Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

New Zealand yacht leads Rolex Sydney Hobart by over a mile +Video

by Richard Gladwell on 26 Dec 2009
Alfa Romeo passes to leeward of Wild Oats and ICAP Leopard at a crucial point just after the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com

New Zealand supermaxi, Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) is leading the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race by over a mile at the latest schedule five hours into the 605 mile offshore classic.

After a sail setting error at the start, Alfa Romeo recovered well to position herself to leeward of the three leading yachts as they neared the exclusion zone, before exiting Sydney Heads.

Alfa Romeo was the first to gybe away and appeared to have sailed into a hole in the offshore breeze, however she gybed back in engage with ICAP Leopard (GBR) and Wild Oats (AUS) the Alfa Romeo had picked up better pressure, and sailed through to leeward of Wild Oats who promptly gybed, but was unable to lower her spinnaker and had a jib only half hoisted.

The error from the four times race winner was sufficient for Alfa Romeo to slide through to leeward, clear her air and round the first turning point with a clear lead.

As the yachts hardened up to head down the New South Wales coats into a 15kt breeze with passing showers, the crews settled down for a game of follow the leader.

At the latest reports Alfa Romeo and Wild Oats have sailed well east of the rhumb line with ICAP Leopard inshore.

Update
Later updates showed Alfa Romeo retaining her lead, by just over half a mile from ICAP Leopard, with Alfa Romeo moving to be ther most inshore of this group. Race projections by Sail-World using www.predictwind.com!PredictWind and www.iexpedition!Expredition routing software show the lead yacht may not reach Hobart until the early morning of 29 December 2009.



Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009
LINE HONOURS
As at racetime 00:05:10 - 26 December 2009, 6:10pm

  EST. ELAPSED
YACHT NAME LAT  LONG  DTG  SOG  COG  TIME & SPEED

LINE HONOURS Overall
1 Alfa Romeo 34° 46' S  151° 42' E  576.8   14.0   224   02:13:58:04   10.1           
Neville Crichton NZ 42nm E of Kiama   29 Dec, 2:58am  
2 Wild Oats XI 34° 45' S  151° 43' E  577.9   13.5   228   02:14:31:55   10.0           
Mark Richards (5) NSW 42nm E of Kiama   29 Dec, 3:31am  
3 ICAP Leopard 34° 45' S  151° 43' E  578.5   12.4   228   02:17:12:40   9.6           D
Mike Slade (3) UK 42nm E of Kiama   29 Dec, 6:12am  
4 Lahana 34° 39' S  151° 42' E  584.1   10.8   176   03:01:54:51   8.5           D
Peter Millard NSW 44nm SE of Botany Bay   29 Dec, 2:54pm  
5 Ran 34° 36' S  151° 36' E  584.9   11.3   168   03:02:06:03   8.5           D
Tim Powell (2) UK 40nm SE of Botany Bay   29 Dec, 3:06pm  
6 Ichi Ban 34° 36' S  151° 35' E  585.0   10.3   168   03:02:47:37   8.4           
Matt Allen (20) NSW 40nm SE of Botany Bay   29 Dec, 3:47pm  
7 YuuZoo 34° 35' S  151° 34' E  585.9   10.8   172   03:04:22:43   8.2           
Ludde Ingvall NSW 38nm SE of Botany Bay   29 Dec, 5:22pm  
8 Investec LOYAL 34° 34' S  151° 34' E  586.8   16.2   268   03:04:12:36   8.2           
Sean Langman (18) TAS 37nm SE of Botany Bay   29 Dec, 5:12pm  
9 Rapture 34° 35' S  151° 50' E  589.6   10.8   132   03:11:06:17   7.6           
Jeff Hanlon (2) USA 45nm SE of Botany Bay   30 Dec, 12:06am  
10 Loki 34° 28' S  151° 27' E  590.5   9.7   152   03:14:15:06   7.3           D
Stephen Ainsworth (12) NSW 30nm S of Botany Bay   30 Dec, 3:15am  
11 Yendys 34° 28' S  151° 37' E  592.8   9.7   236   03:21:10:05   6.7           
Geoff Ross (14) NSW 33nm SE of Botany Bay   30 Dec, 10:10am  
12 Limit 34° 29' S  151° 38' E  592.9   10.3   232   03:20:27:22   6.8           D
Alan Brierty (6) WA 34nm SE of Botany Bay   30 Dec, 9:27am  
13 Shogun 34° 27' S  151° 38' E  594.0   8.6   156   03:22:41:03   6.6           
Rob Hanna VIC 33nm SE of Botany Bay   30 Dec, 11:41am  
14 Ragamuffin 34° 27' S  151° 36' E  594.0   8.1   156   03:23:45:38   6.6           
Syd Fischer NSW 32nm SE of Botany Bay   30 Dec, 12:45pm  
15 Living Doll 34° 26' S  151° 37' E  594.6   8.6   148   04:02:36:30   6.4           D
Michael Hiatt (4) VIC 32nm SE of Botany Bay   30 Dec, 3:36pm  

Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearNaiadMackay Boats

Related Articles

Gold Medalists Burling and Tuke named NZ Team of the Year
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won the Team of the Year Award at the 54th Halberg Awards Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won the Team of the Year Award at the 54th Halberg Awards, held at Vector Arena in Auckland last night. Named after Olympic champion Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) the Halberg Awards is the country's pre-eminent event to honour and celebrate New Zealand sporting excellence.
Posted on 10 Feb
470 class - Double Olympic medalist announces retirement
Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting. Powrie and Jo Aleh, colloquially known as Team Jolly, first teamed up in the women’s 470 in 2009 and established an impressive record in their time together, winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics and backing that up with silver at last year's Rio Games.
Posted on 6 Jan
Sydney supermaxi sets monohull record in White Island Race
The Sydney based supermaxi CQS has set a new record for monohulls in the 320nm White Island Race. The Sydney based supermaxi CQS has set a new record for monohulls, but missed the allcomers record by less than an hour, in the 320nm White Island Race. After the race start just after 10.00am on Friday, CQS reported she was about to round White Island around 6.30pm having taken 8hrs 30 minutes for the 160nm leg or an average speed of around 19kts.
Posted on 26 Nov 2016
Images of radical supermaxi CQS sailing on the Waitemata
Ludde Ingvall’s revamped supermaxi, CQS, was trialling on the Waitemata Harbour today Ludde Ingvall’s revamped supermaxi, CQS, was trialling on the Waitemata Harbour today in a moderate south westerly breeze and sunshine - a welcome break from the strong winds that have plagued Auckland for the past few days. The supermaxi which started life as the 90ft Nicorette has been stretched to 98ft in a design project led by Bakewell-White Yacht Design
Posted on 18 Nov 2016
Gladwell's Line - Oh, and by the way we won a million dollars
Sailing history has been made by a New Zealand crew in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing July 11, 2016 - Sailing history has been made by the New Zealand crew of Phil Robertson, Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing - $US1million (NZD $1.37m), with their nail-biting win in the World Match Racing Championships in Sweden.
Posted on 14 Jul 2016
Rio 2016 - Yachting New Zealand defends Olympic selection practices
Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices and criticism by the Chairman of the NZ Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson of the way it treated two Olympic sailors after they had qualified New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in santander in September 2014.
Posted on 9 Jun 2016
Gladwell's Line - Olympic Appeal over in NZ but hotting up in Oz
The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland with the announcement at the end of a Mediation Hearing by the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson, that he would not overturn the two non-selection decisions by Yachting New Zealand.
Posted on 2 Jun 2016
Rio 2016 - Murdoch confirms that he won't Appeal tight selection call
Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors who gave the nod for Rio 2016 to Josh Junior, who will be on his first Olympic regatta. 'I don't think I would get a result in my favour out of the back end of it,' Murdoch told Radio Sport. ït would also hinder Josh's preparation as well.'
Posted on 12 May 2016
Olympic board sailor lashes out as Spanish hope for Olympic windfall
2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio 2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio that has left the boardsailing classes vacant for August's Games, according to a story published on the stuff.co.nz website. The online news arm of Fairfax media has picked up comments from Tobin's Facebook page.
Posted on 12 May 2016
Rio 2016 - Yachting NZ fails to nominate in three Qualified Classes
Yachting NZ have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Yachting New Zealand have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Two singlehanded sailors have been added to the Kiwi Olympic team in the two Mens singlehanded classes - the Finn and Laser. Appeals are being lodged today by two sailors in the Womens events.
Posted on 10 May 2016