Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clew Ring New Generic

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.

Southern Spars - 100Kilwell - 5Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

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 today at 5:26 pm
Clipper Race – The LMAX Exchange – Race of The Americas gets underway
At 1930nm from Panama to New York, Race 11 will see the teams negotiate their way through the Caribbean Islands. At 1930 nautical miles from Panama to New York, Race 11 will see the teams negotiate their way through the Caribbean Islands, beating upwind before potentially hitting some light winds before hopefully ending with a kite run on the approach to ‘the city that never sleeps’.
Posted today at 3:38 pm
The Foiling Week returns to Garda for 2016 edition
After two successful editions in 2014 and 2015, hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine, the event returns to Garda this year. After two successful editions in 2014 and 2015, hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine on Lake Garda, the event returns to Garda this year from Monday fourth to Sunday, July 10th.
Posted today at 10:14 am
Cycle versus sail - Simon Parker’s American adventure continues
Having raced across the Pacific Ocean on board Garmin, Simon jumped on his bike a few days later to begin his own race One direct flight will take you from China to the UK in less than a day. But where’s the fun in that when you can make the 15,000 journey by land and sea without setting foot on an aeroplane? Having raced across the Pacific Ocean on board Garmin, Simon jumped on his bike a few days later to begin his own race against the fleet to New York.
Posted today at 5:16 am
The Clipper Race - LMAX Exchange – Race of the Americas start
The Clipper Race teams will soon be back racing the in the Atlantic Ocean where their journey began nine months ago 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Clipper Race teams will soon be back racing the in the Atlantic Ocean where their journey began nine months ago, as the fleet prepares to start The LMAX Exchange – Race of The Americas from Panama to New York.
Posted on 30 May
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Meet Lerato Masombuka
Lerato ‘Bridgette’ Masombuka grew up in a small township of Zithobeni situated in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Lerato ‘Bridgette’ Masombuka grew up in a small township of Zithobeni situated in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Brought up by her grandmother and then later her aunt, Lerato was raised in a community where young people often dropped out of school. With a desire to further her education and study languages, Lerato started a reading club for younger children in the area.
Posted on 28 May
The Clipper Race - Race 11 the LMAX Exchange - Race of the Americas
LMAX Exchange – Race of the Americas from Panama to New York is due to get underway on Monday 30 May with Le Mans start 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The LMAX Exchange – Race of the Americas from Panama to New York is due to get underway on Monday 30 May with a Le Mans start.
Posted on 28 May
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Final arrivals in Panama
Clipper fleet is complete in Panama after Mission Performance, Da Nang-Viet Nam, Visit Seattle and PSP Logistics arrived 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Clipper Race fleet is now complete in Panama after Mission Performance, Da Nang-Viet Nam, Visit Seattle and PSP Logistics arrived on Friday morning (local time).
Posted on 28 May
Musto returns to America’s Cup by signing up with Groupama Team France
Musto is relying on over 50 years of experience in the manufacturing of technical marine clothing. Musto is relying on over 50 years of experience in the manufacturing of technical marine clothing that has been thoroughly tested and widely approved by the most famous skippers in the world.
Posted on 27 May
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Leg Six penalty points
Race Committee has announced penalty points for race nine Seattle Pacific Challenge from Qingdao, China to Seattle, USA. 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Race Committee has announced the penalty points for the race nine Seattle Pacific Challenge from Qingdao, China to Seattle, USA.
Posted on 27 May