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Planes, ferries and automobiles to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

'Race start - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014'    © Andrea Francolini / Audi

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 - An easy day with plenty of sunshine and light winds opened the racing program at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

Elena Nova - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 -  Crosbie Lorimer  

For three of the crew from Craig Neill’s Judel Vrolijk 42 Elena Nova from Middle Harbour Yacht Club, it was particularly slow and tiring Lindeman Island race given they had spent all night in a hire car.

Three planes full of sailors attempted to land at the Island yesterday afternoon but due to poor visibility with the cloud cover and fog, the pilots were forced back to the mainland.

Elena Nova’s tactician David Burt said, 'We circled around the island 10 times or so then were told we were heading back to Brisbane'.

Not dissuaded by the setback Burt and two others from the boat hired a car and drove all night, 1,200kms, to Shute Harbour and made the 7am ferry this morning. Other crew went to extraordinary efforts to make today’s first race, Sunday August 17, 2014.

Elena Nova is in division two of the new combined IRC fleet, a move by the race committee that Burt supports, 'It’s a smart move, we’ll have better racing all-round'.

Phillip Turner's racer chaser Alive - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 -  © Andrea Francolini - Audi  

Phillip Turner’s Reichel Pugh designed 66-footer Alive, one of a handful of Tasmanian entries, challenged the unbroken line honours record at Race Week held by Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI in the 23.5 nautical mile Lindeman race.

Alive crossed ahead of the supermaxi a number of times but wasn’t able to hang on to the high-speed greyhound over the distance. Bob Oatley, Wild Oats’ owner and the patriarch of Oatley family who are the custodians of Hamilton Island, was onboard his champion and 'in his element' according to the boat manager John Hildebrand.

Alive’s crew was declared provisional IRC division one handicap winners, the only results available at the time of print. Helmsman Matt Chew, a two time Etchells Australasian Championship winning skipper, said, 'The boat loves the light air. We are focused on winning the light air races this week, then trying to hang on in the heavier breeze.'

MC38s day one - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 -  © Andrea Francolini - Audi  

Seven MC38 owners began their quest today to name a new Australian champion. The fleet caught a lovely late afternoon NE breeze, John Bacon’s Dark Star the first of the one-design fleet to take advantage.

The 80 foot three-time line honours winning maxi called Maxi Ragamuffin and now owned by Keith Batt, celebrated its first race in 21 years having come out of charter work. Full story to come.

The Lindeman Island race kick-started Audi Hamilton Island Race Week’s six day on-water program. The bumper fleet of 182 yachts of all sizes and from all eras peeled off from the eastern starting area in five minute intervals starting at 10.30am with every intention of completing the full set course.

Given the gentle conditions the race committee wisely shortened all divisions bar IRC division A, to bring the fleet back at a reasonable time, and finished them at four different finish lines around Hamilton Island. Despite the shortened courses a number of crews opted to retire from racing.

The morning cool light SE wind shut down completely at one point and never made it over seven knots until a new north east breeze late this afternoon took the wind reading up to double figures, 10 knots.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for sun and SW-S winds at 12-16kts becoming SE-NE at 5-10kts during the afternoon.

Whale near the fleet - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2014 -  © Andrea Francolini - Audi  


Results

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  19:22:03

Series Results [IRC Div1] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   ALIVE 52566 Phillip Turner 1.0 1.0
2   WILD OATS XI AUS10001 Mark Richards 2.0 2.0
3   TEAM BEAU GESTE IVB1997 Karl Kwok 3.0 3.0

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


IRC Div 2

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  19:37:09

Series Results [IRC Div2] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   SECRET MENS BUSINESS USA403 Geoff Boettcher 1.0 1.0
2   JAZZ PLAYER-TPF S390 Andrew Lawrence 2.0 2.0
3   FORTY 8001 Stephen Barlow 3.0 3.0
4   EAGLE ROCK 7744 Ross Wilson 4.0 4.0
5   ELENA NOVA 65007 Craig Neil 5.0 5.0
6   AFTER MIDNIGHT 8778 Mark & Greg Tobin 6.0 6.0
7   CHUTZPAH R33 Currie Taylor 7.0 7.0
8   DEKADENCE RQ432 Stephen Kerin 8.0 8.0
9   EUREKA 11 6037 Chris Stockdale 9.0 9.0

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


IRC Div 3

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  19:22:47

Series Results [IRC Div3] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   LOCAL HERO 1236 Matt Owen 1.0 1.0
2   XPRESS 7013 Mike/Andrew West/Parkes 2.0 2.0
3   SCHOUTEN PASSAGE N349 Rob Howard 3.0 3.0
4   L'ALTRA DONNA 6935 Andy Kearnan 4.0 4.0
5   NOT A DIAMOND RQ2404 David Redfern 5.0 5.0
6   LEE-WAY 135 Tony Ross 6.0 6.0
7   XS MOMENT 11744 Fran + Ray Hudson 7.0 7.0
8   AUDERE 4545 Michael Pritchard 10.0 10.0C
8   SURPRISE RQ250 Kenneth French 10.0 10.0C

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Performance Racing

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  18:58:38

Series Results [EHC] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   PLANIT AUS686 Anthony Passmore 1.0 1.0
2   LEEWARD 6833 John Quinn 2.0 2.0
3   PETER LEHMANN BREAKT 6834 Ben McGrath 3.0 3.0
4   WHALE WATCHING SYDNE 202 Ian Ford 4.0 4.0
5   VENTO 00400 Walter Lewin 5.0 5.0
6   SPIRIT OF MATESHIP NOR2 Peter Jones 6.0 6.0
7   THE MATRIX RQ101 Jane Virtue 7.0 7.0
8   SPIRIT OF THE MAID MH888 Bruce Absolon 8.0 8.0
9   DEFIANT 7045 P Billingham P Mcgee 11.0 11.0F
9   HAMILTON MENTOR L1 Roen Quinn 11.0 11.0F

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Cruising Div 1

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  19:37:37

Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   VITESSE 1021 Ian Thomson 1.0 1.0
2   THAT BOAT 6782 Darryle Dransfield 2.0 2.0
3   FOUR BELLS 6408 David Bell 3.0 3.0
4   TARDIS 6585 Stephen Richardson 4.0 4.0
5   ARGO BLUE C1 George Snow 5.0 5.0
6   COOPERS BOW30 Craig Watson 6.0 6.0
7   SMOOTH OPERATOR SB509 Russell Durham 7.0 7.0
8   THREE C'S B45 Charles Cupit 8.0 8.0
9   HOLY COW! 6797 John & Kim Clinton 9.0 9.0
10   ANTIPODES OF SYDNEY 500 Greg Newton 10.0 10.0
11   SIR THOMAS SOPWITH 6892 Heath Walters 11.0 11.0
12   TAKANI 6981 James Whittle 12.0 12.0
13   TONIC 6842 Robert Pizzie 13.0 13.0
14   BIDDY HU 11 R187 Paul Lindemann 14.0 14.0
15   BUNDABERG G16 John Kint 15.0 15.0
16   SILVER MINX 331 Geoff & Vicki Player 16.0 16.0
17   MISS MINX 0505 Chris & Lauren Thorpe 17.0 17.0
18   CHAMPAGNE SM45 Chris Barlow 18.0 18.0
19   ANTIPODES AUSTRALIS CY200 John Culshaw 19.0 19.0
20   KIND OF BLUE BOW23 Phillip Somerville 20.0 20.0
21   PHARLAP 8885 Alexander Spencer 21.0 21.0
22   VELOCE 1027 Dean Corbett 22.0 22.0
23   INFINITY AUS52 Edward Fader 23.0 23.0
24   HELSAL3 262 Rod Fisher 24.0 24.0
25   SPIRIT SIN230 Paul Blakeley 25.0 25.0
26   CONDOR KB80 David Molloy 26.0 26.0
27   WHITEBIRDS 788 Paul / Robert White / Bird 27.0 27.0
28   MAXI RAGAMUFFIN 7007 Keith Batt 28.0 28.0
29   VANILLA BOW17 David Perkins 34.0 34.0C
29   SAILING ADVENTURES BOW06 Brian Pozzey 34.0 34.0C
29   MISS DEVEREUX BOW04 Chris Butchers 34.0 34.0C
29   CEO1 BOW04 Ray Sweeney 34.0 34.0C
29   SECOND NATURE BOW24 Paul Mentiplay 34.0 34.0C

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Cruising Div 2

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  19:38:54

Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   THE POACHER MK6 John Foster 1.0 1.0
2   MOONSHINE 2118 Allan McClintock 2.0 2.0
3   BOADICCA 7717 Jason Antill 3.0 3.0
4   ROGUE 826 Peter Hrones 4.0 4.0
5   L\'ESPRIT 7041 Peter Byford 5.0 5.0
6   KITE RUNNER 11000 Phil Jobe 6.0 6.0
7   ENCORE 00100 Tim Lewis Jim Milledge 7.0 7.0
8   RUN RUN RUN SM2800 James Heywood 8.0 8.0
9   DRAKES PRAYER RQ6165 Rod Johannessen 9.0 9.0
10   FLYINGFISH LET LOOSE M604 Jonathan Threlfall 10.0 10.0
11   ZOE 98 Wayne Millar 11.0 11.0
12   AVVENTURA 7044 Peter Mumford 12.0 12.0
13   VIRAGO II 6813 Dave Rooke 13.0 13.0
14   SOLUTIONS 3242 Stephen Dadour 14.0 14.0
15   ONE O NINE 1109 Robert Salteri 15.0 15.0
16   SAILTIME SWIFT 447 Graham Raspass Anthony Bishop 16.0 16.0
17   SHAZAM PD447 Doug Ryan 17.0 17.0
18   MAKO WS40 Cameron Wiklund 18.0 18.0
19   CARPE DIEM SM1750 Paul Commins 19.0 19.0
20   PILGRIM E226 Paul Ley 20.0 20.0
21   SALACIA RQ1600 Stephen Everett 21.0 21.0
22   PRIME EXAMPLE 214 Leigh Dorrington 22.0 22.0
23   ERESSEA 6590 John Bankart 24.0 24.0C

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Cruising Div 3

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  19:57:35

Series Results [EHC Div3] up to Race 1
Place Ties Sail Num Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   448 FLY 'N HIGH Gary Bruce 1.0 1.0
2   8047 PEGGY Benjamin Meakin 2.0 2.0
3   934 WIZARD OF THE WIND Michael Waldie 3.0 3.0
4   RQ1982 OSCARS RIDE Peter Driml 4.0 4.0
5   1566 ELYSIUM Dean Hansen 5.0 5.0
6   RQ410 SYNERGY Ron James 6.0 6.0
7   MB643 BAD HABITS Barry Thompson 7.0 7.0
8   662 OASIS Merv Stephensen 8.0 8.0
9   6990 GREAT WHITE Bob Penty 9.0 9.0
10   6702 JOIE DE VIE Rob Aldis 10.0 10.0
11   C192 NORTHERN MOMENT Vic Stevens 11.0 11.0
12   6632 PSYCHO 11 Philip Bates 12.0 12.0
13   BOW18 ESCAPADE Mike Schmidt 13.0 13.0
14   3900 SATISFACTION James Hogan 14.0 14.0
15   5050 MANDALA Gerard Webb 15.0 15.0
16   T92 VAN DEMON Steve Woodfine 16.0 16.0
17   6421 POHONO Andrew Williams 17.0 17.0
18   276 STARKERS Alan Stark 18.0 18.0
19   PH385 VALHALLA Peter Cox 19.0 19.0
20   19 JO Mark Bucknall 20.0 20.0
21   B48 KARM Ray Nankervis 21.0 21.0
22   BOW07 KAOS Duncan Blake 22.0 22.0
23   6294 INEZ Ian Ritchie 23.0 23.0
24   BOW02 KARMA David Angus 27.0 27.0C
24   BOW20 WILDFLOWER2 Dan Clougherty 27.0 27.0C
24   M BANSHEE Rob & Kerry Kasmarik 27.0 27.0F

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Non Spinnaker Div 1

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  18:43:01

Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   RHYTHM BOW05 Mikhail Beloborodov 1.0 1.0
2   STILL DANGEROUS 7022 Ivor Burgess 2.0 2.0
3   GEOMATIC ALLEGRO 6723 Adrian Lewis 3.0 3.0
4   PRIORITIES BOW12 Tim Butler 4.0 4.0
5   MIM 450 Mike Walter 5.0 5.0
6   JEMSON SM301 Andrew Molnar 6.0 6.0
7   NAMADGI C444 Michael Martin 7.0 7.0
8   CURLEW ESCAPE RQ67 Scott Turner 8.0 8.0
9   YANTARA SM107 Mike Sheppard 9.0 9.0
10   SMART CHOICE H50 Smart Christine 10.0 10.0
11   HURRICA V 1924 Steve Gunns 16.0 16.0F
11   SASSAFRAS GBR96767 Andrew Senn 16.0 16.0C
11   SOUTHERN SWELL B1 Geoff Adams 16.0 16.0C
11   CONDESA BOW19 Mark Gaskell 16.0 16.0F
11   MISTA GYBE W888 Linda Gorry 16.0 16.0C

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Non Spinnaker Div 2

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  18:43:59

Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   UNTAMED 8 John Parkes 1.0 1.0
2   SUPERTRAMP 6678 Sue & Alan Pick 2.0 2.0
3   CZECH MATE 6361 Phil Dressler 3.0 3.0
4   RENATA BOW16 Lachlan Jackson 4.0 4.0
5   IDLE TIME   Mal Dennis 5.0 5.0
6   PLAYLIST BOW03 Matt Powell 6.0 6.0
7   CHAMPAGNE 326 Allen Richards 7.0 7.0
8   REVE BOW11 Keith Cooper 8.0 8.0
9   BULA! BOW14 Fabian Baez 9.0 9.0
10   CHAMPS ELYSEES 4151 Ray Fraser 10.0 10.0
11   KRYSTAL B178 Mark Strobel 11.0 11.0
12   SANUK 11 547 Harvey Michael 12.0 12.0
13   KEITA BOW21 David Barnes 13.0 13.0
14   RUBY CHARLOTTE A65 Jonathan Hickling 15.0 15.0F

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


MacConaghy 38

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  18:44:51

Series Results [OD] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   DARK STAR AUS38002 John Bacon 1.0 1.0
2   GINGER 38011 Leslie Green 2.0 2.0
3   HOOLIGAN AUS521 Marcus Blackmore 3.0 3.0
4   LAZY DOG PUR38015 Sergio Sagramoso 4.0 4.0
5   ASSASSIN 9999N Robin Crawford 5.0 5.0
6   GHOST RIDER 403 Ross Hennessy 6.0 6.0
7   VINO HI101 Chris Hancock 8.0 8.0C

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Melges 32

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  18:52:03

Series Results [OD] up to Race 1
Place Ties Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1   PANTHER AUS070 Stephen O'Rourke 1.0 1.0
2   GOODGEAR - MAC 2 AUS153 John McDougall 2.0 2.0
3   ROCK N\' ROLL AUS320 Kim Williams 3.0 3.0
4   ENVY SCOOTERS AUS138 Barry Cuneo 5.0 5.0C

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Multihull Racing

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  18:47:12

Series Results [EHC] up to Race 1
Place Boat Name Sail Num Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1 WILPARINA 11 GR297 Robert Remilton 1.0 1.0
2 BULLETPROOF MK61 Scott Gralow 2.0 2.0
3 RICOCHET   Frank Hobson 3.0 3.0
4 J'OUVERT WH3801 Peter Berry 4.0 4.0
5 OUI OUI! M23 Stephen Barton 5.0 5.0
6 CHILLPILL G1550 Wayne Bloomer 6.0 6.0
7 CARBON CREDIT SA532 Peter Hawker 7.0 7.0

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Multihull Cruising

Hosted By Hamilton Island Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  17/08/2014  19:49:03

Series Results [EHC] up to Race 1
Place Boat Name Sail No Skipper Sers Score Race 1
1 FLUFFY MUFFY BOW38 Ian Torode 1.0 1.0
2 JOIE DE VIVRE BOW13 Ian Fraser 2.0 2.0
3 SEA TWIST 125018 G Nolan P Barrett 3.0 3.0
4 YELLOW FIN BOW08 Petr Kochnev 4.0 4.0
5 MIZ BEHAVIN 10174 William Dicker 5.0 5.0
6 ALEXIS BOW22 Ross Hunt 6.0 6.0
7 HEATWAVE BOW29 Steve McLay 7.0 7.0
8 STORM BAY 2C Jeff Gerard 8.0 8.0
9 CAP ROCAT CATANA Peter Dyer 9.0 9.0
10 LATERAL THINKING BOW26 Mike Anderson 14.0 14.0F
10 SEACLUSION BOW09 Craig Stanger 14.0 14.0F
10 HA HA BOW15 Colin Maslen 14.0 14.0C
10 LICKITY SPLIT TAKE 2 MOJO Drew Wooler 14.0 14.0C

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)







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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi Race Start VIDEO *Feature by Dale Lorimer, Sydney
The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race saw the five 100 foot super maxis up against each other for the first time. ... [more]  

The Australian supermaxi Perpetual Loyal has been forced to retire from the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with hull damage. The news came in a regular radio sked with race organisers, little detail was available, however it is understood that she has some hull delamination, probably arising from pounding though big seas and 25-30kt winds for the first day and night of the race. ... [more]  

Clouds outlines what he is expecting to see in the race, and says that while the big boats will take all the attention in the early stages of the race, the weather is against them as the race progresses. The smaller boats will come surfing in a fresh northerly, while the front-runners cope with light winds on their final approach to the finish on the Derwent. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney to Hobart: Replay video coverage on Sail-World *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Replay of the start of the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. The fleet is expected to experience fresh to strong headwinds for the start and first 24 hours, although winds will moderate towards the end of this period. ... [more]  

For the last 18 hours, there has been never more than three nautical miles between the new kids on the block, Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark's Comanche with Ken Read skippering the boat with distinction and the Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI. Mark Richard's who was blown away by Comanche's reaching speed inside the harbour has been hunting the race leader relentlessly as the two boats beat south. ... [more]  

Will Comanche take a scalp? by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
After blasting off the startline earlier today, Jim Clark's Comanche continues to hold the lead in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart race eight hours into the race. ... [more]  

A stiff southerly is testing the boats and sailors on the first afternoon of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart and by late afternoon, four yachts had retired from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race. The first casualties of the race were Tina of Melbourne, forced out because of hull damage and Bear Necessity with a damaged rudder, just two hours into the race. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Comanche leads in softening morning breeze *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The US supermaxi Comanche (Jim & Kirsty Clark) continues to enjoy a small lead at the head of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet. As the race enters its second day, organisers told Sail-World at 6.00am local time that the fleet was experiencing SW winds of 12-13kts and that these would ease further during the day. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: The 117 competing yachts, including five 100-foot Maxis, represents the race’s largest number of starters since 1994. Of the five Maxis, Jim Clark’s Comanche (USA) made the early gains in the race’s 70th edition, reaching the first mark in record time and setting a blistering pace. Seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI was in close pursuit. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: A memorable edition of the 628-nm race appears certain, with the contest between the fleet’s five Maxi yachts living up to the pre-race hype. At 8:00pm local time, Comanche leads seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI by one nautical mile, with Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal and Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 just a few miles behind the leading duo. ... [more]  

Top international photographers, Carlo Borlenghi and Daniel Forster were on the water, and in the air, for the start of the 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Here is a selection of their images of the day. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Start photos by Andrea Francolini. ... [more]  

Comanche skipper Ken Read was in fine form in this video interview. He says On the first night, will there will be too much upwind to be able to send it? It absolutey plays on my mind as the skipper this boat is untested. We’re completely cutting edge, and when it's cutting edge it’s a Formula 1 race car that blows up its engine on the first lap. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Brad Kellett, Brindabella’s sailing master, reported that while he was doing his regular checks this evening he discovered larger than normal quantities of water in the bottom of the boat, found to be coming from damaged rudder bearings. 'We were just coming into our own after a risky tactical decision to go offshore paid off,' a disappointed Kellett said. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Day 1 start images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi ... [more]  

One of the largest fleets in many years started the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race today in a building southerly and in bright sunshine. There seemed to be some mind games going on amongst the super maxis during the pre race dry runs as each in turn put in a single reef in the 30 minutes before the start. Possibly there was some tossing of the coin as to whether it was ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Clipper Ventures 10 has started Australian classic offshore the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Australia in a warm, 15 knot plus breeze. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Tony Cable just keeps going on. Last year he finished his 48th Sydney Hobart, setting a record for the number of races by an individual - this year it is number 49 - 49 not out, just one off the half ton! ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Designed for fast broad reaching, the 15 knot plus south-easterly breeze on the harbour was made to order for the big red and black hulled yacht owned by American Jim Clark and his Australian wife, Kristy. After a brilliant start slightly ahead and to leeward of Wild Oats XI, Comanche swiftly unfurled her giant spinnaker and took off, quickly ‘rolling the Oats’. ... [more]  

America’s Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill could well be the most overqualified grinder you’ll see in action in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart start line today. 'He’s been a wonderful team player and literally in the pre-start you’re going to see him grinding, he said he’d do whatever it takes, and he’s lived up to that,' Comanche skipper Ken Read said. ... [more]  

Expect a spectacular and very fast start down Sydney Harbour in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year. At the final briefing for crews at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia this morning, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Andrew Treloar told the sailors that a southerly front is expected to move through Sydney about an hour before race start. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI ready to go
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: Hobart coverage - December 26 - Live
Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Peyron Perspective -Old People On New Boats *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche
Rolex Sydney Hobart; Wild Oats XI trials Goose for Christmas
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature
For Christmas a Shiny new Sail-World.com *Feature
Sydney-Hobart: Wacky Races 3 – Gravel and Red Max versus VMG *Feature
Yankees at the Gate - A pre Sydney-Hobart conversation with Ken Read *Feature
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Line Honours Skippers Press Conference - Video
Barcelona World Race 2014-15 -A different Christmas
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Another great journey south
Sydney Hobart - Ragamuffin's David Witt explains deck failure + Video
Wild Oats XI - Damage drama in lead-up to Sydney Hobart Race
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi
Five faces behind the 100ft super maxis by Andrea Francolini
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Everyone's in with a chance
Comanche Designers talk before Sydney Hobart
Olympic Sailing Waters - Rio de Janeiro
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Holiday gifts for a range of entries!   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - To Hobart in Style   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Ken Read's notes on Comanche   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Video of Team Vestas Wind being removed from reef   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Holiday gifts for a range of entries!   
Entries open for 2015 ORC Championship events   
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Levelling the playing field   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race video preview   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - It's a Woman’s world too   
Moth Worlds – Looping the loop *Feature   
Miami Winter Series - M32 racing gets underway   
Rio 2016 - Super-bugs found in Rio sailing waters   
Building the bridge from Optimist to Laser and beyond – with Byte C1 *Feature   
Kieler Woche - Notices of Race published – entry systems are now open   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 22 show   
RORC Transatlantic 2014 Race Lanzarote-Grenada - Overall report   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind images from the reef recovery   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovered from reef   
RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 - Prizegiving   


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