sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Boxing Day Anticipation—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
Boxing Day Anticipation—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

'WILD OATS XI'    Rolex Sydney Hobart    Click Here to view large photo

If you’re into offshore sailing, these are exciting days. Sure, you might have to listen to old Uncle Alfy-fueled-up on eggnog and fruit cake-ramble on about 'the good old days', but at least you can tap into two awesome events: the fully crewed Sydney-Hobart Race and the around-the-world-alone-and-unassisted Vendee Globe Race.

While the former offers one of the most iconic starting scenes in all of sailboat racing, this year’s Vendee is rapidly proving to be one of the most intricate match races ever see in solitary-sailing circles, with race leader Francois Gabart ('MACIF') some 7.5 miles ahead of Armel Le Cleac’h ('Banque Populaire') at the time of this writing…despite both skippers now having sailed more than half way around the globe.



'Jazz' racing to Hobart -  CYCA_.  



While sailing takes a backseat to mainstream American sports, the Sydney-Hobart Race is front-page news to all Australians, irrespective of whether they have saltwater coursing through their veins. This year is looking to be no exception, with some 77 boats registered to race in this classic bluewater race, which starts on Boxing Day (December 26) and takes the fleet some 630 miles to Hobart, Tasmania.


'The Sydney Hobart is one of those events you start thinking of when you’re at work, it’s one of those legendary races,’’ said Simonas Steponavicius, the owner/skipper of the Lithuanian-flagged Volvo 60, 'Ambersail', which is making a tour of the world’s great ocean races, including this year’s Sydney-Hobart. 'It’s very competitive and very tactical racing; this is sailing at its purest.'


Speaking of pure speed, the 'Wild Oats XI' team have taken some serious steps to try and earn line honors, including some fairly significant rig, bulb and underbody reconfigurations. 'Our aim is to get to Hobart first,’ said Mark Richards, 'Wild Oats XI’s' skipper. 'We’re not thinking about the race record. If we get the record then it will come as a bonus.' A bonus that the boat’s winner, Bob Oatley, would love to reap, even if it’s simply to break his own standing record, which his team set in 2005.


Unfortunately for Richards and Oatley, however, the weather models aren’t necessarily screaming 'record run', but, according to Richards, that’s not a prerequisite for a record-setting run. ‘I agree with [meteorologist] Roger ['Clouds' Badham] that we are still in with a chance for the record, even with the less favorable forecast,' said Richards. 'If you compare the weather pattern we experienced when we set the record in 2005 with what we are likely to get this year, I think conditions are still far more in favor of a race record time this year.’


Inside, get the latest news on the race, the preparations and the rivalries that make the Sydney-Hobart one of the great sailing contests, and stay tuned to the Sail-World website for more news, as it unfurls. We are proud that Sail-World delivers the most detailed coverage of this event of any media group world-wide.


Francois Gabart, Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe -  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©  



And in the Vendee Globe, the tussle for pole position has no doubt cost both Gabart and Le Cleac’h valuable hours of sleep as the two skippers exchange tactical fisticuffs in the storm-tossed depths of the Pacific Ocean, their bows pointed towards Cape Horn.


A bit more astern of the leaders, Bernard Stamm ('Cheminées Poujoulat') has had to temporarily stop racing due to mechanical problems, most notably to his hydrogenerators. As a result, Stamm has found shelter in the Auckland Islands, where he is now trying to repair his vessel.


Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss - 2012 Vendee Globe -  Christophe Launay ©  



Power problems also haunt Alex Thomson ('Hugo Boss'), who continues to post some impressive 24-hour runs, despite having seriously limited communications due to an earlier gear failure. The British-flagged sailor is currently in fourth place, behind Gabart, Le Cleac’h and Jean-Pierre Dick. Get the latest Vendee Globe news, inside this issue.


Also inside, get the latest on the America’s Cup, where the International Jury found the Defender, Oracle Racing, to be in violation of the rules; check out the NOR for the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race, and get the wrap up report from the 2012 ARC.


May the four winds blow you safely home,


by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=104954

1:15 AM Mon 24 Dec 2012GMT


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

Click for further information on
Newsletter Editorial US

Related News Stories:

17 Dec 2012  The other kind of airfoil—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
22 Aug 2012  ACWS delivers thrills and spills—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
04 Jul 2012  VOR: Groupama wins!—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
20 Jun 2012  Cupdate- Fifth Team antes up—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
01 Jun 2012  VOR: Walker wins Leg Seven—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
23 May 2012  ECCS announced—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
18 May 2012  ACWS Venice Event report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
11 May 2012  Atlantic Cup 2012 report
12 Mar 2012  VOR: Leg four wrap-up report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
01 Feb 2012  CCA bestows coveted offshore awards—Sailing news from the U.S.
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World











































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   


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