Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

Race Record in Play - Rolex Sydney Hobart

by Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team on 22 Dec 2008
Wild Oats XI power reaching in Bass Strait - Rolex Sydney Hobart Race © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
The focus turns to the weather, four days out from the 64th annual Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Renowned weatherman Roger Clouds Badham says the speed of the race depends on the first six hours and then the conditions on Saturday night.


If the winds swing quickly to the north east on Boxing Day and strengthen then Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI could reach Tasman Light as early as 7pm on Saturday night, just 30 hours into the race,

If this happens then the 30 metre giant could blast past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent before the wind clocks off for the night.

Should that happen then the current race record she set in 2005 of 1 day 18 hours 40 minutes 10 seconds, could be lopped by as much as six or seven hours.



Yesterday's routing data would suggest that the next batch of boats Skandia, Andrew Short Marine Shockwave, Ichi Ban will suffer overnight in the night time shutdown, but the TP52's Quest, Ragamuffin, Wot Now and Cougar II could benefit from a morning arrival on Storm Bay, and Quantum Racing, Yendys will be similarly well placed.

By our next newsletter on Christmas Eve, the differences in the three weather models currently being interpreted should be much less.



Of course there are a few variables to come into play… like winds, currents, tides, sunfish, sails,rigging, masts and sailors...

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignZhik Yachting 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

Brawn v Brain? The Bar or The Room?
Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Is it just the one connection, or could there indeed be several ways to address this conundrum? Well the route of the answer could be SailX, the online inshore racing game.
Posted on 7 Jul
Volvo Ocean Race to be contested over longest distance in history
Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition The 43-year-old race around the world – the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors, against each other across the world’s toughest oceans – will start from Alicante in late 2017 with a 700nm sprint to Lisbon, Portugal that will provide the first test of the form guide.
Posted on 29 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race adds full Southern Ocean Leg and 5000nm to new course
Volvo Ocean Race has announced a new course for the 2017/18 round the world event. Several major changes are planned including a return to a full Southern Ocean leg, and the addition of a massive Leg 5 of 13,300nm - the longest leg ever sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. By way of comparison a minimum circumnavigation around the planet is approximately 21,600nm to be recognised as, a record for the course by WSSRC.
Posted on 28 Jun
Foiling into the Windy City
. .
Posted on 10 Jun
Australia and Britain - The best of rivals or the best of partners?
There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms in sport, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. In the International Moth World Championship there is an Ashes trophy and, for the first time in a long while, the Brits took the trophy home.
Posted on 31 May
Practice makes perfect?
There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can. There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can - be it a club race, a weekend open or a championship. The general feeling is that the more we sail, the better we get, but is that actually the case?
Posted on 27 May
Races, Regattas and Disruptive Technology
x In the olden days, the major cost of attending a regatta for yacht owners and crew was the accommodation and still is. Of course for cruising yachties, traditionally the crew stays on boat, during regatta week, because after all it is replete with dishwasher, washing machine, a good cellar and an oven in which you could cook a roast. For racing boat owners or dinghy owners, life was not so easy.
Posted on 19 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
x x
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup - Ahead a Dead Rat in a Shoe v3 or Spring Daffodils
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphone while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 7 Apr
World's most popular boat revisited and big news from Volvo Ocean Race
x x
Posted on 1 Apr