line.
To make up for the difference between the lines, the northern line boats will sail 400m further north at the Heads before rounding Mark Victor near North Head while those on the southern line will round Mark X-ray, just north of South Head.
From these marks, the fleet will head one nautical mile eastward out to sea where they will all leave Mark Zulu to starboard before setting a southerly course towards Tasmania.
Boats on the northern line range from the super maxis City Index Leopard, Skandia and Wild Oats XI to the IRC 40 Chutzpah and the radical 40-footer Mr Kite.
Also in this group are many of the favourites for IRC handicap honours, including the American Transpac 65 Rosebud and the Australian Transpac 52s Cougar II, Ragamuffin and Wot Yot, along with the 55-footer Yendys, the Cookson 50s Living Doll and Quantum Racing and the Corby 49 Limit.
Three Volvo 60s will be lining up on the northern line, DHL – The Daily Telegraph, George Gregan Foundation and the British entry Hugo Boss II.
Boats on the southern line include all the Sydney 38s, headed by Lou Abrahams’ Challenge in which the veteran Victorian yachtsman will be sailing his 44th race to Hobart, along with other smaller boats with IRC overall handicap prospects such as AFR Midnight Rambler, Balance, Impeccable, Mr Beaks Ribs and Zephyr.
The CYCA yesterday announced the break-up of yachts into divisions of yachts with a similar rating and predicted performance.
Boats rated under IRC will compete in five divisions: 0, 1, 2,3 and 4, while those entered under PHS have been split into two divisions. In addition, there is a Sydney 38 one design division (most Sydney 38s are also racing under IRC as well as one-design) and a cruising division.
IRC Division 0 comprises yachts racing with canting keels, including the 30m super maxis City Index Leopard from the UK and the two Australian super maxis Skandia and Wild Oats XI, the former Volvo 70 Ichi Ban and the Cookson 50 Quantum Racing.
IRC Division 1 includes the faster conventional keeled yachts in the 50 to 65-foot overall length group, the highest rated boat being Rosebud from the USA on 1.509, the lowest the Farr 50 Goldfinger on 1.292.
IRC Division 2 comprises ten well-performed boats, ranging in LOA from 40 to 56 feet. Highest rating boat is the West Australian boat Knee Deep on 1.276, the lowest the Queensland entrant Wedgetail on 1.202. Also in this division is another WA-owned boat, Limit, one of the favourites for overall IRC honours, along with the British boat Jazz and the new Victorian flyer Chutzpah.
IRC Division 3 is the biggest in the fleet, comprising 28 boats mostly in the 40-foot LOA range or thereabouts, including the modified Farr 40s AFR Midnight Rambler and Splash Gordon.
The Sydney 38s such as Challenge and Zen are also racing in IRC Division 3 as are a clutch of Beneteau 47.7s and Sydney 47s including the well-performed Balance, Mr Beaks Ribs and Pretty Fly II. Also racing in IRC Division 3 is the first Mexican entrant in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Beneteau 40.7 Iataia. A dark horse could be the well rated Archambault 40 Papillon.
IRC Division comprises a dozen of the oldest and smallest boats in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, including the veterans Spirit of Koomooloo from Queensland, Stormy Petrel and Impeccable from New South Wales and Huckleberry from Western Australia and the much-traveled Berrimilla also from NSW.
Berrimilla, with a rating of 0.891 has the lowest IRC handicap in the entire fleet, while Huckleberry’s rating is 0.920.
The three Volvo 60s are racing in PHS Division 1 along with the one-time line honours winner Toyota Aurion V6 (formerly Brindabella) and the radical Pogo 40 Krakatoa II.
Among the line-up in PHS Division 2 is Phillips Foote Witchdoctor, this year making its 27th voyage south.
The Sydney 38 One Design division totals ten boats, three from Victoria, the rest from NSW .
The sole entrant in the Cruising Division is the Oyster 55 Capriccio of Rhu, one of six British entrants in the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Revised Div List and Startline
|Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2007|
|Provisional Division List|
|IRC Division 0|
|GBR1R||City Index Leopard||Mike Slade||UK||Maxi 30m||1.855|
|AUS 03||Ichi Ban||Matt Allen||NSW||Jones 70||1.601|
|8889||Quantum Racing||Ray Roberts||NSW||Cookson 50||1.342|
|M10||Skandia||Grant Wharington||VIC||Maxi 30m||1.758|
|AUS 10001||Wild Oats XI||Robert Oatley||NSW||Maxi 30m||1.903|
|IRC Division 1|
|SM5200||Cougar II||Alan Whiteley||VIC||TP 52||1.334|
|SM1000||Georgia||John Williams & Graham Ainley||VIC||Farr 53||1.306|
|8880||Goldfinger||Peter Blake / Kate Mitchell||VIC||Farr 52||1.292|
|R50||Living Doll||Michael Hiatt||VIC||Cookson 50||1.301|
|AUS 70||Ragamuffin||Syd Fischer||NSW||TP 52||1.330|
|US60065||Rosebud||Roger Sturgeon||USA||Transpac 65||1.509|
|6952||Wot Yot||Graeme Wood||NSW||TP 52||1.340|
|1836||Yendys||Geoff Ross||NSW||Reichel Pugh 55||1.377|
|IRC Division 2|
|R33||Chutzpah||Bruce Taylor||VIC||IRC 40||1.209|
|GBR 4519L||Jazz||Chris Bull||UK||J145||1.203|
|HY 161||Knee Deep||Philip Childs & Frank Van Ruth||WA||Farr 49||1.276|
|43218||Limit||Alan Brierty||WA||Corby 49||1.271|
|6522||Mr Kite||Buckland & Hunn||NSW||Mr Kite 40||1.265|
|GBR 5698R||Noonmark VI||Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy||UK||Swan 56||1.206|
|545||Pretty Woman||R Hudson/M Lockley/R Murphy||NSW||Farr 45||1.223|
|B45||Rush||Ian & John Paterson||VIC||Corel 45||1.226|
|G421||Shogun||R G Hanna||VIC||Rogers 46||1.265|
|HW42||Wedgetail||Bill Wild||QLD||Welbourn 42||1.202|
|IRC Division 3|
|8338||AFR Midnight Rambler||Sue Psaltis & Bob Thomas||NSW||Farr 40 Mod||1.167|
|7447||Alacrity||Matthew Percy||NSW||Beneteau 44.7||1.098|
|SM2004||Another Challenge||Chris Lewin||VIC||Sydney 38||1.110|
|Q999||Another Fiasco||Damian Suckling||QLD||Jutson 43||1.140|
|7771||Balance||Paul Clitheroe||NSW||Sydney 47||1.174|
|MH115||Bear Necessity||Andrew & Pauline Dally||NSW||C & C 115||1.060|
|SM2||Challenge||Lou Abrahams||VIC||Sydney 38||1.110|
|GBR 6612R||Decolsolmarine Sailplane||Decosol Marine||UK||Beneteau First 47.7||1.117|
|MH60||Eleni||Tony Levett||NSW||Sydney 38||1.110|
|7555||Endorfin||Peter Mooney||NSW||Sydney 47||1.172|
|6155||Getaway Sailing 2||Peter Goldsworthy||NSW||Sydney 38||1.110|
|6146||Global Yacht Racing - Kioni||Kioni Sailing Pty Ltd||NSW||Beneteau 47.7||1.123|
|MEX 407||Iataia||Marcos Rodriguez||MEX||Beneteau 40.7||1.067|
|6068||IMAREX||Marc & Louis Ryckmans||NSW||Sydney 38||1.110|
|8447||Mr Beaks Ribs||David Beak||NSW||Beneteau First 44.7||1.112|
|N40||Papillon||Phil Molony||NSW||Archambault 40||1.095|
|360||Patrice Six||Adrian Dunphy||NSW||X41||1.126|
|6197||Pisces||David Taylor||TAS||Sydney 36||1.061|
|8924||Pretty Fly II||Colin Woods||NSW||Beneteau 47.7||1.116|
|2001||Quetzalcoatl||Bruce/Hampshire/Lee Warner/Sweetapple||NSW||Jones 40||1.167|
|SM6083||Scarlet Runner||Robert Date||VIC||Sydney 38||1.110|
|8300||Secret Mens Business #1||SMB Syndicate||NSW||Murray 42||1.160|
|6838||Splash Gordon||Stephen Ellis||NSW||Farr 40 - MOD||1.160|
|8448||Swan Song||Geoffrey Hill||NSW||Swan 48||1.142|
|6073||Swish||Steve Proud||NSW||Sydney 38||1.110|
|6051||The Bigger Picture - KM & T||Mike Roberts & Anthony Hooper||NSW||Sydney 38||1.110|
|7027||The Goat||Foye/Gordon||NSW||Sydney 38||1.110|
|YC5974||True North||Andrew Saies||SA||Beneteau First 40.7||1.065|
|6559||Wot's Next||Graeme Wood||NSW||Sydney 47||1.174|
|3838||Zen||Gordon Ketelbey||NSW||Sydney 38||1.110|
|IRC Division 4|
|4057||Aurora||Jim Holley||NSW||Farr 40 - One Off||1.049|
|371||Berrimilla||Alex Whitworth||NSW||Brolga 33||0.891|
|RF116||Huckleberry||Steve Humphries||WA||Sparkman & Stephens 34||0.920|
|MH106||Impeccable||John Walker||NSW||Peterson 33||0.958|
|M762||Inner Circle||Ken Robinson & Darren Cooney||NSW||Farr 40 IOR||1.049|
|5350||Matangi||David Stephenson||TAS||Frers 39||1.014|
|2090||Morna||Greg Zyner||NSW||Cavalier 35||0.953|
|GB347||Palandri Wines Minds Eye||Brad Skeggs||WA||Beneteau 34.7||1.009|
|9412||Sextant||Denis Doyle/ Lynne Smith||NSW||X-412||1.057|
|2170||Spirit of Koomooloo||Mike Freebairn||QLD||S & S 48||1.024|
|508||Stormy Petrel||Kevin O'Shea||NSW||S & S 36||0.953|
|8289||Zephyr||James Connell||NSW||Farr 1020||0.959|
|PHS Division 1|
|GER4014||DHL - The Daily Telegraph||Kookaburra Challenge||NSW||Volvo 60||1.4041|
|NOR 2||George Gregan Foundation||David Witt||NSW||Volvo 60||1.4843|
|262||Helsal IV||Dr T Fisher||TAS||Dynamique 62||1.0900|
|GBR 3055||Hugo Boss II||Alex Thomson Racing||UK||Volvo 60||1.4951|
|55555||Krakatoa II||Rod Skellet||NSW||Pogo 40||1.1736|
|5474||Pirelli||Les Goodridge||NSW||Farr 65||1.3493|
|7878||Sailors With disABILITIES||David Pescud||NSW||Lyons 54||1.2743|
|10000||Toyota Aurion V6||Andrew Short||NSW||Jutson 79||1.5346|
|PHS Division 2|
|633||Dehler Magic||Greg Tobin/ Charlie Preen||QLD||Dehler 39||1.0287|
|4384||First Light||Nicolas Ewald & Susan Rice||NSW||Adams 12||1.0229|
|7551||Flying Fish - Arctos||Flying Fish Properties||NSW||Radford 16.4||1.0152|
|6388||Namadgi||Canberra Ocean Racing Club||ACT||Bavaria 44||0.9518|
|2557||Phillips Foote Witchdoctor||The Rum Consortium||NSW||Davidson 42||0.9786|
|3724||Salona||Phillip King||NSW||Salona 37||1.0128|
|4924||She||Peter Rodgers||NSW||Olsen 40 Mod||0.9450|
|3846||Sheridan Road Rail (Tartan)||Ian Sanford||NSW||Northshore 38||0.9929|
|Sydney 38 One Design|
|SM2004||Another Challenge||Chris Lewin||VIC|
|6155||Getaway Sailing 2||Peter Goldsworthy||NSW|
|6068||IMAREX||Marc & Louis Ryckmans||NSW|
|SM6083||Scarlet Runner||Robert Date||VIC|
|6051||The Bigger Picture - KM & T||Mike Roberts & Anthony Hooper||NSW|
|GBR 24R||Capriccio of Rhu||Michele Colenso||UK||Oyster 55|