Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - NZ

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 Fleet Update - Oats XI sets new race record

by The Sail-World.com Team on 29 Dec 2012
WILD OATS XI at sunrise - 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI has taken line honours for the sixth time and she has just broken her line honours record for 2005 by 16m and 58s.

The canting keel 100 foot Reichel Pugh designed super maxi sailed out of Sydney Heads on Boxing Day at the front of the fleet and was never challenged. She extended her lead all the way down the New South Wales coast and blasted across Bass Strait with following winds between 15 and 35 knots. She extended her lead over second placed Ragamuffin Loyal to more than 40 nautical miles.

North of Tasman Light it appeared her quest for another race record was lost as winds dropped and her speed slowed to only seven knots. When she reached Tasman Light her crew gave an ETA of 0830, almost an hour outside the race record.

As she headed across Storm Bay the breeze built and she averaged more than 11 knots.

She hit 15 knots as she passed the Iron Pot and headed up the Derwent River. The breeze gradually dropped and just four miles from the finish she hit a very light patch.

Rapid crew work and the code zero came down and as she tacked she came back on the breeze with a headsail. Just two miles from the finish she switched back to a code zero and tacked into new breeze off Stanley Point - tight reaching - towards the Hobart Casino.

It was blowing just five knots but the water was flat and she was doing an impressive seven knots. Just a mile from the finish the breeze was lighter again, straight out of the north, and just three knots at the finish line. The big boat was still managing four to five knots.

There was a huge spectator fleet plus five or six helicopters throbbing overhead.

She flicked back onto starboard just 150 meters from the line and she ghosted to an impressive line honours victory. 16 minutes and 58 seconds inside the time she set in 2005.

Back on the water Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin Loyal is still eight nautical miles north of Tasman Light, 48 nautical miles from Hobart. In third place Peter Millard and John Honan’s Lahana is still 103 nm from the finish line.


In fourth Peter Harburg’s Black Jack, is five miles back, with Stephen Ainsworth’s Loki another five miles astern.

Naiad/Oracle SupplierKilwell - 1Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Further arrivals as first group begin Panama Canal transit
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - IchorCoal and Qingdao arrived in Panama on Wednesday morning (local time) 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - IchorCoal and Qingdao arrived in Panama on Wednesday morning (local time) as ClipperTelemed+, Unicef and Derry~Londonderry~Doire begin the transit of the Panama Canal.
Posted today at 2:24 am
Designing the beast-a conversation with Paul Bieker of Oracle Team USA
While “AC35” is over a year away, these are busy times for Paul Bieker and Oracle Team USA’s design team. While the 35th America’s Cup is still over a year away, these are hectic times for the design teams that are trying to build the fastest horse for the “AC35” course. Unlike Cups of yore, however, AC35 will be contested using wingsail-powered foiling catamarans that use a largely One Design platform. I called Paul Bieker of Oracle Team USA to learn more.
Posted on 25 May
Clipper Race - First yachts arrive in Panama ahead of canal transit
LMAX Exchange and Unicef have joined ClipperTelemed+ and Derry~Londonderry~Doire in Panama today 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - LMAX Exchange and Unicef have joined ClipperTelemed+ and Derry~Londonderry~Doire in Panama today after completing the PSP Logistics Panama Cup.
Posted on 25 May
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - ETAs to Panama
Clipper Race fleet are currently heading for Panama ahead of the transit of the Panama Canal, below are the latest ETAs. The Clipper Race fleet are currently heading for Panama ahead of the transit of the Panama Canal, below are the latest ETAs.
Posted on 24 May
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Next stop Panama
It’s full steam ahead to Panama for four of the Clipper Race fleet after a successful pit stop in Banana Bay Marina 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It’s full steam ahead to Panama for four of the Clipper Race fleet after a successful pit stop in Banana Bay Marina, Costa Rica, to refuel ahead of canal transit. Following in their wake, the next four teams are approaching the same marina in Golfito Bay for refueling and are expected to arrive there at approximately 0700 local time today (1300 UTC).
Posted on 24 May
SouthernFurl In-Boom furling systems withstand Sydney Hobart test
Southern Spars design team have developed the SouthernFurl Boom smaller budgets and yachts from 35-70 feet. Have you ever scared your family when you got stuck with too much sail up when you should be reefed? Southern Spars’ range of SouthernFurl booms are the answer – letting you reduce sail quickly and easily without leaving the safety of the cockpit.
Posted on 23 May
Wet and wild at Vice Admiral's Cup
The second day of Vice Admiral's Cup organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club produced yet more fast and exciting racing The second day of the Vice Admiral's Cup organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club produced yet more fast and exciting racing. Of the six classes racing three are one design and the Fast40, HP30 and Quarter Tonner Class all have boats of similar speed. Right from the starts, through manoeuvres and mark roundings, the action is boat on boat, adding to the thrill of the competition.
Posted on 22 May
2016 RORC Vice Admiral's Cup bursts into action on first day
Many of today's 18 races between six different classes were won by seconds. With 15-20 knots of wind and a building tide, the high performance fleet was launched on two tight windward leeward courses and a final round the buoys race to finish off a thrilling day on the water.
Posted on 21 May
Clipper Yacht Race – Fight to finish in PSP Logistics Panama Cup
Four teams had already crossed the line and a further four have now finished after a fierce fight to maximise points. The teams that have now finished are motoring to Costa Rica to refuel, as planned, en route to the Panama Canal to make the scheduled transit window.
Posted on 20 May
Clipper Race – Tense race to secure good place as leaders tackle ITCZ
With the conditions likely to become frustrating, Race Office decides to use latest compulsory gate as the finish line. Boats will have until 1200 UTC tomorrow (20 May) to cross the ‘Remedios’ Gate. Those that haven’t crossed will have their distance from it measured to determine the remaining places, which will enable these teams to see how their current tactics play out in determining their final positions.
Posted on 19 May