sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entries reach 60
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entries reach 60

'Lunchtime Legend was the 50th entry received - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012'    © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo    Click Here to view large photo

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet for the 68th edition in December reached 50 with the entry of Bob ‘Robbo’ Robertson’s Queensland yacht, Lunchtime Legend; and just hours later, entries had already reached 60, such is the popularity of the race.

Robertson is coming off a win in the Magnetic Island Race Week series and second in both the Hamilton Island regatta and Airlie Beach Race Week. 'This is our year; we have to do it this year,' Robertson said of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race.

The veteran yachtsman built and launched his Beneteau 40 in time for the 2011 Hobart, and scoring a highly creditable third in IRC Division 4 in the company of pacesetters of the calibre of Roger Hickman’s Wild Rose, David Rees’ Whistler and Andrew Saies’ 2009 victor, Two True.

In this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, Lunchtime Legend will be leaner and meaner with a younger crew, who are fired up, Robertson says, with the Australian successes at the London Olympics.

'That has done so much to get young people involved again in sailing,' he said.

'I reckon our average age with be 20 years lower than in the 2011 race,' said the 72-year-old. 'It’ll be a great mix of experience and youth and built on the successes we have had in those North Queensland regattas this year.'

The crew for the 628 nautical mile race includes Tasmanian Bellerive Yacht Club sailor Lauren Davison, who hitched a ride aboard Lunchtime Legend for the Airlie Beach regatta and was kept on, on merit, for the other two series and now the Hobart race.

One of the interesting aspects of this year’s race will be the impact of the Australian Olympic successes in winning three gold medals and one silver:
• Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page in the 470 Men’s
• Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen in the 49er
• Tom Slingsby in the Laser
• Olivia Price, Nina Curtis, and Lucinda Whitty in the Elliott 6 Women’s Match Racing

With Australian sailing on a new high, it is already making for a memorable race this year with entries from Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the first from Lithuania, Ambersail, a Volvo 60 skippered by Simonas Steponavièius, with major regattas under her belt, including the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland, RORC Caribbean 600, Transatlantic, Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races.

Bengal7, a Humphreys 54 launched in 2010, will be the first Japanese entry in the race since 1997 and will be skippered by Yoichi Ito.

Geoff Hill’ Dubois 90, Genuine Risk, which won line honours in the 2012 Rolex China Sea Race, will represent Hong Kong.

The New Zealand entry is Rikki, a Reichel Pugh 42 owned by Ray Haslar.

Other notable entries so far are last year’s overall winner Loki (Stephen Ainsworth) and a sentimental favourite, the three-time winner Love and War, made famous by the late Peter Kurts and now sailed by his son, Simon.

As usual, the boat to beat for line honours this year will be Bob Oatley‘s super maxi Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards. It was beaten into second place last year by Anthony Bell’s Investec Loyal, which won by a margin of only three minutes and eight seconds, the fourth closest finish in the history of the race.

Wild Oats XI is the race record holder and has claimed line honours in five of the last seven Hobart races, including four consecutive victories from 2005, when it broke the record.

After losing to Investec Loyal in the light conditions of the 2011 race, Wild Oats XI has a new configuration below the waterline. She still has the retractable daggerboards that were fitted for the 2011 race, but now has another retractable centreboard on the centerline, three metres aft of the bow.

To beat her own race record, Wild Oats XI has to average 14.7 knots - and that’s achievable in the right conditions, according to Richards.

The CYCA is predicting a fleet of about 90 yachts making the start on Boxing Day, December 26 at 1pm AEDT.

43, WILD ROSE, Sail No: 4343, Owner: Roger Hickman, Design: Farr 43, LOA (m): 13.1, State: NSW - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 -  © Rolex- Kurt Arrigo   Click Here to view large photo

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race website


by Bruce Montgomery

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=102876

3:41 AM Mon 15 Oct 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

11 Oct 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Prepare for the high drama battle
20 Sep 2012  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - International entries on the rise






News - USA and the World



America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


























2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






































Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3   
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC   
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT