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Contender World Championship - Its all happening on Lake Macquarie


'Contender Worlds 2013'    International Contender Class Association

At the 2014 Contender Worlds, after four races have been completed, the Pre-Worlds Champion Mark Bulka leads.
In second place is Christoph Homeier of Germany with Antonio Lambertini of Italy in third.


Race 1 and 2 were held in light and very shifty east to southeast winds of six to twelve knots. Both races finally started with black flags which caught out a few boats. With the Oscar flag flying, the jury were kept busy adjudicating on pumping.

Race 1 was won by Tommy Hooton from GBR with second going to Jono Neate, who finished third in the windy Australians last week. Mark Bulka continued his winning form from the Australians last week with a three in Race 1 and a one in Race 2 proving that he can win in both light and fresh conditions. Jono again looked impressive in Race 2 with a second.

Race 3 took place in 12 to 16 knots pf southeast wind with significant wind shifts. Very impressive win by seven times World Champion Andrea Bonezzi who finished second in the windy Australians last week, leading most of the race making up in part for his poor start in the light winds on day one.

Simon Mussell from GBR was second with Jono third. Matt Mulder who had looked so fast in the Australian Championships last, week with three firsts and a second in fresh conditions, looked much more comfortable with a four after a not so good start in the light winds on day one.

Race 4 was sailed in 10 to 15 knot of southeast wind, also with significant wind shifts. The race was won comfortably by Mark Bulka with Andrea back in fifth. Matt improved again with a two with Christoph Homeier from Germany third. Jono suffered gear failure and was unable to finish.

Five different countries are represented in the top eight after four races and Mark Bulka leads comfortably with a massive 21 point lead over Christoph Homeier. At this stage, Mark and Jono are the boats that look like they can excel in both light and fresh conditions.

Race 1   (21/01/2014)  PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  21/01/2014  19:44:31

Elapsed Time results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

From

Skipper

Section

1

GBR678

WILLY DO IT

GBR

Tommy Hooton

Open

2

AUS2323

AUS2323

AUS

Jono Neate

Open

3

AUS2571

BALANCE

AUS

Mark Bulka

Open

4

GER2555

FAJRANT

GER

Joachim Harpprecht

Masters

5

AUS2468

BELLA ANNA

AUS

Geoffrey Fisher

Open

6

NED2401

WESTERMAN

NED

Winfred Westerman

Open

7

AUS2320

SLAMMER

AUS

Christopher Jones

Masters

8

GBR2522

RAPTOR

GBR

Chris Boshier

Open

9

AUS1753

STACEY

AUS

Phillip Evans

Masters

10

ITA2561

TALEA 2013

ITA

Antonio Lambertini

Open

11

ITA40

BONEZZI

ITA

Luca Bonezzi

Open

12

AUS2434

STEALTH

AUS

Michael Brown

Open

13

NED2371

HEYNEN

NED

Rene Heynen

Open

14

AUS2411

CRUISING

AUS

Ross Brennan

Masters

15

NED9

VERHALLEN

NED

Paul Verhallen

Open

16

AUS2421

MORTENSEN SAILS

AUS

Josh Mortensen

Open

17

GER551

SCHROEDER

GER

Christoph Homeier

Open

18

AUS2263

CHI CHI CHARLI B'INS

AUS

Richard Batten

Open

19

AUS2517

DUTCHIE

AUS

James Vandervoort

Junior

20

AUS2577

PARIS

AUS

Paul Cohen

Masters

21

AUS2566

ATB MORTON

AUS

Harry Morton

Junior

22

GBR712

FOXY LADY

GBR

Rodger White

Masters

23

AUS2179

I'M IN A MEETING

AUS

Roger Grimes

Open

24

ITA11

RONSTAN

AUS

Andrea Bonezzi

Open

25

AUS2237

BLACK TIE

AUS

Simon Barwood

Open

26

AUS2575

KNOTASHA

AUS

Daniel Kohlman

Open

27

NED2

RISTRETTO

NED

Mark Thorborg

 

28

GBR2315

HOLDEN

GBR

Ben Holden

Open

29

AUS2443

HUP

AUS

Christopher McDonald

Open

30

AUS2408

CHEWBACCA

AUS

Matthew Mulder

Open

31

NED3

LOCTUDEAL

NED

Bart Thorborg

Open

32

GBR2572

STORMTROOPER

GBR

Ed Presley

Open

33

GBR666

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

GBR

Bill Hooton

Masters

34

AUS2565

CLOUD CAR

AUS

Brett Holly

Open

35

ITA20

ASCIUGATI

ITA

Antonio Martini

Open

36

SUI1641

RUEFENACHT

SUI

Jacqueline Ruefenach

Womens

37

GBR2420

CARRIE

GBR

Simon Mussell

Open

38

AUS2437

MAINTAIN THE RAGE

AUS

Scott Munro

Open

39

AUS2518

THE TERRAR

AUS

Ian Henderson

Open

40

GBR2318

OLD DOG

GBR

Alan Mollatt

Masters

41

AUS2136

RIVA DERCI

AUS

Ian Bowman

Open

42

AUS2521

BEAK

AUS

Adam Brett

Open

43

AUS1583

FLY BY WIRE

AUS

Andrew Butler

Masters

44

AUS1752

FLIPPER

AUS

John Lindholm

Open

45

AUS2548

HB

AUS

Jonathon Vandervoort

Masters

46

NZL1329

FRANTIC

AUS

David Harrison

Open

47

AUS2204

DEEPER WATER

AUS

Jeff Owen

Open

48

AUS2567

THE BLACK PEARL

AUS

Glenn Dalton

Masters

49

GER2522

SCHILLO

GER

Conny Schillo

Womens

50

AUS2281

SMOKE ON THE WATER

AUS

Scott McInerney

Open

51

AUS2349

OUTRAGEOUS 2

AUS

Stephen Ianna

Masters

52

AUS2196

BATTLESHIP

AUS

Andrew Ianna

Open

53

AUS2142

TAKE IT EAZIER

AUS

Ian Martin

Open

54

AUS230

THE BREAKER

AUS

James Meggison

Open

55

AUS2208

NAUTI BOUY

AUS

Patrick Moore

Junior

56

AUS1328

GAYLE

AUS

Stephen Brierly

Open

57

AUS1773

TURTLE

AUS

Adrian Kiely

Masters

58

AUS231

RONNIES BOAT

AUS

Robert Stenta

Open

59

AUS2250

FOR SALE

AUS

John McLean

Masters

BFD

AUS2486

HITHER & YON

AUS

David Leask

Open

BFD

AUS2530

COOK

AUS

Clay Cook

Open

BFD

AUS2542

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

John Fisher

Masters

BFD

ITA1111

VALIANT

ITA

Emilio Betta

Masters

DNF

AUS3

LIMITLESS

AUS

Thomas Young

Junior

DNF

AUS265

BULLET TRAIN

AUS

Bryce Reid

Open

DNF

AUS2444

RONALD

AUS

Darren Nicholson

 

DNF

AUS2562

ORCA

AUS

Sean Managh

Open

 

Race 2   (21/01/2014)  PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  21/01/2014  19:47:38

Elapsed Time results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

From

Skipper

Section

1

AUS2571

BALANCE

AUS

Mark Bulka

Open

2

AUS2323

AUS2323

AUS

Jono Neate

Open

3

AUS2575

KNOTASHA

AUS

Daniel Kohlman

Open

4

AUS2468

BELLA ANNA

AUS

Geoffrey Fisher

Open

5

ITA2561

TALEA 2013

ITA

Antonio Lambertini

Open

6

AUS2408

CHEWBACCA

AUS

Matthew Mulder

Open

7

GER551

SCHROEDER

GER

Christoph Homeier

Open

8

NED2401

WESTERMAN

NED

Winfred Westerman

Open

9

ITA40

BONEZZI

ITA

Luca Bonezzi

Open

10

AUS2263

CHI CHI CHARLI B'INS

AUS

Richard Batten

Open

11

NED2371

HEYNEN

NED

Rene Heynen

Open

12

GER2555

FAJRANT

GER

Joachim Harpprecht

Masters

13

GBR678

WILLY DO IT

GBR

Tommy Hooton

Open

14

AUS2548

HB

AUS

Jonathon Vandervoort

Masters

15

NED9

VERHALLEN

NED

Paul Verhallen

Open

16

AUS2434

STEALTH

AUS

Michael Brown

Open

17

GBR712

FOXY LADY

GBR

Rodger White

Masters

18

AUS2530

COOK

AUS

Clay Cook

Open

19

ITA11

RONSTAN

AUS

Andrea Bonezzi

Open

20

AUS2517

DUTCHIE

AUS

James Vandervoort

Junior

21

GBR2420

CARRIE

GBR

Simon Mussell

Open

22

NED2

RISTRETTO

NED

Mark Thorborg

 

23

GBR2522

RAPTOR

GBR

Chris Boshier

Open

24

AUS2237

BLACK TIE

AUS

Simon Barwood

Open

25

GBR2572

STORMTROOPER

GBR

Ed Presley

Open

26

AUS2486

HITHER & YON

AUS

David Leask

Open

27

GBR2315

HOLDEN

GBR

Ben Holden

Open

28

AUS1753

STACEY

AUS

Phillip Evans

Masters

29

AUS2411

CRUISING

AUS

Ross Brennan

Masters

30

ITA20

ASCIUGATI

ITA

Antonio Martini

Open

31

AUS2320

SLAMMER

AUS

Christopher Jones

Masters

32

AUS2566

ATB MORTON

AUS

Harry Morton

Junior

33

AUS2421

MORTENSEN SAILS

AUS

Josh Mortensen

Open

34

AUS2179

I'M IN A MEETING

AUS

Roger Grimes

Open

35

NZL1329

FRANTIC

AUS

David Harrison

Open

36

AUS2577

PARIS

AUS

Paul Cohen

Masters

37

AUS2136

RIVA DERCI

AUS

Ian Bowman

Open

38

SUI1641

RUEFENACHT

SUI

Jacqueline Ruefenach

Womens

39

GBR666

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

GBR

Bill Hooton

Masters

40

AUS2204

DEEPER WATER

AUS

Jeff Owen

Open

41

GBR2318

OLD DOG

GBR

Alan Mollatt

Masters

42

AUS1752

FLIPPER

AUS

John Lindholm

Open

43

AUS2443

HUP

AUS

Christopher McDonald

Open

44

AUS2142

TAKE IT EAZIER

AUS

Ian Martin

Open

45

AUS2437

MAINTAIN THE RAGE

AUS

Scott Munro

Open

46

AUS2349

OUTRAGEOUS 2

AUS

Stephen Ianna

Masters

47

AUS2521

BEAK

AUS

Adam Brett

Open

48

ITA1111

VALIANT

ITA

Emilio Betta

Masters

49

AUS1583

FLY BY WIRE

AUS

Andrew Butler

Masters

50

AUS2565

CLOUD CAR

AUS

Brett Holly

Open

51

NED3

LOCTUDEAL

NED

Bart Thorborg

Open

52

AUS2567

THE BLACK PEARL

AUS

Glenn Dalton

Masters

53

AUS2208

NAUTI BOUY

AUS

Patrick Moore

Junior

54

AUS2250

FOR SALE

AUS

John McLean

Masters

55

AUS2518

THE TERRAR

AUS

Ian Henderson

Open

56

GER2522

SCHILLO

GER

Conny Schillo

Womens

57

AUS231

RONNIES BOAT

AUS

Robert Stenta

Open

58

AUS1773

TURTLE

AUS

Adrian Kiely

Masters

59

AUS230

THE BREAKER

AUS

James Meggison

Open

60

AUS1328

GAYLE

AUS

Stephen Brierly

Open

61

AUS3

LIMITLESS

AUS

Thomas Young

Junior

BFD

AUS2542

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

John Fisher

Masters

DNC

AUS265

BULLET TRAIN

AUS

Bryce Reid

Open

DNC

AUS2444

RONALD

AUS

Darren Nicholson

 

DNF

AUS2281

SMOKE ON THE WATER

AUS

Scott McInerney

Open

DNF

AUS2562

ORCA

AUS

Sean Managh

Open

RET

AUS2196

BATTLESHIP

AUS

Andrew Ianna

Open

 

Race 3   (22/01/2014)  PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  22/01/2014  18:15:17

Elapsed Time results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

From

Skipper

Section

1

ITA11

RONSTAN

AUS

Andrea Bonezzi

Open

2

GBR2420

CARRIE

GBR

Simon Mussell

Open

3

AUS2323

AUS2323

AUS

Jono Neate

Open

4

AUS2408

CHEWBACCA

AUS

Matthew Mulder

Open

5

GER551

SCHROEDER

GER

Christoph Homeier

Open

6

AUS2571

BALANCE

AUS

Mark Bulka

Open

7

AUS2468

BELLA ANNA

AUS

Geoffrey Fisher

Open

8

AUS2434

STEALTH

AUS

Michael Brown

Open

9

NED2371

HEYNEN

NED

Rene Heynen

Open

10

AUS1753

STACEY

AUS

Phillip Evans

Masters

11

NED9

VERHALLEN

NED

Paul Verhallen

Open

12

NED3

LOCTUDEAL

NED

Bart Thorborg

Open

13

AUS2263

CHI CHI CHARLI B'INS

AUS

Richard Batten

Open

14

ITA2561

TALEA 2013

ITA

Antonio Lambertini

Open

15

GBR2315

HOLDEN

GBR

Ben Holden

Open

16

GER2555

FAJRANT

GER

Joachim Harpprecht

Masters

17

GBR678

WILLY DO IT

GBR

Tommy Hooton

Open

18

GBR2572

STORMTROOPER

GBR

Ed Presley

Open

19

NED2401

WESTERMAN

NED

Winfred Westerman

Open

20

AUS2577

PARIS

AUS

Paul Cohen

Masters

21

AUS2565

CLOUD CAR

AUS

Brett Holly

Open

22

AUS2421

MORTENSEN SAILS

AUS

Josh Mortensen

Open

23

AUS2486

HITHER & YON

AUS

David Leask

Open

24

AUS2437

MAINTAIN THE RAGE

AUS

Scott Munro

Open

25

NED2

RISTRETTO

NED

Mark Thorborg

 

26

AUS2204

DEEPER WATER

AUS

Jeff Owen

Open

27

AUS2530

COOK

AUS

Clay Cook

Open

28

GBR2522

RAPTOR

GBR

Chris Boshier

Open

29

AUS2411

CRUISING

AUS

Ross Brennan

Masters

30

AUS2349

OUTRAGEOUS 2

AUS

Stephen Ianna

Masters

31

GBR666

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

GBR

Bill Hooton

Masters

32

AUS2548

HB

AUS

Jonathon Vandervoort

Masters

33

AUS2444

RONALD

AUS

Darren Nicholson

 

34

AUS1752

FLIPPER

AUS

John Lindholm

Open

35

ITA1111

VALIANT

ITA

Emilio Betta

Masters

36

AUS2575

KNOTASHA

AUS

Daniel Kohlman

Open

37

AUS2136

RIVA DERCI

AUS

Ian Bowman

Open

37

AUS2320

SLAMMER

AUS

Christopher Jones

Masters

39

AUS2521

BEAK

AUS

Adam Brett

Open

40

ITA20

ASCIUGATI

ITA

Antonio Martini

Open

41

GBR712

FOXY LADY

GBR

Rodger White

Masters

42

AUS2281

SMOKE ON THE WATER

AUS

Scott McInerney

Open

43

AUS2208

NAUTI BOUY

AUS

Patrick Moore

Junior

44

AUS2179

I'M IN A MEETING

AUS

Roger Grimes

Open

45

AUS2142

TAKE IT EAZIER

AUS

Ian Martin

Open

46

AUS2567

THE BLACK PEARL

AUS

Glenn Dalton

Masters

47

NZL1329

FRANTIC

AUS

David Harrison

Open

48

SUI1641

RUEFENACHT

SUI

Jacqueline Ruefenach

Womens

49

AUS2443

HUP

AUS

Christopher McDonald

Open

50

AUS2562

ORCA

AUS

Sean Managh

Open

51

GBR2318

OLD DOG

GBR

Alan Mollatt

Masters

52

AUS2196

BATTLESHIP

AUS

Andrew Ianna

Open

53

AUS2250

FOR SALE

AUS

John McLean

Masters

54

AUS265

BULLET TRAIN

AUS

Bryce Reid

Open

55

AUS230

THE BREAKER

AUS

James Meggison

Open

56

AUS1328

GAYLE

AUS

Stephen Brierly

Open

57

AUS1583

FLY BY WIRE

AUS

Andrew Butler

Masters

58

AUS2517

DUTCHIE

AUS

James Vandervoort

Junior

59

AUS1773

TURTLE

AUS

Adrian Kiely

Masters

ENP

AUS3

LIMITLESS

AUS

Thomas Young

Junior

ENP

AUS2542

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

John Fisher

Masters

DNF

AUS231

RONNIES BOAT

AUS

Robert Stenta

Open

DNF

AUS2518

THE TERRAR

AUS

Ian Henderson

Open

DNF

AUS2566

ATB MORTON

AUS

Harry Morton

Junior

DNF

GER2622

TIMES LIKE THESE

GER

Conny Schillo

Womens

DNF

ITA40

BONEZZI

ITA

Luca Bonezzi

Open

OCS

AUS2237

BLACK TIE

AUS

Simon Barwood

Open

 

 

 Race 4   (22/01/2014)  PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  22/01/2014  17:47:52

Elapsed Time results

Place

Sail No

Boat Name

From

Skipper

Section

1

AUS2571

BALANCE

AUS

Mark Bulka

Open

2

AUS2408

CHEWBACCA

AUS

Matthew Mulder

Open

3

GER551

SCHROEDER

GER

Christoph Homeier

Open

4

AUS1753

STACEY

AUS

Phillip Evans

Masters

5

ITA11

RONSTAN

AUS

Andrea Bonezzi

Open

6

ITA2561

TALEA 2013

ITA

Antonio Lambertini

Open

7

AUS2575

KNOTASHA

AUS

Daniel Kohlman

Open

8

GBR2420

CARRIE

GBR

Simon Mussell

Open

9

AUS2237

BLACK TIE

AUS

Simon Barwood

Open

10

GBR2315

HOLDEN

GBR

Ben Holden

Open

11

AUS2421

MORTENSEN SAILS

AUS

Josh Mortensen

Open

12

NED3

LOCTUDEAL

NED

Bart Thorborg

Open

13

GER2555

FAJRANT

GER

Joachim Harpprecht

Masters

14

NED9

VERHALLEN

NED

Paul Verhallen

Open

15

ITA40

BONEZZI

ITA

Luca Bonezzi

Open

16

NED2401

WESTERMAN

NED

Winfred Westerman

Open

17

GBR2572

STORMTROOPER

GBR

Ed Presley

Open

18

AUS2320

SLAMMER

AUS

Christopher Jones

Masters

19

ITA1111

VALIANT

ITA

Emilio Betta

Masters

20

GBR678

WILLY DO IT

GBR

Tommy Hooton

Open

21

AUS2530

COOK

AUS

Clay Cook

Open

22

AUS2411

CRUISING

AUS

Ross Brennan

Masters

22

GBR2522

RAPTOR

GBR

Chris Boshier

Open

24

NED2371

HEYNEN

NED

Rene Heynen

Open

25

AUS2577

PARIS

AUS

Paul Cohen

Masters

26

NED2

RISTRETTO

NED

Mark Thorborg

 

27

AUS2437

MAINTAIN THE RAGE

AUS

Scott Munro

Open

28

AUS1752

FLIPPER

AUS

John Lindholm

Open

29

AUS2263

CHI CHI CHARLI B'INS

AUS

Richard Batten

Open

30

AUS2204

DEEPER WATER

AUS

Jeff Owen

Open

31

AUS2136

RIVA DERCI

AUS

Ian Bowman

Open

32

GBR666

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

GBR

Bill Hooton

Masters

33

AUS2142

TAKE IT EAZIER

AUS

Ian Martin

Open

34

AUS2548

HB

AUS

Jonathon Vandervoort

Masters

35

AUS2521

BEAK

AUS

Adam Brett

Open

36

GBR712

FOXY LADY

GBR

Rodger White

Masters

37

AUS2443

HUP

AUS

Christopher McDonald

Open

38

NZL1329

FRANTIC

AUS

David Harrison

Open

39

ITA20

ASCIUGATI

ITA

Antonio Martini

Open

40

GBR2318

OLD DOG

GBR

Alan Mollatt

Masters

41

AUS2281

SMOKE ON THE WATER

AUS

Scott McInerney

Open

42

AUS2349

OUTRAGEOUS 2

AUS

Stephen Ianna

Masters

43

AUS2567

THE BLACK PEARL

AUS

Glenn Dalton

Masters

44

AUS2196

BATTLESHIP

AUS

Andrew Ianna

Open

45

SUI1641

RUEFENACHT

SUI

Jacqueline Ruefenach

Womens

46

AUS1583

FLY BY WIRE

AUS

Andrew Butler

Masters

47

AUS231

RONNIES BOAT

AUS

Robert Stenta

Open

48

AUS2250

FOR SALE

AUS

John McLean

Masters

49

AUS265

BULLET TRAIN

AUS

Bryce Reid

Open

50

AUS1773

TURTLE

AUS

Adrian Kiely

Masters

51

AUS230

THE BREAKER

AUS

James Meggison

Open

52

AUS1328

GAYLE

AUS

Stephen Brierly

Open

DNC

AUS3

LIMITLESS

AUS

Thomas Young

Junior

DNC

AUS2444

RONALD

AUS

Darren Nicholson

 

DNC

AUS2518

THE TERRAR

AUS

Ian Henderson

Open

DNC

AUS2542

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

John Fisher

Masters

DNC

AUS2565

CLOUD CAR

AUS

Brett Holly

Open

DNC

AUS2566

ATB MORTON

AUS

Harry Morton

Junior

DNC

GER2622

TIMES LIKE THESE

GER

Conny Schillo

Womens

DNF

AUS2179

I'M IN A MEETING

AUS

Roger Grimes

Open

DNF

AUS2208

NAUTI BOUY

AUS

Patrick Moore

Junior

DNF

AUS2323

AUS2323

AUS

Jono Neate

Open

DNF

AUS2468

BELLA ANNA

AUS

Geoffrey Fisher

Open

DNF

AUS2517

DUTCHIE

AUS

James Vandervoort

Junior

DNF

AUS2562

ORCA

AUS

Sean Managh

Open

OCS

AUS2434

STEALTH

AUS

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Before the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Ken Read, skipper of the US supermaxi Comanche gave this tour above and below decks of Jim and Kristy Clark's new 100ft flyer. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Tough Stuff Down the Tassie Coast *Feature by Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
By nine a.m. this morning (Monday) ten boats were finished, amongst them several of the 50 footers arriving in a group just before 8am. The consistent theme amongst all those we interviewed was the strength of wind late yesterday on the run down the Tasmanian coast. ... [more]  

The overnight and morning finishes have been marked by some very close racing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race. The battle for third place was won by Ragamuffin (Syd Fischer), after the canting keel supermaxi dropped back significantly yesterday afternoon, and then powered through in the fresh northerly ... [more]  

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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI and Comanche Finish Images *Feature by Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
The Comanche and Wild Oats XI teams were equally gracious in victory and defeat on the dockside in Hobart today. It had been a close fought battle and while Comanche had reeled Wild Oats XI back in overnight to within 9nm , there simply wasn't enough air to power up the American boat in the run across Storm Bay and up the Derwent River. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: In what skipper Mark Richards described as the crew’s most hard-fought line honours triumph, Wild Oats XI held off the impressive challenge posed by Comanche, the newly-launched entry from the United States. Completing the race in 2 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes and 26 seconds, Wild Oats XI finished eight hours shy of the race record she set in 2012. ... [more]  

After being dismasted a short time ago in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Giacomo is motoring to the lee of Maria Island. In other race news, a very disappointed Bill Wild has retired his Reichel/Pugh 55, Wedgetail, from the race after suffering mast damage in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race at approximately 7.40pm off Schouten Island. All are safe and well on board. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Spithill was one of six helmsmen on Comanche. 'We can’t leave it at that,' he declared after finishing in Hobart. He says that on his watch this morning the boat reached a top speed of 32 knots and knows what she is capable of. 'Everybody got to see the true potential of this boat at the start. ... [more]  

Top international yachting photographer, Carlo Borlenghi was in the air above the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race fleet and provided these images of the third day of racing in the classic ocean race, as the leaders closed in on the finish, and the dock celebrations by Wild Oats XI. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 'This is the sweetest victory by far,' Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards declared today after steering the silver-grey thoroughbred to a record eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. 'To rewrite a bit of sailing history doesn’t come along every day. To win a Hobart is a great honour but to win an eighth; I can’t believe I am here,' Richards said. ... [more]  

Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water at 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours finish and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI entered the Derwent River some forty minutes ahead of Comanche at the Iron Pot and gybed her way up river in 5-10 knot southeaster, bright sunshine and crystal clear light to take a record breaking eighth line honours win in this race at 3.03pm The size of spectator fleet that accompanied Wild Oats XI and the crowds on the dock were much the largest ever sen for this race. ... [more]  

The Volvo 70 Giacomo lost her rig in the vicinity of Maria Island about 5.30pm local time yesterday evening. A second yacht Wedgetail (an RP55) lost the top off her mast in the same area at the same time. Giacomo is a Volvo 70 owned and skippered by Jim Delegat (NZL) and has a full New Zealand crew aboard ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Wild Oats XI takes number eight by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
Wild Oats XI finished at 303pm, with her big A2 flying. Her elapsed time was two days two hours three minutes and twenty six seconds 02:02:03:26 That was some eight hours outside the race record she set in 2012 of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. ... [more]  

At the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race photographer Daniel Forster was on the water and provided this gallery of images from Day 2. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI scores comfortable 8th win by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) has crossed the finish line for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race to take her eighth win in the offshore classic. She crossed the finish line in the Derwent River sailing on port tack with a big asymmetrical headsail flying, and accompanied by a bevy of spectator craft as she crossed the finish line at 3.00pm local time. ... [more]  

In Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's annual Boxing Day race the hometown Gibbs brothers, Riley, 18, and Sawyer, 16, started last in their 49er skiff but passed all of the other boats of various types to finish first in brilliant sun but cool light air Sunday. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI is still leading the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, some 38-nm from Hobart, and hoping to close in on a record eighth line honours win. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The crew on the American super maxi Comanche have not thrown in the towel. They do not believe the race for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart is over despite Wild Oats XI’s commanding lead. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob Oatley’s 10 year-old super maxi Wild Oats XI is racing towards an historic eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart this morning. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats rounds Tasman Island by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Seven time race winner, Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) looks set to take her eighth win, after rounding Tasman Island just before noon, local time. The supermaxi rounded the landmark with a ten mile lead over the US supermaxi Comanche and has about 35nm to sail in a direct line to the finish line off Hobart. ... [more]  

With the front runners in the Rolex Sydney Hobart expected to sneak through in light to moderate tail winds, the weather prognosis for the remainder of the fleet is, well, interesting. The simple analysis is that fresh northerly winds will give the fleet a fast ride on Sunday and during the daylight hours of Monday. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) is expected to cross the finish line, around 4pm on Sunday and take her eighth line honours win. The race leaders are making good time down the coast of Tasmania, and at daybreak had approximately 100nm to sail. ... [more]  

Sydney to Hobart - Another 40 foot white-wash? by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Your Turn, Then My Turn, Then Your Turn! *Feature by Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
With the front runners over halfway to Hobart, this year’s race is turning out to be quite a page turner already; and that’s just the big boats. So let’s start with them. Wind back to the start, first honours to Comanche in the shoot out to the first mark. To be fair it was akin to pitting a brand new Bugatti Veyron against some classy and quick Ferraris and Porsches. The result in those ... [more]  

There is absolutely no way anyone can predict these before the vast majority of the still 109 vessels racing actually get home to Hobart Town. One can, however, talk about the very things that do go into making these results that so many chase and to do so, we have to work through a myriad of vessel designs, ages and types. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014; Handicap Honours Predictions VIDEO *Feature by Dale Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
Given the weather models for the race, Crosbie Lorimer did the rounds of the CYCA dock just prior to the start of the race to find out who the various skippers, navigators and tacticians believed might take out the overall Handicap win on IRC. Here are some of their predictions, how they are panning out for some and an update on the position at the front of the fleet. ... [more]  

Sydney Hobart 2014: A ridge too far for Comanche by Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR Media
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Photographer Daniel Forster was in the air again for the Sydney Hobart 2014, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

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By Grand Prix ocean racing standards she’s an old girl, and there’s no denying she’s had a few makeovers during the past decade, but Bob Oatley’s 30-metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, was leaving no doubt today that when it came to speed she’s still got great legs. ... [more]  

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