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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 – Ragamuffin-Loyal on track

'100, RAGAMUFFIN- LOYAL, Sail No: SYD100, Syd Fischer Design: Elliott, LOA (m): 30.5, State: NSW'    Kurt Arrigo/Rolex ©    Click Here to view large photo

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 lost another participating maxi Tuesday after Adrian Dunphy’s Andrews 52 Dodo pulled out from competition, reducing the Boxing Day’s race fleet to 77 boats.

After sustaining an injury to its mast last week, Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin-Loyal will be ready for the big race.


Ragamuffin-Loyal’s mast is ready to be re-stepped today and Syd Fischer plans full crew training for Thursday and Friday, as his renowned navigator, Andrew ‘Capey’ Cape arrives from Europe in time to jump on board. The team, naturally, is heartened at the yacht’s progress and looking forward to at least two days of long hours on the 100ft super maxi.

In further news Finistere, Robert Thomas’ Davidson 50 from Western Australia, has arrived in Sydney late last night, after sailing the boat all the way from Perth over the past week.

The crew experienced gales and huge seas below Western Australia’s Cape Leeuwin on the south-westerly tip of Australia. Their so-called dream run was interrupted halfway across the Great Australian Bight when the motor on the sail drive unit failed.

Owner/skipper Rob Thomas scrolled the internet for parts whilst at sea, pulling into Sandringham Yacht Club in Victoria, where parts were shipped and installed last Thursday. They re-commenced their journey to Sydney on Sunday with a stop in Eden.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012


by Jennifer Crooks

  

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